Exploration increases Kasiya rutile deposit by 35%

by Wahard Betha

ASX-listed group Sovereign Metals has announced a substantial expansion of high-grade rutile from the Phase 9 drilling programme that the company conducted at Kasiya which has increased the deposit area by 35% resulting in expansion of the mineralized envelope to 89km2.

Sovereign’s very large and expanding rutile footprint in Malawi could prove to be one of the world’s most significant sources of the highest purity and most environmentally sustainable titanium feedstock.

Sovereign’s MD Julian Stephens commented: “This drilling has served to significantly further increase the high-grade, near surface rutile mineralization at Kasiya.”

“We now have a grand total of well over a hundred square kilometers of mineralization defined across Kasiya and Nsalu. This is the final batch of results we have been awaiting in order to complete the dataset required for our maiden Kasiya JORC resource estimate.”

“These very large, high-grade areas of mineralization may well become one of the largest primary rutile deposits in the world.”

“Unlocking a new, globally significant source of direct feed natural rutile could help meet the growing demand for low carbon feedstock across the titanium industry supply-chain.”

Stephens said the Company has completed drilling at Kasiya for the time being, with this final batch of results to be incorporated into the maiden JORC MRE.

He said modelling and estimation is underway and well-advanced, with the MRE expected to cover a large portion of the 89km2 mineralized footprint at Kasiya.

The drilling results continued to demonstrate that significant rutile enrichment occurs in the top ~8m from surface with very-high grades, commonly greater than 1.5% rutile occurring in the top 3-5m from surface.

Stephens said in most drilling cases, drill depth was restricted by the hand-auger drilling equipment capacity.

He said the company later assumed that free-dig rutile mineralization should continue vertically to the base of saprolite estimated at approximately 25m depth from surface.

Stephens said: “Step-out drilling at Kasiya and Nsalu is continuing with multiple field drilling teams deployed. Additional rutile mineralization delineated will potentially result in future additions to the MRE.”

“The peripheral zones at Kasiya with nominal 800m x 800m may need further infill drilling before they can be included in a future MRE.”

“The Nsalu deposit also requires further infill and extensional drilling before it will be brought in to the MRE.”

The Phase 9 drilling results reported comprise a further 204 hand-auger holes for a total of 1,797m.

With the inclusion of Phase 9, the total number of holes reported from Kasiya to date is now 507 with 4,820m drilled.

The Phase 9 drilling has increased the size of the high-grade rutile mineralized envelope at Kasiya with extensions defined on the north, east and southern parts of the deposit.

The Company now has a total of ~114km2 of drilled, high-grade rutile mineralization thus totaling 89km2 of Kasiya and 25km2 of Nsalu.

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