Solis Minerals Limited (ASX: SLM) has announced the commencement of the second drill rig at the Estrela prospect in the Borborema province of Brazil.
A second large capacity rig is now on site and has commenced drilling on outcropping lithium pegmatite targets at Estrela.
Executive director, Matthew Boyes, commented, “Solis is exploring the lithium potential within the Borborema province, with primary targets at Estrela and Mina Vermelha. Both prospects are located ~15km from the town of Parelhas, where the company has established a base to facilitate operational management and engage with local communities.”
“A second large capacity drill rig has now commenced drilling at the Estrela prospect which will accelerate the programme. Between the two rigs, all currently known pegmatites on the Estrela tenements will be tested before year end.”
The ongoing maiden drilling programme at Estrela consists of 3,600m for 23 diamond drillholes and will target four outcropping pegmatite bodies with identified spodumene in rock chip samples. The outcropping pegmatites have been mapped over a strike distance of greater than 1.2km with surface expressions exhibiting widths up to 30m in artisanal workings.
Drillholes are designed to intersect the pegmatite bodies at between 60-120m below surface with the scope of demonstrating the bodies have potential to host economically viable volumes and grades of mineralization. Solis expects this initial programme will complete before year end now the second rig has arrived on site.
Additionally, Mountain GMT, a local exploration consultancy, has been contracted to complete a surface mapping and geochemical soil sample programme. The area of interest includes eight tenements covering approximately 12,200ha of underexplored greenfields ground in the northern Borborema lithium district.
“In additional to the Estrela drilling programme, Solis is pleased to have contracted Mountain GMT to commence a large geochemical programme on several northern tenements in the Borborema Project package. The collection of eight tenements, located near the town of Cerro Cora, covers a significant portion of the northern Borborema lithium corridor. This initial programme includes geochemical soil sampling and will guide drill targeting during 2024.” Said Mr. Boyes.
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