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Golden Metal Resources PLC
18 March 2024
 

18 March 2024

Golden Metal Resources plc

("Golden Metal" or the "Company")

Pilot Mountain Exploration Update

Drill Programme Preparation Underway Following £750,000 Strategic Financing

Golden Metal Resources plc (LON:GMET, OTCQB: GMTLF), a mineral exploration and development company focused on tungsten, gold, copper, lithium and silver within Nevada, USA, is pleased to announce an exploration update on the 100% owned Pilot Mountain project ("Pilot Mountain" or the "Project").

On 11 March 2024 the Company announced that it had completed a strategic fundraise for a total of £750,000. These funds are being used to facilitate the exploration steps outlined below.1  

Pilot Mountain Resource and Exploration Highlights:

·    Pilot Mountain hosts a Mineral Resource estimate ("MRE") of 12.53Mt at 0.27% tungsten trioxide (WO3) with significant copper ('Cu') - silver ('Ag') - zinc ('Zn') credits (see Table 1)3. This in-ground resource is believed to be the largest and most advanced undeveloped tungsten resource located in the USA.

 

·    Exploration targets identified in 2018 outline additional resource potential ranging from 11.0 - 23.0Mt with expected grades from 0.3 - 0.5 % WO3 (see Table 2).4

 

·    Golden Metal carried out a high-resolution induced polarisation geophysical survey in 2022/2023 which identified an additional five priority targets, further highlighting the significant exploration upside that exists at Pilot Mountain.

 

·    As a result, the Company is embarking on its first ever drilling campaign which will include the drilling of multiple of these previously untested targets. Drilling permits are expected in approximately six weeks' time. Programme specifics and expected start date will be released to the market in the coming weeks.

 

·    One of the key targets of interest is the untested Porphyry South target as it may represent the porphyritic intrusive body (causative porphyry) that could be responsible for the skarn-type mineralisation found at Pilot Mountain (see Figure 1 and 2).

 

·    The copper potential will also be further investigated during the upcoming programme which is highlighted by two historical drillholes which returned 17.5m of 1.8% copper (Desert Scheelite) as well as 26.6m of 1.0% copper (Good Hope).5

 

·    The Company is finalising the contract with a Nevada based drilling contractor and expects this to be signed before the end of March.

 

·    Alongside the exploration potential which will be tested during the upcoming programme, the development and extraction of the currently defined Mineral Resources at Pilot Mountain is a key focus, given the USA's need for a domestic tungsten supply. As a result, the Company is rapidly advancing plans to commence key permitting studies which will be required for next stage Project development. Further updates on this will be released to the market in due course.

 

 

Oliver Friesen, CEO of Golden Metal, commented: 

"Since Golden Metal's admission to AIM in May 2023 we have put many important building blocks in place across our exciting Nevada focussed portfolio. With many of these important steps now completed, we move into what I believe will be a potentially transformational period for the Company. This will involve undertaking high impact drilling and project development studies aimed at unlocking significant value at Pilot Mountain in tandem with further exploration across multiple other Golden Metal assets.

"The need for the USA to reshore its critical, battery and defence metal supply chains is approaching all-time highs, and the Company is perfectly positioned to be part of the solution. I encourage everyone to watch Golden Metal closely as we enter what should be a very exciting news-rich period."

 

Media

 

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Figure 1 - Pilot Mountain Project overview map showing the location of existing known mineralised bodies (Desert Scheelite, Gunmetal, Garnet Mine, Goodhope) and the outline of the five newly delineated exploration targets including the two new targets (Porphyry South and Good Hope West).

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Figure 2 (Porphyry South) - Historical digitised ground magnetic geophysics data (Zonge, 2013) showing location of magnetic high. See figure 3 for outline of resistivity anomaly which is coincident with magnetic high feature. Scale, legend and north arrow located bottom left of image.

 

Table 1: Pilot Mountain Project Updated Mineral Resource Estimate, dated 13 December 20183


Resource

Tungsten Tri-Oxide

Silver

Copper

Zinc

Mt

Grade (%)

Contained metal (t)

Grade (g/t)

Cont. metal (t)

Grade (%)

Cont. metal (t)

Grade (%)

Cont. metal (t)

Desert Scheelite

Ind.

9.01

0.26

23,400

20.73

187

0.15

13,200

0.41

37,100

Inf.

1.69

0.25

4,300

12.24

21

0.16

2,800

0.19

3,200

 

Total

10.7

0.26

27,700

19.38

207

0.15

16,000

0.38

40,300

Garnet

Ind.

0

0

0







Inf.

1.83

0.36

6,590







 

Total

1.83

0.36

6,590







Summary

Ind.

9.01

0.26

23,400







 

Inf.

3.53

0.31

10,890







Total

 

12.53

0.27

34,290







 

 

Further Information

Overview

The Pilot Mountain tungsten-copper-silver-zinc Project is located approximately 200km southeast of Reno, in Nevada, USA. Nevada is ranked first in overall mining investment attractiveness in the Fraser Institute 2023 annual survey2. The Project is located entirely on United States Bureau of Land Management ("BLM") land - allowing for efficient and cost-effective permitting. The Project covers 3,656-acres (14.8km2) and is centred around four existing mineral deposits, including Garnet, Good Hope, Gunmetal and Desert Scheelite, all of which possess significant skarn-style tungsten ('W') - copper ('Cu') - silver ('Ag') - zinc ('Zn') mineralisation.

Project Development

There is currently no domestic United States mined tungsten production, and tungsten is classified as a strategic mineral by the United States Geological Survey (USGS)6. Set against this backdrop, the Pilot Mountain Project hosts a key energy and defense metal deposit located on US soil during a time of increasing need for resource domestication.

Potential production viability was reinforced with a scoping study7 commissioned in 2018 on the Project which indicated the potential for an initial 12-year operational life based on processing ore from an open pit at Desert Scheelite supplemented by potential production from Garnet.

Furthermore, previous independent metallurgical testwork on 694kg of mineralised rock from Pilot Mountain5 highlighted strong metallurgical results including the successful production of two saleable concentrates (scheelite, and copper/silver) from a coarse grind treated by floatation or by flotation and wet high-intensity magnetic separators ("WHIMS").

Shallow mineral resources at the Desert Scheelite and Garnet deposits may be amenable to shallow open-cut mining methods (as modelled in the 2018 scoping study) which would allow for rapid low-cost start-up costs.

Exploration Upside

In 2018 a study was commissioned which looked into exploration potential at Pilot Mountain. Exploration targets were broken into Tier 1 and Tier 2 targets for which a total Exploration Target of 11.0 - 23.0Mt was defined with an expected average grade of 0.3-0.5% WO34 (see Table 2).

Table 2: Pilot Mountain Exploration Targets4

Target Type

Size (Mt)

Grade (WO3 %)

Description

Tier 1 Targets

7-5 - 13.5

0.3 - 0.5

Based on historical drill intersections

Tier 2 Targets

3.5 - 9.1

0.3 - 0.5

Based on favourable geology and proximity to known mineralisation

Total Exploration Target*

11.0 - 23.0

0.3 - 0.5

Combined Tier 1 & 2

*Exploration Targets are conceptual in nature and there has been insufficient exploration to define a Mineral Resource. It is uncertain if further exploration will result in the determine of a Mineral Resource.

Considering the current Mineral Resource tonnage equates to 12.53Mt, should the exploration targets postulated be converted to Resources they could deliver a very significant increase to the Pilot Mountain Project value.

Additionally, post the publication of these exploration targets, Golden Metal carried out a high-resolution IP geophysics survey which identified five further exploration targets, multiple of which will be tested during the upcoming drilling campaign. These exciting exploration targets are outlined below at:

https://www.londonstockexchange.com/news-article/GMET/pilot-mountain-significant-exploration-targets/15986134

https://www.londonstockexchange.com/news-article/GMET/pilot-mountain-further-targets-identified/16005627

 

References

1:         Strategic Fundraise of £750,000, 2024, March 11

(https://www.londonstockexchange.com/news-article/GMET/strategic-fundraise-of-ps750-000/16369924)

 

2:         Fraser Institute Annual Survey of Mining Companies, 2022, published 4 May 2023

            (https://www.fraserinstitute.org/studies/annual-survey-of-mining-companies-2022 )

 

3:         Thor Mining PLC, regulatory news announcement, 'Increased Mineral Resource Estimate - Pilot Mountain Nevada USA', dated 13 December 2018

            ( https://wcsecure.weblink.com.au/LSE_news/2018/12/13/Thormining_14158543.pdf )

4:         Thor Mining PLC, regulatory news announcement, 'Development Plan Pilot Mountain Tungsten Project - Nevada USA', dated 1 December 2014
(
https://wcsecure.weblink.com.au/LSE_news/2014/12/01/Thormining_13057433.pdf )

5:         Golden Metal Resources 2023 Admission Document. 
(
https://www.goldenmetalresources.com/investors/aim-rule-26/ )

6:         News announcement: 'The United States Geological Survey has released a new list of 50 mineral commodities critical to the U.S. economy and national security after an extensive multi-agency assessment', 22 February 2022
(
https://www.usgs.gov/news/national-news-release/us-geological-survey-releases-2022-list-critical-minerals )

 

7:         Thor Mining PLC, regulatory news announcement, 'Twelve Year Open Pit Life for Desert Scheelite

Pilot Mountain Scoping Study', dated 7 September 2018

            ( https://wcsecure.weblink.com.au/LSE_news/2018/09/07/Thormining_14049369.pdf )

8:         Unpublished metallurgical testwork report by Guangzhou Research Institute of Nonferrous Metals commissioned by Black Fire Minerals Ltd: 'The Development of Separation Technology from the Pilot, Mountain Tungsten Project, Nevada, USA: Process Mineralogy Mineral processing Preliminary Testing', dated 31 August 2013.

 

Property Ownership

Golden Metal holds a 100% interest in Pilot Mountain through its wholly-owned Nevada-based operating subsidiary company's including Pilot Metals Inc and BFM Resources Inc.

COMPETENT PERSON STATEMENT

The technical information contained in this disclosure has been read and approved by Mr Nick O'Reilly (MSc, DIC, MIMMM, MAusIMM, FGS), who is a qualified geologist and acts as the Competent Person under the AIM Rules - Note for Mining and Oil & Gas Companies. Mr O'Reilly is a Principal consultant working for Mining Analyst Consulting Ltd which has been retained by Golden Metal Resources plc to provide technical support.

This announcement contains inside information for the purposes of Article 7 of EU Regulation 596/2014 (which forms part of domestic UK law pursuant to the European Union (Withdrawal) Act 2018).

Forward Looking Statements

This announcement contains forward-looking statements relating to expected or anticipated future events and anticipated results that are forward-looking in nature and, as a result, are subject to certain risks and uncertainties, such as general economic, market and business conditions, competition for qualified staff, the regulatory process and actions, technical issues, new legislation, uncertainties resulting from potential delays or changes in plans, uncertainties resulting from working in a new political jurisdiction, uncertainties regarding the results of exploration, uncertainties regarding the timing and granting of prospecting rights, uncertainties regarding the timing and granting of regulatory and other third party consents and approvals, uncertainties regarding the Company's or any third party's ability to execute and implement future plans, and the occurrence of unexpected events. 

Actual results achieved may vary from the information provided herein as a result of numerous known and unknown risks and uncertainties and other factors.

For further information visit www.goldenmetalresources.com or contact the following:

Golden Metal Resources plc

Oliver Friesen (CEO)

Tel: +44 (0) 20 7583 8304

Cairn Financial Advisers LLP

Nominated Adviser

Sandy Jamieson/Jo Turner/Louise O'Driscoll

Tel: +44 20 7213 0880

First Equity Limited

Broker

Jonathan Brown/Jason Robertson

Tel: +44 20 7374 2212



 

The Projects:

Pilot Mountain Project

The Pilot Mountain project is an advanced exploration and mineral resource definition stage project located in Mineral County in western Nevada. The project covers an area of 14.80 km2 (3,656.1 acres) and is located 200km southeast of Reno and 18km east of Mina, Nevada. It is well situated for the supply of power, water and skilled labour and proximity to transport infrastructure in Mineral County and is centred around four existing mineral deposits: Garnet; Good Hope; Gunmetal and Desert Scheelite, all of which possess significant skarn-style tungsten-copper-silver-zinc mineralisation. The Pilot Mountain project consists of 176 active lode mining claims and 4 filed mill site claims. The four mill site claims filed at the former Dunham mill site have secure access to groundwater supply sufficient for the proposed project.

Garfield Project

The Garfield Project is an exciting copper-gold-silver prospect consisting of 65 lode mining claims covering 5.4 km2 (1,338 acres) located in Mineral County, Nevada, approximately 14km due east of the town of Hawthorne and 120km due west-northwest of Tonopah. Exploration to date has included detailed geochemical sampling and follow up analysis which highlighted the presence of both porphyry and skarn-type mineralisation and alteration at the 'High-Grade Zone'. Further to this, mapping, prospecting and rock sampling was recently completed with results confirming presence of high-grade copper, silver and gold mineralisation as well as leading to the bedrock discovery of the Pamlico Au Zone with individual rock samples up to 18.35g/t Au, 1,225g/t Ag & 1.89% Cu. Following this, geochemical analysis of the full suite of data confirmed the strong presence of porphyry style mineralisation across the Project, as well as potentially overprinting epithermal style mineralisation leading to increased gold-silver prospectivity.

Kibby Basin Lithium Project

The Kibby Basin Project covers two claim packages which are prospective for lithium brine mineralisation. The southern claim package is less than 250m from a 2022 drillhole which returned a significant interval (169m) of lithium brine mineralisation which was determined to be open in all directions. The Project is less than 5km to the southeast of the Company's flagship Pilot Mountain Project.

Golconda Summit Project

Golden Metal is the operator of the Golconda Summit project, which is held under an earn-in right to acquire up to 100 per cent. of the project from the mineral claim owner pursuant to an option agreement. The Golconda Summit project is an exploration stage gold and silver project located in Humboldt County and situated at the confluence of the Getchell and Battle Mountain - Eureka metallogenic trends, and consists of 44 lode mining claims, covering a total area of approximately 3.22 km2 (795.4 acres) located approximately 27km east of Winnemucca.

Stonewall Project

The Stonewall project is an exploration stage gold-silver property prospective for epithermal gold-silver mineralisation. The property consists of 19 lode mining claims covering 1.59 km2 (392.5 acres) located on the northern flank of Stonewall Mountain, on the western edge of the Nellis Airforce Range Restricted Access Area, in Nye County, Nevada, approximately 24km south-east of the historic gold mining town of Goldfield and 60km due south of Tonopah.

 

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