Future Battery Minerals bounds into phase two drilling at Kangaroo Hills Project

Australian exploration company Future Battery Minerals (ASX:FBM) has begun phase two exploration drilling at the Kangaroo Hills Lithium Project in Western Australia.

The company reports phase two consists of 2,500m reverse circulation (RC), and 500m of diamond drilling is targeting shallow, thick, and ‘high-grade’ lithium pegmatites. 

The program will also specifically test for strike extensions of the previously reported shallow ‘high-grade’ intercept of 29m @ 1.36% lithium oxide (Li2O) within hole KHRC011, which remains open to the east, north, and south.

Future Battery Minerals reports the RC component of the drill program will be conducted as a first priority, stepping out on 40m to 80m hole spacings from KHRC011. These drillholes will average 120m angled depth, which is shallower than the phase one program.

The company believes that the ‘high-grade’ pegmatite is relatively flat lying and can be adequately tested using shallow drilling. Once RC drilling has determined the basic strike of the pegmatite, diamond drillholes will then be strategically planned to confirm the geometry.

Future Battery Minerals also notes core samples will provide the structural orientation as well as the ability to conduct detailed mineralogy investigations, with preliminary works already confirming spodumene as the present lithium mineralisation.

Commenting on the drilling, Future Battery Minerals Technical Director, Robin Cox, says: “Following the discovery of shallow, thick, high-grade lithium at Kangaroo Hills, the FBM team has wasted no time in getting back on the ground to test the extent of this significant intercept.

The planned follow-up drill program will directly step out from the discovery hole, testing the open ground to the east, north, and south which will provide the strike orientation of the lithium-rich pegmatite.

“Our field team has done a remarkable job so far to get us to a drill ready position so quickly and the entire FBM team is excited about what the program may deliver”

Our field team has done a remarkable job so far to get us to a drill ready position so quickly and the entire FBM team is excited about what the program may deliver.”

Future Battery Minerals reports the drilling will be conducted over a 4 to 6 week period and all pegmatite intercepts will be sent for assaying. The company is also nearing completion of the Litho-Magnetic Structural (LMS) review. Targets generated from this review will require further permitting and will be tested in a phase three exploration program.

The company notes it is currently awaiting assay results from the remaining 10 drillholes of the phase one program, which will be reported once received and interpreted.

Future Battery Minerals is an ASX-listed exploration company focused on its portfolio of projects in Australia and the US. These projects include the Kangaroo Hills Lithium, Nepean Nickel, Saints Nickel, and Leinster Nickel projects in Western Australia; along with the Arden, Bonaventura, and Torrens East Copper projects in South Australia.

The company also holds the Nevada Lithium Project near Tonopah in Nevada, US.

Images: Future Battery Minerals Ltd
Written By Harry Mulholland
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