North Australian Diamonds Limited (ASX:NAD) To Farm In Meteoric Resources Nl (ASX:MEI) Webb Tenements
As recently announced (MEI ASX release 20 April 2011), Meteoric acquired the tenements over a cluster of more than 50 discrete, circular magnetic anomalies evident from regional aeromagnetic data in the Webb area. Meteoric's geophysical consultants advise that the magnetic character of these anomalies is consistent in shape, size and amplitude with those associated with some kimberlite and lamproite pipes in Archean cratons and Proterozoic mobile belts. The magnetic targets may represent a kimberlite or lamproite pipe field in an area of extensive windblown sand cover. There are no records of any previous diamond exploration having been carried out in this area and the targets are considered to be completely untested.
North Australian Diamonds (NAD) is Australia's most active diamond explorer and has a long term commitment to diamond exploration and development in Australia. NAD has extensive diamond holdings in northern Australia and has recently announced an upgraded resource at its Merlin project in the Northern Territory of 30 million tonnes containing a total of 7.2 million carats of diamonds (NAD March 2011 quarterly report).
NAD has completed pre-feasibility production trials at Merlin prior to commencing a feasibility study this year.
Under the terms of the agreement, and subject to completion of an exploration access agreement with the traditional owners, NAD may earn 70% of Meteoric's rights in the tenements by expenditure of A$2.5M within five years of signing an access agreement. A minimum programme of sampling and 1,000m of drilling is required during the first two years prior to NAD's right of withdrawal.
Meteoric is pleased to form a joint venture with an experienced and successful diamond explorer which will bring modern specialised diamond exploration techniques to bear on this totally unexplored region. Discussions with representatives of the traditional owners regarding access are in progress, with a view to commencing field work later in the year.
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About Meteoric Resources Nl
Meteoric Resources NL (ASX:MEI) is targeting gold exploration at the Company's wholly owned Juruena and Novo Astro Gold Projects, located in the Alta Floresta Belt in the state of Matto Grosso in Central Brazil.
The Juruena Project contains a current Global Mineral Resource Estimate (JORC 2012) of 1.3Mt for 261koz Au at 6.3 g/t comprising:
- High grade Dona Maria & Querosene resources - 436,000t @ 14.7g/t for 205,000 oz Au
- Large-tonnage, lower-grade Crentes resource with - 846,000t @ 2.0 g/t for 55,000 oz Au
MEI is currently carrying out its maiden drilling program in Brazil with first results anticipated in September 2019.
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