THE DRILL SERGEANT: Auroch Minerals (ASX: AOU) has an air-core (AC) drilling program underway at the company’s Saints nickel project, located just outside Kalgoorlie in Western Australia.
Auroch Minerals completed a litho-geochemical review that identified at least three more possible channels along the Eastern Footwall Contact at Saints that were not previously recognised or drill-tested.
The company will focus the AC program on these high-priority channel target areas aiming to accurately define the position of the footwall contact.
Results from the AC drilling will be used to design targets for a major diamond drilling campaign aimed at increasing the existing high-grade nickel sulphide resource of 1.05 million tonnes at 2 per cent nickel and 0.2 per cent copper for 21400 tonnes nickel and 1600 tonnes copper.
“We are extremely pleased with the litho-geochemical modelling the team has completed along the Eastern Footwall Contact thus far,” Auroch Minerals managing director Aidan Platel said in the company’s announcement to the Australian Securities Exchange.
“In addition to the known channels at Saint Patricks and Saint Andrews the review has identified three new channel targets along strike which we aim to confirm with the AC drilling.
“Targeting channel positions in the footwall contact underlying nickeliferous ultramafics greatly increases the possibility of significant high-grade nickel sulphide mineralisation.
“Furthermore, there remains significant strike of this main footwall contact that has never been drilled and hence which also has the potential to host even more channels.
“With several other contacts still to be modelled, the exploration potential of Saints continues to emerge, and we are very excited by what it may hold.”