Galileo Mining focuses in on an electric future

By Hannah Goldman. Published at Apr 19, 2021, in Mining

Galileo Mining (ASX:GAL) released an investor presentation this morning, which alongside a project portfolio overview, revealed its focus on discovering battery technology metals in Western Australia including nickel, copper and cobalt.

GAL acknowledged the increasing demand for clean energy metals, and noted the significant 12-month price increase in nickel, cobalt and copper.

With this forecast step change in demand for EV battery technology, and limited new mine development for key commodities, GAL is focused on attending to the current need to explore for the next generation of deposits.

The battery metals thematic is a hot one at the moment.

German based Volkswagen Group (VW) is by far the biggest automaker in Europe and the biggest in the world, manufacturing over 10 million cars per year. The company recently affirmed its commitment to electric vehicles and batteries. Late last year, Tesla, which has been leading the way for some time,

Last year, the EU announced new regulations for electric vehicle battery metals to be sustainably produced AND traceable.

The rules also seek to create an even playing field that will incentivise investment to build a robust European battery and battery raw materials supply chain.

While the Australian government seems to be moving slowly to a lower emissions future, the same can't be said of the general public.

As theRACV reports, "Sales of battery electric vehicles (BEVs) and plug-in hybrid electric vehicles (PHEVs) leapt 19.2 per cent in the six months to 30 June, compared with the first half of 2019. Among private car owners, rather than fleet or corporate buyers, the growth has been even stronger, with a 116 per cent year-on-year increase in sales."

This is contrary to the overall car sales trend in Australia, which have spent the last two years in decline.

Over the past 12 months, we have seen four new EV models arrive to shore: the Audi e-tron and the MG ZS EV, priced at just over $40,000, the Porche Taycan, Mazda MX-30, Lexus UX300e and Volvo XC-40 Recharge are also due to land this year.

Suffice to say EV battery technology is becoming more and more of a requirement as consumer demands change and manufacturers comply. According to a report by Technavio, the electric vehicle battery market is expected to grow by US$44.24 billion, progressing at a CAGR of almost 22% during the forecast period.

Note, that GAL has three commodities that fit the thematic.

Alongside this new battery metal focus, GAL outlined its strong cash position of ~$6.1M, led by its strategic commodity and district focus on nickel and cobalt, all in the Tier-1 mining jurisdiction of Western Australia.

Campaign drilling programs are planned throughout the whole of 2021.

Project Portfolio

GAL’s portfolio consists of high value nickel targets and an existing cobalt/nickel resource.

The Fraser Range JV Project is a developing nickel province with two significant deposits so far at Nova and Silver Knight.

With management with extensive Fraser Range experience, the project is looking promising, with developing targets at the Green Moon Prospect and Lantern Prospects, along with the next drilling program at the Delta Blues Prospect.

The company’s Norseman project is focused on Nickel, cobalt, gold and lithium exploration.

Cobalt price is improving, now at ~US$50,000/tonne. Norseman has high grade cobalt laterite resource of 25Mt JORC with 26,600t of contained cobalt & 122,500t of contained nickel.

Fraser Range Project

Fraser Range is a new mineral province, with two nickel-copper-cobalt resources discovered since 2012 (Nova mine & Silver Knight Deposit).

Galileo has 602km2 of prospective ground in two zones;

  • Lantern and Delta Blues nickel prospects: 15km from the Trans Australia Railway
  • Empire Rose nickel and gold prospect: 10km from the Eyre Highway

Exploration in the Fraser Range is focused on prospective Proterozoic beneath Eocene sediments. RC and diamond drilling of geochemical targets from air core drilling and conductive targets from geophysical surveying are being completed.

RC and Diamond Drilling Campaigns

The First RC and diamond drilling programs at Fraser Range intersected sulphides:

  • 23m @ 0.19% Ni & 0.14% Cu from 133m in disseminated nickel -copper sulphides from ultramafic host rock at Lantern South (LARC013D) 1
  • 41m @ 0.19% Ni & 0.14% Cu from 55m (LARC012) 1 • 108m zone of disseminated pyrrhotite sulphide in gabbronorite host rock at Lantern East (LARC008D) 1

Such results have increased confidence in regional prospectivity.

Delta Blues Prospect

Galileo has confirmed a target at the Delta Blues nickel–copper prospect in the Fraser Range region of Western Australia, with multiple EM targets within zone of prospective intrusions.

Conductors are likely associated with sulphide minerals – drill tests are required to determine the economic value.

Diamond drilling undergoing planning in order to test both targets.

Norseman Project

The Norseman Project provides leverage to increasing cobalt demand from EV battery technology.

There is 278km2 of highly prospective ground next to Norseman, at the southern end of the prolific Norseman-Wiluna greenstone belt.

The premier project location contains tenements which are prospective for komatiite hosted nickel sulphide, gold, lithium, and nickel-cobalt laterite mineralisation

Norseman currently a JORC compliant 25Mt nickel-cobalt laterite resource.

There are currently target generation underway for New Drill Programs, with target anticipated for drilling in mid-2021.

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