Drilling extends Blair South mineralisation

30 December 2006 | 05:25 Code : 12285 Geoscience events
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The drilling successfully targeted the immediate up and down plunge projection....

  Drill results have extended a broad zone of nickel sulphide mineralisation identified earlier this year at Pioneer Nickel’s Blair South Prospect, which is located within the Golden Ridge Joint Venture with Australian Mines Limited.

The drilling successfully targeted the immediate up and down plunge projection of the mineralisation, with most holes returning anomalous to significant nickel sulphide assays. Significant thicknesses of mineralisation have now been intersected over a plunge length of 100m, with results including 5m at 1.48% Ni and 0.17 from 64m, 2m at 1.08% Ni and 0.08 from 79m and, 4m at 1.14% Ni and 0.11 from 100m. Pioneer Managing Director, David Crook said the results added substance to newly developed theories about the geological setting at the Golden Ridge JV, proposed by Pioneer’s geologists. “Nickel sulphides have been deposited in a very specific geological setting in the Kambalda District. We have now found the right rocks at Blair South and our priority is to determine the geometry of the deposit,” Mr Crook said. The Golden Ridge Joint Venture focuses on the exploration potential of 80sqkm of tenements surrounding, but excluding, the operating Blair Nickel Mine, located 30km southeast of Kalgoorlie. An Initial Indicated Resource of 2,164 tonnes of contained nickel was recently calculated for Blair South. In addition to reverse circulation drilling at Blair South, Pioneer recently completed a gravity survey and two RAB drilling programs between Blair South and the Blair Mine resulting in the discovery of a new, 2.8km long, priority zone.

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