Aurora Energy Metals (ASX:1AE) on Thursday announced the completion of its maiden drill run in Oregon, drilling for lithium and uranium at the company's self-named project near the Nevada border.
Multiple intersections of both uranium and lithium were successfully hit by the exploration team. Assay results for both are due back in the coming weeks and months.
Mineralisation at the project sees lithium lakebed sediments overlying hard-rock uranium mineralisation present at further depths below.
Noteworthy is that the company hit uranium outside the boundaries of the known mineralisation area at the project.
Both a Reverse Circulation (RC) and Diamond drill rig were used during the campaign.
Aurora mobilised a second rig on-site halfway through November.
“It’s great that the team has been able to conclude this first drill program on schedule. We were fortunate to source the diamond drill that complemented the RC program,” Aurora Energy Metals MD Greg Cochran said.
“[This ensures] that we generated a limited amount of core that can be utilised for further uranium metallurgical testwork and potentially the first stage of lithium analysis.”
Drilling for uranium in the United States, the company is fully aware the Biden Administration is prioritising establishment of a secure domestic uranium supply chain in the US.
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