Recharge Metals quick to identify four high priority targets in Québec lithium hotspot

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Recharge Metals ASX REC Express lithium project James Bay Quebec Canada

Just weeks after taking full ownership of its new Express lithium project located in the prolific James Bay area, Recharge Metals (ASX: REC) has picked four high priority targets that will be the subject of the maiden field program beginning in July.

James Bay in Québec is now recognised internationally as one of the key new lithium provinces and has been the scene of busy pegging, including by several Australian juniors.

Recharge has secured a geological crew and key logistics support including helicopters.

This follows interpretation by consultants of high-resolution aerial and satellite photography, with the identification of a “significant” number of potential pegmatite outcrops at Express.

Recharge, having raised $3 million for its diversification into lithium, is now fully funded for exploration over the coming 12 months.

Nearby Canadian explorer finds two pegmatites

The company has been encouraged by progress from Canadian company Brunswick Exploration (TSXV: BRW) at its Anatacau West project, just 8km from Express.

Brunswick has announced an intersection of 26.5m at 1.51% lithium oxide which, says Recharge, “provides further evidence of the fertility of the immediate area”.

Brunswick have also stated that they have intercepted at least two continuous, distinct spodumene-bearing pegmatites.

Aerial imagery is the key

Recharge managing director Felicity Repacholi-Muir says the aerial imagery is very much the key dataset for the detail planning of the upcoming field program.

“The extensive outcrops present at Express provide encouragement for the potential of lithium-bearing pegmatites to be discovered,” she added.

Recharge will be seeking alternative datasets to refine exploration targeting.

Drilling expected later this year

A drilling campaign is expected to begin later in the year.

The company’s ground contains numerous untested outcropping pegmatites and has historically been under-explored for lithium mineralisation.

Recharge acquired the 73.5 sq km project in March and completed the transaction at the start of May.

Recharge’s initial exploration program includes the review of all historical data, as well as the commissioning of analysis and reviewing publicly available geophysical data and the probable acquisition of high-resolution aerial imagery.

Analysis of data at the time of acquisition contained images indicating the potential for outcropping pegmatites and it is expected that the interpretation will highlight areas for inspection and sampling, the company stated.