Essential Metals expands WA lithium mine: High-grades found

Thu 14 Jul 22, 2:01pm (AEST)
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Key Points

  • Essential Metals’ Pioneer Dome lithium mine is set for a resource upgrade
  • Decision follows high grade results found at the Cade and Davy targets
  • New mining lease application expected to be passed before end of the year

Essential Metals’ (ASX:ESS) share price is up 5.8% in early afternoon trades as company geos flag high grade lithium assay results. 

Based on this success, management is planning to expand the mineral resource attached to the Pioneer Dome project in the near future. 

A new mining lease application covering extended mineralisation beyond current permit boundaries will be submitted in late August and is expected to be received by November. 

The location of the company's play; note proximity to Norseman WA (bottom right)
The location of the company's play; note proximity to Norseman WA (bottom right)

What’s all this about high grades? 

Essential metals has extracted a number of cores from two key targets on-site, the Cade Deposit and Davy Deposit. 

Investor advisory firm Next Investors notes projects with lithium concentrations in cores over 1% total density are considered high-grade.

Essential Metals has posted five substantial cores with concentrations above 1%, making them high grade—and the cores are also from relatively shallow depths. 

Broken down, those results are: 

Cade Deposit 

  • 19.2m @ 1.44% lithium from 15m depth 

  • 23.7m @ 1.26% lithium from 3.6m depth 

  • 18.9m @ 1.25% lithium from 21.1m depth 

Davy Deposit 

  • 31.95m @ 1.24% lithium from 45.4m depth 

  • 18.7m @ 1.05% lithium from 17m depth 

Extensional drilling in August 

In boosting its mineral resource, Essential Metals will commence RC extension drilling at the Davy Deposit next month, to test just how much more lithium is sitting out there. 

Likewise, drilling at Cade will test just how deep lithium goes underground. 

If successful on both counts (lithium found further out at Davy, and deeper down at Cade,) the company will be well placed to upgrade its 2012 JORC mineral resource estimate. 

The bottom line? Higher prospects of bankability, and a higher chance of a successful investment decision. 

Essential Metals having a very good 2022 

Compared to mid-July 2021, Essential’s share price is up a whopping 160%. 

On that same twelve month basis, the company’s share price is outperforming the ASX200 by 170.3%. 

Year to date (YTD) performance since January 1 2022 sees the price up 87%, though, it has lost -15% on a one month basis.

Essential Metals has outperformed the materials index (XMJ) for an entire year
Essential Metals has outperformed the materials index (XMJ) for an entire year


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Jonathon Davidson

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Jonathon is a journalism graduate and avid market watcher with exposure to governance, NGO and mining environments. He was most recently hired as an oil and gas specialist for a trade publication. Email Jon at [email protected].

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