THE DRILL SERGEANT: Blackstone Minerals (ASX: BSX) enjoyed a good start to the 2019 Brisbane Resources Roundup by reporting on the second round of results from maiden drilling at the company’s Ta Khoa nickel project in Northern Vietnam.
The Resources Roadhouse caught up with Blackstone Minerals managing director Scott Williamson at the 2019 Brisbane Resources Round-up.
Blackstone Minerals said the second round of results from diamond drilling at the Ta Khoa project delivered further substantial intersections of disseminated nickel sulphide as well as noteworthy PGEs.
The maiden drilling results from the latest six drill holes in the program include:
16.6 metres at 0.34 per cent nickel, 0.04 per cent copper, 0.01 per cent cobalt and 0.07 grams per tonne PGE from 104.4m;
15.8m at 0.57 per cent nickel, 0.07 per cent copper, 0.01 per cent cobalt and 0.26g/t PGE from 118.2m;
27.7m at 0.88 per cent nickel, 0.09 per cent copper, 0.01 per cent cobalt and 0.74g/t PGE from 101m;
29.4m at 1.00 per cent nickel, 0.12 per cent copper, 0.02 per cent cobalt and 0.6g/t PGE from 140.6m;
11.9m at 1.46 per cent nickel, 0.15 per cent copper, 0.02 per cent cobalt and 1.09g/t PGE from 107m; and
33.3m at 0.80 per cent nickel, 0.09 per cent copper, 0.01 per cent cobalt and 0.37g/t PGE from 136.9m.
“Drilling at Ta Khoa continues to deliver significant intersections of disseminated nickel sulphide and, with the recently identified potential for substantial platinum group element (PGE) credits, the Ban Phuc DSS is shaping up to be a globally significant nickel sulfide system,” Blackstone Mineral managing director Scott Williamson said in the company’s announcement to the Australian Securities Exchange.
Blackstone is the first company to assay the Ban Phuc DSS for PGEs that has resulted in the recent uncovering of what it considers as a previously unrecognised opportunity.
Previous operators focused on the Ban Phuc MSV, which has relatively low PGE grades, and hence did not consider or investigate the full potential of the PGEs throughout the Ta Khoa project.
Blackstone feels its maiden PGE assays combined with the abundance of disseminated nickel sulphide targets suggest PGEs associated with disseminated nickel sulphide mineralisation could greatly improve the economics of the Ta Khoa nickel project.