Element 25 kicks off infill drilling at Butcherbird

Element 25 (ASX:E25) has begun infill drilling at the Butcherbird Manganese Project in Western Australia as it looks to re-estimate current reserves at the project.

Butcherbird currently hosts a resource of over 260 million tonnes of manganese ore. However, this is limited to areas which have been sufficiently drilled-out to support measured and indicated classifications.

Some 209 percussion drill holes — totalling 6,270m and expected to take four weeks to complete — will provide infill data aimed at converting the inferred resource to indicated or measured categories to support the re-estimation of mine reserves. 

Drilling samples will be submitted for assays and database integration, which will be immediately followed by a recalculation of resources and reserves.

“This drilling program will allow the global resource at Butcherbird to be recalculated with higher degree of certainty, which is expected to result in a significant conversion of inferred resources to measured and indicated, which will support project financing by increasing the reserve tail beyond that covered by the existing 7.2-year mine life,” Managing Director Justin Brown says.

Butcherbird is thought to host Australia’s largest onshore manganese resource, comprising large tonnages of near-surface manganese oxide ore in seven deposits. 

Element 25 is focused on producing high-quality manganese from the Butcherbird Project, as well as building its first high-purity manganese sulphate conversion facility for electric vehicle fuel. 

Write to Aaliyah Rogan at Mining.com.au   

Images: ProjX
Author Image
Written By Aaliyah Rogan
Relocated from the East Coast in New Zealand to Queensland Australia, Aaliyah is a fervent journalist who has a passion for storytelling. When Aaliyah isn’t writing stories, she is either spending time with friends and family or down at the beach.