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Champion Electric finishes Maiden Exploration at James Bay Lithium Property

Apr 18, 2024

"The discovery of spodumene-bearing pegmatites near the surface in our very first drilling campaign is a clear indication that our drill site selection was spot-on," said Jonathan Buick, President and CEO.

"These were coincident geophysical and till sampling anomalies conforming with the northeast trending host geology. The potential scale of the system is significant, as we noted pegmatites over a large part of the property, and this new blind discovery really opens up the potential targets for our next round of drilling. The drill core is being sent for processing and multielement analysis to further validate these findings. Our teams are eagerly anticipating the commencement of the next phase of drilling following the pause for the spring goose hunt later this month."

Champion Electric Metals Inc. has completed its maiden exploration drill program at the Lithium Property in James Bay, Quebec.

Champion Electric's drill program successfully completed 10 diamond drill holes totalling 2,263 metres. Drill hole EIQ24-007 intersected a span of approximately 18.8 m of spodumene-rich pegmatite, stretching from 7.30 m to 26.10 m downhole. This mineralized zone was found underneath 6 m of overburden (see Figure 1)*. Drill hole EIQ24-008 also intersected spodumene-rich pegmatite over 5.90 m from 16.15 m to 22.05 m downhole. The mineralization consists of light green coloured spodumene. The presence of spodumene was confirmed by LIBS readings**.

2024 Maiden Exploration Drilling Highlights:

  • Drilling concentrated on the Western Prospect following encouraging results from initial prospecting, various geophysical surveys, and till sampling.
  • Integrated targeting based on multiple data sets identified a high-priority pegmatite target directly up-ice from the previously reported spodumene grains in till discovery.
  • The Western Prospect lies close to the Trans-Taiga Road and relatively close to neighbouring advanced projects run by Patriot Battery Metals and Winsome Resources (see Figure 3).
  • Two drill holes EIQ24-007 and EIQ24-008 encountered spodumene-bearing pegmatite near surface.
  • All the drill holes intersected a combination of mafic volcanic rocks, magnetite-rich iron formations, gabbro dikes and minor felsic porphyry dykes and tonalite. These rock types show a range in rheology contrast which is favourable for the development of dilational zones during deformation which create preferred sites for pegmatite dikes and sills.
  • Drilling reached an average vertical depth of 173 metres from surface. 

*Disclaimer: The Company cautions that visual estimates of mineral abundance should never be considered a proxy or substitute for laboratory analysis where concentrations or grades are the factor of principal economic interest. Visual estimates also potentially provide no information regarding impurities or deleterious physical properties relevant to valuations. The presence of spodumene-bearing pegmatite rock does not necessarily indicate the presence of economic concentrations of lithium, nor other constituents such as caesium, tantalum (LCT) mineralisation. Laboratory chemical analyses are required to determine the grade of mineralisation.

** Disclaimer: LIBS (Laser Induced Breakdown Spectroscopy) readings are not the same as accredited laboratory results, they are generally only used as qualitative determinations. The values obtained are not representative of the rock itself. They represent a spot sample, which may only represent a single crystal, or more specifically, a small fraction of one crystal if the rock is coarse grained. It is helpful to have recorded high lithium values in the minerals already identified as spodumene.

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