Askari Metals acquires Myrnas project in WA Pilbara ‘lithium Goldilocks zone’

Thu 25 Aug 22, 11:07am (AEDT)
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Key Points

  • The porridge is just right for Askari as the company announces acquisition of a lithium project in a ‘Goldilocks’ pegmatite province
  • Called Myrnas Hill, the company views its new asset as complementary to its existing Yarrie Lithium Project
  • Project area is nearby a number of other successful operations, including Global Lithium Resources’ Archer deposit

Askari Metals (ASX:AS2) quickly shot up 16% in the first hour of trade on news the polymetals explorer has acquired the Myrnas Hill lithium project in WA. 

The acreage containing Myrnas sits nearby a number of other successful projects; for this reason, management have described the area as a ‘Goldilocks zone.’ 

On the off chance you’ve never read that fable, what they’re trying to say is: “everything is just right.” 

Askari buys the play off Raiden Resources (ASX:RDN), sending the microcap’s share price up 17% to 1c. Askari picks up the play for only $0.2m. 

A busy neighbourhood 

One big thing to note: the project sits under 30km away from Global Lithium Resources’ (ASX:GL1) Archer lithium deposit, part of its Marble Bar Lithium Project. 

The resource for that project underpins a whopping 10.5M tonnes of ore at a concentration of 1% lithium. Many Australian projects boasting concentrations of and above 1% are widely accepted as middle-upper grade, if not high grade altogether. 

A number of other heavyweight counterparts operate in the relative area, including Pilbara Minerals (ASX:PLS) and Mineral Resources (ASX:MRL)

Leading jurisdiction: Management 

“The Myrnas Hill lithium project is situated in the Pilbara region which [has] a reputation for being the leading jurisdiction for hard-rock lithium exploration,” Askari Metals Gino D’Anna said. 

“Exploration success by others around the project has demonstrated the fertility of this area and we are very excited to commence exploration immediately.” 

“The project is highly complementary to our district-scale Yarrie Lithium Project and we see this as a terrific opportunity.” 

Next steps

A data review will commence shortly covering that information the company possesses on the area, including soil geochemistry data and geotechnical satellite scans.

Fieldwork will follow the data review; Askari has not yet given any indication of timeline as to drilling. 

The company added it is in a strong cash position to proceed with exploration; Askari ended the June quarter with $4.3m in cash. 

Askari Metals' three month charts show the impact of sell-off psychology through June and July
Askari Metals' three month charts show the impact of sell-off psychology through June and July
Disclaimer: Market Index helps small-cap ASX listed companies connect with Australian investors through clear and concise articles on key developments. Askari Metals was a client at the time of publishing. All coverage contains factual information only and should not be interpreted as an opinion or financial advice.


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