Sayona Mining has announced the discovery of a new spodumene bearing pegmatite at the Authier lithium project.
According to the company, the new pegmatite was discovered in a step-back drill hole (no. 10) targeting deeper mineralisation in the eastern zone of the Authier pegmatite.
“The new pegmatite, not visible from the surface, was intersected at shallow levels between 15 to 21 metres downhole depth and contained visible spodumene minerlisation,” Sayona told the ASX.
“The new pegmatite is located approximately 400 metres north of the main pegmatite resource. Further drilling is required to test the extent of the new pegmatite system.”
Sayona also revealed that mineralised pegmatite of the main body was intersected between 234-344 metres, and 258 to 280 metres downhole depth.
“The new discovery highlights the potential for identifying new pegmatites within the Authier tenement package which remains underexplored outside the main pegmatite resource,” reads the statement.
Sayona has now completed ten drill holes totalling 2,000 metres and samples from the first seven holes have been sent to the laboratory for analysis.
The Authier project area consists of 19 mineral claims over Crown Lands totalling 653ha. It is located 45 kilometres north-west of the city of Val d’Or, Canada, and is accessed by a rural road network connecting to a national highway located close to the project site.
The 825 metres-long deposit is hosted in a spodumene-bearing pegmatite intrusion and has an average thickness of 25 metres.