THE DRILL SERGEANT: Azure Minerals (ASX: AZS) reported on high-grade zones of nickel and copper sulphide mineralisation from drill hole ANDD0004 at the company’s Andover nickel-copper project in Western Australia.
Azure Minerals encountered a broad envelope of nickel-copper sulphide mineralisation from ANDD0004 in November, which returned an overall intersection of 41.9 metres at 1.1 per cent nickel and 0.57 per cent copper.
Assay results for mineralised intersections returned from ANDD004, included a substantial interval of massive and semi-massive sulphides returning:
16.2 metres at 2.08 per cent nickel and 0.75 per cent copper from 347.5m, including 8.5m at 2.77 per cent nickel and 1.04 per cent copper from 354.8m, including 4.1m at 3.52 per cent nickel and 0.36 per cent copper from 354.8m.
This nickel-copper sulphide intersection coincides with the VC-07 conductor, which Azure has interpreted to indicate the 1,050m-long and +200m-deep body may represent a substantial nickel-copper deposit.
“We continue to be very encouraged by the outstanding results that our Andover drilling program is delivering, and we’re excited by the potential that this project continues to demonstrate with each drill hole,” Azure Minerals managing director Tony Rovira said in the company’s ASX announcement.
“Modelling of the VC-07 EM conductor plate has, to date, proven to be very accurate, and importantly, wherever drilling has tested this conductor, significant nickel-copper sulphide mineralisation has been intersected.
“The high-grade nickel and copper assays from the massive sulphides intersected in ANDD0004 and the coincident strong in-hole EM conductor support VC07 as the geophysical signature of a fertile and potentially extensive nickel and copper-rich mineralised system.
“The deepest hole, ANDD0006, intersected the widest mineralised zone yet drilled, with an intersection width in excess of 53 metres, indicating that the mineralised zone is still open in the downdip direction and potentially broadening with increasing depth.
“Our latest drill hole ANDD0007 is targeting the conductor plate with a 100 metres step-out to the west and additional drilling will continue to test the along-strike extensions of VC-07 in that direction.
“If VC-07 continues to deliver similar mineralised intersections along its more than one kilometre length, there is the potential here to define a substantial nickel-copper sulphide deposit.”
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