Drilling Commenced at Pilgangoora
- Lithium Power International have commenced drilling on previously untested ground at the Pilgangoora Lithium project, which is part of the globally significant Pilgangoora district.
- Up to 3,000m of RC drilling is testing pegmatite targets on the 100% owned E45/4610 Pilgangoora tenement, with targets located from company geophysical and geochemical surveys.
- Drilling is targeting a continuation of greenstone belts that host lithium pegmatite mineralisation in adjacent tenements being developed by Pilbara Minerals Limited and Altura Mining Limited.
The high resolution magnetic survey conducted in 2016 over the mostly unexplored tenement showed up a previously unknown extension of the pegmatite bearing greenstone host rocks than has a strike length of over 12km through the company's Pilgangoora tenement. Subsequent geochemical surveys across this newly discovered greenstone sequence showed encouraging results for indicator minerals commonly associated with lithium bearing pegmatites (see Figure 2 in the link below).
The drilling program has been designed using these results and will directly target the most prospective areas for lithium-bearing pegmatites where there is outcrop to shallow transported cover.
The Pilgangoora tenement is 100% owned by the Company, and is located approximately 3km west of the large lithium pegmatite resources defined by Pilbara Minerals Limited (ASX:PLS) (25 January 2017) and Altura Mining Limited (ASX:AJM) (30 January 2017).
Lithium Power International's Chief Executive Officer, Martin Holland, commented:
"The Pilgangoora district has recently emerged as one of the top five largest lithium pegmatite mineral resources globally. Pilgangoora is part of the company's strategy of exploring quality properties in highly prospective areas, such as Greenbushes in WA, whilst focused on the development of the Company's flagship Maricunga lithium brine project in Chile.
The Pilgangoora tenement has had little historical exploration and no drilling has previously been conducted, so we look forward to reporting results from this initial drilling program."
Pilgangoora Project Background
LPI's Pilgangoora tenement (E45/4610) covers 75km2 hosting a greenstone belt with an interpreted strike length of approximately 12km. It is located approximately 120km from Port Hedland, and has road access from close to the Great Northern Highway.
The tenement is adjacent to the lithium projects held by Pilbara Minerals and Altura Mining, which lie approximately 3km to the east. Over the last year, Pilbara Minerals has defined a lithium resource of 156Mt @ 1.25% Li2O, while Altura Mining has defined a lithium resource of 40Mt @ 1.0% Li2O, in their neighbouring tenements.
In the Pilgangoora district of the Pilbara, specialty metals are typically found in pegmatites, and as alluvial and eluvial deposits, which have accumulated as a result of erosion of the primary pegmatite host rocks. In terms of extraction, these pegmatites are mined using modern open pit hard rock methods, as in surrounding projects at Pilgangoora, Wodgina and Tabba Tabba.
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About Lithium Power International Ltd
Lithium Power International Limited (ASX:LPI) (FRA:24L) is a pure-play lithium explorer and developer, focusing on developing and fast-tracking to production the high-grade Maricunga lithium brine project in Chile.
LPI has a well known performing technical team with the experience to take the Maricunga project all the way through the development stages to production.
The regions that LPI is currently focussed on are:
1. Maricunga JV (Chile) – On 13th September 2016, Lithium Power announced the creation of a new JV to develop the world-class Maricunga lithium brine deposit in northern Chile.
2. Pilbara (Western Australia) – LPI has one granted exploration tenement and two pending exploration applications covering 203km2 in the Pilbara region of northern Western Australia. The largest granted exploration tenement is at Pilgangoora-Houston Creek is 2-3km west of the Pilbara Minerals (ASX:PLS) and Altura Mining (ASX:AJM) lithium deposits.
3. Greenbushes (Western Australia) – LPI has two granted exploration tenements covering 400km2 in the Greenbushes area of southern Western Australia. The tenements are adjacent to the world’s largest hard rock lithium mine owned & operated by Tianqi/Talison.
4. Centenario (Argentina) –Through its Argentinian subsidiary, Lithium Power holds a total of 6 granted tenements in the Centenario lithium brine salar within the Salta province of the Puna Plateau. In total, the 6 granted tenements cover an area of 61.52km2. In addition, there is 1 further tenement in the grant review stage.
With the exception of the Maricunga JV, all tenements are 100% owned by LPI or LPSA (including rights to the Centenario tenement which is the subject of review by the Argentinian mining authorities).
Pilbara Minerals Ltd
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Altura Mining Ltd