Pioneer Dome Lithium-Caesium-Tantalum Project
Pioneer has discovered pegmatite-hosted lithium mineralisation in rock chip samples at its 100%-held Pioneer Dome Project. The Project, near Norseman in Western Australia, is located 130 km south of Kalgoorlie. The Project is situated 200 km north of the Port of Esperance with access via the Goldfields Highway. Water and gas pipelines also pass through the Project. The Project covers an area of approximately 341 km² comprising six exploration licences plus a mining lease which has been pegged over the Sinclair Caesium Zone.
At least 13 clusters of pegmatites, including LCT pegmatites, have been identified along a 20 km strike length. Approximately 7000 soil samples have been used to identify 9 priority and 15 mid-rank targets. Mapping and additional sampling required to generate drill targets. The inaugural 5000m RC programme at the end of 2016, identified both high grade Lithium and Caesium. The Project demonstrates strong potential for the discovery of a significant spodumene deposit and will be a focus for future drilling – such a discovery would be a major value driver. The high grade Caesium prospect has been named Sinclair Zone, and the Company is currently drilling to test extensions of this zone, and a Mineral Resource Estimate is underway. Mineral Resource Estimate, Sinclair Caesium Zone - 22 March 2017 Read more
Mavis Lake & Raleigh Lithium Projects
The Mavis and Raleigh Lithium Projects are situated 19 km and 80 km respectively east of Dryden, Ontario, Canada. The Projects are well located to relevant infrastructure. Pioneer earns an 80% interest in the Projects from International Lithium Corp (TSX.V: ILC). Read more
Donelly Lithium Project
The Donelly Lithium Project is located in the world class Greenbushes Mineral Field in south-west Western Australia. It extends from 12 km to 60 km southwest of the world class Greenbushes Lithium Mine, and comprises two exploration licence applications (E70/4826 and E70/4829) covering a total area of 220 km². The Donnelly Project is considered prospective for lithium contained in spodumene-bearing pegmatites of the Lithium-Caesium-Tantalum (LCT) geochemical family. Announcement Read more
Phillips River Lithium Project
The 100%-held Phillips River Lithium Project is located approximately 100 km east of the Mt Cattlin Lithium Mine, Ravensthorpe, in Western Australia. The project comprises three exploration licence applications that cover approximately 340 km² that are considered prospective for lithium spodumene-bearing pegmatites. Initial work will be to undertake detailed soil geochemistry in the areas of very anomalous lithium results returned from roadside sampling completed by a previous tenement holder. Read more
Bogardi Lithium Project
Pioneer 90%, Milford Holdings Pty Ltd 10%. Located 100 km southeast of Gascoyne Junction, the Bogadi project covers a very large, 25 km by 8 km, lithium-rubidium-niobium-tantalum-phosphorus geochemical anomaly. The anomaly may represent an ‘unconventional’ sedimentary lithium deposit. On grant, broad-spaced drill holes will test for the source of the geochemical anomaly.
The Acra Project covers an area of 370 km² and is located 60 km north east of Kalgoorlie, WA. The Acra Project has a 20 km long, north-west trending, structural corridor, which is evident in aeromagnetic data with elements observable in field mapping, and which is considered prospective for gold. Physical gold has been recovered from small gold workings that date from the 1890s until WW2, and more recently from nugget patches that are still being located and worked. Most exploration undertaken from the early 1970s to the present, however, has focussed on identifying nickel mineralisation. Recently, an aeromagnetic survey over a large area of the Eastern Goldfields of Western Australia, including over the Company's Acra Project, was undertaken, with flight lines at 100m line spacing. This is a great improvement on the previously available data. The Company engaged Dr David Isles (Southern Geoscience Consultants) to generate gold targets within an area of 2,200 km², including the Acra Gold Project, using the new aeromagnetic data. This highlighted 14 areas for further work. Three phases of drilling demonstrate that the Acra Gold Project is advancing: Aircore drilling geochemistry extends Kalpini South target by 60% - to 240m. Extension has coincident EM conductor (likely detecting pyrite-arsenopyrite sulphides – host to primary gold at Kalpini South); High grade gold (9m at 6.17g/t Au) intersected in RC drilling at Kalpini South demonstrates presence of a shallow, supergene gold deposit (see release to ASX 18 December 2015); Diamond drilling indicates that multiple gold-in-sulphide lodes are present; Aircore drilling generates new targets, highlighting potential for further gold discoveries, including: KPAC078: 21m at 1.0g/t Au, including 3m at 4.6g/t Au from 42m, at the Deep River Prospect. On 21 October 2016, Northern Star entered a Joint Venture for Pioneer's Acra Gold Project, to fast track exploration. Joint Venture announcement Read more
Juglah Dome Project (Gold and Base Metals)
The 100%-held Juglah Dome Gold Project covers an area of 157 km² and is located 57 km SW of Kalgoorlie, WA. Exploration in 2014 confirmed base metal targets. Pioneer’s recent exploration programs have focused on the 4 km long, Dingo Dam Prospect which is considered prospective for volcanogenic massive sulphide (“VMS”) silver lead-zinc mineralisation. The size and tenor of the anomaly is very encouraging and specific VMS-directed exploration programs will continue. Read more
Kangan Project (Gold and Lithium)
The Kangan Gold and Lithium Project in the western Pilbara is prospective for sediment/conglomerate-hosted gold as evidenced by rock chips of up to 2.73 g/t gold from previous exploration. Read more
Golden Ridge Project (Cobalt, Nickel)
The 100% held Golden Ridge Project (Blair Dome) covers an area of 29 km² including the Blair Nickel Mine, 35 km south east of Kalgoorlie, WA, or 40 km by road north of the Kambalda nickel processing facility and is prospective for Cobalt and Nickel.
An Ultramafic Dome is proposed for the Blair Project, with over 12 km of demonstrably prospective basal ultramafic contact outside the immediate Blair Nickel Mine Deposit. Subsidiary domes are also evident, adding another 5 km of ultramafic contact. The Project has strong nickel potential – the Blair Nickel Mine closed in 2008 having produced 1.26Mt of nickel ore at 2.92% Ni. In 2017, the Company conducted a detailed review of the Golden Ridge drilling database specifically looking for cobalt mineralisation and six prospective areas, occurring along the southern and western flanks of the Blair Dome, have been selected for more drilling. Read more
Fairwater Project (Nickel, Gold)
The 75%-held Fairwater Nickel Project is located in interpreted Proterozoic-aged rocks 130 km south west of Independence Group N.L.’s (ASX: IGO) Nova and Bollinger nickel deposits, in the Albany-Fraser Orogen in south east Western Australia. Diamond drilling intersected highly magnesian ultramafic rocks (including peridotites with 28%-36% MgO). These are interpreted to be components of a mafic-ultramafic conduit sill-dyke (chonolith) system, which are recognised as favourable host mineral systems for nickel sulphide mineralisation. When normalised to MgO content, the Fairwater peridotites show nickel-enrichment compared to global equivalents. Specific samples also show enrichment in copper and PGEs. Using major-element rock geochemistry, drill assays have resulted in a compelling mineralisation vector that indicates increasing nickel fertility towards the centre of the sill-dyke system. The results from this program support previous aircore drilling by Pioneer, which intersected supergene nickel sulphide minerals (at hole FWAC051: 0.61% Ni at 44 to 45m). Read more
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