Pantera Minerals has wasted no time in starting sampling and mapping work over three recently granted exploration tenements at its Weelarrana project in Western Australia.

The geochemical soil and rock chip sampling and mapping work is aimed at developing manganese and gold-silver drill targets at the project where recent Phase 1 drilling intersected visible manganese mineralisation on each drill line.

Pantera Minerals (ASX:PFE) will also conduct multi-element soil sampling over anomalous gold-silver rock chip results of 2.44 parts per million (ppm) silver and 0.18ppm gold it had previously announced.

“We are delighted to have had three tenements granted at Weelarrana, allowing us to commence further on-ground exploration immediately at our Weelarrana manganese project,” chief executive officer Matt Hansen said.

“We believe this project area holds significant potential for the discovery of high grade manganese mineralisation, and this exploration program will allow us to fast-track the development of drill targets within the recently granted tenements in addition to our current drill targets on E 52/3878.”

Granted tenements

The newly granted tenements cover a total area of 357km2 and serve to consolidate the company’s position over the prospective manganese host geology at Weelarrana.

E 52/4046 covers 203km2 and is prospective for an extension of manganese mineralisation along the contact between the Calyie Sandstone and Ilgarari Siltstone that is present between Pantera’s Mn Area 1 and OM Holdings’ 701 Mile project.

Its northern section is also prospective for manganese as the Ilgarari Siltstone has been identified and mapped by the Geological Survey of Western Australia.

Tenement E 52/4071 covers 138km2 about 53km to the east of Weelarrana and is prospective for manganese mineralisation within the Balflour Formation – the host for Firebird Metals’ Hill 616 project, which has a resource of 57.5Mt at 12.2% manganese.

It covers known outcrops of Balfour Formation that have been subject to minimal exploration for manganese and is directly adjacent to known manganese occurrences at Pantera’s Mn 4 and Element 25’s Zebra Bore and Dead Camel projects.

Meanwhile, E 52/4072 covers 16km2 and is 4.5km along strike from Hill 616 within the same stratigraphy.

The tenement covers known outcrops of Balfour Formation and is also adjacent to Element 25’s Burranbar manganese project.

All three tenements are easily accessible year-round with numerous roads and pastoral tracks.



This article was developed in collaboration with Pantera Minerals (ASX:PFE), a Stockhead advertiser at the time of publishing.

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