Power Metal

Ditau Project - Exploration Programme Expansion

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Power Metal Resources PLC
05 May 2022
 

5 May 2022

Power Metal Resources PLC

("Power Metal" or the "Company")

Ditau Camp Project - Exploration Programme Expansion

 

Power Metal Resources plc (LON:POW),  the London listed exploration company seeking large-scale metal discoveries across its global project portfolio, announces an update from the Ditau Camp Project ("Ditau" or the "Project") located in southwest Botswana which is prospective for carbonatite hosted rare-earth element ("REE") and base-metal mineralisation.

Ditau is held within a 50/50 Joint Venture ("Kanye Resources") with London-listed Kavango Resources plc (LSE:KAV) ("Kavango"). Kavango is the operator.

Following completion of drillhole DITDD003, which was drilled into the i10 target, Power Metal in conjunction with Kavango have decided to expand the ongoing exploration programme. Initial observations in respect of DITDD03 were announced on 29 April 2022 and can be viewed at the follow link:

https://www.londonstockexchange.com/news-article/POW/ditau-camp-project-botswana-drilling-update/15432783

The expanded exploration programme will include 16.1 line-km of Audio-Magnetotelluric ("AMT") geophysics surveys over various target areas.

DITDD003 is the first of six planned exploration drillholes to be completed at the Ditau Project as part of the ongoing drilling campaign. Based on results achieved thus far, Kanye Resources has confidence in the utility of its new AMT inversion modelling introduced this year and believes the expanded geophysical surveys will enable it to further optimise the location of planned drill collar locations.

Kanye Resources also announces the commencement of drilling of drillhole DITDD004 which is also targeting the i10 Target geophysical anomaly.

Paul Johnson, Chief Executive Officer of Power Metal Resources, commented:

"It's great to see the exploration programme at Ditau moving forward at pace with the second drill hole now underway. The Ditau Project represents a significant exploration opportunity, with a district-scale land holding believed to be prospective for rare-earth element mineralisation. This exploration comes at a critical time when this commodity group is in great demand, particularly from stable mining jurisdictions.

The work undertaken thus far, and the building knowledge we are collating, is highly valuable and I look forward to providing further updates to the market as additional developments occur."

Operational Summary

Commencement of DITDD004, the second hole to target the i10 Target

The i10 Target is a discrete circular geophysical anomaly which is roughly 2.2km in diameter.

Kanye modelled the i10 Target using inversions of Aeromagnetic ("AEM") combined with its interpretation of limited existing AMT data.

Kalahari sediment thickness was determined to be 105m based on the first hole drilled (DITDD003) which is consistent with the estimated thickness based on the AMT modelling completed.

An additional 16.1 line-km of AMT geophysical surveying is now planned with coverage over multiple drill target areas including:

1 line-km over the i10 Target;

5.5 line-km over the i8 Target; and

9.6 line-km over the i1 Target.

The plan is to collect high-frequency AMT profiles over near-surface potential carbonatite targets with the ultimate goal of better resolving the location of breccia zones and intrusive sills/dykes intersected in drillhole DITDD003. AMT surveys can aid geophysicists and geologists in mapping subsurface geological structures and layers; further identifying potential areas for mineralisation which allows for the refinement of drill targeting.

To date 12 targets from geophysics have been identified at the Ditau Project (i1 through i12) which Kanye believes could be carbonatites and/or intrusive complexes that may host carbonatites pipes. Carbonatites account for the primary source of mined rare-earth elements; and REEs are vital component materials in many high-tech industries.

As part of the ongoing exploration programme, Kanye is planning to drill test three geophysical targets (i10, i1 and i8).

COMPETENT PERSON STATEMENT

 

The technical information contained in this disclosure has been read and approved by Mr Nick O'Reilly (MSc, DIC, MIMMM, MAusIMM, FGS), who is a qualified geologist and acts as the Competent Person under the AIM Rules - Note for Mining and Oil & Gas Companies. Mr O'Reilly is a Principal consultant working for Mining Analyst Consulting Ltd which has been retained by Power Metal Resources PLC to provide technical support.

 

This announcement contains inside information for the purposes of Article 7 of the Market Abuse Regulation (EU) 596/2014 as it forms part of UK domestic law by virtue of the European Union (Withdrawal) Act 2018 ("MAR"), and is disclosed in accordance with the Company's obligations under Article 17 of MAR.

 

 

For further information please visit  https://www.powermetalresources.com/  or contact:

Power Metal Resources plc

 

Paul Johnson (Chief Executive Officer)

+44 (0) 7766 465 617

 

 

 

SP Angel Corporate Finance (Nomad and Joint Broker)

 

Ewan Leggat/Charlie Bouverat

+44 (0) 20 3470 0470

 

 

 

SI Capital Limited (Joint Broker)

 

Nick Emerson                                                                                                           

+44 (0) 1483 413 500

 

 

 

First Equity Limited (Joint Broker)

 

David Cockbill/Jason Robertson

+44 (0) 20 7330 1883

 

 

NOTES TO EDITORS

Power Metal Resources PLC - Background

Power Metal Resources PLC (LON:POW) is an AIM listed metals exploration company which finances and manages global resource projects and is seeking large scale metal discoveries.

 

The Company has a principal focus on opportunities offering district scale potential across a global portfolio including precious, base and strategic metal exploration in North America, Africa and Australia.

 

Project interests range from early-stage greenfield exploration to later-stage prospects currently subject to drill programmes.

 

Power Metal will develop projects internally or through strategic joint ventures until a project becomes ready for disposal through outright sale or separate listing on a recognised stock exchange thereby crystallising the value generated from our internal exploration and development work.

 

Value generated through disposals will be deployed internally to drive the Company's growth or may be returned to shareholders through share buy backs, dividends or in-specie distributions of assets.

 

Power Metal Exploration Programmes Underway/Results Awaited

Power Metal has exploration programmes completed or underway, with results awaited, as outlined below:

 

Project

Location

POW %

Work Completed or Underway

Results Awaited

 

 

 

 

 

Alamo Gold Project

USA

Earn-in to 75%

Excavation of multiple test pits and mapping & sampling.

Field and assay results from on-site work programme.

Athabasca Uranium

Canada

100%

Data compilation across uranium properties

Interpretation results from all Properties complete. Next steps upcoming.

Authier North Lithium

Canada

Earn-in to 100%

Soil & rock sampling completed

Technical Review of exploration results & define next exploration steps.

Ditau Project

Botswana

50%

Drill programme focused on key targets notably drilling of potential carbonatites and targeting rare-earth elements.

Field updates and receipt & review of laboratory assay results.

Kalahari Copper Belt

Botswana

50%

Exploration programme underway across the South Ghanzi Project and further exploration at the more recently acquired South Ghanzi Extension and Mamuno licence areas

Field programme findings and defined drill targets for near term drilling.

Molopo Farms

Botswana

53%

Review of recent exploration findings.

Determine next exploration steps and action plan.

Haneti Project

Tanzania

35%

Diamond drill programme completed

Receipt & review of laboratory assay results.

Victoria Goldfields

Australia

49.9%

Diamond drill programme underway

 

Field updates and receipt & review of laboratory assay results.

Paterson Projects

Australia

83.33%

Wallal passive seismic and 2D seismic processing work programme completed.

Review of historical data and target generation for Ripon Hills & Braeside West projects.

 

Findings from multiple work programmes including final approvals and preparations for planned deep diamond drilling.

Selta Project

Australia

83.33%

Field reconnaissance work complete, which included mapping and sampling.

Finalising data review from field programmes.

 

 

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