Trek's battery metals in WA

Trek Metals gains momentum with ‘major’ exploration at battery metals projects in Pilbara, WA

Trek Metals (ASX:TKM) reports that exploration activities are continuing to gain momentum across its portfolio of battery metals projects in the Pilbara region of Western Australia.

The current and planned activities are set to underpin a crucial period of ‘major’ exploration work for 2H 2022, which includes starting of a diamond drilling (DD) campaign for its new Hendeka Manganese Project.

Diamond drilling at Hendeka is to obtain metallurgical samples and perform regional exploration by targeting additions to the resource base via airborne geophysics, representing an ‘exciting’ growth opportunity for manganese within the electric vehicle and greater battery metals market.

The planned drilling is subject to completion of the scheme of arrangement for acquiring Edge Minerals Limited.

Commenting on the exploration plans, Trek Metals Chief Executive Officer Derek Marshall said: “The Trek team has been busy across our high-quality Pilbara battery metals portfolio.

“We believe that the outlook for battery metals remains incredibly strong given the underlying decarbonisation and electrification trends”

We believe that the outlook for battery metals remains incredibly strong given the underlying decarbonisation and electrification trends, and we are continuing to position the company for success as we step-up exploration and project development activities.

We are pushing ahead of the proposed acquisition of Edge Minerals Limited by scheme of arrangement and our planned exploration at the Hendeka Manganese Project, with airborne EM and drill contractors lined up to commence work later this year.

We are also planning to collect metallurgical sampled from diamond drilling to assess the potential to produce manganese sulphate for the Electric Vehicle market.

Additionally, we will utilise VTEM as an exploration tool to generate exploration targets for additional accumulations of manganese to further expand our resource base and establish critical mass.”

The company reports the field has recently relocated to Tambourah where it is currently conducting a soil sampling program aimed at defining lithium targets for initial drilling.

The historical work by FMG has highlighted ‘strong potential’ for lithium-caesium-tantalum pegmatites and this potential, combined with the presence of multiple outcropping pegmatites and a tenement that has never had a hole in it, “makes for an exciting exploration opportunity”.

Meanwhile, at Pincunah, the recommendation from Trek’s geochemical consultant was to extract additional information from the current sample suite by running additional analytical techniques. Assays are currently pending from the re-assay of a selection of drill pulps and chips from two holes have been scanned using TerraSpec’s Hi-Res Mineral Spectrometer.

Additionally, Trek reports that it has assays pending from recent surface geochemical sampling on E45/4640, the tenement it is acquiring from Pilbara Minerals, which is located directly adjacent to the Valley of the Gossans VMS discovery and Conductor A.

In addition, the completion of a heritage survey at the Jimblebar Nickel-Copper-Cobalt Project has paved the way for drill testing of ‘strong’ off-hole conductors.

A further heritage survey is scheduled to commence later this month to prepare for drilling operations at the Pincunah Project, following the discovery of new base metal drill targets.

Images: Trek Metals Ltd
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