Estrella carves out new manganese prospect in East Timor 

Estrella Resources (ASX:ESR) has uncovered the new Sauro manganese prospect following a recent reconnaissance mapping and sampling program in the Lautém Municipality of East Timor in Southeast Asia. 

Managing Director Chris Daws says Sauro sits a great distance away from the manganese identified at the Lalena prospect and while the source of the mineralisation is yet to be discovered, reaffirms the company’s belief that the project is geologically fertile. 

“Encouraging samples discovered through reconnaissance work greatly assists us in interpreting the most prospective areas within the geological setting and also hints at the possibility of further discoveries to come within our large exploration tenure,” he says.

“I would also like to note the Sauro discovery was made by local Timorese geologists with the aid and engagement of local Timorese people. We are continuing to work closely with the government as well as the local community who are very supportive of our activities.”

Estrella, which has an $8.79 million market capitalisation, says Sauro demonstrates grades up to 27.9% manganese from pXRF readings. The company is mobilising crushing and other laboratory equipment to Timor-Leste to test these results, as reported by Mining.com.au

Select samples will be returned to Australia for standard laboratory analysis, which Estrella says will reduce sample bottlenecking and improve analysis times, enabling exploration to progress at a much faster pace.

Meanwhile, the company has acquired data from a country-wide airborne magnetics and radiometric survey flown on 400m lines which is currently being reviewed. The magnetics are viewed as a potential targeting tool for manganese under surficial cover. 

Preliminary geological reconnaissance work within the newly granted 503.7km2 tenure is also ongoing. It has so far shown prospectivity for manganese and copper-gold mineralisation. 

Estrella’s in-country team has identified the Noni formation as the host to the manganese mineralisation within the project. The Noni formation occurs as part of the Banda Terrane and has been mapped across the project for over 27km. 

Estrella Resources is a diverse Western Australia-based company focused on exploring and developing nickel projects. 

Write to Adam Drought at Mining.com.au

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