THE DRILL SERGEANT: Ardea Resources (ASX: ARL) reported commencement of drilling of two strong IP chargeability anomalies within the company’s Kalgoorlie nickel project in Western Australia.
Ardea Resources has kicked off a program of RC drilling to test for nickel sulphide mineralisation at two strong Induced Polarisation (IP) chargeability anomalies, at the company’s Highway and Black Range project areas located 110km north and 65km north-west of Kalgoorlie, respectively.
“Ardea remains focussed on developing the Kalgoorlie Nickel Project (KNP) to provide sustainable and ethical nickel and Critical Mineral supply for the rapidly expanding lithium-ion battery sector,”
Ardea Resources managing director Andrew Penkethman said in the company’s ASX announcement.
“In tandem with completing priority Definitive Feasibility Study work streams, compelling nickel sulphide and Critical Mineral exploration opportunities that can provide further upside, continue to be evaluated on Ardea’s strategic KNP tenement holding.
“The recently defined IP anomalies at Highway and Black Range, occurring in association with strong geochemical anomalies and other geological vectors is very significant.
“These anomalies provide compelling exploration targets, and it is exciting to see that drilling has now commenced to test them.
“Nickel sulphide mineralisation is traditionally treated through a flotation concentrator, but the proposed KNP flow-sheet is amenable to hydrometallurgical processing of sulphides, with multiple benefits for the autoclave operation.”