Forrestania Resources logs visible spodumene at namesake project in WA

Diversified explorer Forrestania Resources (ASX:FRS) has identified visible spodumene in reverse circulation (RC) drill chips at the South Iron Cap East Project within its namesake project in Western Australia.

This visible spodumene was identified through an exploration program at both the South Iron Cap East and Giant prospects within the Forrestania Project, where drilling was designed to follow up on ‘highly encouraging’ geochemistry returned from pegmatites intersected in a previous drilling campaign. 

The company reports 6 holes were completed across 4 areas, with 624m drilled at South Iron Cap East and 670m completed at Giant.

Forrestania says 6m of pegmatite was intercepted in hole FSIR0010 from a depth of 40m. Visible spodumene crystals were identified amongst the RC chips and were also confirmed by ultraviolet (UV) response. Many of these spodumene crystals occur as coarse as the RC chips, which indicates the potential for coarser, in-situ spodumene grain size.

Forrestania says despite being relatively narrow, the intercept confirms that spodumene-bearing pegmatites extend into its tenure and notes the intercept is likely a small component of a more extensive system, based on the nature of other pegmatites in the area.

The remaining drillholes at South Iron Cap East intercepted narrow pegmatites, and the company interprets that these drillholes did not intercept the same pegmatite body. Given the wide-spaced drilling, Forrestania is still in the process of interpreting the structural complexities of the pegmatite bodies.

The company reports further drillholes have been planned near the spodumene-bearing intercept in order to understand its orientation and to enable effective distal targeting. Planning for this follow-up program is already underway, and Forrestania aims to start drilling once approvals are received from the WA Department of Mines, Industry Regulation and Safety (DMIRS) within 4 weeks.

Commenting on the results, Forrestania Resources Managing Director Michael Anderson says: “We are extremely encouraged by the outcome of this drilling program. In addition to the recently announced thick pegmatites at Calypso, we have now discovered visible spodumene in pegmatite at South Iron Cap East.

“… we are focused on areas that are highly prospective for lithium-bearing pegmatites”

This serves as confirmation that our systematic exploration strategy at Forrestania is effective and that we are focused on areas that are highly prospective for lithium-bearing pegmatites.

We still have a lot more lithium-targeted work ahead of us, not only at the Forrestania Project but also over our Eastern Goldfields ground and at our newly formed joint venture at the Hydra Lithium Project in James Bay, Canada. Comprehensive fieldwork programs are planned and/or in progress and we remain confident in the discovery potential at all 3 project areas.”

Meanwhile, at Giant, the drilling program intercepted the Giant pegmatite body along strike and down-dip of previous ‘high-grade’ results, with pegmatites up to 9m thick intercepted. These pegmatites presented in an altered form, and, subsequently, visual spodumene could not be confirmed.

Forrestania interprets that the Giant pegmatite transects the northern section of M77/549, while previous drilling results have demonstrated the pegmatite to be a lithium-caesium-tantalum (LCT)-style with varied lithium grades and thickness.

The new pegmatite intercepts indicate that it appears to not exceed about 10m in true width, and Forrestania notes assay results will reveal whether further pockets of ‘high-grade’ lithium mineralisation exist within the pegmatite body. A full suite of assays is expected in about 6 weeks, and Forrestania will provide further updates in due course.

Forrestania Resources is an Australian explorer searching for gold, lithium, and nickel across its portfolio of assets in Western Australia and Canada. The company holds the Forrestania, Southern Cross Gold, and Leonora Gold projects in Western Australia, along with the option to earn a 50% interest in the Hydra Lithium Project in Quebec, Canada under a joint venture with ALX Resources (CVE:AL)

On 4 July, the company raised $1.935 million through a pro-rata entitlement offer to support further exploration across its projects.

Write to Harry Mulholland at Mining.com.au

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Written By Harry Mulholland
Hailing from the Central Coast region of NSW, Harry is a passionate journalist with a background in print, radio and ESG news. When not bashing away on his keyboard, he can be found brewing a coffee or playing with his dog.