Initial mapping and sampling programs have commenced including rock chip sampling and mapping, targeting extensions of the known mineralisation.
Other prospective areas in the tenement package that have been identified through satellite and air photography imagery will also be explored.
Other work will include soil geochemistry to target pegmatites hidden by shallow soil cover, widely present within the tenement.
Recent due diligence exploration conducted at Mallina has located significant zones of visible spodumene mineralisation grading up to 2.13% lithium oxide within a pegmatite mapped over 500 metres.
During December, Sayona secured an option to acquire an 871 square kilometre package of tenements in the world-class Pilgangoora district of Western Australia.
The package includes the Mallina project with newly identified spodumene pegmatite.
Highlights include rock chip samples up to 2.13% lithium in discovery pegmatite, with the average of the 10 rock chip samples collected to date being 1.28% lithium.
Mallina is located 80 kilometres west of the Pilgangoora lithium deposits of Altura Mining (ASX:AJM) and Pilbara Minerals (ASX:PLS), and compliments the company’s other 1,000 square kilometre lithium exploration portfolio in the Pilbara region.
Phase II drill program at Authier
Sayona lodged drilling permits in December for the Phase II resource expansion drilling program at the flagship Authier lithium project located in Quebec, Canada.
The company sees good potential to both expand the size of the existing resource and to optimise and improve the existing resource.
A diamond drilling program of up to 4,000 metres is planned to commence in early 2017.
This follows the recent 68% expansion of Authier’s contained lithium resource to 13.74 million tonnes grading 1.07% lithium oxide for 147,600 tonnes of contained lithium.
Importantly, the next phase of drilling will aim to define the size and grade of the recently discovered high-grade northern pegmatite and explore for additional pegmatites.