Robust Resources has confirmed its most significant assay to date at the Romang Island project, with an intersection of 59.6% manganese from three new drill holes. The holes specifically targeted manganese mineralization, with each of them intersecting significant widths and grades of manganese.  1

Some of the best results include 26.7 metres @ 40.5% manganese including 2 metres @ 59% manganese, 14.2 metres @ 48% manganese including 6 metres @ 56.4% manganese and 21.1 metres @ 37.5% manganese including 5.1 metres @ 53.1% manganese.

Robust says the mineralization remains open in three directions with consistency of manganese across the confirmed mineralized area. The company is awaiting assay results from a further 11 holes, many of which show visible manganese mineralization in the drill core.

“Strong results from exploration efforts at Manganese Valley present Robust with a new opportunity. The theoretical maximum manganese content for pure manganese dioxide is 63% and our peak assay of 59.6% manganese approaches that purity. This gives us every confidence that we have a high-grade deposit,” says Robust managing director Gary Lewis.

The company has now designed an exploration program specifically to target manganese mineralization. “These results are a further indication of prolific mineralization on Romang Island and given our strong funding position, we have the financial flexibility to fast-track our manganese exploration efforts on Romang in 2013,” says Gary Lewis.

Robust’s Romang Island site encompasses four deposits - Batu Hitam, Batu Mas, Batu Jagung and Batu Perak. It was originally a precious metals target, with the company focusing on near-surface gold and silver, but has now become a significant polymetallic base metal zone.

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