The Five Wheels Project has substantial geological similarities to ASX:RTR and ASX:STR zinc-lead-copper discoveries. These are thought to possibly be MVT (Mississippi Valley Type) or a new model of base metal mineralisation. Much of the known mineralisation is found within the basin margin and other key horizons which cut through The Five Wheels Project.
The Five Wheels Project sits within the margin of the Earaheedy Basin of Western Australia. The Basin is a typical sedimentary basin with mineralisation to date in the region thought to exist within the Yelma and Frere Formations – both of which are present within the ~50km project strike length.
Sedimentary basins such as the Earaheedy often have large deep seeded fault structures that act as ‘feeders’ for mineralisations systems. There are multiple large structures cross-cutting the Project.
The Project was previously explored only for iron, however, highly anomalous base metal geochemistry is noted within the project bounds at least one of the target areas.
“We’re pretty excited and we can’t wait to get out there and do some work.” Don Smith, Managing Director
Tempest Minerals will be exploring the Five Wheels Project in the Earaheedy region north of Wiluna, which has a number of similarities to the high-profile world-class Rumble Resources Ltd (ASX:RTR) discoveries. What’s unique about this project is that it has existing geochemical anomalism but remains largely unexplored for commodities outside of iron. This holds great potential for zinc, copper and lead discoveries.
The Five Wheels Project is located ~146 km north of Wiluna and lies conveniently in the Western Australian Warburton Mineral Field within the Nabberu Region. Covering an expansive area of 266 square kilometers, this project is located on the northern periphery of the Earaheedy Basin, an area that has been subjected to exploration for various commodities for well over a century, thanks to its close proximity to mining towns like Wiluna.
The Earaheedy Basin has experienced renewed interest in the 2020s, notably sparked by Rumble Resources’ Earaheedy Project. Rumble Resources made a significant discovery on April 19, 2021, and, more recently, on April 19, 2023, they announced a globally significant maiden inferred Mineral Resource Estimate (MRE) of 94 million tonnes, with a composition of 3.1% zinc and lead, along with 4.2 grams per tonne of silver (at a 2% zinc and lead cutoff).
Additionally, neighboring Strickland Resources Ltd (ASX:STK) made similar-styled mineralisation announcements in 2023 at their Iroquois Project. The Five Wheels Project is strategically located approximately 36 kilometers to the north of these major developments.
“We’ve had our eyes on the Earaheedy region for quite some time and recently a project became available in the north of the basin and we grabbed it. There’s 50km of prospective strike and existing geochemical anomalism. We’re going to get into the exploration at those locations as soon as practicable.”
– Don Smith, Managing Director
The edge of the Earaheedy region encompasses a significant geological unconformity encircling the basin’s periphery, where recent discoveries by Rumble Resources have been made. However, recent exploration and work conducted by Rumble and Strickland suggests that more of these geological sequences either already contain minerals or have the potential to be mineralised. This indicates that the prospectivity of the distal geological area within the basin is more extensive than originally believed. This prospectivity encompasses formations like the Frere Formation and Yelma Formations, which are known to surface in the Five Wheels Project area, as well as substantial regional structures that serve as ‘feeder systems’ for mineralisation in the southern part of the basin.