Tungsten Project

The Minter Tungsten Project is located in the central region of the Lachlan Fold Belt, NSW, Australia, where several hundred tin and/or tungsten occurrences have been documented

The Minter Tungsten Project is located about 500km WNW of Sydney and 20km southeast of Lake Cargelligo in central NSW.

The area is easily accessed from adjacent bitumen main roads and then farm tracks. The land is flat with grazing and cropping being the main land use. The Exploration Licence covers approximately 145km².

The Minter Tungsten Project is situated in the Wagga-Omeo Tin Province, which is located in the central region of the Lachlan Fold Belt, NSW, Australia. Several hundred tin and/or tungsten occurrences are documented in this belt. Tin and tungsten is mainly associated with granites of the Koetong Supersuite, which intrude metasediments. Mineralisation is hosted in quartz veins, stockworks, pipes, breccia, greisens, aplites, pegmatite and skarns. The Ardlethan Tin Mine, a significant tin producer, is located approximately 100km to the south of Minter.

The Minter project area hosts numerous occurrences of tin and/or tungsten, many of which have been historically prospected but only have minor production.

Modern exploration commenced in the late 1960s and was focused on tin and associated metals such as tungsten. In 1978 Aberfoyle Exploration commenced exploration. This included geological mapping and geochemical sampling and led to the completion of about 3,800m of shallow RAB and 3,700m of deeper RC drilling. Numerous holes intersected low grade tungsten values over reasonable downhole widths. Aberfoyle Exploration relinquished the area in 1985 following the tin price crash.

The next major phase of exploration was commenced by Cullen Resources in the mid 2000s. Cullen Resources conducted soil and rock chip sampling, mapping, ground magnetics and gravity surveys. These programs culminated in drilling 41 shallow aircore/RC holes for 1265m, 5 deeper RC holes for 765m, and 2 diamond drill core holes for 522m. Cullen Resources relinquished the area in 2017.

Some of the better intersections from the Aberfoyle and Cullen drilling programs include:

  • MN-P02 – 28m @ 0.14% WO3 from 0m;
  • PDH02 – 10m @ 0.18% WO3 from 0m;
  • PDH05 – 27m @ 0.17% WO3 from 1.5m;
  • PDH09 – 28m @ 0.14% WO3 from 2m;
  • DAC017 – 26m @ 0.16% WO3 from 2m;
  • DAC025 – 52.5m @ 0.10% WO3 from 3m;
  • DAC007 – 24m @ 0.32% WO3 from 4m; and
  • ABRAB-82077 – 6m @ 0.54% WO3 from 16m.

Pan Asia acquired the project in late 2018. Work conducted by Pan Asia to date includes an extensive literature review and data compilation and analysis. Pan Asia has also inspected stored drill core from the Cullen Resource drilling programs. This inspection and previous geological mapping suggest that the main host for tungsten mineralisation are steeply dipping quartz veins from mm to 20cm scale and that the quartz veins generally dip steeply to the north and strike generally east-west. This vein geometry indicates that previous drilling of vertical holes or holes angled and drilled in east or west directions are far from optimal to test this new interpretation. Accordingly Pan Asia plans drilling to test this new model for the mineralisation.

Pan Asia’s Planned 2021 Drill Program at Minter Tungsten Project

On  2 December, Pan Asia announced that a six hole, 1000-1200m drill plan for the Doyenwae prospect had been approved by the NSW Government. Pan Asia currently intends to conduct this program in early 2021 pending ratification of a land transfer relevant to the Land Access and Compensation Agreement,