ASX-listed (ASX:PIO) Pioneer is an active exploration company and recent miner focused on key global demand-driven commodities, including lithium.

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Pioneer’s experienced and well credentialed board, management and technical team are fully engaged in making the next high value, solid margin, mineral discovery, following a development path that will maximise the delivery of value to shareholders.

Core Projects

  • The Company’s most advanced project is the Pioneer Dome Project, a Lithium-Caesium-Tantalum (LCT) Project in the Eastern Goldfields of WA and site of the Company’s most recent discovery, a cluster of lithium deposits. The Project also hosted Australia’s first commercial caesium mine, one of only three in the world, which the Company mined during 2018-2019. The Company also has other LCT interests, including at the Mavis Lake Project in Ontario, Canada, where the Company intersected lithium in drilling.
  • The Golden Ridge Nickel Sulphide Project including the suspended Blair Nickel Sulphide Mine near Kalgoorlie, WA. The Blair Mine has remnant nickel resources, and the Company has identified a number of advanced drill nickel and cobalt targets.
  • The Company has maintained exposure to gold through joint ventures. These include Kangan Gold Project in the western Pilbara, with Novo Resources and Sumitomo Corporation of Japan; and the Acra Gold Project near Kalgoorlie, WA, with Northern Star Resources.

Lithium has been classed as a ‘critical metal’ meaning it has increasingly important uses across various parts of the modern, globalised economy including communication, electronic, digital, mobile and battery technologies; and transportation, particularly aerospace and automotive emissions reduction. Critical metals are destined to play an important role in the nascent green economy, particularly solar and wind power; electric vehicle and rechargeable batteries; and energy-efficient lighting.

In response to buyers requiring greater electric vehicle range, the industry has developed batteries that have higher energy densities and therefore greater ranges. In order to achieve this, new EV models are likely to be designed around batteries that include nickel as a component (i.e. manganese and cobalt (NMC), or nickel, cobalt and aluminium (NCA).

While the main use of nickel is in stainless steel, the lithium batteries containing nickel are is a fast-growing adjunct use.