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Juniors on Radar: 5 ASX Explorers to Watch Today

Tue 15 Mar 22, 11:45am (AEST)
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Key Points

  • Five juniors with interesting announcements today
  • +13.4% PhosCo - increases mineral resource estimate
  • +10% Frontier Energy - starts green hydrogen and renewable energy study
  • +9.3% MetalsTech - updates timeline for Sturec gold mine
  • +4.76% Chesser Resources - reports scoping study
  • +3.95% Golden State Mining - identifies six key target areas

PhosCo increases mineral resource estimate by 50%

PhosCo (ASX: PHO) has opened 13.40% higher after reporting a significant increase in the mineral resource estimate (MRE) at the Kef El Louz prospect at the Chaketma phosphate project in Tunisia.

The prospect now has a MRE of 55.5Mt of rock at a grade of 21.2% phosphorus pentoxide.

For context, concentrations of less than 25% phosphorus pentoxide are considered low grade, according to Undervalued Equity. The 25%-30% range is considered medium grade, and anything above is classed as high-grade. 

PosCo’s new MRE marks about a 50% increase from the previous estimate of 37Mt at 21% phosphorus pentoxide, which was published on November 9 2012. 

Executive Director Taz Aldaoud commented:

“Not only has the size of the resource increased substantially, but equally positive is the enhancement in confidence of the resource thanks to a large conversion of tonnes into the Measured & Indicated category. There’s plenty of upside at this deposit with drilling to date covering just less than half of the surface area of known KEL mineralisation.”

Frontier Energy starts green hydrogen and renewable energy study

Frontier Energy (ASX: FHE) has opened 10% higher after announcing the start of a renewable energy expansion study at the Bristol Springs solar project. The company has also begun a green hydrogen study.

Managing Director Mike Young said:

“These studies will be led by experienced consultancy Xodus Group, who will consider a range of clean energy scenarios as well as the potential for Green Hydrogen production. With the Western Australian Government’s plans for Green Hydrogen to match LNG [liquified natural gas] market share by 2030, having an early mover advantage in this sector is essential.”

The company plans to have stage one of the project under construction by this time next year. 

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MetalsTech updates timeline for Sturec gold mine

MetalsTech (ASX: MTC) has opened 9.3% higher after providing a progress update on the Sturec gold mine, located in Slovakia. 

Thanks to recent field mapping and historic drill data verification, the company expects to confirm an exploration target for the 1.5M oz gold mine sometime in March. 

The company also expects to announce a scoping study in April. 

Metalstech could be well suited to take advantage of strengthening gold prices. The company has noted that “a number of analysts [are] raising long term forecasts above US$2000/oz.”

Chesser Resources reports scoping study

Chesser Resources (ASX: CHZ) has opened 4.76% higher after announcing the results of a scoping study for the Diamba Sud gold project in Senegal, West Africa.

The company expects to receive payback 1.25 years after beginning commercial productions, with an expected project life of 7.5 years. 

During that time, the company aims to produce 704k oz of gold at an average cost of US$820/oz. 

Commenting on the announcement, Managing Director and CEO Andrew Grove said:

“Relative to the Company’s current market capitalisation of ~A$50m, the Scoping Study NPV [net present value] of approximately A$560m and resource growth potential at the Project highlights the potential for significant future value creation for Chesser shareholders.” 

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Golden State Mining identifies six key target areas at Yule

Golden State Mining (ASX: GSM) has opened 3.95% higher after new aircore drilling results confirmed six key target areas at the company’s Yule project, located in the Mallina Basin in the Pilbara. 

Managing Director Michael Moore commented:

“Our latest regional air-core drilling at Yule North and Yule East has revealed further encouraging gold and gold pathfinder anomalism for follow up.”

“The multi commodity nature of the host geology provides the company with strong exposure to in-demand metals. As well as a significant regional gold endowment, the company has established the nickel and lithium prospectivity of its ~730 sq.km of Yule tenements and looks forward to follow-up drilling in the 2022 field season.”

Written By

Jed Herne

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After graduating with a 99.4 ATAR, Jed won 3 scholarships to Curtin University, where he earned his Bachelor's degree and served as a Student Ambassador. He is primarily interested in long-term passive index funds as a vehicle for financial independence. Outside of covering financial news, Jed is a published author, podcaster, and has an unhealthy obsession with bouldering.

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