• Four priority areas prospective for lithium flagged at Wapistan project
  • Project neighbours have confirmed spodumene-hosted lithium mineralisation
  • Maiden fieldwork to commence next month
  • The company has two projects in the prolific James Bay region


Recharge Metals has identified four high-priority lithium target areas during generative exploration work at the Wapistan lithium project in the heart of the prolific James Bay Region in Québec, Canada.

The James Bay region in Quebec, Canada, may already be one of the hottest lithium exploration addresses in the world but recent activity – including Allkem upgrading resources at its project by 173% – has really turned up the heat.

Notable projects near Recharge Metals’ (ASX:REC) Wapistan project include Q2 Metals’ Mia lithium project (TSX-V: QTWO) and Ophir Gold’s Radis lithium project (TSX-V:OPHR), where recent exploration has confirmed the presence of spodumene-hosted lithium mineralisation in the Yasinski Greenstone Belt, turning them both into ten-baggers over the last year.

At Q2’s Mia project, 3 grab samples at the Mia prospect returned 2.73, 2.05 and 0.55% Li2O, and at the Carte prospect 3 grab samples returned 2.01, 1.57 and 1.04% Li2O.

At Ophir Gold’s Radis, 3 outcrop samples from the Chou prospect returned 2.33%, 1.68% and 1.17% Li2O, and the Navet prospect flagged 1.26% Li2O.

Ophir also identified a previously unsampled 300ft x 70ft (91m x 21m) spodumene-bearing zone in historical literature.

These results elevate the potential for similar occurrences at Wapistan, the company says.

Technical consultants Dahrouge Geological Consulting has now uncovered four targets from high resolution aerial and satellite imagery, historical outcrop mapping completed by Main Exploration Co in 1959, and a high-resolution drone magnetic survey completed by Northern Superior Resources in 2022.

“The four high-priority targets identified at the Wapistan Lithium project by Dahrouge provide major impetus for Recharge’s forthcoming field activities,” Recharge MD Felicity Repacholi-Muir said.

“I am especially encouraged by the scale of these targets, and the potential for lithium- bearing pegmatites to be present, based on our neighbour’s early success and these datasets.

Target ranking has now been undertaken to assist planning for Recharge’s maiden field program, due to commence in September.


Fieldwork to commence ASAP

It is anticipated that exploration activities will be able to commence relatively quickly due to excellent infrastructure and access, with Dahroughe currently finalising the logistics of the work programs now that wildfire restrictions have eased.

“The ability to access these by hiking in from the highway demonstrates the advantages Wapistan has with its excellent access to infrastructure,” Repacholi-Muir said.

“The relaxation of the fire restrictions over our two projects late last week was welcome news, and we look forward to deploying field teams to Wapistan and Express shortly.”

Dahrouge Geological is also conducting field programs and ongoing geological services for both Q2 Metals and Ophir, meaning that personnel, accommodation, and logistical support for Recharge’s field work at Wapistan will be centralised.


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Pic: Wapistan lithium project location. Source: REC.


Zeroing in on key targets at Express

Meanwhile, work is also planned at the company’s flagship Express lithium project, 120kms from Wapistan and just 12kms from Allkem’s project.

Recharge hopes to dial in on lithium bearing pegmatites at Express after recently completing of a Light Detection and Ranging (LiDAR) and high-resolution aerial imagery survey. 

All contracts are in place for the summer field season to progress the project once safe working conditions allow, with geological mapping and sampling to start, followed by diamond drilling.



This article was developed in collaboration with Recharge Metals, a Stockhead advertiser at the time of publishing.


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