Auroch Minerals Drilling at Leinster Nickel Project

THE DRILL SERGEANT: Auroch Minerals (ASX: AOU) has commenced diamond drilling at the company’s Leinster nickel project in Western Australia.

Auroch Minerals will kick start proceedings with four diamond drill-holes, designed to test high-priority magnetic targets directly along strike from the shallow high-grade nickel sulphide mineralisation previously reported at the Horn prospect.

Following these drill-holes reverse-circulation (RC) drilling will commence to further test the strike potential along from the Horn, as well as some of the more-advanced regional targets across the Leinster tenure.

The combined diamond and RC drill programs follow up on Auroch’s diamond drill program carried out at the Horn in late 2020, which intersected thick high-grade nickel-copper sulphide mineralisation at shallow depths.

“We are excited to be back on the ground at Leinster and drilling such high-potential exploration targets,” Auroch Minerals managing director Aidan Platel said in the company’s ASX announcement.

“Our drilling last year confirmed thick high-grade nickel and copper sulphide mineralisation at very shallow depths at the Horn prospect, but importantly it also showed how well this mineralisation is ‘mapped’ by the aeromagnetic anomaly there.

“We have very similar aeromagnetic anomalies along strike to the northwest of the Horn which basically have never been drilled, so we are eager to test these anomalies and see if the relationship between the aeromagnetic highs and the nickel sulphide mineralisation continues along strike.

“Our maiden RC program at Nepean has been completed, which tested both near-mine shallow drill targets as well as more regional greenfields targets along the full 10 kilometres of prospective strike.

“We are awaiting assay and DHEM results which we expect to receive over the coming weeks.”