06 January 2024, North America: Canadian junior explorer Nevada Organic Phosphate (NOP) announced that the US Bureau of Land Management (BLM) has accepted three new applications for phosphate prospecting permits.
The filings were undertaken by Nevada Phosphate Exploration, a wholly owned subsidiary of NOP, who is currently engaged in the exploration for organic sedimentary raw rock phosphate in Nevada.
These new applications add an additional 6,011 acres of potential phosphate resource to NOP’s existing application of 1,813 acres of a sedimentary rock phosphate property known as the Murdock Property.
The company said the property host a nearly flat lying sedimentary bed of phosphate mineralization in northeastern Nevada and is believed to host a potential 10m-46m tonnes ranging from 3-15% grade based on previous estimates.
Based on this geological model and historic ranges, the three additional applications bring an additional 218m tonnes of exploration potential to the Murdock Property, which the company said has the advantage of being adjacent to highway and rail access to California.
NOP said the increasing interest in organic and sustainable agriculture practices has contributed to the demand for organic fertilizers, including those derived from rock phosphate.
It aims to be one of the only certified organic rock phosphate producers with large scale potential in North America.
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