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'Unicorn opportunity' takes shape in Nevada for Hawkestone

Hawkestone Mining is moving toward prefeasibility work after estimating a maiden lithium resource at its Big Sandy project in Arizona.
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Hawkstone Mining has taken a step towards realising its ultimate ambition of being a lithium producer

Michael Quinn

The 32.5 million tonnes grading 1,850 parts per million lithium for 60,300t of contained lithium (or 320,800t lithium carbonate equivalent) was estimated 14 months after drilling started.

The drilling included 40 diamond core holes totalling nearly 3,000m.

A Phoenix-based engineer has been appointed to assess the prefeasibility process.

Earlier this year Hawkestone appointed lithium expert Dr David Deak as its advisor.

"Sediment-hosted, clay-based lithium projects present a unicorn opportunity for Hawkstone," Deak said at the time.

"Once in production, a sediment-hosted lithium project can bend the lithium cost curve, as it represents a potential easily-pittable, low-cost mining operation with low energy and cost footprint."

Hawkstone is estimated to have about A$1 million cash.