American West Metals only just started RC drilling at its Storm copper project in Canada last month and it could be paying off already, with the company flagging some visual mineralisation.

The program was designed to define resources where extensive near-surface copper mineralisation has been identified previously, and so far four RC holes at the 4100N Zone have all intersected thick intervals of copper sulphide, including:

  • 24.4m of strong visual copper sulphides from 48.8m (SR23-01);
  • 27.4m of strong visual copper sulphides from 56.4m (SR23-02);
  • 48.7m of strong visual copper sulphides from 54.9m (SR23-03); and
  • 30.6m of strong visual copper sulphides from 50.3m (SR23-04).

A further 12 drill holes are planned at the 4100N Zone to be followed by drilling at other high-grade copper targets.

The company notes that visual estimates are no substitute for laboratory analysis, and that the first batch of drill samples has been sent to the lab with assays pending,


Immediate results highlight resource potential

The company says the first four completed drill holes have begun to confirm the continuity of the copper zones – and highlight the resource potential of the near-surface mineralisation.

“We are pleased to report that the recently commenced RC drilling at the Storm Copper Project is immediately producing excellent results,” American West Metals (ASX:AW1) MD Dave O’Neill said.

“The first drill holes are highlighting the volume and scale of mineralisation as we had hoped, and the geophysics is suggesting that we haven’t hit the strongest zones yet.

“This is an outstanding outcome for the resource potential of the 4100N Zone.

“The initial phase of drilling is designed to define maiden JORC resources within the 4100N, 2750N and 2200N Zones, where high-grade copper mineralisation starts from surface.”


MLEM testing two new targets

Moving Loop Electromagnetics (MLEM) is underway and has already identified two new strong conductors that are untested – both of which are located close to historical copper intersections including 25.5m at 1.9% Cu from 78.8m (ST00-62).

“A detailed EM program is being used to assist with drill targeting at the 4100N Zone and has also produced exciting results, with the discovery of two new, untested anomalies,”

O’Neill said.

“Ongoing drilling will focus on targeting these priority areas.”

MLEM surveys will also be completed at the 2750N and 2200N Zones where drilling during 2023 intersected high-grade copper sulphides close to surface including 41m at 4.18% Cu from 38M (ST22-05) downhole.

Once the resource definition programs are complete, new areas for exploration will include the Blizzard, Tornado and Tempest Prospects.




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


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