Ardea scouts scandium at Goongarrie


Recent assays of historic drill sites in Goongarrie, Western Australia, have shown promising levels of scandium mineralisation, with a minimum cutoff of 50 grams per tonne.

The resampling of the Goongarrie South cobalt-nickel camp, carried out by Ardea Resources, revealed scandium deposits over two main bodies in the company’s KNP Cobalt zone, the easterly Pamela Jean/Patricia Anne line, and the westerly Elsie Tynan line.

Results of drilling from several holes include findings of anywhere from 51.2–104.2 grams of scandium per tonne. The 104.2 grams per tonne figure was found over eight metres from a 14 metre depth.

The results follow on from a report from Ardea at the end of last month showing inferred scandium and platinum-palladium (PGM) byproducts at the company’s Black Range deposit of 65.5 grams per tonne and 0.54 grams per tonne, respectively.

The findings are taken from 1598 received samples from a total of 2871; more data is expected in the next few weeks.

Previous companies involved in the area have not surveyed for scandium, and the company stressed in its October report that any future scandium recovery will be of a supplemental nature, and will result in minimal additional cost to Ardea’s operations.

Scandium is primarily used as a material in the production of aluminium alloys; though scandium is not publicly traded, due to its rarity, it is considered one of the most expensive elements.

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