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Juniors on Radar: 5 ASX Explorers to Watch today

Fri 28 Jan 22, 1:07pm (AEST)
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Key Points

  • Five juniors with interesting announcements today
  • Askari Metals, Castillo Copper, White Cliff Minerals, Aeris Resources, Vital Metals

Askari Metals acquires barrow creek lithium project

Askari Metals (ASX: AS2) has expanded the company’s stake in the lithium sector by acquiring the Barrow Creek Lithium Project in the Arunta Pegmatite Province of the Northern Territory. According to the company, the 278 sq.km project area is highly prospective for hard-rock spodumene-bearing lithium mineralisation.

The Barrow Creek project borders a geologically similar area held by Lithium Plus (CATL) - a $343bn market cap company that is a major supplier of Tesla's lithium-ion batteries.

Executive Director Gino D’Anna commented:

"The acquisition of the highly prospective Barrow Creek Lithium Project solidifies and strengthens our Company's entrance into the rapidly growing lithium sector."

For more detailed information about Askari Metals, click here to view the company's Deep Dive page.

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Askari Metals over the last year.

Castillo Copper announces board changes

Castillo Copper (ASX: CCZ) jumped 3.85% on the open after announcing an operational pivot and the arrival of a new CEO. 

Moving ahead, the company will focus on proving up JORC 2012 mineral resources for the Big One Deposit (Queensland), the BHA East Zone (Broken Hill, NSW), and the Cangai Copper Mine (NSW).

Chairman Rob Scott said:

“The NSW’s government’s new critical minerals policy is positive for resuming development of the Cangai Copper Mine which has an inferred JORC 2012 mineral resource comprising circa 108,000t of contained copper.”

The company also has two notable changes to the board. 

“I’m delighted to announce that Dr Dennis Jensen has been promoted to Chief Executive Officer and Mr Geoff Reed to Executive Director with immediate effect,” says Chairman Rob Scott.

“They take over from Mr Simon Paull who is retiring, effective 1 February 2022, after building up an excellent platform during his tenure with the group.”

The company’s incoming CEO, Dr Dennis Jensen, said:

“Moving forward, the Board’s objective will be to prove up JORC 2012 resources and further develop the Arya Prospect located in the Mt Isa copper-belt. In addition, we expect to have multiple targets to drill-test across the Luanshya and Mkushi Projects in Zambia’s copper-belt.”

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Dr Dennis Jensen, Castillo Copper's new CEO. Image credit: The Market Bull

White Cliff Minerals updates on Reedy South gold project

White Cliff Minerals (ASX: WCN) has updated investors on exploration activity within the company’s lithium and rare earth element projects, along with initial drilling at the Reedy South Gold Project. Seven holes at Reedy have been drilled, with samples sent to ALS Laboratories. 

Technical Director Ed Mead commented:

"I am pleased to say the RC rig has now moved into McCaskill Hill, where we are introducing modern interpretation and exploration, and I look forward to the assay results from ALS."

“We are pressing forward with exploration for Lithium and Rare Earth Elements, and have started a geochemical survey at the Hines Hill REE project.”

Investors have responded well to the news. At the time of writing, the company is up 5% today.

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White Cliff Minerals over the last 6 months. Trading volume shown in lower chart.

Aeris Resource updates investors on Cracow Operation 

Aeris Resources (ASX: AIS) has provided an update on exploration activities at the Cracow Operation in southeast Queensland. The company has described Cracow as “a gold rich mineral field” with more than 2.5m ounces of gold discovered to date.

The company produced 15,869oz of gold from Cracow in the previous quarter (ending 31 December 2021). This marked an increase from the previous period.

Likewise, Aeris' all-in sustaining cost (AISC) came in at $1,563/oz, marking a decrease compared to the last quarter.

The news has bounced the company's share price around today. So far, Aeris has had intraday lows of -3.85% and intraday highs of 3.85%. However, at the time of writing, the share price is flat with yesterday's closing bid.

Commenting on the announcement, Executive Chairman Andre Labuschagne said:

"What is particularly exciting are the results from the recent MT geophysical survey, which has identified favourable structural corridors under cover and to the south of the Western Vein Field, opening potential for a new Southern Vein gold field.” 

Vital Metals: one man’s trash is another man’s treasure

Vital Metals (ASX: VML) has completed its first mining and ore sorting campaign at the Nechalacho rare earths project in Canada. 

Despite Vital only mining 68% of the overall material planned to be mined in 2021, the company found a higher amount of useable ore than anticipated. The company mined nearly 58,000 tons of ore last year. 

Managing Director Geoff Atkins commented:

“The 58,000t of ore mined contains approximately 11,500t of ore previously identified within our pit design with the remaining 47,500t previously classified as waste.” 

“Because we have identified all this additional material which we are now able to process, we made the decision to amend our mining campaign, so that we can redesign the pit to ensure we maximise this additional quantity of rare earths which we will mine.”

The company now has over 10,000 cubic metres of high-grade, low-grade, and fine-crushed material stockpiled at Nechalacho for processing this year.

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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