The company is planning a diamond drilling program of up to 3,000 metres commencing in early November.
Sayona is currently completing an updated pre-feasibility study, due for completion in 3Q 2017, prior to the commencement of a definitive feasibility study (DFS).
Importantly, the drilling and pilot metallurgy programs are expected to be the last major work programs before completion of the DFS in early 2018.
Drilling a large sample for a pilot metallurgy program
Sayona’s primary objective of the drilling is to collect up to 5 tonnes of drill core for a pilot metallurgical testing program to be used as an input into the process plant design in the DFS.
The company will also infill drill within the main resource zone where the mineralisation is not well defined and is currently treated as waste, with the objective of reducing the waste to ore ratio.
Furthermore, Sayona will aim for a potential expansion of the northern pegmatite zone which intersected 7 metres at 1.36% lithium from 15 metres in the last drilling program.
The company is also planning to complete geotechnical drilling which will enable finalisation of the pit wall slopes for the DFS.
Exploration commencing over Pilbara conglomerate gold targets
Sayona is preparing to start a field exploration program for conglomerate hosted gold in the Pilbara region of Western Australia.
Last month, the company identified Fortescue aged rocks, which signal conglomerate-hosted gold potential within its Mallina Lithium Project.
The focus will be at the Deep Well area, where initial reconnaissance has identified favourable stratigraphy, including Fortescue aged rocks.
The conglomerate at Deep Well ranges from quartz pebble conglomerate to those being dominated by felsic volcanic and chert clasts.