Archer Exploration Limited: Eyre Peninsula Lithium Potential
- Extensive outcropping pegmatites prospective for lithium mineralisation
- Historic spodumene occurrences reported on Archer tenements
- Elevated tin levels associated with pegmatite
- Lithium exploration complements Archer's Campoona battery grade graphite project
- Sampling and mapping of pegmatites and spodumene occurrences to commence
The Eyre Peninsula Project is the location of Archer's Campoona battery grade graphite project covers an area of 2,300 km2.
During the ongoing geological review of the entire Eyre Peninsula Graphite Project tenement area, the Archer technical team became aware of previously reported spodumene occurrences on the tenement area. The spodumene was reported by a SA Government geological survey with the spodumene confirmed by petrology. No spodumene assay data is available.
The reported presence of spodumene when combined with the presence of extensive outcropping pegmatite bodies and elevated tin and tourmaline levels recorded by Archer (refer to Archer June 2015 Quarterly Report) leads Archer to believe that the larger tenement area may be prospective for lithium mineralisation.
Archer's exploration activities on the Eyre Peninsula have been focussed on the discovery and development of the company's Sugarloaf Agricultural Carbon and Campoona Ultrapure Graphite projects and these projects remain Archer's core focus in the region. During graphite focussed exploration Archer identified numerous pegmatite veins which have not previously been assessed for lithium potential.
The pegmatite bodies have been well known to Archer and mapped on a sporadic basis as the Company has been focussed on graphite exploration in the immediate area. Previous explorers had been focused on many different rocks types and commodities within the broader Eyre Peninsula Project Area with the pegmatite bodies never tested for lithium.
Fractionation of the pegmatite bodies has been observed in the field with a variety of pegmatites noted (Figure 3 in link below).
The worldwide demand for lithium ion batteries is exponentially increasing and this growth is forecast to continue. As a result, the demand for lithium and graphite is also increasing. The Company views the exploration for lithium as complementary to its current strategy of developing the Company's Campoona graphite project which is of a quality suitable for use in lithium ion batteries.
Work by Archer in 2015 identified a fractionated pegmatite as a part of ongoing mapping that reported elevated tin (Figure 4). In June 2015 Quarterly Report Archer announced that rock chip sampling of quartz-muscovite pegmatite/greisen reported tin levels of 0.12%. Follow-up sampling (Figure 5) returned multiple tin values above 100ppm.
The reporting of spodumene within the tenement area is significant as spodumene is the main hard rock mineral that is mined as a source of Lithium (Li) (e.g. Greenbushes). Spodumene can occur in pegmatite and aplite rocks and both of these rock types are reported to occur as veins within the Lincoln complex on the Eyre Peninsula.
Archer is encouraged by these early, initial results and will now formulate a follow-up exploration program to more accurately map and test the fertility of these pegmatite bodies using geochemical and petrological analysis and the location of the historic spodumene occurrences.
This work programme will be carried out concurrently with our continuing focus on bringing into production our low cap-ex magnesite project and the commercialisation of our battery grade graphite projects which also sit on these tenements.
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About Archer Exploration Limited:
Archer Exploration Ltd. (ASX:AXE) is an Australian Stock Exchange listed company with 100% ownership of 15 tenements and one Exploration Licence Application all in South Australia covering 6,053 km2.
Archer also has the rights to all minerals other than uranium on EL4693 covering a further 816 km2. Archer's main project is the Campoona Graphite Project which is located within reach of established and major developing infrastructure. It has a JORC 2004 Resource of 5.27 million tonnes @ 7.6 % TC (based on 2% TC cut-off).
Mr Greg English Chairman
Archer Exploration Ltd.
Mr Gerard, Anderson Managing Director
Archer Exploration Ltd.