THE DRILL SERGEANT: Azure Minerals (ASX: AZS) wasted no time recording nickel and copper sulphide mineralisation hits at the company’s recently acquired Andover project (60% Azure / 40% Creasy Group), located in the West Pilbara region of Western Australia.
Azure Minerals announced mineralisation has been observed in core from the first drill hole ANDD0001 on the Andover project.
Drill hole ANDD0001 intersected 40.7 metres containing nickel and copper sulphide mineralisation within mafic-ultramafic intrusive rocks from a depth of 80.60m.
The hole intersected 4.0m of massive nickel-copper sulphide mineralisation at 94.5m depth.
The company declared that high-grade nickel mineralisation had been confirmed by pXRF and verified by Azure’s onsite geologist.
“This strongly mineralised nickel and copper sulphide intersection from our first drill hole is an outstanding result and a great start to our maiden drilling program at Andover,” Azure Minerals managing director Tony Rovira said in the company’s announcement to the Australian Securities Exchange.
“Importantly, this mineralised intersection coincides with the interpreted position of the downhole EM (DHTEM) conductor, providing support that the conductors represent significant accumulations of sulphide mineralisation.
“The Andover project area does not appear to host sulphide-rich sediments, graphitic shales, conductive overburden or other characteristics that may generate false signatures for the EM surveys, and their absence is exciting given the size, depth and intensity of the conductors we have identified and are targeting.
“Due to excellent ground conditions and high drilling productivity, the second drill hole is already underway to test the down-dip extension of the ANDD0001 mineralisation.
“Drilling will continue through to the end of the year, with assay results for the first holes expected in late October to early November.
“Meanwhile the EM survey crew is mobilising to site and down hole surveying is expected to start in October.”