OD6 WA REE project

OD6 Metals launches drilling program at Splinter Rock Project in WA

OD6 Metals (ASX:OD6) reports that is has started drilling at its Splinter Rock Project, is located about 150km by road northeast of Esperance.

The initial aircore (AC) drilling program is targeting historic ‘high-grade’ rare earth intercepts with 192 holes planned with spacing varying between 200m, 400m, and 800m.

OD6 reports that the initial drilling program is expected to be completed during October 2022.

OD6 drilling WA REE project

Commenting on the drill program, OD6 Managing Director Brett Hazelden said: “We are excited to announce the commencement of our maiden drill program at Splinter Rock so shortly after listing and despite some minor delays due to wet weather and COVID.

“The campaign has been carefully developed on the back of historic exploration across the tenement package, which demonstrated significant REE potential”

The campaign has been carefully developed on the back of historic exploration across the tenement package, which demonstrated significant REE potential.

Our initial aircore program is scheduled for 192 holes and up to 7,000m of drilling. It is pleasing to be drilling for clay based rare earths and we look forward to updating the market on our progress.”

The Splinter Rock Project is a 2,579km-square tenement package located approximately 150km northeast of Esperance, Western Australia.

Historically a 30km drill transect of air core drilling traversed the Splinter Rock tenure at between a 2km and 4km spacing.

A number of holes intersected an enriched REE saprolitic zone between 5m and 37m in thickness.

The Splinter Rock clay hosted REE mineralisation is currently inferred to be a mobilised weathering product of the REE enriched Booanya granite suite and is potentially comparable to clay hosted REE deposits currently mined primarily in China.

Based on historic work and compilation of target geology, the target area at Splinter Rock covers over 30 x 60km, making this one of the largest known clay REE target areas in Australia.

The project is blessed with excellent infrastructure including proximity to port of Esperance, significant future renewable energy resources and accessible by road.

OD6 Metals is an Australian public company with a purpose to pursue exploration and development opportunities within the resources sector.

The company holds a 100% interest in the Splinter Rock Project and Grass Patch Project, which are located in the Goldfields-Esperance region of Western Australia, about 30 to 150km north of the major port and town of Esperance.

The projects are considered prospective for clay hosted REEs with the company’s aim of delineating and defining economic resources and reserves to develop into a future revenue generating operational mine.

Clay REE deposits are currently economically extracted in China, which is the dominant world producer of REEs.

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