On the hunt : Hammer CEO Alex Hewlett and Chairman Russell Davis

Hammer nails another Mt Isa project

Thursday, 15 December, 2016 - 05:40

Hammer Metals’ remarkable success at the recently acquired Millennium project has opened the door to another acquisition that looks to be equally well priced in Mt Isa.

The Perth-based explorer announced this week an agreement with ASX-listed Chinalco Yunnan Copper Resources to acquire a 100% interest in four copper-gold tenements in the Mt Isa district for the issue of 1.5 million Hammer shares, which closed at 3.9c on Wednesday.

The deal is therefore valued at less than $60,000 for a set of tenements that include defined copper-gold resources with some serious upside from historic drill intercepts that include 30 metres at 6.73 g/t gold.

It is the second such deal this year between Hammer and Chinalco who, along with Elementos, sold Hammer five tenements that make up the Millennium copper-cobalt-gold project in a similarly priced deal. Hammer quickly sank a few holes into Millenium and subsequently announced a maiden resource of 3.1 million tonnes at 1.29% copper equivalent, amendable to open pit mining.

Hammer will initially focus on assessing the potential for high-grade internal lodes from the Elaine-Mt Dorothy deposit at the project, which is about 5km south of the old Mary Kathleen uranium mine. Chinalco previously defined a copper-gold resource at the Elaine-Dorothy prospect of 27 million tonnes grading 0.53% Cu and 0.08g/t Au 

Significant intercepts from previous drilling include 30 metres at 6.73 g/t gold from 508 metres and 26 metres at 1.7 g/t gold, including 9 metres at 3.63 g/t from 177 metres.

The acquisition also includes Chinalco’s 51% interest in the Mt Frosty prospect which is adjacent to the Mary Kathleen uranium mine. The Mt Frosty prospect is subject to third party approval within 45 days. If the Mt Frosty lease is not included, Hammer’s acquisition cost will drop from 1.5m to 1.25m shares.

Hammer Metals CEO, Alex Hewett, said “This acquisition significantly enhances Hammer’s Mt Isa project by acquiring additional copper-gold resources and a range of advanced copper-gold targets. Evaluating the potential of the Elaine Dorothy deposit for high-grade gold zones is of particular interest.”

Hammer now holds tenements covering about 2,600 square kilometres and has carved out an enviable position in the heart of the Mt Isa mineral district which is undergoing an exploration renaissance.