NickelSearch has kicked off a short drill program – with a larger one to follow – testing high priority nickel sulphide targets at its Carlingup project near Ravensthorpe, WA.

The drill program will test the RAV8, Sexton and Javelin targets – the latter two of which are based on coincidental geochemical and geophysical anomalism, with the strong anomaly at Sexton being east of an historical massive sulphide intersection of 2m grading 1.2% nickel and 0.2% copper.

Over at RAV8, drilling will target extensions of high-grade mineralisation based on two down-hole electromagnetic plates.

NickelSearch’s (ASX:NIS) initial program will be followed by an extensive greenfields drill program which is scheduled to begin later this quarter.

“We are very excited to be back drilling at Carlingup. We have done a lot of work to identify the best targets, and are looking forward to seeing what we are able to uncover,” managing director Nicole Duncan said.

Exploration manager Andy Pearce added that RAV8 drilling has the potential to intersect significant sulphide mineralisation of a similar style to what was mined previously.

Previous mining had produced 16,100t of nickel at an average grade of 3.45%.

“We will remain flexible to ongoing adjustments to the drill program based on field assessment of the drill locations, drill results and assay results when available over the coming weeks,” he added.

“At this point, we have applied for more collar locations than we currently plan to drill in this initial program, so we can either move collar locations or have more locations available for quick follow up drilling upon favourable results.

“We will also be performing DHEM on all drilled holes in this program to aid future targeting.”


Time to get drilling

NickelSearch has engaged Three Rivers Drilling for the initial drill program due to its good understanding of the operating restrictions and ground conditions in the area, especially the use of above-ground sumps to catch all groundwater lifted to surface by the drilling, minimising disturbance to the local environment.

NickelSearch plans to drill two holes with depths from 80m to 260m into each of the three priority areas, and further holes will be planned based on the results from this initial program.

Separately, the Company has started outcrop mapping on all of its tenements, to aid future targeting activities down the track.


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

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