As phase one exploration at Force Commodities’ (ASX: 4CE) Kitotolo lithium project in the Democratic Republic of Congo advances, the company has uncovered more near-surface pegmatite with fresh spodumene, and has decided to bring its drilling program forward to kick-off at the end of the current wet season.
Under its phase one exploration program 42 test pit samples have been collected out of a planned 121 test pits which are due to be completed in February. In-situ and fresh spodumene was identified in test pits near the Katamba prospect.
Including the 42 test pit samples, 195 geochemical samples have been sent for analysis, with assays due in the coming weeks.
As part of the program, nine trenches have also been excavated – exposing near-surface pegmatite with an approximate 1,000m strike length and up to 100m wide. The primary pegmatite also remains open in all directions.
“Mapping, trenching and test-pitting has confirmed near surface pegmatite exposures and interpretations that the Katamba pegmatite extends over 1km and is open in all direction directions,” Force head of exploration James Sullivan said.
“The trench and test pitting results are highly encouraging by exposing near surface pegmatite outcrops and hosting spodumene mineralisation, which lends support to the region as a fast-emerging world-class hard rock lithium province,” Mr Sullivan said.
He added the company was finalising its phase one exploration program and was moving into phase two work which will involve further trenching to map the near-surface pegmatite.
The maiden drilling program is planned to begin soon after with drilling contractor discussions and planning work underway.
Force entered the DRC after committing to acquiring Kitotolo, which encompasses 400 square kilometres, in early October last year. The acquisition decision was made after due diligence revealed “significant” and “widespread” visible spodumene and other lithium bearing minerals.
Phase one exploration started in late-November, followed by Force gaining more ground in the region after entering a securing a joint venture to own a 51% stake in the Kanuka lithium project which comprises 194 square kilometres of prospective landholding about 20 km from Kitotolo.
Both projects are less than 30km from AVZ Minerals’ (ASX: AVZ) Manono lithium project which has attracted a lot of investor interest.
In early morning trade, Force’s share price remained unchanged at A$0.10.