Rare Earths

Frontier Resources: a potential early mover for rare earths in Gascoyne

Thu 03 Mar 22, 2:20pm (AEST)
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Key Points

  • Frontier has identified prospective rare earth elements at its Gascoyne project
  • Assay results for 154 rock chip samples due by the end of March
  • Frontier is adjacent to successful rare earth explorers including Dreadnought and Hastings Tech

Frontier Resources (ASX: FNT) is shaping up to be a potential early mover for rare earths exploration in the Gascoyne Region in WA. 

Recent exploration activities have identified further outcropping ironstones, prospective for rare earth elements including neodymium and praseodymium (NdPr).

NdPr are vital components used to manufacture powerful magnets used in technologies such as electric vehicles, wind turbines and other applications.

Frontier said that a total of 154 rock chip samples have been sent for laboratory testing and expecting assay results by the end of March

“These ironstones have never been sampled for rare earths and are identical to the ironstones that host the major rare earth mine at Hastings, less than 3km away,” said non-executive director Brian Thomas. 

Thomas pointed out the recent success of neighbouring tenement holder, Dreadnought Resources (ASX: DRE), which has discovered high grade ironstones and rare earth element bearing carbonatites. 

Frontier Resources - Gascoyne REE Project
Gascoyne region's rare earth explorers (Source: Frontier Resources)

“This validates the Company’s conviction to be an early mover in the region to explore for rare earths,” added Thomas. 

Next steps 

A maiden drill program for the area is planned for the second quarter of 2022, pending the outcome of the rock chip samples. 

Frontier views the Gascoyne region as a potential major rare earth mineral district in Australia.

This view has been supported by several discoveries from neighbouring tenants Dreadnought and Hastings Technology (ASX: HAS)

Frontier has a solid capital position to undergo its exploration activities, with $5m cash as at 31 December. The company has a market cap of just $23m.

The backdrop 

Rare earths is certainly up there with booming renewable commodities like lithium, nickel and uranium.

Prices for NdPr have surged substantially in the last 24 months as the market remains in short supply while demand for renewable technologies like electric vehicles continues to push new highs.

NdPr Prices
NdPr price (incl transport costs) (Source: Frontier Resources)
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Frontier Resources 12-month price chart

 

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Kerry Sun

Finance Writer & Social Media

Kerry holds a Bachelor of Commerce from Monash University and was Vice President of the University Network for Investing and Trading (UNIT). He is an avid swing trader, and drawn to breakouts and technical set ups. Outside of writing and trading, Kerry is a huge UFC fan, loves poker and bouldering.

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