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Power Metal Resources #POW – Paul Johnson talks to Alan Green

In a very frank interview, Paul Johnson discusses the challenges facing the junior resource sector in the markets at present, while reminding us that behind the scenes there is a solid and fast growing business operated by a dedicated team. Paul then updates on the latest developments at the company’s portfolio of projects around the globe, before running through the upcoming IPO’s for Golden Metal Resources, FDR and FCM, and planned IPOs for other projects. We finish with a summary of upcoming milestones for investors to watch out for, ending with a personal message from Paul to all shareholders.

Power Metal Resources #POW – Ditau Project – Drilling and Geophysics Update

Power Metal Resources plc (LON:POW), the London listed exploration company seeking large-scale metal discoveries across its global project portfolio announces a drilling update in respect of the Ditau Camp Project (“Ditau”), located in southwestern Botswana. Ditau is considered prospective for carbonatite hosted rare-earth element (“REE”), base metal and possible precious metal mineralisation.

Ditau is held within a 50/50 Joint Venture (“Kanye Resources”) with London-listed Kavango Resources plc (LSE:KAV) (“Kavango”). Kavango is the operator.

Project Background

The third diamond core drill hole of the programme, drill hole DITDD005 on the i1 Target is now complete, and the drill rig has relocated to the i8 target, where drilling has now commenced on hole DITDD006. The final siting of DITDD006 followed the completion of a Controlled Source Audio-Magnetotelluric (CSAMT) ground geophysical survey and survey data inversion modelling.

The CSAMT survey imagery has provided enhanced interpretative model of the geology and structural setting of the i8 Target beneath the Kalahari sands and sediments. Images highlighting the i8 Target with a CSAMT section overlay can be found at the link below:

Ditau drilling and AMT update – Power Metal Resources plc (LON: POW)

Additionally, Kanye has shipped the first batch of drill core samples from hole DITDD004 for testing at a certified laboratory in South Africa, with fast-track analyses requested.

Highlights:

–    Diamond core drillhole DITDD006 has commenced on the i8 Target:

–    CSAMT survey completed over i8 has provided an enhanced targeting model enabling drill collar location, hole dip and azimuth optimisation.

–    The i8 Target is highlighted by a circa 4km diameter ring structure which was interpreted from airborne magnetic survey data.

–    This target was the subject of 5.5-line km of CSAMT surveying, using both high and low frequency configurations.

–    Inversion processing of the CSAMT data over the i8 Target, which was completed by an external geophysical consultant, has shown bedrock signatures below the i8 Target magnetic anomaly that are significantly different from the surrounding flat lying signatures which are interpreted to be sedimentary country rock. 

–    These geophysical signatures appear disturbed in dip and vertical position and are interpreted to relate to an intrusive body.  These signatures are significantly different to those seen in the CSAMT survey for the i10 and i1 Targets.

–    Drillhole DITDD006 is targeting the ring of the magnetic geophysics high, where it is coincident with resistivity geophysics high features, near the edge of the i8 Target.

–    Drillhole DITDD005, targeting the i1 Target, is now complete with a final down-hole depth of 343.9m.

–    DITDD005 intersected extensive conglomerate with a measurable magnetic mineral content.

–    The interpretation of these findings is to be aided by an expanded CSAMT survey programme – which includes additional line-km over the i1 target.

–    Update in respect of Drillhole DITDD004, targeting the i10 Target:

–    DITDD004 intersected thick successions of highly magnetic brecciated rock units, confirmed by magnetic susceptibility readings on drill core, with the magnetism interpreted as being related to hydrothermal alteration processes.

–    First batch of drill core samples have been cut and shipped for multi-element analyses (including select fire-assays), at a certified laboratory located in South Africa, with fast-turnaround ‘rush analysis’ requested.

–    Further sample batches from hole DITDD004 will be dispatched during the coming weeks.

–    A separate batch of samples for petrographic analysis are currently in preparation.

–    High frequency CSAMT geophysics survey underway on the i10 Target, with the purpose of augmenting the existing AMT survey dataset, to assist further modelling and interpretation of the range of lithologies intersected in the DITDD004 drill hole.

Paul Johnson, Chief Executive Officer of Power Metal Resources PLC, commented:

“The Ditau drilling is moving at significant pace through the key targets and today we announce the commencement of hole DITDD006, which is located on the i8 Target, the third main area being tested as part of this ongoing programme. As you will see from the AMT images linked above, the i8 target is particularly interesting.

Photographs of the drill core from  hole DITDD004  are now available to view in the Gallery section of the Company’s website, the core samples have been submitted to the assay laboratory in South Africa and the results  are eagerly anticipated with the faster-turnaround ‘rush’ analytical service requested.

There is an intensely active period underway in the Kanye JV and I look to providing further updates to the market in the near future.”

Target I8

The inversion modelling  of the CSAMT and aeromagnetic survey data has led Kanye to conclude that the i8 Target anomaly could be caused by a buried intrusive body, approximately 4km in diameter.  The inversions modelling, undertaken by an external geophysical consultant, shows ‘intrusive’ signatures below a magnetic ring anomaly, that are significantly different to the surrounding flat lying ‘sedimentary’ signatures.

The CSAMT survey has detected signatures that appear disturbed in their dip and vertical position. There is also possible thrust faulting that has been identified by the inversions.

The area of disturbance is radially symmetric with the aeromagnetic ring structure and is interpreted to be a possible intrusion. Further, there are CSAMT signatures that are coincident with the outer magnetic ring that are protruding high into the resistivity section, further suggesting the possibility of an intrusive body.  This signature is significantly different from that interpreted from preliminary CSAMT data collected on the i10 and i1 Targets.

The target conforms to an idealised model for a carbonatite.  The composition of this is now being tested by drillhole DITDD006, planned to a depth of 400m. 

Background to Targeting

Kanye has identified 12 geophysical structures/targets at Ditau (i1 through i12 Targets), which could be possible carbonatites and/or intrusive complexes that may host carbonatites. Nine of these targets are particularly well defined.

There are two target types at Ditau:

1)    Discrete kilometre-scale carbonatite pipe targets; and

2)    Larger multi-kilometre scale intrusive complex targets that may also be host to carbonatite intrusives.

The 12 Ditau geophysical targets are not known to have been tested for REEs historically. Kanye identified these targets, which range in size from circa 2km to 18km in diameter, using modern geophysical interpretative techniques. Kanye has used combined and integrated Airborne Magnetics, Ground Magnetics and CSAMT surveys in the exploration of the Project and for drill targeting.

Recently completed and inverted CSAMT surveying of the i8 Target, using both high and low frequency configurations, has resulted in high resolution of the basement below the Kalahari sand and sediment cover, providing enhanced target definition. As a result, Kanye is now running both high and low frequency CSAMT surveys over the i1 and i10 Targets to further enhance the interpretation of these, post drilling.

Completed Holes

A total of three drillholes for a combined core length of 1,037.3m have now been completed as part of the 2022 drilling programme. Mindea Exploration and Drilling Services (Pty) (“Mindea”) is conducting the drilling. Analytical results will be provided once assays are received, compiled, and interpreted.

2022 Drill Programme Summary Table (WGS 84 UTM Z34S):

Target

Drillhole

UTM E

UTM N

Azimuth (°)

Inclination (°)

Final depth

i10

DITDD003

640350

7231120

000

-80

300.1m

i10

DITDD004

640350

7230500

000

-80

393.3m

i1

DITDD005

650000

7246515

000

-80

343.9m

i8

DITDD006

654100

7233400

180

-80

In progress

 

POW/KAV Joint Venture at Ditau

Ditau is held in a 50/50 Joint Venture (“Kanye Resources”) with London-listed Kavango Resources plc (LSE:KAV) (“Kavango”). Kavango is the operator.

Competent Person Statement

The technical information contained in this disclosure has been read and approved by Mr Nick O’Reilly (MSc, DIC, MIMMM, MAusIMM, FGS), who is a qualified geologist and acts as the Competent Person under the AIM Rules – Note for Mining and Oil & Gas Companies. Mr O’Reilly is a Principal consultant working for Mining Analyst Consulting Ltd which has been retained by Power Metal Resources PLC to provide technical support. 

This announcement contains inside information for the purposes of Article 7 of the Market Abuse Regulation (EU) 596/2014 as it forms part of UK domestic law by virtue of the European Union (Withdrawal) Act 2018 (“MAR”), and is disclosed in accordance with the Company’s obligations under Article 17 of MAR. 

For further information please visit https://www.powermetalresources.com/ or contact:

Power Metal Resources plc

Paul Johnson (Chief Executive Officer)

+44 (0) 7766 465 617

 

SP Angel Corporate Finance (Nomad and Joint Broker)

Ewan Leggat/Charlie Bouverat

+44 (0) 20 3470 0470

 

SI Capital Limited (Joint Broker)

Nick Emerson                                                                                                           

+44 (0) 1483 413 500

 

First Equity Limited (Joint Broker)

David Cockbill/Jason Robertson

+44 (0) 20 7330 1883

NOTES TO EDITORS

Power Metal Resources plc – Background

Power Metal Resources plc (LON:POW) is an AIM listed metals exploration company which finances and manages global resource projects and is seeking large scale metal discoveries.

The Company has a principal focus on opportunities offering district scale potential across a global portfolio including precious, base and strategic metal exploration in North America, Africa and Australia.

Project interests range from early-stage greenfield exploration to later-stage prospects currently subject to drill programmes.

Power Metal will develop projects internally or through strategic joint ventures until a project becomes ready for disposal through outright sale or separate listing on a recognised stock exchange thereby crystallising the value generated from our internal exploration and development work. 

Value generated through disposals will be deployed internally to drive the Company’s growth or may be returned to shareholders through share buy backs, dividends or in-specie distributions of assets.

Power Metal Exploration Programmes Underway/Results Awaited

Power Metal has exploration programmes completed or underway, with results awaited, as outlined below:

 

Project

Location

Current

POW %

Work Completed or Underway

Results Awaited

Alamo Gold Project

USA

Earn-in to 75%

Excavation of multiple test pits and mapping & sampling.

Field and assay results from on-site work programme.

Athabasca Uranium

Canada

100%

Data compilation across uranium properties

Interpretation results from all Properties complete. Next steps upcoming.

Authier North Lithium

Canada

Earn-in to 100%

Soil & rock sampling completed

Technical Review of exploration results & define next exploration steps.

Ditau Project

Botswana

50%

Drill programme focused on key targets notably drilling of potential carbonatites and targeting rare-earth elements.

Field updates and receipt & review of laboratory assay results.

Kalahari Copper Belt

Botswana

50%

Exploration programme underway across the South Ghanzi Project and further exploration at the more recently acquired South Ghanzi Extension and Mamuno licence areas

Field programme findings and defined drill targets for near term drilling.

Molopo Farms

Botswana

53%#

Review of recent exploration findings.

Determine next exploration steps and action plan.

Victoria Goldfields

Australia

49.9%

Diamond drill programme completed.

 

Field updates and receipt & review of laboratory assay results.

Paterson Projects

Australia

82.78%*

Wallal passive seismic and 2D seismic processing work programme completed.

Review of historical data and target generation for Ripon Hills & Braeside West projects.

 

Findings from multiple work programmes including final approvals and preparations for planned deep diamond drilling.

Selta Project

Australia

82.78%*

Lithium review underway including desktop and field mapping and sampling.

Findings from lithium review exploration programme.

* Reducing to 62.12% after Completion of the Pre-IPO Financing

# subject to completion of acquisition announced 18.5.22 interest will increase to 87.71%

Power Metal Resources #POW Signs Conditional Agreement to Acquire Additional 58.7% interest in Kalahari Key Mineral Exploration Pty Limited and Become Operator of the Molopo Farms Complex Project

Power Metal Resources PLC (LON:POW) the London listed exploration company seeking large-scale metal discoveries across its global project portfolio   announces an acquisition update in respect of Kalahari Key Mineral Exploration (Pty) Limited (“Kalahari Key” or “KKME”).

Kalahari Key has a single project 60% interest in the Molopo Farms Complex Project (the “Project’ or the “MFC Project”) targeting a large-scale nickel – platinum group metal (“PGM”) discovery in southwest Botswana. 

HIGHLIGHTS:

§ Power Metal has signed a conditional agreement to acquire an additional 58.7% interest in the  share capital of Kalahari Key.

§ Power Metal to acquire a further 15,002 Kalahari Key shares for £807,348 payable through the issue of 46,134,171 new ordinary shares of 0.1 pence each in the Company (“Ordinary Shares”) shares at a price of 1.75p per new Ordinary Share.  Full transaction details below).

§ Following completion and a restructuring of the MFC Project interest Power Metal will hold 87.71% of Kalahari Key which will wholly own the Molopo Farms Complex Project on completion (an increase of approx. 35% from the current circa 53% MFC Project effective economic interest held by Power Metal).

§ Power Metal will become operator of the Project with immediate effect and will look to accelerate exploration, including a next stage drill programme.

Paul Johnson, Chief Executive Officer of Power Metal Resources PLC, commented: “We have today conditionally secured an increase to an 87.71% interest in Kalahari Key, which on completion will have a 100% ownership interest in the Molopo Farms Complex Project in Botswana.

The MFC project delivered excellent initial drill results last year, which we now intend to follow up at some pace as the operator of the Project.

Our target remains a large-scale nickel sulphide discovery and should we successfully move along that pathway, we are confident the MFC Project will continue to draw interest from investors and potential operational partners.”

TRANSACTION TERMS – ACQUISITION OF KKME SHARES

Power Metal is to acquire 15,002 Kalahari Key shares from current KKME shareholders (the “Vendors”) (the “Acquisition”).

Initial Consideration:

The £807,348 consideration is to be satisfied through the issue of 46,134,171 new Ordinary Shares at an issue price of 1.75p (“Consideration Shares”) and warrants over 46,134,171 new Ordinary Shares at a 3.5p exercise price with a 2-year life from today’s date (“Consideration Warrants”).

With respect to the Consideration Warrants Power Metal will hold an acceleration right, whereby should the volume weighted average Power Metal share price exceed 7.0p for 5 trading days, Power Metal has the right to serve written notice to the Vendors of 14 days to exercise and pay for the Consideration Warrants or they may be cancelled.

Further Consideration:

Additionally,  in the event, within 2 years of today’s date, that Kalahari Key or the MFC Project is sold for US$10million or greater, or a joint venture (or earn-in) agreement is signed with a potential third party where the potential project spend is US$10million or greater, Power Metal will issue the Vendors with further warrants over 46,134,171 new Ordinary Shares at an exercise price of 5.0p with a 2 year life to expiry from today’s date (“Further Consideration Warrants”).

In respect of the Further Consideration Warrants Power Metal will hold an acceleration right, whereby should the volume weighted average Power Metal share price exceed 10.0p for 5 trading days, Power Metal has the right to serve written notice to the Vendors of 14 days to exercise and pay for the Further Consideration Warrants or they may be cancelled 

Conditions and Timing of I ssue of Shares and Warrants

No Consideration Shares, Consideration Warrants and Further Consideration Warrants will be payable or issuable until:

–  The completion of fully signed legal agreements and stock transfer forms by all Vendors; and

–  Receipt of all Botswana regulatory approvals have been received enabling this transaction to be implemented in full.

Lock-In

Unless otherwise agreed in writing with Power Metal the Vendors agree individually to a Lock-In arrangement as outlined below. 

The Vendors agree to hold the Consideration Shares subject to a Lock-In whereby 50% shall be tradable after 6 months from today’s date, with the balancing 50% tradable after 12 months from today’s date.

Conversion of Project Earn-in

Following or concurrent with the issue of Consideration under this Agreement, KKME will issue a further 17,033 KKME shares to Power Metal to extinguish the 40% earn-in to the MFC Project and restore KKME to an effective 100% interest in the MFC Project.  

Kalahari Key Shareholding Analysis 

Reflecting the above the proposed movements in the Kalahari Key capital structure are outlined below:

 

Shares

% KKME

 

Power Metal Original Holding

5,313

20.79

Shares Acquired by Power Metal in KKME

15,002

58.72

Remaining KKME Shareholders

5,235

20.49

Interim Total

25,550

100.00

Shares Issued to Power Metal re Molopo 40% Earn-in

17,033

Power Metal Final KKME Shareholding

37,348

87.71

 

Remaining KKME Shareholders

5,235

12.29

 

Total Kalahari Key Shares in Issue on Completion

42,583

100.00

After the above Power Metal will hold an 87.71% interest in Kalahari Key which will hold a 100% interest in a single project, the MFC Project.

Ongoing Shareholders’ Agreement

Two shareholders will retain their holding in KKME which after completion will amount to a combined 12.29% interest in Kalahari Key.

All remaining shareholders are to sign an agreement to govern the ongoing relationship in relation to their shareholding in Kalahari Key and funding of its operations (“Shareholders’ Agreement”) on completion of the transaction. In this regard a number of elements have been agreed to date, covering the key areas going forward.  These include:

–  Acknowledgement of the Acquisition Agreement and waiver of pre-emption rights

–  Implementation of a Shareholders’ Agreement

–  Operator Status (whereby Power Metal determines the operational and corporate actions of Kalahari Key

–  Kalahari Key Board composition

–  Kalahari Key budgets and cash calls

–  Fund or dilute provisions

–  Drag along terms to ensure all remaining shareholders are required to proceed with material offers from third parties to acquire, or invest in, Kalahari Key

Additional Note:

In the year ended 30 June 2021, Kalahari Key reported a loss of Pula zero (£0) and as at 30 June 2021 reported net assets of Pula 11,688,230 (circa £774,752).

This announcement contains inside information for the purposes of Article 7 of the Market Abuse Regulation (EU) 596/2014 as it forms part of UK domestic law by virtue of the European Union (Withdrawal) Act 2018 (“MAR”), and is disclosed in accordance with the Company’s obligations under Article 17 of MAR.

For further information please visit https://www.powermetalresources.com/ or contact:

Power Metal Resources plc

Paul Johnson (Chief Executive Officer)

+44 (0) 7766 465 617

SP Angel Corporate Finance (Nomad and Joint Broker)

Ewan Leggat/Charlie Bouverat

+44 (0) 20 3470 0470

SI Capital Limited (Joint Broker)

Nick Emerson                                                                                                           

+44 (0) 1483 413 500

First Equity Limited (Joint Broker)

David Cockbill/Jason Robertson

+44 (0) 20 7330 1883

NOTES TO EDITORS

Power Metal Resources PLC – Background

Power Metal Resources PLC (LON:POW) is an AIM listed metals exploration company which finances and manages global resource projects and is seeking large scale metal discoveries.

The Company has a principal focus on opportunities offering district scale potential across a global portfolio including precious, base and strategic metal exploration in North America, Africa and Australia.

Project interests range from early-stage greenfield exploration to later-stage prospects currently subject to drill programmes. 

Power Metal will develop projects internally or through strategic joint ventures until a project becomes ready for disposal through outright sale or separate listing on a recognised stock exchange thereby crystallising the value generated from our internal exploration and development work.

Value generated through disposals will be deployed internally to drive the Company’s growth or may be returned to shareholders through share buy backs, dividends or in-specie distributions of assets.

Power Metal Exploration Programmes Underway/Results Awaited

Power Metal has exploration programmes completed or underway, with results awaited, as outlined below:

 

Project

Location

POW %

Work Completed or Underway

Results Awaited

Alamo Gold Project

USA

Earn-in to 75%

Excavation of multiple test pits and mapping & sampling.

Field and assay results from on-site work programme.

Athabasca Uranium

Canada

100%

Data compilation across uranium properties

Interpretation results from all Properties complete. Next steps upcoming.

Authier North Lithium

Canada

Earn-in to 100%

Soil & rock sampling completed

Technical Review of exploration results & define next exploration steps.

Ditau Project

Botswana

50%

Drill programme focused on key targets notably drilling of potential carbonatites and targeting rare-earth elements.

Field updates and receipt & review of laboratory assay results.

Kalahari Copper Belt

Botswana

50%

Exploration programme underway across the South Ghanzi Project and further exploration at the more recently acquired South Ghanzi Extension and Mamuno licence areas

Field programme findings and defined drill targets for near term drilling.

Molopo Farms

Botswana

53%

Review of recent exploration findings.

Determine next exploration steps and action plan.

Haneti Project

Tanzania

35%

Diamond drill programme completed

Receipt & review of laboratory assay results.

Victoria Goldfields

Australia

49.9%

Diamond drill programme underway

 

Field updates and receipt & review of laboratory assay results.

Paterson Projects

Australia

83.33%

Wallal passive seismic and 2D seismic processing work programme completed.

Review of historical data and target generation for Ripon Hills & Braeside West projects.

Findings from multiple work programmes including final approvals and preparations for planned deep diamond drilling.

Selta Project

Australia

83.33%

Field reconnaissance work complete, which included mapping and sampling.

Finalising data review from field programmes.

 

 

Power Metal Resources #POW – Ditau Camp Project – Drilling Programme Update

Power Metal Resources plc (LON:POW), the London listed exploration company seeking large-scale metal discoveries across its global project portfolio, announces an update from the Ditau Camp Project (“Ditau” or the “Project”) located in southwest Botswana. Ditau is considered prospective for carbonatite hosted rare-earth element (“REE”), base-metal and possible precious-metal mineralisation.

Ditau is held within a 50/50 Joint Venture (“Kanye Resources” or “Kanye”) with London-listed Kavango Resources plc (LSE:KAV) (“Kavango”). Kavango is the operator.

DITDD004, the second hole in the Ditau drill programme has been successfully completed to a downhole depth of 389m.

DITDD004 was drilled into the i10 Target, a discrete 2.2km diameter magnetic anomaly that Kanye Resources had previously modelled as a possible carbonatite. DITDD004 appears to have intercepted the magnetic anomaly within the drillhole from 293m to 321m downhole depth.

Kanye Resource’s field team has taken preliminary magnetic susceptibility readings on the core recovered from DITDD004. The field team recorded highly elevated magnetic susceptibility readings between 293m and 321m (the “Zone of Interest”) – a combined 28m of core length. These readings from the Zone of Interest coincide with a visibly altered section that Kanye Resources will immediately cut half-core samples from and send to the assay laboratory for multi-element analysis.

The core from DITDD004 contains visible siliceous and haematitic zones, with local pervasive pyrite manifested both as disseminations and in veins. Extensive fracturing (brecciation) is observed throughout the Zone of Interest and elsewhere in the hole.

Power Metal has provided select core images from the Zone of Interest on its website:

https://www.powermetalresources.com/drill-update-ditdd004/

A 1km Audio-Magnetotelluric (“AMT”) survey will be performed over the i10 Target in the coming weeks. Kanye Resources hopes that data from this will help further define the shape and form (morphology) of the Zone of Interest.

Mindea Exploration and Drilling Services Pty (“Mindea”) will now mobilise the diamond core drill rig to Target i1 at Ditau. Target i1 is the largest of three geophysical targets Kanye Resources plans to drill during the current campaign. A further update will be released shortly in respect of this drillhole.

Paul Johnson, Chief Executive Officer of Power Metal Resources, commented: 

“The core extracted from hole DITDD004’s Zone of interest, spanning a combined 28m, is fascinating from a geological perspective and we are eager to see the results from further analysis thereon – including laboratory multi-element assays.

The magnetic modelling undertaken to develop this target appears to be reliable, which is also particularly encouraging for DITDD004 and future drill holes within Ditau.

I look forward to reporting further plans and progress over the coming weeks.”

Operational Summary

–    DITDD004 is the second hole to target the i10 Target

–    The i10 Target is a discrete circular geophysical anomaly which is roughly 2.2km in diameter.

–    Kanye Resources has extensively modelled the i10 Target using various inversions of Aeromagnetic (“AEM”) and AMT geophysical datasets.

–    Kalahari sediment thickness was determined to be 105m based on the first hole drilled (DITDD003) which is consistent with the estimated thickness based on the AMT modelling completed.

–    An additional 16.1 line-km of AMT geophysical surveying is now planned with coverage over multiple drill target areas including:

–    1.0 line-km over the i10 Target;

–    5.5 line-km over the i8 Target; and

–    9.6 line-km over the i1 Target.

The plan is to collect high-frequency AMT profiles over near-surface potential carbonatite targets with the ultimate goal of better resolving the location of breccia zones and intrusive sills/dykes intersected in drillhole DITDD003.

AMT surveys can aid geophysicists and geologists in mapping subsurface geological structures and layers; further identifying potential areas for mineralisation which allows for the refinement of drill targeting.

To date, Kanye Resources has identified 12 geophysical targets at the Ditau Project (i1 through i12), which are believed to be caused by possible carbonatites and/or intrusive complexes that may host carbonatites. Carbonatites account for the primary source of mined rare-earth elements; and REEs are vital component materials in many high-tech industries.

As part of the ongoing exploration programme, Kanye Resources is planning to drill test three geophysical targets (i10, i1 and i8).

GLOSSARY

Siliceous – Rich in silica, with reference to the geology at Ditau, this can be a sign of hydrothermal alteration.

Haematitic – A rock formed principally of iron oxide, often associated with hydrothermal alteration.

Pervasive – The replacement of most, if not all, of the original minerals in the rock by later alteration.

Dissemination – when an ore (or mineral) is present within a rock as small particles distributed uniformly throughout the rock.

Brecciation –  Texture formed of broken angular fragments of a rock, often signalling  intense hydrothermal alteration.

Intrusive Sill – Body of igneous rock forced horizontally into a rock.

Intrusive Dyke – Body of igneous rock forced vertically into a rock.

COMPETENT PERSON STATEMENT

The technical information contained in this disclosure has been read and approved by Mr Nick O’Reilly (MSc, DIC, MIMMM, MAusIMM, FGS), who is a qualified geologist and acts as the Competent Person under the AIM Rules – Note for Mining and Oil & Gas Companies. Mr O’Reilly is a Principal consultant working for Mining Analyst Consulting Ltd which has been retained by Power Metal Resources PLC to provide technical support. 

This announcement contains inside information for the purposes of Article 7 of the Market Abuse Regulation (EU) 596/2014 as it forms part of UK domestic law by virtue of the European Union (Withdrawal) Act 2018 (“MAR”), and is disclosed in accordance with the Company’s obligations under Article 17 of MAR.

For further information please visit https://www.powermetalresources.com/ or contact:

Power Metal Resources plc

Paul Johnson (Chief Executive Officer)

+44 (0) 7766 465 617

 

SP Angel Corporate Finance (Nomad and Joint Broker)

Ewan Leggat/Charlie Bouverat

+44 (0) 20 3470 0470

 

SI Capital Limited (Joint Broker)

Nick Emerson                                                                                                           

+44 (0) 1483 413 500

 

First Equity Limited (Joint Broker)

David Cockbill/Jason Robertson

+44 (0) 20 7330 1883

NOTES TO EDITORS

Power Metal Resources PLC – Background

Power Metal Resources PLC (LON:POW) is an AIM listed metals exploration company which finances and manages global resource projects and is seeking large scale metal discoveries.

The Company has a principal focus on opportunities offering district scale potential across a global portfolio including precious, base and strategic metal exploration in North America, Africa and Australia.

Project interests range from early-stage greenfield exploration to later-stage prospects currently subject to drill programmes.

Power Metal will develop projects internally or through strategic joint ventures until a project becomes ready for disposal through outright sale or separate listing on a recognised stock exchange thereby crystallising the value generated from our internal exploration and development work. 

Value generated through disposals will be deployed internally to drive the Company’s growth or may be returned to shareholders through share buy backs, dividends or in-specie distributions of assets.

Power Metal Exploration Programmes Underway/Results Awaited

Power Metal has exploration programmes completed or underway, with results awaited, as outlined below:

 

Project

Location

POW %

Work Completed or Underway

Results Awaited

Alamo Gold Project

USA

Earn-in to 75%

Excavation of multiple test pits and mapping & sampling.

Field and assay results from on-site work programme.

Athabasca Uranium

Canada

100%

Data compilation across uranium properties

Interpretation results from all Properties complete. Next steps upcoming.

Authier North Lithium

Canada

Earn-in to 100%

Soil & rock sampling completed

Technical Review of exploration results & define next exploration steps.

Ditau Project

Botswana

50%

Drill programme focused on key targets notably drilling of potential carbonatites and targeting rare-earth elements.

Field updates and receipt & review of laboratory assay results.

Kalahari Copper Belt

Botswana

50%

Exploration programme underway across the South Ghanzi Project and further exploration at the more recently acquired South Ghanzi Extension and Mamuno licence areas

Field programme findings and defined drill targets for near term drilling.

Molopo Farms

Botswana

53%

Review of recent exploration findings.

Determine next exploration steps and action plan.

Haneti Project

Tanzania

35%

Diamond drill programme completed

Receipt & review of laboratory assay results.

Victoria Goldfields

Australia

49.9%

Diamond drill programme underway

 

Field updates and receipt & review of laboratory assay results.

Paterson Projects

Australia

83.33%

Wallal passive seismic and 2D seismic processing work programme completed.

Review of historical data and target generation for Ripon Hills & Braeside West projects.

Findings from multiple work programmes including final approvals and preparations for planned deep diamond drilling.

Selta Project

Australia

83.33%

Field reconnaissance work complete, which included mapping and sampling.

Finalising data review from field programmes.

 

Power Metal Resources #POW – Extension of Insider Options

Power Metal Resources plc (LON:POW) the London listed exploration company seeking large-scale metal discoveries across its global project portfolio announcesan extension of insider options.

On 15 February 2019 Paul Johnson, Chief Executive Officer of the Company was awarded 13,613,929 options to subscribe for new ordinary shares of 0.1 pence each in the Company at an exercise price of 1.0p (“Director Options”).  The Director Options had an original expiry date of 15 February 2022, which was subsequently extended to 15 May 2022.

Paul Johnson is unable to exercise the Director Options as a result of being in a close period due to finalisation of the Company’s interim financial statements for the half year ended 31 March 2022 and due to possession of inside information in relation to the Company’s exploration and corporate work activities.

Under the Director Option agreement clause 3.5 states:

“In the event the Option Holder is in possession of relevant price sensitive information or is restricted from dealing pursuant to the provisions of the Market Abuse Regulations or by any other share dealing code, applicable law or regulation and is thereby precluded from exercising the Options or any part thereof immediately prior to the Final Exercise Date, then the Final Exercise Date shall be deemed to be extended until the date which falls 10 business days after the later of the date on which the Option Holder ceases to be an insider or the date on which the close period or other prohibited period ends or is otherwise no longer prohibited.” 

The Director Options will be automatically extended under clause 3.5 as outlined above.

Recognising the Company’s level of operational activity and anticipated news flow it is considered unlikely that the Director Options will be freely exercisable for some time and therefore the Company has agreed that the Director Options may be exercised up to 31 December 2022.  All other terms of the Director Options remain unchanged.

Related Party Note

The extension of the Director Options held by Paul Johnson as outlined above, has been treated as a related party transaction pursuant to AIM Rule 13 of the AIM Rules for Companies.

Scott Richardson Brown and Edmund Shaw, being the independent Directors for the purposes of the extension of the expiry date of the Director Options held by Paul Johnson consider, having consulted with the Company’s nominated adviser, SP Angel, that the extension of the expiry date to 31 December 2022 of the Director Options held by Paul Johnson to be fair and reasonable insofar as the Shareholders are concerned.

This announcement contains inside information for the purposes of Article 7 of the Market Abuse Regulation (EU) 596/2014 as it forms part of UK domestic law by virtue of the European Union (Withdrawal) Act 2018 (“MAR”), and is disclosed in accordance with the Company’s obligations under Article 17 of MAR. 

For further information please visit https://www.powermetalresources.com/ or contact:

Power Metal Resources plc

Paul Johnson (Chief Executive Officer)

+44 (0) 7766 465 617

SP Angel Corporate Finance (Nomad and Joint Broker)

Ewan Leggat/Charlie Bouverat

+44 (0) 20 3470 0470

SI Capital Limited (Joint Broker)

Nick Emerson                                                                                                           

+44 (0) 1483 413 500

First Equity Limited (Joint Broker)

David Cockbill/Jason Robertson

+44 (0) 20 7330 1883

 

NOTES TO EDITORS

Power Metal Resources plc – Background

Power Metal Resources plc (LON:POW) is an AIM listed metals exploration company which finances and manages global resource projects and is seeking large scale metal discoveries. 

The Company has a principal focus on opportunities offering district scale potential across a global portfolio including precious, base and strategic metal exploration in North America, Africa and Australia. 

Project interests range from early-stage greenfield exploration to later-stage prospects currently subject to drill programmes.

Power Metal will develop projects internally or through strategic joint ventures until a project becomes ready for disposal through outright sale or separate listing on a recognised stock exchange thereby crystallising the value generated from our internal exploration and development work.

Value generated through disposals will be deployed internally to drive the Company’s growth or may be returned to shareholders through share buy backs, dividends or in-specie distributions of assets. 

Power Metal Exploration Programmes Underway/Results Awaited

Power Metal has exploration programmes completed or underway, with results awaited, as outlined below:

 

Project

Location

POW %

Work Completed or Underway

Results Awaited

Alamo Gold Project

USA

Earn-in to 75%

Excavation of multiple test pits and mapping & sampling.

Field and assay results from on-site work programme.

Athabasca Uranium

Canada

100%

Data compilation across uranium properties

Interpretation results from all Properties complete. Next steps upcoming.

Authier North Lithium

Canada

Earn-in to 100%

Soil & rock sampling completed

Technical Review of exploration results & define next exploration steps.

Ditau Project

Botswana

50%

Drill programme focused on key targets notably drilling of potential carbonatites and targeting rare-earth elements.

Field updates and receipt & review of laboratory assay results.

Kalahari Copper Belt

Botswana

50%

Exploration programme underway across the South Ghanzi Project and further exploration at the more recently acquired South Ghanzi Extension and Mamuno licence areas

Field programme findings and defined drill targets for near term drilling.

Molopo Farms

Botswana

53%

Review of recent exploration findings.

Determine next exploration steps and action plan.

Haneti Project

Tanzania

35%

Diamond drill programme completed

Receipt & review of laboratory assay results.

Victoria Goldfields

Australia

49.9%

Diamond drill programme underway

 

Field updates and receipt & review of laboratory assay results.

Paterson Projects

Australia

83.33%

Wallal passive seismic and 2D seismic processing work programme completed.

Review of historical data and target generation for Ripon Hills & Braeside West projects.

Findings from multiple work programmes including final approvals and preparations for planned deep diamond drilling.

Selta Project

Australia

83.33%

Field reconnaissance work complete, which included mapping and sampling.

Finalising data review from field programmes.

 

Power Metal Resources #POW – CEO Interview May 2022

Alan Green talks to Power Metal Resources CEO Paul Johnson. Paul airs his thoughts on the currently very poor markets, before looking at the current M&A activity in the market, including yesterday’s announcement from Arc Minerals re the copper-cobalt joint venture with Anglo American. Paul then gives a whistle stop overview of POW’s flagship projects around the world, before flagging up some near term milestones for investors to look for. We finish with an overview of the upcoming UK Investor show, where members of the POW board will be available to speak to investors.

#POW Power Metal Resources – Ditau Project – Exploration Programme Expansion

Power Metal Resources plc (LON:POW),  the London listed exploration company seeking large-scale metal discoveries across its global project portfolio, announces an update from the Ditau Camp Project (“Ditau” or the “Project”) located in southwest Botswana which is prospective for carbonatite hosted rare-earth element (“REE”) and base-metal mineralisation. Ditau is held within a 50/50 Joint Venture (“Kanye Resources”) with London-listed Kavango Resources plc (LSE:KAV) (“Kavango”). Kavango is the operator.

Following completion of drillhole DITDD003, which was drilled into the i10 target, Power Metal in conjunction with Kavango have decided to expand the ongoing exploration programme. Initial observations in respect of DITDD03 were announced on 29 April 2022 and can be viewed at the follow link:

https://www.londonstockexchange.com/news-article/POW/ditau-camp-project-botswana-drilling-update/15432783

The expanded exploration programme will include 16.1 line-km of Audio-Magnetotelluric (“AMT”) geophysics surveys over various target areas.

DITDD003 is the first of six planned exploration drillholes to be completed at the Ditau Project as part of the ongoing drilling campaign. Based on results achieved thus far, Kanye Resources has confidence in the utility of its new AMT inversion modelling introduced this year and believes the expanded geophysical surveys will enable it to further optimise the location of planned drill collar locations.

Kanye Resources also announces the commencement of drilling of drillhole DITDD004 which is also targeting the i10 Target geophysical anomaly.

Paul Johnson, Chief Executive Officer of Power Metal Resources, commented:

“It’s great to see the exploration programme at Ditau moving forward at pace with the second drill hole now underway. The Ditau Project represents a significant exploration opportunity, with a district-scale land holding believed to be prospective for rare-earth element mineralisation. This exploration comes at a critical time when this commodity group is in great demand, particularly from stable mining jurisdictions.

The work undertaken thus far, and the building knowledge we are collating, is highly valuable and I look forward to providing further updates to the market as additional developments occur.”

 

Operational Summary

–  Commencement of DITDD004, the second hole to target the i10 Target

–  The i10 Target is a discrete circular geophysical anomaly which is roughly 2.2km in diameter.

–  Kanye modelled the i10 Target using inversions of Aeromagnetic (“AEM”) combined with its interpretation of limited existing AMT data.

–  Kalahari sediment thickness was determined to be 105m based on the first hole drilled (DITDD003) which is consistent with the estimated thickness based on the AMT modelling completed.

–  An additional 16.1 line-km of AMT geophysical surveying is now planned with coverage over multiple drill target areas including:

–  1 line-km over the i10 Target;

–  5.5 line-km over the i8 Target; and

–  9.6 line-km over the i1 Target.

 

The plan is to collect high-frequency AMT profiles over near-surface potential carbonatite targets with the ultimate goal of better resolving the location of breccia zones and intrusive sills/dykes intersected in drillhole DITDD003. AMT surveys can aid geophysicists and geologists in mapping subsurface geological structures and layers; further identifying potential areas for mineralisation which allows for the refinement of drill targeting.

To date 12 targets from geophysics have been identified at the Ditau Project (i1 through i12) which Kanye believes could be carbonatites and/or intrusive complexes that may host carbonatites pipes. Carbonatites account for the primary source of mined rare-earth elements; and REEs are vital component materials in many high-tech industries.

As part of the ongoing exploration programme, Kanye is planning to drill test three geophysical targets (i10, i1 and i8).

 

COMPETENT PERSON STATEMENT

 

The technical information contained in this disclosure has been read and approved by Mr Nick O’Reilly (MSc, DIC, MIMMM, MAusIMM, FGS), who is a qualified geologist and acts as the Competent Person under the AIM Rules – Note for Mining and Oil & Gas Companies. Mr O’Reilly is a Principal consultant working for Mining Analyst Consulting Ltd which has been retained by Power Metal Resources PLC to provide technical support.

 

This announcement contains inside information for the purposes of Article 7 of the Market Abuse Regulation (EU) 596/2014 as it forms part of UK domestic law by virtue of the European Union (Withdrawal) Act 2018 (“MAR”), and is disclosed in accordance with the Company’s obligations under Article 17 of MAR.

 

 

For further information please visit  https://www.powermetalresources.com/  or contact:

Power Metal Resources plc

Paul Johnson (Chief Executive Officer)

+44 (0) 7766 465 617

 

SP Angel Corporate Finance (Nomad and Joint Broker)

Ewan Leggat/Charlie Bouverat

+44 (0) 20 3470 0470

 

SI Capital Limited (Joint Broker)

Nick Emerson                                                                                                           

+44 (0) 1483 413 500

 

First Equity Limited (Joint Broker)

David Cockbill/Jason Robertson

+44 (0) 20 7330 1883

Power Metal Resources #POW – Tati Project Prospecting Licence 049/2022 Successfully Granted Covering Major Gold Anomalies

Power Metal Resources PLC (LON:POW) the London listed exploration company seeking large-scale metal discoveries across its global project portfolioannounces a further update from the Company’s 100% owned Tati Project (“Tati” or the “Project”) located within the Tati Greenstone Belt near Francistown, Botswana, following the release of the 2021 drilling results announced on 4 April 2022:

https://www.londonstockexchange.com/news-article/POW/tati-project-botswana-drill-programme-results/15396365

Highlights:

–      Prospecting Licence (“PL”) PL049/2022, covering the historical Cherished Hope Gold Mine as well as a large gold-in-soil anomaly coincident with a prominent northeast-southwest oriented regional structure has been granted.

–      The 16.14 km2 licence is held in the name of Tati Greenstone Resources Pty Ltd, which is a 100% owned, Botswana-based, subsidiary of Power Metal.

–      The Company’s land position within the exciting Tati Greenstone Belt (“TGB”) has now been enhanced materially, and highly prospective grounds with strong historical gold results are 100% owned by Power Metal.

–      The Company is undergoing an in-depth review of all historical results covering the newly granted PL, and will update the market in due course with next exploration steps.

Paul Johnson, Chief Executive Officer of Power Metal Resources plc commented: 

The grant of this additional prospecting licence is a significant achievement for the Tati Project, covering a number of major gold anomalies identified by our team during a in-depth desktop analysis completed following the receipt of our 2021 drilling programme assay results.

With this new PL now granted, our upsized exploration footprint covers multiple targets across a highly prospective area for gold mineralisation, and we are accelerating exploration efforts to test the new Au-in-soil anomalies secured.

For readers wishing to learn more of the gold prospectivity at Tati, the maps immediately following this comment provide a clear picture.”

Figures:

Maps highlighting the newly granted licence can be found below at the following link:

Tati 049/2022 Licence Grant Map – Power Metal Resources plc (LON: POW)

COMPETENT PERSON STATEMENT

The technical information contained in this disclosure has been read and approved by Mr Nick O’Reilly (MSc, DIC, MIMMM, MAusIMM, FGS), who is a qualified geologist and acts as the Competent Person under the AIM Rules – Note for Mining and Oil & Gas Companies. Mr O’Reilly is a Principal consultant working for Mining Analyst Consulting Ltd which has been retained by Power Metal Resources PLC to provide technical support.

This announcement contains inside information for the purposes of Article 7 of the Market Abuse Regulation (EU) 596/2014 as it forms part of UK domestic law by virtue of the European Union (Withdrawal) Act 2018 (“MAR”), and is disclosed in accordance with the Company’s obligations under Article 17 of MAR.

For further information please visit https://www.powermetalresources.com/ or contact:

Power Metal Resources plc

Paul Johnson (Chief Executive Officer)

+44 (0) 7766 465 617

SP Angel Corporate Finance (Nomad and Joint Broker)

Ewan Leggat/Charlie Bouverat

+44 (0) 20 3470 0470

SI Capital Limited (Joint Broker)

Nick Emerson                                                                                                           

+44 (0) 1483 413 500

First Equity Limited (Joint Broker)

David Cockbill/Jason Robertson

+44 (0) 20 7330 1883

NOTES TO EDITORS

Power Metal Resources plc – Background

Power Metal Resources plc (LON:POW) is an AIM listed metals exploration company which finances and manages global resource projects and is seeking large scale metal discoveries.

The Company has a principal focus on opportunities offering district scale potential across a global portfolio including precious, base and strategic metal exploration in North America, Africa and Australia.

Project interests range from early-stage greenfield exploration to later-stage prospects currently subject to drill programmes.

Power Metal will develop projects internally or through strategic joint ventures until a project becomes ready for disposal through outright sale or separate listing on a recognised stock exchange thereby crystallising the value generated from our internal exploration and development work.

Value generated through disposals will be deployed internally to drive the Company’s growth or may be returned to shareholders through share buy backs, dividends or in-specie distributions of assets.

 

Power Metal Exploration Programmes Underway/Results Awaited

Power Metal has exploration programmes completed or underway, with results awaited, as outlined below:

Project

Location

POW %

Work Completed or Underway

Results Awaited

Alamo Gold Project

USA

Earn-in to 75%

Excavation of multiple test pits and mapping & sampling.

Field and assay results from on-site work programme.

Athabasca Uranium

Canada

100%

Data compilation across uranium properties

Interpretation results from all Properties complete. Next steps upcoming.

Authier North Lithium

Canada

Earn-in to 100%

Soil & rock sampling completed

Technical Review of exploration results & define next exploration steps.

Ditau Project

Botswana

50%

Drill programme focused on key targets notably drilling of potential carbonatites and targeting rare-earth elements.

Field updates and receipt & review of laboratory assay results.

Kalahari Copper Belt

Botswana

50%

Exploration programme underway across the South Ghanzi Project and further exploration at the more recently acquired South Ghanzi Extension and Mamuno licence areas

Field programme findings and defined drill targets for near term drilling.

Molopo Farms

Botswana

53%

Review of recent exploration findings.

Determine next exploration steps and action plan.

Haneti Project

Tanzania

35%

Diamond drill programme completed

Receipt & review of laboratory assay results.

Victoria Goldfields

Australia

49.9%

Diamond drill programme underway

 

Field updates and receipt & review of laboratory assay results.

Paterson Projects

Australia

83.33%

Wallal passive seismic and 2D seismic processing work programme completed.

Review of historical data and target generation for Ripon Hills & Braeside West projects.

 

 

Findings from multiple work programmes including final approvals and preparations for planned deep diamond drilling.

Selta Project

Australia

83.33%

Field reconnaissance work now underway, including mapping and sampling.

Field updates.

 

Power Metal Resources #POW – Diamond Drilling Commences at the i10 Target – Seeking Rare-Earth Element Carbonatite Intrusives

Power Metal Resources PLC (LON:POW) the London listed exploration company seeking large-scale metal discoveries across its global project portfolioannounces that diamond drilling has now commenced at the i10 Target (“i10” or the “Target”) located within the Ditau Camp Project (“Ditau”), southwestern Botswana.

The i10 Target is marked by a discrete, circular, geophysical anomaly that is 2.2km in diameter and under an estimated 120m of sand cover. Kanye’s primary objective is to retrieve diamond core to establish whether the Target’s geophysical anomaly is caused by a carbonatite intrusive. Carbonatites are the world’s primary source of rare-earth elements (“REEs”) and other strategic/industrial metals including copper.

The Ditau Camp Project is held by Botswana based Kanye Resources Pty Limited (“Kanye”), which is a 50/50 joint-venture partnership with Kavango Resources plc (LSE:KAV) (“Kavango”) – who are the operators.

Highlights

–    Drill motivation

–  The i10 Target is highlighted by a discrete circular magnetic anomaly, measuring 2.2km in diameter

–    The Target is interpreted to lie at a shallow depth, below an estimated 120m of Kalahari sand cover – based on Audio-Magnetotelluric (“AMT”) data obtained over i10.

–    Kanye has successfully completed aeromagnetic and AMT inversions over the Target.

–   The Target has been independently verified to conform to an idealised model for carbonatite intrusives, based on its aeromagnetic signature.

–    Idealised Ore Deposit Model

–    I10 is a carbonatite pipe intrusive target

–  Based on the magnetic signature, the Target has concentric “ring-like” lithological zonation, which could relate to rare-earth element mineralised horizons

–  Target lies near the margin of the Kaapvaal Craton, a tectonic context common to other carbonatites globally

–    Drill operations

–    Camp secured, road access and drill pads completed

–    Water borehole successfully drilled and solar powered water pump installed

–   First of two planned drillholes at i10, hole DITDD003, commenced drilling on 15 April 2022, which is targeting the core of the magnetic high and has a target depth of 400m

–    Drilling is being conducted by Mindea Exploration & Drilling Services (Pty) (“Mindea”)

–   The plan is to drill up to six ~400m deep diamond drillholes at Ditau, including 2 drillholes at three separate magnetic anomlies, including i10.

Paul Johnson, Chief Executive Officer of Power Metal Resources plc, commented:

“I have talked previously about the confidence we hold in the geological prospectivity across our projects in Botswana. That confidence means within an 18 month period, with Molopo, Tati and now Ditau, we have launched three drill programmes.

The Molopo drill programme successfully confirmed the presence of nickel, Tati confirmed the presence of gold and now we seek confirmation of rare earth elements at Ditau. 

To say we are excited about the prospects for our interests in Botswana is an understatement. Let’s see what this drill programme delivers.”

Background Targeting

The Ditau Camp Project is centred around 12 unique geophysical anomalies (targets i1 through i12), which Kanye believes could be caused by possible carbonatites and/or intrusive complexes that may host rare-earth element mineralisation.

Targets i1 – i12 are seperated into two main target types:

1)    Discrete kilometre-scale carbonatite pipe targets, and

2)  Larger, multi-kilometre scale intrusive complex targets that may also be host to carbonatites and/or mafic intrusive bodies prospective for base-metal mineralisation.

The 12 Ditau geophysical targets are not known to have been drill tested for either REEs or base-metal mineralisation historically. Kanye originally identified these targets, which range in size from 1km to 20km in diameter, using interpretation of airborne magnetic data. To date, Kanye has used combined airborne- and ground-magnetic, and AMT surveys in the exploration at Ditau.

Target i10

Kanye believes the i10 Target anomaly could be caused by a discrete, 2.2km wide carbonatite pipe. The Target is interpreted as a simple, single phase carbonatite pipe with a possible outer ring indicated by a weak magnetic low ringing the main magnetic high feature.

A 3D inversion of the aeromagnetic data with an AMT section overlay of the I10 Target can be found at Kavango’s website at the link below:

https://www.kavangoresources.com/media-library/news-release-media/rns19april2022

Based on analysis of the AMT data over i10, the Kalahari sand cover is estimated to be roughly 120m thick. The magnetic inversion results confirm that the primary target zone lies just underneath this sand cover.

To confirm the current geophysical interpretation of the i10 Target, Kanye is currently planning to drill two diamond drillholes into i10. The first drillhole, which is currently underway, will target the core of the magnetic high, while the second hole is designed to test the edge of the geophysical anomaly.

Target i10 Idealised Ore Deposit Model

In the analysis of geophysical data over i10, Kavango has used the rare-earth element bearing Kangankunde carbonatite pipe (“Kangankunde”) located in Malawi as a model.

Kangankunde is one of the largest carbonatites within the Chilwa Alkaline Province (“Chilwa”) at ~1.5km in diameter. Chilwa is a roughly 300km in diameter, and is comprised of Late Jurassic-Early Cretaceous alkaline rocks with clusters of carbonatite pipes – including Kangankunde.

At the surface, Kangankunde forms a low hill, which rises approximately 200m above the surrounding plains, with lower slopes composed of fenitised and locally fractured (brecciated) rocks with the upper slopes predominantly of carbonatite intrusive rocks.

Although the i10 target is buried under roughly 120m of Kalahari sand cover, Kanye’s geological team believe that the geophysical signatures are comparable to that of Kangankunde. The highlight the various similarities, a geological map of Kangankunde can be found on Kavango’s website at the link below:

https://www.kavangoresources.com/media-library/news-release-media/rns19april2022

Carbonatites can exhibit significant lithological and structural variation, both between and within individual pipes. As such, to maximise the chances of exploration success in exploring for carbonatite hosted REE deposits, it is common practice to drill multiple boreholes along a fence pattern into a single target. The geological map of Kangankunde illustrates its concentric geological complexity and therefore the necessity for drilling multiple drillholes within i10 to elucidate the geology and locate potential indicators of REE or base-metal mineralisation.

Ongoing Drilling Operations

The drill camp has been constructed. All supporting equipment and key personnel are currently  located on site.

Kanye has successfully drilled a 180m deep water borehole, which should yield enough water to support ongoing drilling operations. A solar powered pump has been installed and is currently operational.

Road access between the drill camp, drill collar locations and water sources is also complete.

Drilling operations successfully commenced on Friday 15 April 2022. In total, Kanye expects to drill up to 6 diamond drillholes as part of the current campaign (totalling ~2,400m). Each hole has an anticipated target depth of 400m, and Kanye aims to test 3 of the 12 geophysical targets as part of the ongoing drilling campaign.

Kanye and its contractors have designed the current Ditau drill campaign to be flexible and guided by ongoing visual results. Kanye will release field and laboratory results on the current planned 6-hole drill campaign once all data has been received, processed and verified.

Contingent on results from the ongoing drilling campaign, Kanye has identified a further 17 drill collar locations for future drill testing across all 12 geophysical targets/structures at Ditau.

Regional Geological Setting

Carbonatite intrusives often occur in swarms or clusters, oriented along favourable and clearly defined deep continental scale geological and structural trends. The 12 geophysical structures at Ditau occur within a southwest-northeast oriented corridor, part of the same corridor that host the Mabuasehube and Kokong kimberlites. Desktop analysis of regional geological and geophysical data by Kanye’s geologists suggest that this trend is sub-parallel to other corridors that host other kimberlite groups in Botswana and northwest Angola. In the latter, these trends are known to host both kimberlite and carbonatite intrusives, meaning that the presence of one is a strong indicator for the other.

In addition to the known presence of kimberlites within the geological corridor where Ditau is located, and further enhancing the prospectivity for Carbonitites on the Project, there is a small known cluster of carbonatite intrusives including KW2, Definite, KS12 and KS36 (the “Falconbridge Carbonatites”) which are located near to the Project. The Falconbridge Carbonatites were drilled by Falconbridge Exploration Botswana (Pty) Ltd in the late 1970s and early 1980s, to the immediate north of and 30km along strike to the northeast of the Ditau Project.

COMPETENT PERSON STATEMENT

The technical information contained in this disclosure has been read and approved by Mr Nick O’Reilly (MSc, DIC, MIMMM, MAusIMM, FGS), who is a qualified geologist and acts as the Competent Person under the AIM Rules – Note for Mining and Oil & Gas Companies. Mr O’Reilly is a Principal consultant working for Mining Analyst Consulting Ltd which has been retained by Power Metal Resources PLC to provide technical support.

This announcement contains inside information for the purposes of Article 7 of the Market Abuse Regulation (EU) 596/2014 as it forms part of UK domestic law by virtue of the European Union (Withdrawal) Act 2018 (“MAR”), and is disclosed in accordance with the Company’s obligations under Article 17 of MAR.

For further information please visit https://www.powermetalresources.com/ or contact:

Power Metal Resources plc

Paul Johnson (Chief Executive Officer)

+44 (0) 7766 465 617

SP Angel Corporate Finance (Nomad and Joint Broker)

Ewan Leggat/Charlie Bouverat

+44 (0) 20 3470 0470

SI Capital Limited (Joint Broker)

Nick Emerson                                                                                                           

+44 (0) 1483 413 500

First Equity Limited (Joint Broker)

David Cockbill/Jason Robertson

+44 (0) 20 7330 1883

 

NOTES TO EDITORS

Power Metal Resources plc – Background

Power Metal Resources plc (LON:POW) is an AIM listed metals exploration company which finances and manages global resource projects and is seeking large scale metal discoveries.

The Company has a principal focus on opportunities offering district scale potential across a global portfolio including precious, base and strategic metal exploration in North America, Africa and Australia.

Project interests range from early-stage greenfield exploration to later-stage prospects currently subject to drill programmes.

Power Metal will develop projects internally or through strategic joint ventures until a project becomes ready for disposal through outright sale or separate listing on a recognised stock exchange thereby crystallising the value generated from our internal exploration and development work.

Value generated through disposals will be deployed internally to drive the Company’s growth or may be returned to shareholders through share buy backs, dividends or in-specie distributions of assets.

 

Power Metal Exploration Programmes Underway/Results Awaited

Power Metal has exploration programmes completed or underway, with results awaited, as outlined below:

Project

Location

POW %

Work Completed or Underway

Results Awaited

Alamo Gold Project

USA

Earn-in to 75%

Excavation of multiple test pits and mapping & sampling.

Field and assay results from on-site work programme.

Athabasca Uranium

Canada

100%

Data compilation across uranium properties

Interpretation results from all Properties complete. Next steps upcoming.

Authier North Lithium

Canada

Earn-in to 100%

Soil & rock sampling completed

Technical Review of exploration results & define next exploration steps.

Ditau Project

Botswana

50%

Drill programme focused on key targets notably drilling of potential carbonatites and targeting rare-earth elements.

Field updates and receipt & review of laboratory assay results.

Kalahari Copper Belt

Botswana

50%

Exploration programme underway across the South Ghanzi Project and further exploration at the more recently acquired South Ghanzi Extension and Mamuno licence areas

Field programme findings and defined drill targets for near term drilling.

Molopo Farms

Botswana

53%

Review of recent exploration findings.

Determine next exploration steps and action plan.

Haneti Project

Tanzania

35%

Diamond drill programme completed

Receipt & review of laboratory assay results.

Victoria Goldfields

Australia

49.9%

Diamond drill programme underway

 

Field updates and receipt & review of laboratory assay results.

Paterson Projects

Australia

83.33%

Wallal passive seismic and 2D seismic processing work programme completed.

Review of historical data and target generation for Ripon Hills & Braeside West projects.

 

 

Findings from multiple work programmes including final approvals and preparations for planned deep diamond drilling.

Selta Project

Australia

83.33%

Field reconnaissance work now underway, including mapping and sampling.

Field updates.

 

Power Metal Resources #POW – Highlights of Historical Data Compilation Over Soaring Bay Uranium Property south of the Athabasca Basin; Further Prospective Land Staked.

Power Metal Resources PLC (LON:POW), the London listed exploration company seeking large-scale metal discoveries across its global project portfolio, announces an update on its Soaring Bay Uranium Property (“Soaring Bay” or the “Property”). Soaring Bay is part of the larger uranium portfolio that includes seven 100% owned interests (Table 1) now covering an area of 450.01km2 (45,001 hectares) located in northern Saskatchewan, Canada.

Highlights Include:

·    Soaring Bay footprint increased by 71% to 79.07km2 following additional staking of adjacent uranium-prospective ground.

·    Anomalous Radon-222 soil gas results identified over 700m in strike length extending into new staked ground.

·    Historical review has identified multiple occurrences of radioactive pegmatites with scintillometer results up to 15,000 counts per second (“CPS”).

·    Increased area also includes two highly anomalous U-in-lake results, underlining the properties’ general prospectivity.

·    Government data records four uranium occurrences on the Property with results returning 0.11 – 0.8% Uranium (“U”).

A map highlighting results from the historical data compilation completed over the Soaring Bay Property, and further prospective ground recently staked can be found below at the following link:

https://www.powermetalresources.com/soaring-bay-property-overview/

Soaring Bay Uranium Property Overview

–      The Soaring Bay Property is located in northern Saskatchewan, Canada, approximately 100 km south of the Athabasca Basin. Saskatchewan ranked third in the most recent 2020 Fraser Institute Investment Attractiveness Index rankings of global mining jurisdictions.1 Following a review of the historical information compiled by Power Metal, further prospectivity outside of the Property claim boundary was identified and as a result, an extra 32.77km2 (3,277-hectares) has been staked bringing the Property’s total land holding to 79.07km2 (7,907-hectares).

–      Historical work on the Property, collated by Power Metal, has identified anomalous Radon-222 results located along a prominent 700m long structural lineament, multiple anomalous and generally elevated U-in-lake sediment results, and highly elevated scintillometer results (up to 15,000 CPS) from multiple outcrop occurrences. The licence area of Soaring Bay was extended to capitalise on these various features, further increasing overall prospectivity. Radon-222 (222Rn)  is a naturally occurring radioactive gas.

–      The Property is centred around four Saskatchewan Mineral Deposit Index (“SMDI”) uranium occurrences which were discovered during historical small-scale excavations on the Property. Samples of up to 0.92 % U3O8 (0.8% U) were recovered from historical trenches. In addition, two SMDI copper occurrences are present within the Property.

–      The Soaring Bay Uranium Property is considered prospective for intrusive and pegmatite-hosted uranium mineralisation, and, although being largely untested, rare-earth element mineralisation.

Paul Johnson, Chief Executive Officer of Power Metal Resources plc, commented: 

“Work on our uranium interests has accelerated with further support in-house to take this important area of our business forward. 

We have seven properties surrounding the Athabasca Basin in Saskatchewan Canada and, following technical review of our data compilation, the Soaring Bay Uranium Property has delivered an exciting set of results.

The 12km structural feature identified, with anomalous soil gas Radon is a great find.  This included 700m of anomalous readings some of which fell outside of the Property footprint.  Fortunately, we were able to secure the additional ground, which remained un-staked, to cover this highly anomalous area in full.

Work continues at pace on our Athabasca uranium interests and further updates are expected in the near future.”

FURTHER TECHNICAL INFORMATION

Power Metal recently completed an in-depth historical data compilation across its entire uranium Portfolio surrounding the prolific Athabasca Basin, Saskatchewan, and now possesses a robust fully-digitised database covering all historical work programmes completed across the various Properties, including the Soaring Bay Uranium Property.

A total of 5 historical reports were digitised from work programmes covering at least some part of the Soaring Bay. These date from 1970-1980 and include ground exploration, trenching and lake sediment sampling, with no exploration occurring within the last 40 years.

Soaring Bay Compilation Highlights

–      Anomalous Radon-222 soil gas readings ranging between 33 and 244 CPS (area background average: ~1-2 CPS) located along a prominent 12km long northwest-southeast oriented fault. including highlight results of 70, 85 and 244 CPS, representing 96th percentile compared to other structural features analysed locally.2 The anomalous results (>96th percentile) extend for a combined 700m along the 12 km long structural feature; the expanded licence has increased Power Metal’s holding of this structural feature from 1.6 km to 5.6 km.

–      Radon-222 anomalies can be an important indicator for uranium mineralisation as Radon-222 is a daughter product of the uranium-235 decay chain.  As a naturally occurring radioactive gas it can migrate to the surface and concentrate within faults, providing a possible vector towards sites of uranium mineralisation. Due to Radon-222’s short half-life (3.8 days) occurrences of strong radon anomalism commonly suggest a local source to the causative uranium mineralisation. The 3276.8-hectare extension staked by Power Metal encompasses the entire 12 km long fault and all reported anomalous elevated Radon-222 soil gas results are concentrated over the 700m strike length.

–      The Property covers four Geological Survey of Canada (GSC) lake sediment results. With respect to regional data, all are elevated (>80th percentile), and two are considered highly anomalous 37 ppm (98.5th percentile) and 69 ppm U (99.5th percentile). These two anomalous values were covered by the new staking, further underlining the prospectivity of the expanded licences.

–      Historical geological mapping, trenching and prospecting has highlighted the presence of multiple radioactive outcrop occurrences over the Property. In the southwest, a pegmatite returned a reading of up to 7,000 CPS, with other occurrences of 5,000 CPS located within close proximity.2 In the west of the Property, an isolated pegmatite yielded values of up to 15,000 CPS 2, which was acquired through the 3,276.8-hectare extension staked by Power Metal. In addition, the SMDI records four uranium occurrences on the Property with results ranging from 1,500 to 10,000 CPS, and 0.14 to 0.92 % U3O8 (0.11 – 0.8% U).3 Previous work has also suggested that the pegmatite occurrences may also be prospective for rare-earth element (REE) and molybdenum (Mo) in addition to uranium mineralisation.2

–      A historical airborne radiometric survey identified several elevated radiometric readings (between 400 and 900 CPS) across the Property.2 These anomalies are coincident with the identified 12km long structural feature and the four previously identified SMDI uranium occurrences.

Uranium Property Holding Structure

Power Metal has a 100% subsidiary Power Metal Canada Inc (“Power Canada”), which acts as the holding Company for certain Canadian project operations. Power Canada has a wholly-owned subsidiary, 102134984 Saskatchewan Ltd, which is the holder of the Company’s Saskatchewan uranium portfolio.

Table 1: 102134984 Saskatchewan Ltd., Athabasca Basin Property Holdings*

 

Project

Licence ID

Area

(Hectare)

Clearwater Uranium Property

MC00015079

1,110

MC00015083

563

MC00015082

3,191

MC00015151

760

MC00015646

761

MC00015658

1,541

Tait Hill Uranium Property

MC00015078

1,576

MC00015081

968

MC00015153

1,530

MC00015152

1,886

MC00015647

725

MC00015648

1,129

Thibaut Lake Uranium Property

MC00015077

2,206

MC00015659

2,195

Soaring Bay Uranium Property

MC00015080

1,255

MC00015155

3,375

MC00015874

748

MC00015875

2,529

Cook Lake Uranium Property

MC00015212

984

E-12 Uranium Property

MC00015213

1,323

Reitenbach Uranium Property

MC00015214

2,135

MC00015474

1,235

MC00015655

4,570

MC00015656

5,322

MC00015657

856

MC00015824

528

Total Licence Holding Area

45,001

 

*Bold text refers to ground acquired since the most recent acquisition and expansions announced by the Company on 24 March 2022

GLOSSARY

Counts Per Second: Measurement of the amount of ionising radiation. with each ‘Count’ being ionising radiation entering a Scintillometer. Higher readings are generally indicative of radioactive material within the sample being tested.  Natural background radiation varies depending on regional geology, or other radioactive sources, but is typically between 2 – 10 CPS.

Reference Notes:

1 https://www.fraserinstitute.org/sites/default/files/annual-survey-of-mining-companies-2020.pdf

2 Sawyer D.A. (Great Plains Development Company of Canada Ltd) Marling Oil Corporation): Compilation of Field Investigation on G.P. #10 (74EB03-0001)

3 https://applications.saskatchewan.ca/mineral-deposit-index

 

COMPETENT PERSON STATEMENT

The technical information contained in this disclosure has been read and approved by Mr Nick O’Reilly (MSc, DIC, MIMMM, MAusIMM, FGS), who is a qualified geologist and acts as the Competent Person under the AIM Rules – Note for Mining and Oil & Gas Companies. Mr O’Reilly is a Principal consultant working for Mining Analyst Consulting Ltd which has been retained by Power Metal Resources PLC to provide technical support.

This announcement contains inside information for the purposes of Article 7 of the Market Abuse Regulation (EU) 596/2014 as it forms part of UK domestic law by virtue of the European Union (Withdrawal) Act 2018 (“MAR”), and is disclosed in accordance with the Company’s obligations under Article 17 of MAR.

For further information please visit https://www.powermetalresources.com/ or contact:

Power Metal Resources plc

Paul Johnson (Chief Executive Officer)

+44 (0) 7766 465 617

SP Angel Corporate Finance (Nomad and Joint Broker)

Ewan Leggat/Charlie Bouverat

+44 (0) 20 3470 0470

SI Capital Limited (Joint Broker)

Nick Emerson                                                                                                           

+44 (0) 1483 413 500

First Equity Limited (Joint Broker)

David Cockbill/Jason Robertson

+44 (0) 20 7330 1883

 

NOTES TO EDITORS

Power Metal Resources plc – Background

Power Metal Resources plc (LON:POW) is an AIM listed metals exploration company which finances and manages global resource projects and is seeking large scale metal discoveries.

The Company has a principal focus on opportunities offering district scale potential across a global portfolio including precious, base and strategic metal exploration in North America, Africa and Australia.

Project interests range from early-stage greenfield exploration to later-stage prospects currently subject to drill programmes.

Power Metal will develop projects internally or through strategic joint ventures until a project becomes ready for disposal through outright sale or separate listing on a recognised stock exchange thereby crystallising the value generated from our internal exploration and development work.

Value generated through disposals will be deployed internally to drive the Company’s growth or may be returned to shareholders through share buy backs, dividends or in-specie distributions of assets.

 

Power Metal Exploration Programmes Underway/Results Awaited

Power Metal has exploration programmes completed or underway, with results awaited, as outlined below:

Project

Location

POW %

Work Completed or Underway

Results Awaited

Alamo Gold Project

USA

Earn-in to 75%

Excavation of multiple test pits and mapping & sampling.

Field and assay results from on-site work programme.

Athabasca Uranium

Canada

100%

Data compilation across uranium properties

Interpretation results from 2 of 7 properties.

Authier North Lithium

Canada

Earn-in to 100%

Soil & rock sampling completed

Technical Review of exploration results & define next exploration steps.

Ditau Project

Botswana

50%

Drill programme focused on key targets notably drilling of potential carbonatites and targeting rare-earth elements.

Field updates and receipt & review of laboratory assay results.

Kalahari Copper Belt

Botswana

50%

Exploration programme underway across the South Ghanzi Project and further exploration at the more recently acquired South Ghanzi Extension and Mamuno licence areas

Field programme findings and defined drill targets for near term drilling.

Molopo Farms

Botswana

53%

Review of recent exploration findings.

Determine next exploration steps and action plan.

Tati Gold/Nickel

Botswana

100%

Reverse circulation drill programme completed

Receipt & review of laboratory assay results.

Haneti Project

Tanzania

35%

Diamond drill programme completed

Receipt & review of laboratory assay results.

Victoria Goldfields

Australia

49.9%

Diamond drill programme underway

 

Field updates and receipt & review of laboratory assay results.

Paterson Projects

Australia

83.33%

Wallal passive seismic and 2D seismic processing work programme completed.

Review of historical data and target generation for Ripon Hills & Braeside West projects.

 

 

Findings from multiple work programmes including final approvals and preparations for planned deep diamond drilling.

Selta Project

Australia

83.33%

Field reconnaissance work now underway, including mapping and sampling.

Field updates.

 

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