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Hunting for Queensland’s critical minerals

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Iltani Resources has commenced the next phase of drilling at its Orient silver-indium project in Queensland.

The explorer plans to drill 11 reverse circulation drill holes at the project to cover the 1800m strike extent. Iltani hopes to extend the known mineralisation to the northeast and southwest with this latest campaign.

Drilling results will enable the generation of an exploration target for Orient west, which will form the basis for subsequent mineral resource estimate drilling.

Iltani will also drill one high priority target near Orient west named A2, which exhibits a strong chargeable conductor coincident with a magnetic high.

The drilling program is expected to take roughly four weeks to complete.

“It is fantastic to be drilling again at Orient, marking the start of what we believe will be an exciting period of drilling,” Iltani managing director Donald Garner said.

“Following this (drilling campaign) in early June, we will start the recently announced Orient Deeps diamond drill hole utilising grant funding from Round 8 of the Queensland Government Department of Resources’ Collaborative Exploration Initiative.”

Iltani has already demonstrated the initial prospectivity of Orient, with recent RC drilling returning the following results:

  • 1m at 141g/t silver, 1.7 per cent lead, 18.8 per cent zinc, 0.8 per cent tin, and 1070g/t indium from 117m
  • 1m at 83g/t silver, 1.1 per cent lead, 13 per cent zinc, 0.1 per cent tin, and 870g/t indium from 186m.

These results included what Iltani believes to be Australia’s highest grade indium drilling results of 1070g/t and 870g/t indium.

Indium – an important component of solar panels – is a critical mineral in Australia, the US, Japan, South Korea and India.

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