Manganese has been discovered along strike from Bryah Resources’ (ASX: BYH) Brumby Creek prospect, which is part of the company’s flagship Bryah Basin project in Western Australia.
The manganese mineralisation was intersected from surface about 1km to the south of Brumby Creek.
Notable results were 23m at 25.8% manganese from surface, including 3m at 31.2% manganese from 2m, 2m at 30.4% manganese from 6m, and 2m at 32.8% manganese from 10m.
Other highlight assays included 7m at 26.5% manganese from 2m, and 14m at 22.8% manganese.
“These latest results from Brumby Creek are extremely encouraging, with significant extensions to manganese mineralisation identified in phase one,” Bryah managing director Neil Marston said.
“We have extended the zones of manganese mineralisation to the west of the prospect as we as identifying new manganese areas up to 1km along strike to the south.”
“This drilling further demonstrates the potential to discover new manganese deposits from surface and under shallow cover over a wide project area,” Mr Marston added.
These results were from a phase two drilling campaign comprising 83-holes for 2,081m across Brumby Creek, Black Hill and Black Caviar prospects, and the historic Horseshoe South manganese mine.
Bryah discovered Brumby Creek last year after ground reconnaissance and rock chip sampling revealed five rock chips assaying above 40% manganese with a peak value of 48.5% manganese.
The prospect was a target in the first drilling program which comprised 35-holes for 1,092m in the area and unearthed 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.
In this latest program, a further 41-holes were drilled at Brumby Creek for 1,199m and extended mineralisation to the south and west of the prospect.
Bryah Basin manganese project
Under the agreement, OM has the right to earn up to 70% of the manganese rights at Bryah Basin by spending $7.3 million on exploration.
Once Bryah has all final assays to-hand from the second phase drilling program, it will prepare a report and budget for OM to consider ahead of electing to commit to the next exploration stage of the earn-in.
Bryah’s strategy is to expedite manganese exploration and development at the project. The company anticipates cashflow from manganese production will fund its copper and gold exploration across the tenements.
By mid-morning, shares in Bryah were trading at $0.085 – up 1.19%.