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Maiden campaign for nickel-copper-PGE explorer

BHP Serbia

Western Yilgarn is cashed up to advance several exploration fronts across its Ida Holmes Junction, Julimar West and Boodanoo projects.

The company hopes to be completing its maiden aircore (AC) and reverse circulation (RC) drill program at Ida Holmes Junction in the coming months, along with airborne electromagnetic (AEM) surveying.

A Phase 4 auger drilling campaign recently commenced at the 686km2 Ida Holmes Junction but was temporarily suspended due to significant rainfall. This program is targeting two high-priority nickel-copper-platinum group elements (PGEs) prospects located close to the highly prospective Ida Fault and Holmes Dyke junction.

There are currently 24 exploration targets at Ida Holmes Junction, including 13 nickel-copper-PGE prospects and 11 lithium-caesium-tantalum (LCT) targets.

Ida Holmes Junction is located nearby BHP’s Tier 1 Leinster and Mt Keith nickel operations, along with several gold operations including the Agnew and Bellevue mining operations.

Western Yilgarn hopes an AEM survey at the Julimar West project near Perth will unearth nickel-copper-PGE targets similar to Chalice Mining’s Gonneville mineralogy.

Once it has received the relevant approvals, the company hopes to complete its Julimar West AEM program in the Spring.

Western Yilgarn recently identified a 2.4km-long and 1.4km-wide LCT target from auger works at its Boodanoo project in WA. The company will mobilise back to Boodanoo once pending application E59/2881 and a Programme of Work is granted, with a quality gold-in-soil prospect to also be targeted.

“The exploration plans as announced are well budgeted and prioritised,” Western Yilgarn chief executive officer Gavin Rutherford said.

“Our tighter focus in terms of effort and spend is anticipated to deliver excellent results from priority workfronts over the months ahead.”

Western Yilgarn plans to commit approximately $1.15 million to exploration activities between April and August this year.

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