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Western Yilgarn expands prospective nickel project

First Quantum

Western Yilgarn has increased exploration targets at its Ida Holmes Junction nickel project in Western Australia.

A recent drilling campaign tested high priority nickel, copper and platinum group elements (Ni-Cu-PGE) targets to the south of the project.

The campaign added two new targets to Western Yilgarn’s portfolio, and increased the size of another two, which bodes well for overall project potential. This brings the total number of identified project targets to 26 Ni-Cu-PGE and 11 lithium-caesium-tantalum (LCT).

“We are delighted to see extensions confirmed and new targets added from our grass roots exploration campaign,” Western Yilgarn general manager Gavin Rutherford said.

“The now completed Phase 4 auger program … has added two Ni-Cu-PGE targets to the existing 24 targets whilst extending other targets with copper measured up to 714 parts per million, which is a very good return in terms of soil geochemistry.”

Western Yilgarn will commence a Phase 1 airborne electromagnetic survey in May covering 1800km. It is hoped that this program will identify aircore and reverse circulation drilling targets.

The company will follow up this survey with a maiden 5000m aircore/reverse circulation program.

Western Yilgarn has previously highlighted the significance of Ida Holmes Junction, which shares geological similarities to BHP’s Tier-1 West Musgrave asset.

Ida Holmes Junction is located at the intersection of the Holmes Dyke and Ida Fault.

Significantly, the Holmes Dyke gabbro is the same rock type as the West Musgrave Ni-Cu-PGE project.

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