Australia Gold Joint Venture – Update

Two further licences granted with the JV now holding seven granted licences

Power Metal Resources plc (LON:POW) the AIM listed metals exploration and development company is pleased to announce an update in respect of Red Rock Australasia Pty Ltd (“RRAL”) a joint venture company with gold exploration interests near the historic mining centre of Ballarat in the Victoria Goldfields.

Power Metal has a 49.9% interest in RRAL, with Red Rock Resources plc (“Red Rock”)(LON:RRR) holding a 50.1% interest.


  • Following grant to RRAL of its first five gold exploration licences in Victoria, announced on 2 February 2021 and 17 March 2021, a further two licences have now been granted:
    • EL007329 (Evergreen) covering 484 sq km
    • EL007301 (Mt Bute), covering 85 sq km.
  • The seven granted licences in Victoria now cover an exploration area of 848 sq km, including numerous old mines and workings and identified geological targets.
  • With the bulk of the ground covered by the previously prepared NI 43-101 technical report (1) now at granted status, the IPO process for RRAL will accelerate.

(1) A copy of the NI 43-101 technical report may be viewed on the Power Metal website through the following link:

Paul Johnson, Chief Executive Officer of Power Metal Resources commented:

“Today’s news marks a key point in the development of RRAL with the grant of the Evergreen tenement which is one of the larger licence applications and sits in an area of particular interest as demonstrated by increasing investment by peer companies in project acquisition and exploration.

Grant of the two licences moves the IPO process front and centre. We believe that the core interests of RRAL forming the basis for an IPO on the Canadian capital markets represents one of the most comprehensive investment opportunities in the Victoria Goldfields for Canadian and international investors.

RRAL are therefore moving forward at pace with both project exploration and corporate listing developments.”


Joint Venture Company - RRAL

RRAL is a joint venture company 50.1% owned by Red Rock and 49.9% owned by Power Metal Resources plc. Paul Johnson, CEO of Power Metal and Andrew Bell, Chairman of Power Metal and Red Rock, are directors of RRAL.

Granted Licences

RRAL has seven granted licences over an area of 848 km2 and covering high priority areas where RRAL has early drill targets that it is developing.

License  Number Project Name Area (sq km)
EL007271 Blue Whale 133
EL007281 Blue Chip 74
EL007285 Blue Ribbon 8
EL007301 Mt Bute 85
EL007327 Blue Stocking 60
EL007329 Evergreen 484
EL007385 Sardinia 4
Total   848


RRAL has licence applications in process for nine other new gold exploration licence areas covering approximately 1,488 km² in the Victoria Goldfields of Australia as follows:

License Application Number Project Name Area (sq km)
EL007282 Blue Sky 489
EL007294 Red Queen 130
EL007328 Blue Yonder 168
EL007330 Blue Angel 202
EL007460 Kilmore West 349
(3 competing applications) (*)
Outer Ballarat 148
State land within EL007271    
EL007505   (9)
EL007506   (9)
EL007507   (8)
Total   c.1,486

* Balmaine Gold Pty Ltd, Mercator Gold Australia Pty Ltd, and Loddon Gold Pty Ltd have put in competing applications the same day as RRAL for the ground covered by EL007540. The application considered to have greatest merit will eventually be given priority.

In addition to the Victoria Goldfields above RRAL has also made exploration licence applications in Western Australia as included in the table below. Please note where indicated below and there is another applicant the application will be subject to a ballot.

(One competing application)
Paterson 227
EL45/5885 Pilbara/Paterson 70
(One competing application)
Pilbara/Paterson 33

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29 April 2021


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