Chalice Mining Defines New EM Conductors and Nickel-Copper Soil Anomalies at Hartog

THE DRILL SERGEANT: Chalice Mining (ASX: CHN) reported on ongoing regional reconnaissance exploration activities at the company’s 100 per cent-owned Julimar nickel-copper-platinum group element (PGE) project, north-east of Perth in Western Australia.

Chalice Mining has completed a first-pass ground Moving Loop Electromagnetic (MLEM) survey over the 6.5 kilometres long Hartog airborne EM (AEM) target, located directly north of the Gonneville discovery the company identified last year.

The recent survey over Hartog has defined a cluster of 29 low to moderate conductance, mid to late-time bedrock EM conductors the company has interpreted to be potential nickel-copper-PGE targets, of similar aerial extent and range of conductance to those at the Gonneville discovery immediately to the south.

Surface soil sampling at Hartog was also completed as a first-pass screening technique to assess and prioritise MLEM conductors.

Based on the results of the initial MLEM survey, Chalice has additional surveying underway to expand and infill geophysical coverage to approximately 200m spaced lines across the Hartog target.

This program aims to define drill-ready targets and is anticipated to be completed by mid-April.

“Initial reconnaissance exploration activities along the ~26 kilometres long Julimar Complex to the north of our Gonneville discovery have delivered exciting results, with a significant number of EM-soil targets already defined at the highest priority Hartog target,” Chalice Mining managing director Alex Dorsch said in the company’s ASX announcement.

“The identification of discrete EM conductors together with extensive nickel-copper soil anomalies highlights the significant potential of this area to deliver further growth at Julimar directly along strike to the north of where we have a major resource drill-out underway.

“Soil sampling and ground EM at Gonneville guided us to the initial discovery and we are very encouraged to see similar early results at Hartog.

“We are also pleased that our first regional field exploration program has validated the results generated by the airborne EM survey flown last year, which is a positive sign for our ongoing exploration of the broader district.

“Meanwhile, we have stepped up drilling activities again at Gonneville, with seven rigs now drilling prioritising definition and expansion of high-grade mineralised zones.

“Initial resource and pit-shell modelling is also being undertaken concurrently, which is guiding our drill pattern.”