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27 May 2022

Antipa Minerals outlines JV work programs for 2022

Antipa Minerals Ltd (ASX:AZY) (Antipa Minerals Ltd (ASX:AZY)) has today updated the market on both its farm-in projects - the Antipa-IGO Patreson Farm-in Project and the Antipa-Newcrest Wilki Farm-in.

The Paterson Project has been particularly kind of late, with seven high-priority copper, gold and pathfinder anomalies identified. Further to this, Paterson has identified:

  • three air core anomalies - one with co-incident magnetic anomaly; and
  • four soil anomalies.

The Paterson exploration program is fully funded by IGO as part of its $30-million farm-in and shareholders can look forward to a full work program for the remainder of 2022 including:

  • aircore and diamond core drilling, including diamond drill testing two Havieron look-alike targets; and
  • soil sampling, and airborne-plus-ground geophysical surveys.

Over at Wilki, where Newcrest is fully funding the project as part of its $60 million farm-in, operations involve aircore and diamond drilling, soil sampling and an aeromagnetic survey, including diamond core drill testing of the Havieron look-alike target Tetris, which is just 40 kilometres northeast of Antipa's 100% owned Minyari Dome 1.8-million-ounce gold and 64,000-tonne copper resource.

On May 23, Antipa announced it was handing over operational duties for the Wilki Project to farm-in partner and ASX 200-lister Newcrest, which had already invested $6 million.

New targets highlight prospectivity of Paterson project

Antipa's ongoing regional exploration program put an emphasis on greenfield discovery of Nifty, Winu, Telfer and Havieron analogue targets, with encouraging results highlighting several exploration targets to be tested in 2022.

Commenting on the 2021 results and 2022 exploration programs, Antipa managing director Roger Mason said: "The Paterson Farm-in Project's exciting new soil and aircore targets are located within the highly prospective El Paso Structural Corridor, which extends from Havieron in the southeast, past Winu in the northwest.

"Several of these new targets are adjacent to the northern border of our 100% owned Minyari Dome Project. Our tenure has just enough shallow cover to conceal, but also detect (via geophysics and soil sampling), potential world-class gold-copper deposits. The project-scale, systematic exploration approach by the Paterson Farm-in Project partners is designed to target any potential giants lurking under this shallow cover.

"Last year's exploration results, while early stage, provided great encouragement, defining a number of early stage but high priority exploration targets that have the potential to deliver a major greenfield discovery. The 2022 exploration program is considered pivotal in our quest for another major greenfield discovery."

Target breakdown at Paterson Air Core Drill Program Targets

The Paterson JV identified three highly encouraging gold, gold-copper and pathfinder anomalies during the 2021 regional / project scale stratigraphic and geochemical aircore drill program.

The program covered an area of approximately 350 square kilometres (168 holes for 11,346 metres), with the most advanced of these targets being the newly named Ricochet target, where aircore drill hole 21PTA0221 returned 21 metres at 0.13 g/t gold and 2.6 g/t silver from 55 metres, including 1 metre at 0.43 g/t gold and 1.0 g/t silver from 57 metres, along with anomalous pathfinders (including arsenic, bismuth and tellurium) from meta-sediment hosted gossanous (ex-sulphide) quartz veining coincident with the southern end of a 1.5-kilometre-long magnetic anomaly.

Approximately 500 metres of the Ricochet magnetic anomaly is on the Paterson Farm-in Project, with the remaining 1 kilometre and stronger bulls-eye portion of the anomaly, bearing similarities to the Havieron magnetic signature, located on the adjacent Citadel JV Project.

The other two new targets where air core drilling intersected iron-oxide (ex-sulphide) bearing quartz veining are Frontier (anomalous gold, copper, silver, arsenic, lead, zinc and cobalt) and Ricochet South (anomalous zinc, silver, bismuth, lead and molybdenum).

Soil geochemical sampling program targets

Four highly encouraging copper-gold, gold and multi-element pathfinder soil anomalies were identified as part of the 2021 regional / project-scale fine-fraction soil geochemical sampling program, covering approximately 650 square kilometres (2,589 samples) with a 320 by 320-metre sample spacing.

These anomalies have been prioritised for infill soil sampling (160 by 160-metre spacing) and aircore drill testing.

What's next at Paterson

The JV program for the rest of the year and operated by IGO, will consist of:

  • a 7,000-metre air core drill program to test high-priority geochemical targets;
  • a 1,000-metre diamond core drill program to test high-priority geophysical targets;
  • infill soil geochemical sampling program;
  • induced polarisation (IP) geophysical survey to identify drill targets along a section of the El Paso Corridor including at the Grey prospect area, where drilling in 2019 intersected shallow copper-silver-lead-gold sulphide mineralisation grading up to 2.3% copper, 562 g/t silver, 6.3% lead and 0.32 g/t gold; and
  • a project-scale high-resolution airborne gravity gradiometry (AGG) survey to assist drill targeting and regional 3D geological modelling.

The project budget is subject to ongoing review based on results, field conditions, contractor availability and pricing.

It should be noted that Antipa has received a $165,000 funding grant from the West Australian Government's Exploration Incentive Scheme (EIS), which will be used.

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