Bryah Resources (ASX: BYH) has unearthed “significant” manganese during shallow drilling at the Bryah Basin project, with assays returning up to 42.2% manganese.
A reverse circulation drilling campaign totalling 3,062m and 122 holes was carried out at Horseshoe South, Devils Hill, Black Cat and Brumby Creek, with Bryah pointing out that notable mineralisation was intersected at Brumby Creek from surface.
Highlight results from Brumby Creek were 15m at 26.2% manganese from 3m, including 2m at 33.5% manganese; 10m at 22.6% manganese from 1m, including 2m at 30.3% manganese; and 8m at 24.1% manganese, including 2m at 31% manganese.
Better intervals from the Horseshoe South prospect were 12m at 24.9% manganese from 7m, including 2m at 31.4% manganese; 5m at 28.8% manganese from 4m, including 1m at 42.2% manganese; and 3m at 27.8% manganese from 6m, including 1m at 35.7% manganese.
“These initial results are extremely encouraging, particularly at the recently discovered Brumby Creek prospect and validate the company’s manganese strategy,” Bryah managing director Neil Marston said.
“This drilling demonstrates the potential to discover new manganese deposits under shallow cover within our project area.”
“We have completed a follow-up drilling program with assays pending and look forward to drill testing some other new areas in the coming months ahead,” Mr Marston added.
The follow-up 2,087m drilling program was completed yesterday and tested extensions to mineralisation delineated in the first campaign.
Drilling was carried out at Brumby Creek and Horseshoe South, with exploration drilling also undertaken at Black Caviar and Black Hill prospects.
Horseshoe South hosts the largest historic manganese mine in the region – producing 1 million tonnes of high-grade manganese ore during operation.
Bryah Basin manganese strategy
OM Holdings and Bryah entered a joint venture in April this year, paving the way for OM to earn up to 70% of the project’s manganese rights.
The Bryah Basin project covers 880 square kilometres and OM is securing the manganese rights over 660sq km of the asset.
To earn the rights, OM will spend a total of $7.3 million on exploring the project including $500,000 under stage one, which is due for completion by the end of the month.
Bryah’s strategy is to fast-track the project to manganese production, which will generate cash flow while it focuses on unlocking the project’s copper and gold potential.
Prior to market open Bryah’s share price was $0.056.