Good Continuity Confirmed Over 500m
Auroch Minerals Limited (ASX:AOU) has received promising initial assay results from the maiden diamond drill programme at the Horn Prospectof its Leinster Nickel Project in Western Australia.
The diamond drill programme at the Horn has been successfully completed, confirming thick high- grade nickel-copper sulphide mineralisation with good continuity over 500m of strike at relatively shallow depths.
The results for diamond drill-hole HNDD001 has confirmed thick high-grade nickel-copper-PGE sulphide mineralisation, with the logged massive sulphides interval reporting 4.09m @ 2.40% Ni, 0.61% Cu, 0.55 g/t Pd & 0.22 g/t Pt from 119.91m within the larger mineralised interval of 5.09m @ 2.06% Ni, 0.60% Cu, 0.49 g/t Pd & 0.25 g/t Pt from 119.91m.
The second drill-hole HNDD002 successfully intersected approximately 7.2m of nickel- and copper- bearing massive sulphides from a depth of 143.0m. Hole HNDD003 was drilled to test a historic DHEM conductor outside of the known mineralisation, and successfully intersected 1.9m of nickel- copper sulphide mineralisation from 134.55m, including 0.8m of massive sulphides from 134.90m. These intervals have already been logged, sampled and submitted to the laboratory, and assay results are pending.
Managing Director, Aidan Platel, said further disseminated and stringer nickel sulphide mineralisation was intersected in holes HNDD005 and HNDD006, indicative that both holes may have been drilled very close to massive sulphide mineralisation. DHEM surveys are currently underway to test this interpretation and to vector in on possible extensions to the massive nickel sulphide mineralisation.
“The first assays results have confirmed our observations that mineralisation at the Horn comprises thick lenses of high-grade massive nickel sulphides which are also rich in copper and PGE’s (platinum and palladium). The sulphide mineralisation is relatively homogenous and consistent, which bodes well for our pending assays as well as for future exploration programmes,” Mr Platel said.
The maiden diamond drill programme has successfully confirmed thick continuous massive nickel sulphide mineralisation over 500m of strike that sits within 150m from surface.
“Our new understanding of the structural control on the Horn Prospect has opened up exciting potential for further nickel sulphide mineralisation along strike, and we eagerly await the results of the DHEM surveys and pending assays to finalise our geological model and complete the hole planning for our next drill programme at the Horn scheduled for early next year.”