THE DRILL SERGEANT: Azure Minerals (ASX: AZS) has commenced diamond drilling on the Andover nickel-copper project (60% Azure / 40% Creasy Group), located in the West Pilbara region of Western Australia.
Azure Minerals began a multi-phase exploration campaign at Andover last month, comprising geophysical surveys and drilling that involves a FLTEM surveying over 10 separate target zones; an initial 12-hole, diamond core drilling program on defined targets; and downhole EM (DHEM) surveying of drill holes.
The diamond drilling has kicked off, with the first six holes focused on testing along strike and downdip extensions of semi-massive and disseminated sulphide-hosted high-grade nickel mineralisation that was intersected pre-Azure signing on at Target Locations 1 and 2.
Additional drill holes are planned to test several other, as yet undrilled, geophysical anomalies.
All drill holes will be surveyed by DHEM to identify off-hole conductors, which will be followed up by further drilling.
“We’re very pleased to get our first drilling program at Andover underway so quickly, in what is a target-rich environment for nickel and copper sulphide mineralisation,” Azure Minerals managing director Tony Rovira said in the company’s announcement to the Australian Securities Exchange.
“Azure has hit the ground running with the initial six-week program of ground EM surveying now completed and our first drill program underway.
“The ground EM surveying has identified numerous electromagnetic conductors indicative of bedrock-hosted sulphide mineralisation and drilling of these new anomalies will be undertaken as a matter of high priority.
“Drilling will continue through to the end of the year, with first assay results expected later this month.”