Northern Minerals Limited (ASX: NTU), an Australian Stock Exchange listed rare earth minerals explorer, announced on 20 May 2019, that the company has completed a program of Reverse Circulation (RC) drilling, with 17 holes for 1143m at Dazzler and 5 holes from 300m at Iceman prospect. The drilling activity conducted by the company took place at the southeast deposit towards the Iceman prospect, and two infill drill holes at Dazzler prospect.
The company recently provided an update on recent developments and demonstrated positive signs for rare earth sector.
The company recorded anomalous portable XRF measurement of yttrium from several drill holes, some of which are as follows:
The drill hole identified as BRDR0021, which was extensional in nature recorded 1,109 parts per million of average portable XRF yttrium.
The drill hole identified as BRDR0023, which was infill in nature recorded 2,622 parts per million of average portable XRF yttrium.
The drill hole identified as BRDR0030, which was exploring in nature recorded 1,902 and 1,330 parts per million of average portable XRF yttrium.
The drill hole identified as BRDR0032, which was exploring in nature recorded 1,324 parts per million of average portable XRF yttrium.
The drill hole identified as BRDR0035, which was infill in nature recorded 23,538 and 48,352 parts per million of average portable XRF yttrium.
The drill hole identified as BRDR0036, which was exploring in nature recorded 2,582 parts per million of average portable XRF yttrium.
Source: Company’s Report; Plan View of Dazzler, Iceman and new target area
As seen in the above picture, the orange-hued zone marked with questions marks are the areas, where the company plans to drill further, since the RC drilling to the southeast Dazzler and northwest of Iceman (BRD0030, 0032 & 0036) intersect a zone with anomalous portable XRF measurement of yttrium.
However, the company did not receive any significant portable XRF measurements of yttrium from the five Reverse Circulation holes at the Iceman prospect, and it awaits further assay results, which is expected by the company by the end of the current quarter.
Northern Minerals has commenced one Diamond Drilling (DD) work at Iceman prospect and three at Dazzler prospect for metallurgical test work.
The Dazzler deposit, which hosts maiden Inferred Mineral Resources of 144,000 tonnes at a grade of 2.23% TREO comprising 3,200,000 kilograms TREO, is less than 15 kilometres from the Browns Range Pilot Plant on the edge of a small scrap slope.
Source: Company’s Report; Dazzler Drill hole cross section and Inferred Mineral Resource outline
As per the company’s current Managing Director, George Bauk, the portable XRF results received by the company highlights the high-grade nature of the company’s Dazzler prospect. As a preliminary tool, the portable XRF allows the company to modify and update the drilling program as per the requirement in real time.
Mr George’s comment further demonstrated that the company is highly inclined to increase the size of Mineral Resources in the area to make it an ore source for many years.
The company further mentioned that Mr Robin Wilson, a member of the Australasian Institute of Mining and Metallurgy had compiled the Exploration results, and he qualifies as a competent person (as per the JORC 2012 edition).
By the end of the trading session, the shares of the company were at A$0.063 (As on 20th May 2019), up by 1.613% from its previous close.
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