Hylea Metals Limited

Hylea Metals Limited (“Hylea”) is an exploration company controlling exploration projects in New South Wales and Western Australia. The projects encompass cobalt, gold, iron ore and base metals.

Hylea’s flagship asset is the Hylea Cobalt Project in the Fifield District of New South Wales (Hylea Project or the Project). The Project represents a significant cobalt, platinum, nickel and scandium exploration target in both scale and grade potential as demonstrated by prior drilling.

This Project represents one of the last laterite occurrences in the emerging Fifield Igneous Province yet to host a JORC resource. The Fifield region, located some 450km west of Sydney in Central West of New South Wales is the focus of activities for a number of companies including CleanTeq Holdings (ASX: CLQ, market capitalisation of A$750 million), Australian Mines (ASX: AUZ, market capitalisation of A$274 million) and Scandium International Mining (TSX: SCY, market capitalisation of C$53 million), amongst others. These companies have all seen significant share price appreciation on the back of their Fifield projects, the very positive outlooks for cobalt and the potential for developments in the scandium markets.

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Historic work at Hylea (which includes the Hylea and Bulbodney intrusive complexes) has included some drilling, but was focused on platinum exploration; drill results from this work have, however, highlighted the potential for high-grade cobalt and scandium mineralisation.

Hylea’s immediate focus will now be on field activities, including drilling, to work towards an initial Mineral Resource Estimate (“MRE”), with positive drilling results and initial resources being a key value driver.

The Company sees significant upside in the pricing of cobalt due to supply pressures attributed to the increasing popularity of lithium-ion batteries in electric vehicles and a range of modern electronic devices (for example, mobile phones, tablets, portable computers, power tools). Presently 94% of the global supply of cobalt is as a by-product of copper and nickel production and therefore its availability is controlled by the vagaries of those markets. The balance of supply is mostly sourced from countries with elevated sovereign risk such as the DRC.

Should mining and refining capacity growth fail to keep pace with demand, Hylea perceives a substantial deficit opening in the market before the end of the decade. Subject to ongoing exploration success, the Project potentially can provide a secure independent source of cobalt and leverage Hylea to future market price sensitivities.

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Project Overview

The Hylea Project is located on two intrusive bodies (the Hylea and Bulbodney intrusive complexes). Historic work at the Project has included limited drilling which concentrated on platinum. However, this work highlighted the potential for cobalt and scandium mineralisation.

The exploration will concentrate on following up historical drilling that was focussed on platinum but revealed several high-grade zones of cobalt as follows:

  • HRC007 – 7m @ 032% Co from 29m
  • HRC003 – 13m @ 0.19% Co from 6m

Preliminary interpretations of this work by the Vendors of the Project, indicate the potential for two NW trending zones of Co-Ni-Pt mineralisation at Tigers Creek, with a strike length of ~1,500m and widths of ~400m – these are open in all directions; mineralisation identified to date has a thickness of up to 19m, and a maximum depth of 50m to the base of the mineralisation. This represents an excellent exploration target which will be enhanced by the Aerial Magnetic / Radiometric Survey to be flown in March 2018.

Previous exploration and the Vendor’s interpretation’s have identified that the total lateritic profile (mineralised and unmineralized) ranges between 10m and 70m thick, similar to those at the other identified deposits in the region.