Test work of historical drilling from the Ethiopia Prospect confirms the potential for thick intervals of high purity kaolin at surface
Rare earth element indicator Cerium (Ce) is elevated in clay rich intervals, suggesting additional REE potential
Widespread REE and kaolin enriched host rocks point to broader potential
Resampling of 41 historical drill holes for REE and kaolin potential is underway, and results are due in late November 2021
In preparation for the upcoming ASX listing and drilling programs at the Eyre Peninsula Kaolin Project, iTech Minerals Ltd (ASX: ITM, iTech or Company) has undertaken a detailed review of historical data held by both Archer Materials Limited (Archer) and the South Australian Department for Mining and Energy. The review confirmed iTech’s view of the kaolin potential of the Ethiopia Prospect with kaolin test work on historical drill samples confirming thick intervals of high purity kaolin from surface with good recoveries.
While the team remains focussed on the kaolin potential, the review of data collected by previous explorer (Adelaide Resources, 2007) seeking uranium in the region, revealed that the geochemistry of those same samples showed highly elevated Cerium (Ce) values, indicating the potential for coincident REE Ion Adsorption Clay mineralisation (IAC). An extensive review of other historical data uncovered a high grade REE rock chip (>5% TREO) and the presence of a 5.7km x 2.5km outcropping allanite bearing monzonite nearby, all of which point to a REE enriched basement source in the area. iTech has sent selected samples for more detailed laboratory analysis and is expecting results in November.