Auroch Minerals Defines Leinster Nickel Targets

THE DRILL SERGEANT: Auroch Minerals (ASX: AOU) reported receiving assays for RC and diamond drilling completed on the Woodwind, Firefly and Brass prospects at the company’s Leinster nickel project in Western Australia.

Auroch took receipt of the assay results for nine RC drill-holes and one diamond drill-hole drilled as part of a 14 – hole regional drill program designed to test the Woodwind, Percussion, Brass and Firefly prospects.

The company has previously interpreted these prospects to contain the same ultramafic stratigraphy that hosts the known shallow high-grade nickel sulphide mineralisation at the Horn prospect located directly along strike to the south, making these prospects high-priority drill targets.

Results from the latest assay batch include:

8 metres at 0.45 per cent nickel from 19m;

5m at 0.3 per cent nickel from 66m and 4m at 0.3 per cent nickel from 80m;

7m at 0.4 per cent nickel from 52m;

2m at 0.5 per cent nickel from 30m;

1m at 0.56 per cent nickel from 159m;

1m at 0.45 per cent nickel from 41m; and

4m at 0.30 per cent nickel from 251m.

DHEM surveys have now been completed on all drill-holes, identifying two conductive targets from drill-holes at the Woodwind and Brass prospects.

At Woodwind, an off-hole conductor was detected southeast of, and below, WDRC007.

At the Brass Prospect, a thin intersection of disseminated nickel sulphides in WDRC008 occurs on the prospective ultramafic–basalt lithological contact and is located above an off-hole DHEM conductor.

“This new round of assay results from the recent drilling at the Leinster project further highlights the high prospectivity of the recently-identified trend of fertile ultramafics to the north of the known shallow high-grade nickel sulphide mineralisation at the Horn prospect, and justify follow-up exploration efforts as we attempt to vector in on potential new discoveries of significant nickel sulphide mineralisation,” Auroch Minerals managing director Aidan Platel said in the company’s ASX announcement.

“The two DHEM conductors identified by the first phase of drilling provide high-priority walk-up drill targets that we will test with our next drilling campaign at Leinster planned for later this quarter.

“In addition to our evolving exploration programmes and targets at Leinster, we are looking forward to commencing the high impact Nepean Deeps diamond drill program this week at our Nepean nickel project, which aims to test for possible extensions to the known high-grade nickel sulphide mineralisation below the historic mine workings.

“We are also looking to finalise access and approvals for RC drilling at the priority Ragless Range zinc target at the Arden project in South Australia.

“With major drill programs and ongoing exploration over multiple projects scheduled for the next few months, it is an exciting time for the company and its shareholders.”