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Bradda Head Lithium receives San Domingo drilling permit

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Bradda Head Lithium Ltd, the North America-focused lithium development group, has received conditional permission to begin a drilling programme at its San Domingo pegmatite district in Arizona.


  • Bradda Head has received permission to commence a 30-hole drilling programme at its San Domingo pegmatite project, pending a bond payment adjudication. Drilling is expected to commence as soon as the bond payment has been received, usually in no more than 30 days.
  • Bradda’s San Domingo pegmatite district was mined at surface previously in the 1940s and 1950s for lithium and other minerals. Claims were initially staked by BHL after grab samples taken by Bradda’s geological team back in 2016 demonstrated the presence of lithium in spodumene in grades ranging up to 8% Li2O.
  • Following on from Bradda’s geological teams’ fieldwork at San Domingo, including mapping, geophysics, surface sampling and a recent 3D mapping exercise conducted by SRK, Bradda Head designed and has received permission to proceed with an initial 30-hole 7000 m drill programme at its San Domingo pegmatite district in Arizona.
  • Drilling will commence with a diamond drilling contractor that Bradda Head has had locked-in for some time. The drilling market in the US continues to be very tight, and having a committed drilling contractor early on is important.
  • The 30-hole programme is being planned around the ongoing 3D mapping being conducted by SRK and the geophysics carried out by Terravision.
  • A diamond drill programme will help Bradda investigate further the initial results and the potential for a large, mineralised pegmatite system.
  • Previous surface sampling at named outcropping pegmatites in the San Domingo claim block returned grades of:
    • Midnight Owl: 1.44% Li2O.
    • Joker: 0.35% Li2O.
    • White Ridge: 2.49% Li2O.
    • Lower Jumbo: 1.62% Li2O.
    • Sunrise: 0.67% Li2O.
    • North Morning Star: 0.92% Li2O.

Charles FitzRoy, CEO of Bradda Head Lithium, commented:

“We are delighted to have received conditional drilling permission at our San Domingo pegmatite project. The results of our previous geophysical campaign demonstrated that there is potential for the extension of pegmatite mineralisation at depth, which also aligns with previous geological modelling from the company's geological team.

“This will be the first drill programme on our San Domingo project and is very exciting for Bradda. If a viable pegmatite deposit is identified we would be able to be put it into production in a relatively short timeframe, as pegmatite mining is very well understood and accounts for well over 50% of world lithium supply currently. Positive results from this programme would likely attract attention from larger mining companies.

“San Domingo is a key asset in Bradda’s portfolio, and we look forward to commencing our drilling programme shortly, and also to releasing results from SRK’s mapping project showing the next steps in Bradda’s programme at our pegmatite district in Arizona. Interestingly, other mineralisation types also exist on our claims at San Domingo, which the company will be exploring further.”

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