Base Metals: Neometals rings up more high-grade nickel hits near Kalgoorlie
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Neometals (ASX:NMT) could soon be adding more nickel resources to its Mt Edwards project near Kalgoorlie after drilling at the Widgie South Trend returned high-grade nickel sulphides.
Results of up to 2m at 4.79 per cent nickel within a broader intersection of 16m at 1.45 per cent nickel from a depth of 206m, and 21m at 1.05 per cent nickel from 132m including 4m at 2.42 per cent nickel, highlights the increases in mineralised strike at the trend.
The Widgie South Trend contains the Widgie 3 and Gillett deposits along with the Widgie 3 North, Rhona and Widgie 3 South prospects.
It currently hosts a resource of 3.77 million tonnes grading 1.8 per cent nickel, or 66,930 tonnes of contained nickel.
The company has already identified further nickel sulphide targets and is planning to carry out work that includes infill drilling to improve its understanding of the Gillett, Widgie 3 and Widgie Townsite deposits.
Meanwhile, Xanadu Mines (ASX:XAM) has realised some notable improvements in copper and gold recoveries from metallurgical testing at its flagship Kharmagtai project in Mongolia’s southern Gobi region.
The new test work resulted in an estimated 4.5 per cent increase in copper recovery and a 3 per cent increase in gold recovery to achieve average recoveries of 89.5 per cent copper and 69.7 per cent gold from the two main metallurgical composites.
“We are extremely pleased with these new metallurgical results from Kharmagtai, which are in line with or better than expected at this stage in the project’s life and we are comfortable that additional improvements can be made further down the track,” managing director Dr Andrew Stewart said.
“These early stage flotation test results are very encouraging and indicate that a standard crushing, grinding and flotation process will be enough to deliver good extraction of the economic minerals from the deposit.”
Kharmagtai contains an open-pit resource of 1.9 million tonnes of copper and 4.3 million ounces of gold.