Portfolio review identifies large-scale lithium targets for Kairos Minerals

Kairos Minerals ASX KAI lithium caesium tantalum pegmatite targets Lalla Rookh Western Australia Pilbara
Kairos Minerals’ Lalla Rookh project is just 25km north of Pilbara Minerals’ world-class Pilgangoora lithium-tantalum operation.

Diversified explorer Kairos Minerals (ASX: KAI) has identified a series of large-scale lithium-caesium-tantalum (LCT) pegmatite targets within its wholly-owned Lalla Rookh project in Western Australia’s east Pilbara region.

The targets were identified as part of an ongoing review of the company’s exploration portfolio for lithium opportunities.

A review of regional datasets including satellite imagery, aeromagnetics, radiometrics and gravity data highlighted numerous large-scale regional structures and local offset features, representing priority targets for follow-up mapping and sampling.

Major lineaments in the region which extend into the Lalla Rookh tenement are believed to act as a pathway for mineralised fluids enriched in pathfinder elements such as lithium, caesium, tantalum and beryllium.

A similar pathway has occurred within pegmatites in the surrounding areas.

Pegmatite rock chip samples analysis from the Lalla Rookh site returned strong results for lithium oxide (0.57% and 0.30%) and pathfinder elements.

Project location

The Lalla Rookh project comprises one granted exploration licence and four applications covering a total area of 342 square kilometres.

It is located south of the Tabba-Tabba tantalum deposit and Strelley pegmatite site, and north of Pilbara Minerals’ (ASX: PLS) world-class Pilgangoora lithium mining centre.

The project complements Kairos’ other emerging lithium exploration opportunities in the Pilbara and at Roe Hills, east of Kalgoorlie.

Adding promise

Executive chairman Terry Topping said Lalla Rookh’s project’s location adds promise to the review findings.

“The strategic location of our tenements just 25km from one of the largest lithium deposits in the world at Pilgangoora adds further impetus to our review of the lithium potential of this area,” he said.

“We will commence a mapping and sampling program next month to fast-track our evaluation of these extensive targets and we will move quickly to refine areas for potential drilling as part of our current exploration field season.”

The project adds “another exciting dimension” to Kairos’ growing Pilbara lithium portfolio, “we are looking forward to getting on the ground in the near future,” Mr Topping said.

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