Auroch is leaping into lithium drilling at Kangaroo Hills
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Auroch has kicked off drilling at its Kangaroo Hills project to test high priority targets including a mineralised pegmatite swarm that returned 2.37% Li2O during recent sampling.
The 3,000m reverse circulation program of up to 10 holes will also test two other pegmatite targets that were defined by the same mapping and sampling program as well as test for potential strike continuation of the initial discovery hole, which intersected a 6m zone grading 1.38% Li2O from a down-hole depth of 198m.
Auroch Minerals (ASX:AOU) expects drilling to take up to four weeks to complete and will also evaluate the nickel potential of all intersected komatiite ultramafics.
Technical director Robin Cox said the company was excited to hit the ground running early in the new year with drilling at Kangaroo Hills where its work completed late last year had defined high priority targets.
He added that Western Australia’s Goldfields region is well known for its high-grade, high-tonnage lithium deposits and that the project has already shown early encouraging signs.
Kangaroo Hills is part of the broader Nepean nickel project operated by the company in joint venture with Lodestar Minerals (ASX:LSR) and was discovered during exploration drilling in late 2022.
It is located just 17km from Coolgardie and is well-serviced with sealed bitumen roads leading directly to the tenure and just a 50 minute drive to mining services available in Kalgoorlie.
Auroch’s discovery of lithium mineralisation and strongly fractionated pegmatites is also significant given its location just 30km from Mineral Resources’ (ASX:MIN) large Mt Marion lithium project.
The company plans to carry out an aggressive exploration project this year to test Kangaroo Hills for hard rock lithium-caesium-tantalum pegmatites.
This article was developed in collaboration with Auroch Minerals, a Stockhead advertiser at the time of publishing.
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