THE DRILL SERGEANT: Auroch Minerals (ASX: AOU) has commenced its 2020 exploration program at the company’s Saints nickel project near Kalgoorlie in Western Australia.
Auroch Minerals has completed DHEM modelling for 11 diamond drill-holes it conducted at Saints in 2019, from which it has modelled strong to very strong conductive plates for the majority of the drill-holes.
Several of these strong off-hole DHEM conductors have not been tested by any drilling and are set to become drill targets for the next phase of diamond drilling, planned to commence later this quarter.
The company has received further assay results for drill-holes SNDD007 and SNDD008, which were drilled to test possible extensions to the south of the known mineralisation at Saint Andrews and the Western Contact.
SNDD007 returned encouraging results of:
6.87 metres at 0.77 per cent nickel and 0.02 per cent copper from 145m down-hole, including 1.87m at 1.47 per cent nickel and 0.03 per cent copper.
Assays are pending for the remaining three drill-holes SNDD009 to SNDD011.
“We are extremely pleased with the results from our maiden drilling programme at the Saints nickel project,” Auroch Minerals managing director Aidan Platel said in the company’s announcement to the Australian Securities Exchange.
“We have confirmed high-grade nickeliferous massive sulphides over significant widths, particularly at Saint Patricks.
“We have also intersected high-grade nickel sulphide mineralisation outside of the limits of the existing nickel resources at Saint Andrews, Saint Patricks and the Western Contact, adding to the strike of the known mineralisation.
“The results from SNDD007 have added further to the strike, and opened up the potential of further nickel sulphide mineralisation to the south of the existing resources.
“Furthermore, the DHEM surveys from our initial drilling program have provided us with several strong conductor plates that require follow-up drill-testing.
“We are currently modelling all of the new geological information provided by the drilling, in order to plan a major diamond drilling campaign that will aim to target the main ‘feeder channel’ nickel sulphide mineralisation.
“We are assaying the entire drill-holes for multi-element data to use to vector in on the possible channel position.
“We also plan to initiate an air-core drilling programme, necessary to increase confidence in the geology and stratigraphy at Saints, which again is extremely important for targeting possible massive nickel sulphide channel mineralisation.
“We have been granted the work permit for the air-core program and will commence shortly.
“We will continue to update our geological model as new data is received, which along with the DHEM models and other geophysical data, will provide the basis for a major diamond drilling program to commence later this quarter, aimed at materially increase the existing nickel sulphide resource estimate at Saints.”
In addition to the planned drilling program at Saints, Auroch indicated it has plans to initiate a drilling program this quarter at the company’s Leinster nickel project to test the Valdez target, a large EM anomaly coincident with nickeliferous ultramafics along strike from the Waterloo nickel deposit.