Three high-grade shoots of massive nickel sulphides have been defined at the Ridgeline Nickel-Copper-Cobalt deposit, part of Azure Minerals’ Andover project in Western Australia’s West Pilbara region.

These three thick, vertically extensive mineralised shoots have returned multiple drill intersections including:

  • 3m at 2.80% nickel, 0.55% copper and 0.13% cobalt from 418m in ANDD0138
  • 3m at 2.53% nickel, 1.75% copper and 0.12% cobalt from 517m in ANDD0139; and
  • 6m at 1.06% nickel, 0.41% copper and 0.05% cobalt from 519.8m in ANDD0143.

Azure (ASX:AZS) has two diamond rigs currently undertaking extensional and infill drilling at the Ridgeline deposit, with 53 holes completed to date for a total of 30,860m of diamond drilling.

‘Exciting’ nickel and copper sulphides hits

AZS managing director Tony Rovira says the ongoing success of the mineral resource drilling program at Ridgeline is very encouraging.

“It’s exciting that drilling at Ridgeline continues to intersect substantial nickel and copper sulphide mineralisation.

“The widest and highest-grade parts of the deposit are contained within two steeply plunging, strongly mineralised shoots that demonstrate significant vertical extent and remain unconstrained up and down plunge,” he says.

“Drilling is continuing at Ridgeline while our ongoing regional exploration continues to identify more drilling targets across the wider Andover Project.”

What’s next for Azure Minerals?

Other visual, strongly mineralised sulphide rich intersections include 6.9m of heavily disseminated, matrix, and massive sulphide mineralisation from 446.9m in ANDD0157 and 7.1m of heavily disseminated, matrix, and massive sulphide mineralisation from 422.8m in ANDD0160.

Drilling continues to focus on extending and defining the Ridgeline deposit, to support the production of a mineral resource estimate.

Following completion of the Ridgeline drill-out, drilling will recommence at other known occurrences of nickel-copper-cobalt sulphide mineralisation at Seaview and Skyline and follow up anomalism at Atrium and Pipeline.

Meanwhile, exploration continues to generate and refine additional drilling targets.

Project-wide geological mapping and rock chip sampling programs are in full swing, focused on detailed exploration of the Southern Mineralised Corridor between Andover and Seaview and better defining this prospective horizon further to the northeast.



This article was developed in collaboration with Azure Minerals, a Stockhead advertiser at the time of publishing.

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