Flynn Gold

Lithium Anomalies Defined at Mt Dove in Pilbara Western Australia

Flynn Gold Limited (ASX: FG1, “Flynn” or “the Company”) is pleased to announce results from its in-fill soil sampling program at its 100% owned Mt Dove lithium-gold project in Western Australia. The program was designed to evaluate multiple lithium and gold anomalies outlined from the Company’s 2022 Ultra-fine fraction (UFF) soil sampling program.1


Highlights

  • Seven high priority lithium anomalies confirmed and enhanced by in-fill soil sampling at the Mt Dove Project in the Pilbara region of Western Australia
  • Coherent lithium anomalies extend up to 3,100m length within predominantly shallow sand covered eastern part of licence area
  • Outcropping pegmatite samples, with high rubidium (max 0.14% Rb) identified within the highest priority lithium anomaly
  • Project located near world class Pilgangoora (ASX:PLS) and Wodgina (ASX:MIN) lithium mines and Hemi gold deposit (ASX:DEG)
  • Mt Dove Project also near recent lithium pegmatite discoveries at Tabba Tabba (ASX:WC8) and Pippingarra (ASX:IND)
  • Planning underway for design and permitting of a first pass aircore drilling program to cover high-priority targets

The Mt Dove project is located approximately 25km NNW of Mineral Resources’ (ASX: MIN) Wodgina Lithium Mine, 34km WNW of Pilbara Minerals’ (ASX: PLS) Pilgangoora Lithium Mine, 12km SE of De Grey Mining’s (ASX: DEG) Hemi gold deposit, 45km SW of Wildcat Resources’ (ASX: WC8) Tabba Tabba lithium deposit and 41km SSW of Industrial Metals’ (ASX: IND) Pippingarra lithium prospect in the Pilbara region (see Figure 1).

Managing Director and CEO, Neil Marston commented,

“The Mt Dove in-fill soil sampling program has confirmed seven broad areas of lithium and associated pathfinder element anomalism, highlighting the exciting lithium potential of the project.

“Flynn has recently commenced an accelerated work program on its Mt Dove, Lake Johnston and Forrestania lithium projects in Western Australia.”

“The projects are located close to world class lithium deposits and some exciting new discoveries including the Tabba Tabba and Pippingarra projects in the Pilbara and the Burmeister, Jaegermeister and Mt Gordon prospects in the Lake Johnston region.

“The aim of our fieldwork has been to identify pegmatite bodies across our tenements from mapping, sampling and target generation for drill testing. We look forward to providing updates to shareholders on our exploration progress including the plans for our first drill program.”

Figure 1: Flynn Gold Limited’s Mt Dove project location plan.

Soil Sampling Program

The results from an in-fill soil sampling program at the Mt Dove project (E45/5055) have been received and have outlined seven high priority coherent lithium anomalies with associated pathfinder geochemistry and eleven lower priority, less coherent lithium anomalies (Figure 2). The program has been successful in confirming and enhancing the seven high priority lithium geochemical anomalies and in providing further detail of the pathfinder zonation trends (refer to Table 1 and Appendix 1 for further details).

The seven high priority anomalies reveal broad areas of lithium soil anomalism extending between 600m and 3,100m in length and between 200m and 1,000m in width. The soil anomalies have been defined by clusters of samples which are greater than 75ppm Li (+160ppm Li2O) for the original UFF samples and greater than 21ppm Li (+45ppm Li2O) for the recent -2mm soil samples. These are considered significant anomalies particularly when taking into account the supporting associated pathfinder anomalism and trends (Figures 5 - 9).


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Sociedad Química y Minera de Chile S.A. (SQM) (NYSE: SQM; Santiago Stock Exchange: SQM-B, SQM-A) reported today earnings for the twelve months ended December 31, 2023 , of US$2,012.7 million ( US$7.05 per ADR), a decrease of approximately 48.5% from US$3,906.3 million ( US$13.68 per ADR) for the twelve months ended December 31, 2022 .

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SQM's Chief Executive Officer, Ricardo Ramos , stated: "Our fourth quarter 2023 results reflected record-high sales volumes in lithium business and increased sales volumes in iodine and potassium business lines when compared to the previous quarter and the same period last year. Despite a downturn in lithium market prices when compared to the previous year, our focus on operational efficiency and ability to successfully execute capacity expansion projects have facilitated notable production growth in lithium and iodine businesses over the past year. While we continue with our expansions in Chile and expect our lithium carbonate capacity to reach 210,000 metric tons during the first quarter of this year, we also celebrated first production of spodumene concentrate at our Mt. Holland operation site during the fourth quarter of 2023. In the iodine business, as a result of successful start-up of Pampa Blanca operation, record-high production volumes were achieved during the year, reconfirming SQM´s position as industry leader with ability to deliver growth ahead of competition."

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He finished by saying: "In December last year, we signed a Memorandum of Understanding with Codelco to jointly develop the Salar Futuro project and sustainably operate in the Salar de Atacama beyond 2030. Together with the communities, we are working on the definitive documentation in the upcoming months and will inform the market once this process is concluded. Last year, SQM was included into both DJSI World and Emerging Markets indices, several years ahead of our internal goal. This is the result of ongoing work and our commitments to increase the transparency and sustainability of our operations."

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  • US$340 million related to Mt. Holland lithium project in Australia and exploration projects.

The capex for 2024 is expected to be approximately US$1.3 billion , including maintenance.

About SQM

SQM is a global company that is listed on the New York Stock Exchange and the Santiago Stock Exchange (NYSE: SQM; Santiago Stock Exchange: SQM-B, SQM-A). SQM develops and produces diverse products for several industries essential for human progress, such as health, nutrition, renewable energy and technology through innovation and technological development. We aim to maintain our leading world position in the lithium, potassium nitrate, iodine and thermo-solar salts markets.

For further information, contact:

Gerardo Illanes / gerardo.illanes@sqm.com
Irina Axenova  / irina.axenova@sqm.com
Isabel Bendeck / isabel.bendeck@sqm.com

For media inquiries, contact:

Maria Ignacia Lopez / ignacia.lopez@sqm.com
Pablo Pisani / pablo.pisani@sqm.com

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SOURCE Sociedad Quimica y Minera de Chile , S.A. (SQM)

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