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Northern Territory in the spotlight

20 May 2022
Rueben Hale

A seven-year non-binding offtake agreement between Perth-based Arafura Resources and Hyundai Motor Company could lead to 1,500 tonnes of neodymium and praseodymium exported directly to the giant Korean car manufacturer.

It has been a long journey for the trailblazing company holding a long-held passion for the region’s potential alongside other committed explorers.

The UK’s Power Metals Resources, possessing a 100 per cent strategic interest in the nearby Selta Uranium and Rare-Earth Element project through Australian-based subsidiary First Development Resources, shares similar geology to Nolans Bore.

The company is upbeat about the project’s scale potential, given a recent in-depth review confirming the prospectivity for REEs and uranium, plus promising signs for lithium, tin, gold and base metals.

“We believe the Selta project is located in the same tier-one mining jurisdiction as Nolans Bore,” Power Metals chief executive Paul Johnson said.

“The Arafura announcement now materially enhances the exploration potential of this unique project by its similar geology and proximity to the site.”

Fellow neighbour MegaWatt Lithium and Battery Metals Corp. shares Johnson’s optimism – so much so the Canadian company has prioritised exploration of the Arctic Fox and Isbjorn properties, both prospective for scale quantities of NdPr.

MegaWatt chief executive and company director David Thornley Hall said the positive global attention is a hugely welcome development.

“Securing new and ethical rare earth element supply chains is becoming an increasing priority for numerous global car groups,” Thornley Hall said.

“Whilst it puts the global spotlight on the region as an emerging supply of REEs, this development significantly enhances the exploration potential of Megawatt’s Arctic Fox property which is contiguous to the Nolans Bore deposit.”

Selta Uranium and Rare Earth Project

Power Metal Resources has acquired a 100% strategic interest in the Selta Uranium and Rare-Earth Element Project, Located in the Northern Territory, Australia, through the subsidiary First Development Resources Limited.

Three Selta Project Mineral Exploration Licences have been granted for six years (16 February 2022 to 15 February 2028), covering 1,574.92km2 under granted licences with a critical focus on uranium, REE, and lithium mineralisation.

Arctic Fox

The Arctic Fox project is located within 20km of Nolans Bore and is considered highly prospective for REEs (including NdPr) and showing significant promise for uranium mineralisation.

Isbjorn Project

The Isbjorn project is also within close range of Nolans Bore and 15km of the Charley Creek REE deposit, where a drilling campaign resulted in a 2012 JORC compliant resource calculation.

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