Auroch Minerals Ltd (ASX:AOU) has begun reverse circulation drilling at the recently acquired Firefly and Sinclair North prospects within the Leinster Nickel Project in Western Australia.
The 1,000-metre drill program will be Aurochs first phase of exploration on these prospects after entering into a binding agreement with Jindalee Resources (ASX:JRL) to earn up to 70% of a four tenement package.
These two prospects are on tenement E36/895, which is contiguous to the companys 100%-owned E36/899 tenement that hosts the Horn nickel sulphide prospect.
"Excellent" previous results
Managing director Aidan Platel said: “We are excited to commence our first phase of exploration at the Firefly and Sinclair North prospects, where excellent nickel results in the weathered profile from historic RAB drilling have never been followed up with deeper drilling.
“These targets are shaping up to have all of the necessary characteristics to potentially host significant nickel sulphide mineralisation, and sit directly along the magnetic trend from BHP Group Ltds (ASX:BHP) group of high-grade massive nickel sulphide mines to the north and Saracen Mineral Holding Ltds (ASX:SAR) Sinclair nickel sulphide mine to the south.”
Auroch has utilised this wide-spaced drill-hole data to map out a footwall ultramafic-basalt footwall contact over 1.3-kilometres-long which will now be tested for nickel sulphide mineralisation.
The drilling will aim to test the modelled contact within fresh rock at a down-hole depth of approximately 100 metres.
Three holes have been planned at Firefly and two at Sinclair North.
“Encouraged by potential at Valdez”
Platel continued: “We are also very encouraged by the potential at the Valdez prospect following completion of our maiden RC program.
“Each drill hole has intersected thick packages of fertile ultramafic rocks within the modelled channel/embayment.
“This is a great initial result and we eagerly await the geochemical assays and DHEM results from this program which will help us vector in on possible massive nickel sulphide mineralisation.
“Our aggressive yet systematic exploration program continues to gain momentum,Read More – Source