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Impact Minerals unveils WA battery metals project

Fri 22 Apr 22, 10:40am (AEST)
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Key Points

  • Impact’s Dinninup project 60km east of Greenbushes
  • Soil geochem shows suggest nickel, copper, platinum, lithium, tantalum, nickel, other rare earths
  • Rock chip sampling in southwest WA to take place this quarter post land access agreement

Impact Minerals (ASX:IPT) has acquired a new project prospective for a range of battery metals and rare earths elements for only $20,000 in cash and 3m options exercisable at 2.4cps. 

The company is confident it has snatched up acreage which contain high priority targets for nickel-copper-platinum group elements; lithium-caesium-tantalum pegmatites, and, rare earth elements. 

So far, only a first pass soil geochemistry survey backs that up; the company will move onto rock chip sampling in the area near Hopetoun once it figures out a land access agreement. 

Aggregate southwest WA acreage now at 2720sq.km

The company’s new acquisition at Dinninup sees its total project portfolio, in terms of area, grow to 2,720 square kilometres. 

This is when counting the company’s Arkun and Jumbo projects, also in southwest WA, which the company describes as an “emerging mineral province.” 

The first drill hole at its Siverstar copper-gold-silver prospect at its Hopetoun project has intersected a 25 metre thick shear zone, according to Impact. 

An extra hole to test the updip structure will be commenced late next week, indicating a rejuvenation of activity on-site starting in early May.

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Geology (top) and magnetic (bottom) data for Dinninup

Dinninup made up of 4 licences 

The Dinninup acreage covers four different exploration licences: E70/5842, E70/6111, E70/6112, and, 170/6113. 

Archaen-aged granite geology and high-grade metamorphic rocks underlie the permits. The area presents with northwest trending faults and shear zones, as well as younger northwest trending dykes the company’s geologists believe originate in the Proterozoic.

"Younger," here, is obviously used in the context that a geologist would use it. In other words: ancient.

Impact buys Dinninup from Fiddler’s Creek Mining Company 

Impact paid Fiddler $20,000 in cash and 3 million unlisted options exercisable at 2.4cps for the acreage with a three year expiry. 

For acreage in an emerging mineral province with strong indications of commercially viable minerals on-site, one would be forgiven for raising an eyebrow at the low price of $20K. 

If the play pulls off, Fiddler’s Creek might be found kicking themselves behind closed doors.

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Written By

Jonathon Davidson

Finance Writer

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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