Byrah landed its first inferred and indicated resource of 1.84 Mt grading 21% manganese at the Bryah Basin JV project in Western Australia with OM Holdings.
The resource, which has been defined on six prospects, comes as manganese has been recognized as a critical metal due to its critical role in producing steel with greater strength and flexibility, as well as increased use in The batteries.
Bryah Resources (ASX: BYH) asserts that most of the resource – 1.08 Mt at 22% manganese – is in the Indicated category with a higher level of confidence, meaning that there is sufficient information to support development planning. the mine.
“We are very pleased to announce the first mineral resource for the Bryah Basin JV project with OM Manganese,” said Managing Director Ashley Jones.
“These mineral resources will now form the basis of mining permit applications at the Brumby Creek and Black Hill locations.
“The Horseshoe South area mineral resources are already located on an granted mining lease and this will bring us closer to where we want to be – producing manganese.”
Jones added that the 15% manganese cut-off parameters are high compared to many of the company’s peers and should result in potentially higher yields to make a marketable manganese product.
“Having historical production from the region gives us confidence in progressing towards a production result,” he noted.
OM Manganese is a 100% subsidiary of OM Holdings (ASX:OMH) and recently completed all funding requirements to earn a 51% stake in the project.
Styles of manganese mineralization
Manganese mineralization at the Bryah Basin JV project occurs in two forms.
In the Horseshoe Ranges, mineralization is hosted in in situ and detrital manganese formation in shale and siltstone with rare thin bands of banded iron formation.
This style of mineralization is preserved in the eastern zone of Brumby Creek East, the northern part of Brumby Creek West and the Horseshoe Extensions.
The other style of manganese deposit is formed by the erosion and reworking of manganese material downstream to form detrital deposits in channels.
This is on the south end of Brumby Creek West, west side of Brumby Creek East, Area 74, Black Hill Mesa, and the Horseshoe South Channel.
More growth to come
Bryah notes that manganese mineralization forms conductive bodies and therefore she applies GAIP geophysical surveys to generate drill targets that are prospective for buried manganese lenses.
Ongoing exploration using geophysics and drilling is expected to find additional manganese deposits, with an aggressive exploration program planned for 2022.
The joint venture has also filed mining license applications to support future mining project feedstock based on the Horseshoe Manganese M52/806 mining lease.
This article was developed in conjunction with Bryah Basin, a Stockhead advertiser at the time of publication.
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