Neometals Ltd (ASX: NMT) has received further encouraging assay results from reverse circulation (RC) drilling at the Mt Edwards nickel project, 90 km south of Kalgoorlie in Western Australia.
Drilling, sampling and down-hole electromagnetic (DHEM) surveys within the Mt Edwards project area were conducted at the Armstrong deposit on Mining Lease M15/99, and on the recently acquired Exploration Licence E15/1553 located less than two km directly north and along strike from Mincor’s Cassini Mineral Resource.
The drilling at Armstrong and the yet to be named exploration licence E15/1553 comprised 11 RC holes for a total of 2,083 metres completed in November and December 2019.
The programme included a sampling and assay programme with rigid QAQC controls that will enable results to be used in future Mineral Resource estimations.
Managing Director Chris Reed said that Neometals was actively engaged in multiple drilling and exploration programmes across the various deposits and prospects comprising its Mt Edwards project throughout 2019
The company has been methodically validating and improving its drill-hole database, isolating high grade mineralisation and growing its Mineral Resource base.
Mr Reed said exploration results to date, including the outcomes from this programme, have provided strong encouragement regarding alternatives to realise value at Mt Edwards.
Drilling at Armstrong was planned to infill and test extents of the Armstrong Mineral Resource (320,000 tones @ 2.6% nickel for 8,180 nickel tonnes)*, with a focus on understanding the interpreted down plunge mineralised zone, and remobilised high-grade shoots at depth below the main ultramafic-basalt contact.
Assay results on M15/99 support the interpretation of thick disseminated nickel sulphide intercepts (up to 34 metres down-hole width) with high-grade zones of matrix to massive nickel sulphide up to 5 metres thick (five metres at 9.63% nickel).
The company will now consider a campaign of diamond core drilling at Armstrong to further understand the structural orientation and metallurgical properties of the deposit.
At E15/1553 ground geophysical surveys are planned to augment the geological knowledge gained from the recent drill and DHEM surveys.
“These strong results from Armstrong continue our success in identifying massive nickel sulphide mineralisation within our existing inventory,” Mr Reed said.
“In preparation for a strengthening nickel market in the medium term, driven by increasing demand in the battery materials sector, Neometals will undertake mining studies and develop a pipeline of short lead time nickel sulphide resources.
“The successful discovery of nickel sulphide mineralisation along strike from Cassini just inside the boundary of a newly acquired tenement provides encouragement that our extensive tenement package around the Widgiemooltha Dome is one of the most prospective areas for greenfields nickel discoveries.”