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Projects Overview

Tetra Tech delivers positive desktop scoping study for the Ponton uranium project


Manhattan Corporation Limited’s (“Manhattan”) flagship Ponton uranium project is located approximately 200km northeast of Kalgoorlie on the edge of the Great Victoria Desert in WA. The Company has 100% control of around 1,250km2 of exploration tenements underlain by Tertiary palaeochannels within the Gunbarrel Basin. These palaeochannels are known to host a number of uranium deposits and drilled uranium prospects (Figures 1 & 2).

The Company is drill testing and developing palaeochannel sand hosted uranium mineralisation amenable to in-situ metal recovery (“ISR”).

Figure 1:  Manhattan's Ponton Uranium Project

Ponton Project location map

In March 2011 Manhattan reported an Inferred Resource for the Double 8 uranium deposit at Ponton in WA of 17.2 million pounds (“Mlb”) of uranium oxide (“U3O8”) at a 200ppm cutoff. This information was prepared and first disclosed under JORC Code 2004. It has not been updated since to comply with the JORC Code 2012 on the basis that the information has not materially changed since it was last reported.

Exploration Results at Ponton, reported on 7 February 2014, have also identified four wide spaced drilled Exploration Targets with tonnage ranges of 4 to 45 million tonnes (“Mt”), grade ranges of 250 to 450ppm U3O8 totalling 33 to 67Mlb U3O8 at the 200ppm U3O8 cutoff. In accordance with clause 17 of the JORC Code 2012, the potential quantity and grade reported as Exploration Targets in this report must be considered conceptual in nature as there has been insufficient exploration and drilling to define a Mineral Resource and it is uncertain if further exploration and drilling will result in the determination of a Mineral Resource.

The four Exploration Targets reported for the Ponton project are:

  • Double 8 of between 2.5 and 5.5Mlb U3O8;  
  • Stallion South of between 8 and 16Mlb U3O8
  • Highway South of between 8 and 16Mlb U3O8; and
  • Ponton of between 15 and 30Mlb U3O8 

    The Double 8 Resource Estimate and the Double 8, Stallion South, Highway South and Ponton Exploration Targets reported here were prepared by the Company’s independent resource consultants Hellman & Schofield.
  • The Double 8 uranium deposit and the four Exploration Targets at Double 8, Stallion South, Highway South and Ponton are all located on granted exploration licence, E28/1898, located mostly within the Queen Victoria Spring Nature Reserve (“QVSNR”) (Figures 2 & 3).

Figure 2:  Manhattan's Ponton Tenements

Ponton project tenements

The four Exploration Targets reported are based on actual exploration results including Manhattan’s aircore and sonic drilling of over 760 holes and 52,700 metres of drilling along the palaeochannels immediately to the north of QVSNR, over 50km of conductive palaeochannels defined by the Company’s airborne EM and magnetic surveys within QVSNR (Figure 3) and uranium mineralised sands discovered in previous drilling of 114 holes and 6,900 metres of drilling and down hole gamma logging by PNC Exploration (“PNC”) and Uranerz Limited (“Uranerz”) in the area.

Manhattan is now seeking exploration access approval to exploration licence E28/1898 located mostly within the QVSNR. The licence was granted in August 2011. On gaining exploration access to E28/1898 Manhattan will recommence drill testing and evaluation of the Double 8 uranium deposit and the four Exploration Targets identified at Double 8, Stallion South, Highway South and Ponton prospects where resource definition drilling will underpin the future development of the project. 


The information in this report that relates to reported Exploration Results or Mineral Resources is based on information compiled by Mr Alan J Eggers, who is a Corporate Member of the Australasian Institute of Mining and Metallurgy (“AusIMM”). Alan Eggers is a professional geologist and an executive director of Manhattan Corporation Limited. Mr Eggers has sufficient experience that is relevant to the style of mineralisation and type of mineral deposits being reported on in this report and to the activity which he is undertaking to qualify as a Competent Person as defined in the 2012 Edition of the Australasian Code for Reporting of Exploration Results, Mineral Resources and Ore Reserves “JORC Code 2012”. Mr Eggers consents to the inclusion in this report of the information on the Exploration Results or Mineral Resources based on his information in the form and context in which it appears.



14/12/2012 - Mines & Money London 4-5 December 2012

24/07/2012 - Australian Uranium Conference 19 July 2012

26/03/2012 - Presentation - Mines and Money Hong Kong

31/10/2011 - Mining 2011 Brisbane - 26 October 2011

2/08/2011 - Australian Uranium Conference 20 July 2011