Azure Minerals and Andover Continue Drilling Triumphs

THE DRILL SERGEANT: Azure Minerals (ASX: AZS) reported completion of the latest drilling at the company’s Andover project (60% Azure / 40% Creasy Group), in the West Pilbara region of Western Australia.

Azure Minerals completed a mineral resource drill-out of the VC-07 East nickel-copper sulphide deposit, achieving results including:

ANDD0078 (near-surface)
2.8m at 2.23 per cent nickel, 0.31 per cent copper and 0.1 per cent cobalt from 49.1m downhole;

ANDD0079 (upper western side extensional)
7.1m at 2.16 per cent nickel, 0.74 per cent copper and 0.1 per cent cobalt from 305.1m downhole; and

ANDD0083 (upper western side extensional)
6.5m at 2.28 per cent nickel, 0.55 per cent copper and 0.1 per cent cobalt from 318.3m downhole.

Azure indicated the resource drill-out at VC07 East has now been completed and a maiden Mineral Resource Estimate is expected to be delivered in the first quarter of 2022.

Drilling has moved to now focus on the VC-07 West mineralised zone, where three rigs are following up intersections of high-grade nickel-copper sulphide mineralisation and associated electromagnetic plates drilled by Azure earlier this year.

This drill program will also be testing several geophysical targets identified by the company’s earlier regional exploration program, including VC-23, VC-18 and VC-41.

“In the year since we arrived at the Andover project, our exploration team has identified and drilled numerous zones containing substantial nickel and copper sulphide mineralisation, which points to Andover being a significant nickel district,” Azure Minerals managing director Tony Rovira said in the company’s ASX announcement.

“From the initial identification of the kilometre-long VC-07 mineralised corridor, we’ve now completed drilling out the VC-07 East deposit and the estimation of Andover’s maiden mineral resource is underway.

“From here, we move on to defining the VC-07 West mineralised body, where our earlier drilling intersected multiple sulphide-rich zones containing high grades of nickel and copper and shortly we’ll also start drilling on some of the regional electromagnetic anomalies, such as the high-priority targets at VC-23 and VC-18.”