NorthWest Copper (TSXV: NWST) has obtained positive results from an eight-hole 2022 East Niv project drilling campaign in British Columbia.
The assays include strong gold results of over seven grams per tonne gold (7.88g/t AuEq) over a short interval and longer intervals at lower grades.
The stronger gold mineralization surrounds the copper dominant mineralization encountered in the 2021 campaign. These results, combined with the large surface copper anomaly reported in 20222 and the copper-gold mineralization encountered in 20213 outline a large mineralized system within a large property position (43,297 hectares). Highlights from the current release are presented below:
- ENV-22-013: 100.80m at 0.44g/t AuEq (0.24g/t Au, 0.10% Cu and 0.40g/t Ag) from 637.00m.
- ENV-22-018: 124.86m at 0.38g/t AuEq (0.22g/t Au, 0.07% Cu and 0.70g/t Ag) from 457.05m.
- ENV-22-016: 0.50m at 7.88g/t AuEq (7.35g/t Au, 0.13% Cu and 21.9g/t Ag) from 303.00m.
- ENV-22-017: 2.00m at 2.48g/t AuEq (2.33g/t Au, 0.07% Cu and 0.80g/t Ag) from 416.00m.
“East Niv is a new project with the first holes drilled in 2021. The 2021 programme identified strong copper and gold mineralization in one part of the property and the 2022 program expanded this system, with gold dominant results from this campaign,” President and CEO, Peter Bell, said.
”We have also identified a very large copper at surface anomalous zone as described in 2022.
“In just 24 months we have taken East Niv from an exciting exploration concept to a project with two identified zones of mineralization, several exciting drilling intercepts and multiple exploration targets.”
The 2022 programme at East Niv has expanded the size of the copper-gold system identified in 2021 as well as added new surface targets. New holes drilled in and around the porphyry copper-gold-silver±molybdenum (Cu-Au-Ag±Mo) system encountered gold dominant mineralization in a zone overprinted by strong illite-pyrite and chlorite-pyrite alteration.
Surface sampling during geological mapping has identified a trend of high-grade bornite-rich copper-silver veins that is at least 13km in length. These veins indicate the presence of additional porphyry centres or of a distinct style of high-grade exploration target.
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