Several distinct nickel sulphide targets, including a 15km copper in soil anomaly, will form the basis of a 5,000m drill campaign at the Kabanga Jirani Nickel Project in April.


Adavale Resources (ASX:ADD) says recent wet season geochemical surveys played a significant role in refining nickel sulphide drill targets with several of the anomalies containing coincident gravity, electromagnetics, and historic ultramafic intersections.

Importantly, a copper in soil anomaly of over 15km strike has been defined, adjacent to elevated nickel and cobalt soil anomalies.

This is a positive sign, given that the neighbouring Kabanga deposit – owned by LifeZone and BHP (ASX:BHP) – contains a mineral resource of 58Mt at 2.62% nickel plus 0.35% copper and 0.19% cobalt.


Exploration work on other target areas

ADD’s technical director John Hicks says the company is excited to be recommencing drilling with the onset of the coming dry season in Tanzania.

“The generation of new geochemical soil data by our field staff and technical team throughout the wet season was a significant contributor to the prioritisation of targets,” he explains.

“Work on refining the other target areas within the project area will continue concurrently.”


Combined RC/DDH drill program to test nickel sulphide targets

Adavale says information collected over the past two years such as extensive geophysical data sets and historical drilling results, in conjunction with soil samples, helped to generate new targets and built on existing target areas.

Priority areas for testing in the upcoming drill program include the promising HEM 2 target and a 15km strike extension to the north that sits within the broader Luhuma trend.

Drilling will commence with an initial reverse circulation (RC) and diamond drilling (DD) campaign of 5,000m, comprising 12 RC holes to ~150m depth and 8-10 DD holes to ~350m depth.

Downhole Electromagnetics (DHEM) and audio magnetotelluric (AMT) surveys will also be undertaken.

Access and drill pad preparations are well advanced to ensure a smooth recommencement of drilling activities.




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