Future Battery Minerals strikes further thick spodumene intersections at Kangaroo Hills Project, WA

Future Battery Minerals (ASX:FBM) has struck further near-surface, thick, spodumene-bearing pegmatites at its 80% owned Kangaroo Hills Lithium Project, shared with Lodestar Minerals (ASX:LSR), in Western Australia.

The company has recorded widths of up to 23.8m in its maiden diamond drilling program at the project. This program consisted of 5 holes for 313m and was designed to infill holes completed in a phase two reverse circulation (RC) program conducted in April 2023.

Future Battery Minerals reports this diamond drilling program is now completed, with assay results pending. The company says the diamond core samples will be utilised for early-stage metallurgical and mineralogical testwork starting in early June to provide ‘much-needed’ structural information.

Future Battery Metals says all 5 near-vertical drillholes intersected the target pegmatite, with the positioning of the holes designed to test the variability of mineralisation where the pegmatite ranged from weathered outcrop, transitional, and fresh rock.

The company says fresh rock intercepts of the pegmatite host visible, fine-to-coarse-grained spodumene, as logged by the Future Battery Minerals geological team.

In the upcoming mineralogical and metallurgical testwork, Future Battery Minerals will be studying and assessing the crystal size, nature, and amenability to recovery. Additionally, the structural measurements of the core have also confirmed the relative flat-lying nature of the mineralised pegmatite and gentle northerly dip.

Commenting on the findings, Future Battery Minerals Technical Director Robin Cox says: “Given the early success at Kangaroo Hills, FBM moved quickly to diamond drilling in order to understand the potential of this significant discovery.

Given the early success at Kangaroo Hills, FBM moved quickly to diamond drilling in order to understand the potential of this significant discovery”

The DD core samples give our geological team the ability to observe the pegmatite mineralisation with a level of detail not possible in RC drill chips and allow for the accurate logging of the lithium mineral spodumene, which has been identified as the dominant lithium mineral in fresh rock.

Ultimately, the core will be utilised in early-stage metallurgical testwork along with ongoing detailed mineralogical assessments. This significant phase of work is being conducted while the company awaits the return of assays from the remaining 23 drillholes from the phase 2 RC program and finalises the new phase 3 RC drilling program, along with regional target generative geophysics.”

Significant results recorded in phase 2 RC drilling include hole KHRC011, with 29m @ 1.36% Li2O from 38m; KHRC017, with 27m @ 1.32% Li2O from 64m; and KHRC022 with 16m @ 1.09% Li2O from 11m.

Future Battery Minerals is an ASX-listed exploration company focused on key battery minerals including lithium, nickel, and copper across its portfolio of projects in Western Australia, South Australia, and Nevada. 

These projects include the Kangaroo Hills Lithium, Leinster Nickel, Saints Nickel, and Nepean Nickel projects in Western Australia, the Bonaventura, Arden, and Torrens East Copper projects in South Australia, and the Nevada Lithium Project in Nevada, US.

The Kangaroo Hills Lithium Project is jointly held by fellow ASX-listed Lodestar Minerals, with Future Battery Minerals and Lodestar holding an 80% and 20% interest in the project, respectively.

Images: Future Battery Metals Ltd
Written By Harry Mulholland
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