Norwest has started drilling to test its high-priority Arunta West project in Western Australia for rare earths, copper-gold and base metals.
The 20-hole program totalling 2,000m will test a REE anomaly with the associated metals which it had identified in February 2022 from geochemical sampling.
This anomaly is defined by coincident cerium, lanthanum and yttrium extending along a 3km section of the geological contact between the Mount Webb granite and Bitter Springs Group sediments.
Norwest Minerals (ASX:NWM) had previously noted that the anomaly is broadly similar to the high-grade Dazzler and Iceman REE deposits at the third party Browns Range project located outside Halls Creek, Western Australia, albeit its coincident cerium and lanthanum surface samples having a tenor twice of those used to identify those deposits.
“We are very pleased to have the RC drill rods spinning at our targeted 20-hole program. This is an exciting time for all Norwest shareholders and the culmination of extensive targeting work undertaken by the Norwest team,” chief executive officer Charles Schaus said.
“The Norwest drilling follows the announcement by explorer WA1 Resources Limited (ASX: WA1) of the two REE discoveries on its West Arunta project located nearby.”
This article was developed in collaboration with Norwest Minerals, a Stockhead advertiser at the time of publishing.