NickelSearch broadens its lithium horizons with five new licences down the road from Carlingup and Mt Cattlin
Special Report: NickelSearch has added four new exploration licences and one prospecting licence to its footprint WA’s Ravensthorpe district which now totals 194.5km2.
NickelSearch (ASX:NIS) has acquired four exploration licences (E74/719, E74/744, E74/743, E74/762) and one prospecting licence (P74/387) to its landholding in Ravensthorpe.
Combined, the licences cover 81.8km2 of ground prospective for lithium in close proximity to the Mt Cattlin lithium mine owned by Allkem (ASX:AKE) and to NIS’s flagship Carlingup project.
The explorer’s Ravensthorpe district landholding now totals 194.5 km2, of which 148.7 km2 is for all mineral rights including lithium, and the remaining 45.8 km2 is for nickel rights only.
NIS says the acquisition contains a continuation of structures northeast of the Mt Cattlin Mine and nearby to tenements held by Bulletin Resources (ASX:BNR), enhancing the potential of the lithium target pipeline.
“The strategic acquisition of these tenements in new areas prospective for lithium in proximity to the Mt Cattlin mine exposes NickelSearch to lithium exploration success in CY2024,” NIS managing director Nicole Duncan says.
“Following the recent capital raising and option exercising raising approximately $3.6 million before costs, we are well funded to execute our exploration programs.”
While historical exploration has primarily focused on nickel, NIS plans to accelerate lithium exploration programs including mapping, soil sampling and rock-chip sampling with the aim to define drill-ready targets in the first half of next year.
NIS has entered into a binding agreement to acquire 100% of the issued capital of Resource Standard, which has effective ownership of the tenements E74/743, E74/744, and E74/719.
Material terms of the agreement with Resource Standard are as follows:
The deferred share consideration payments are subject to shareholder approval. If shareholder approval is not obtained or expires, NickelSearch will pay the cash amount in lieu of the shares. The Agreement otherwise contains terms and conditions customary for an agreement of this nature.
It has also entered into an agreement with Mining Equities to acquire 100% interest in E74/762 and P74/387.
Transfer of E74/762 is subject to ministerial consent, which will be sought immediately.
Material terms of the Mining Equities agreement are as follows:
The company plans to accelerate lithium exploration programs including mapping, soil sampling and rock-chip sampling with the aim to define drill-ready targets in H1 CY2024.
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