NickelSearch is picking up the pace at its flagship Carlingup nickel project with the start of maiden diamond and follow-up reverse circulation drilling.

These drill programs are focused on shallow resource definition, extensional drilling and securing samples for metallurgical test work.

RC drilling is targeting two areas of open mineralisation at the RAV-4 West deposit that were unable to be tested with AC drilling due to harder host ultramafic rocks before moving to test areas of open nickel sulphide mineralisation at RAV-1 and RAV-4.

NickelSearch (ASX:NIS) adds that diamond drilling will seek to enhance the geological understanding of nickel sulphide mineralisation and recover samples from RAV-8, RAV-4, RAV-4 West and RAV-1 for further metallurgical testing.

The Company will also test down-plunge extensions to known high-grade nickel sulphide mineralisation at RAV-8.

“We have been active in progressing our extensive exploration activities at Carlingup, focused on resource definition, extensions to known nickel sulphide deposits as well as progressing our greenfield exploration work,” managing director Nicole Duncan said.

“We are pleased to commence our maiden diamond drill program and follow-up RC drill program post the completion of a successful AC drill program.

“We expect this period of busy exploration to deliver consistent newsflow as we aim to generate major value catalysts for the company.”

Assays are currently pending from the recently completed aircore drilling that focused on near-surface nickel sulphide resource definition at the RAV-4 West and RAV-1 deposits and the John Ellis nickel sulphide prospect, as well as the maiden RC drilling.


Down hole and up high

NickelSearch plans to carry out down-hole electromagnetic surveys at RAV-8, RAV-5 and RAV-4 West to identify extensions to existing massive nickel sulphide mineralisation present at shallow to moderate depths.

It has also received data from a high-resolution helicopter EM survey over the entire Carlingup tenure and is now reviewing the results.

This will be used to refine and prioritise greenfield nickel sulphide targets for follow up exploration work.


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