Manhattan’s Ponton uranium project is located approximately 200km northeast of Kalgoorlie on the edge of the Great Victoria Desert in WA. The Company has 100% control of around 460km2 of exploration tenements underlain by Tertiary palaeochannels within the Gunbarrel Basin. These palaeochannels are known to host a number of uranium deposits and drilled uranium prospects (Figures 5 & 6).
The Company has drill tested and defined relatively shallow (50 to 70 meters deep) palaeochannel sand hosted uranium mineralisation amenable to in-situ metal recovery (ISR).
On 23 January 2017 Manhattan reported an upgraded JORC Code 2012 Inferred Resource for the Double 8 uranium deposit at Ponton in WA of 26 million tonnes (Mt), for 17.2 million pounds (Mlb) grading 300ppm uranium oxide (U3O8) at a 200ppm cutoff.
The Inferred Resource estimate reported for Ponton project is:
- Double 8 uranium deposit of 17.2Mlb U3O8 at 200ppm cutoff.
Exploration Results at Ponton, reported on 7 February 2014, have also identified four wide spaced drilled Exploration Targets with tonnage ranges of 4 to 45Mt, grade ranges of 250 to 450ppm U3O8 totalling 33 to 67Mlb U3O8 at the 200ppm U3O8 cutoff. In accordance with clause 17 of the JORC Code 2012, the potential quantity and grade reported as Exploration Targets in this Report must be considered conceptual in nature as there has been insufficient exploration and drilling to define a Mineral Resource and it is uncertain if further exploration and drilling will result in the determination of a Mineral Resource.
The four Exploration Targets reported for the Ponton project are:
- Double 8 of between 2.5 and 5.5Mlb U3O8;
- Stallion South of between 8 and 16Mlb U3O8;
- Highway South of between 8 and 16Mlb U3O8; and
- Ponton of between 15 and 30Mlb U3O8.
The Double 8 Inferred Resource estimate and the Double 8, Stallion South, Highway South and Ponton Exploration Targets reported here were prepared by the Company’s independent resource consultants H&S Consultants (H&SC).
The Double 8 uranium deposit and the Double 8, Stallion South, Highway South and Ponton Exploration Targets are all located on granted exploration licence, E28/1898, located within the Queen Victoria Spring Nature Reserve (QVSNR) (Figures 6 & 7).