Estrella mobilising crushing, lab equipment to Timor-Leste

Estrella Resources (ASX:ESR) is mobilising crushing and other laboratory equipment to Timor-Leste in order to test and report multi-element pXRF results following initial rock-chip samples taken.

Select samples will be returned to Australia for standard laboratory analysis as standard reference checks. Estrella  says this will alleviate sample bottlenecking and vastly improve analysis times to enable exploration to progress at a much faster pace.

Four samples were taken during an initial visit to the area in January 2024 to gauge the potential of surficial and outcropping manganese mineralisation. The samples were brought back to Australia and sent to ALS in Malaga where they underwent analysis.

Estrella reports a 60.8% manganese assay was received from Estrella’s Lautém Project in Timor-Leste. The sample was one of the four taken during initial limited reconnaissance of the proposed exploration and evaluation licenses (EELs) in January 2024. Multiple manganese exposures have been documented across the 503.7km2 leases in Lautém with no modern exploration undertaken.

Commenting on the anticipated work program, Estrella Managing Director Chris Daws says the exploration potential across the company’s recently granted tenure in Timor-Leste is significant.

“Our team have already located very high-grade manganese mineralisation at surface with work continuing. Estrella has over 500km2 now to explore and as seen at the recent granting ceremony in Los Parlos, it has the full support of the Timor-Leste government.

I have spent some time in the concession areas over the past few months and I have no doubt that our exploration team will uncover more exciting discoveries.

We look forward in working with our national partners, Murak Rai Timor, E.P., in Timor-Leste with the finalisation of our JV agreement expected to be completed early this quarter.”

Write to Adam Orlando at Mining.com.au

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