Power Metal Resources plc (LON:POW) the AIM listed metals exploration and development company is pleased to provide a Business Operational Update (the “Update”) to shareholders, outlining the current status of operations across the Company’s six existing projects and two projects under due diligence.
Paul Johnson Chief Executive Officer of Power Metal Resources plc commented:
“Power Metal is an operationally diversified business with precious metal interests in North America and base metal interests in Africa. The Company has multiple live exploration programmes running and significant corporate activity underway.
The summary below outlines where we are across each project, and the anticipated next steps or developments which, where material, will be notified to shareholders through regulatory news announcements.
Power Metal is at a key stage in its development and aided by our strong underlying financial position, we are pushing ahead proactively across the business, seeking to secure a large-scale metal discovery.”
Power Metal provides the following overview of its six main projects and two projects under due diligence.
Note: all exploration and corporate work is subject to COVID-19 restrictions which may impact work programmes and timescales. Power Metal and its partners are focused on the safety of operational teams and the conduct of programmes in line with local requirements in relation to COVID-19, and all applicable operational regulatory requirements.
Australia JV – Victoria Goldfields (Gold)
(POW holds a 49.9% interest in Australian JV Company Red Rock Australasia Pty Limited “RRAL”)
Twelve licence applications have been submitted by RRAL covering 2,188 km2 in the Victoria Goldfields with three licenses having completed the mandatory 14 day public advertising period. The JV team is working with Earth Resources Victoria to secure early grant of the advertised licenses to enable exploration to commence.
Ten detailed historic exploration and target assessment reports now received from local consulting geologists (four reports have been released to the market and six are under review, and will be announced shortly).
The NI 43-101 Technical Report covering seven key licenses is in final drafting stage and is expected to be received in final form in the coming week. The findings of this report will be released shortly after receipt and following internal review. Receipt of the Technical Report will also allow the potential listing of some or all of the JV interests to be progressed to the next stage.
In addition, liaison with various external parties is underway with a view to further potential corporate transactions, including external joint ventures, in respect of certain license applications.
Botswana – Ditau Camp Project (RARE EARTHS)
(Under Due Diligence)
(Subject to due diligence POW may acquire a 51% project interest)
Power Metal remains in due diligence and related discussions with Kavango Resources plc (LON:KAV), the current 100% project owner, with a view to crystallising a transaction in respect of the Ditau Camp project.
For clarity the due diligence period in respect of the Ditau Camp Project ends on 30 September 2020.
Botswana – Molopo Farms Complex Project (Nickel Copper PGMs)
(POW holds 18.26% of project holding company Kalahari Key and additionally may earn in up to a 40% project interest)
Kalahari Key Mineral Exploration Pty Limited (“Kalahari Key”), the JV partner and current 100% project owner is making considerable progress in respect of planning for drill commencement at the Molopo Farms Complex Project (“MFC Project”).
Drilling proposals have now been received from multiple contractors and a review is underway at present leading to contractor selection and thereafter, subject to rig availability, to confirmation of drill rig mobilisation at the earliest opportunity.
The drill programme will be focused on high profile nickel sulphide targets within the Chipo area of the MFC project.
Cameroon - Cobalt Blue Project (Cobalt – Nickel)
(POW holds a 100% project interest)
Power Metal is continuing to review the exploration and corporate options in respect of the Cameroon project interests and will provide a further update as material developments occur.
Canada – Silver Peak Project (Silver)
(Under Due Diligence)
(POW may earn in to a 30% project interest)
As part of the due diligence process Power Metal is funding an initial exploration programme at the Silver Peak project including channel sampling to help determine silver prospectivity.
Initial results are expected from this programme in the next week and Power Metal will update the market upon completion of an internal technical review of findings.
The DRC – Kisinka Project (Copper – Cobalt)
(POW holds a 70% project interest)
The Company is awaiting the receipt of assay results from the pitting and mapping programme conducted earlier this year. The results will help inform next stages of exploration on the ground at the 6.8km copper anomaly discovered within the Kisinka Project.
The results so far justify the magnetic ground survey and electromagnetic (“EM”) survey the Company is currently planning in order to increase understanding of structure in the target area defined by the exploration to date.
The license renewal was recently underway but the decision has been taken instead to convert the license to a Permis d’Exploitation (production license) with a 25 year life. 50% of the less prospective ground is being surrendered, leaving the Company with 41 carrés miniers (each 84.95 ha),
4 September 2020