Encouraging drilling results set to extend mines’ lives

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 01 Dec 2011   Posted by admin

NICKEL sulphide and mineral explorer Western Areas has announced impressive results from drilling carried out at its Flying Fox and Spotted Quoll mines in WA. The end goal of the drilling is to extend
the life span of both mine sites from 6 to 10 years.
“The results are providing encouragement on the potential for Western Areas to reach its short-term goal of extending mine life at both Flying Fox and Spotted Quoll,” Western Areas managing director Julian
Hanna said. At Flying Fox mine, drilling has intersected high-grade massive sulphide in the T6 deposit. Formal results are needed to confirm the grade of the nickel but initial results, using a portable XRF analyser, state that drilling at the T6 deposit found 34.7 metres of massive sulphide at a grade of 7 per cent nickel.
Mr Hanna said, “Drilling within T6 and in the underlying T7 deposit at Flying Fox and in Stage Two at Spotted Quoll is ongoing. The aim of this drilling is to achieve a significant upgrade in mineral resources at both mines within the next few months.”
The first ore from Spotted Quoll is expected to be mined in December and initial drill test results will be published in the December quarterly report. Meanwhile, drilling below the Stage One Ore Reserve is producing high-grade intersections. The results of Stage Two will include an intersection in one drill hole of 3.3m at 8.3 per cent nickel. Based on the feasibility study, Spotted Quoll mine is predicted to produce 10,000t per annum of nickel ore. However, Western Areas is now looking at an ambitious new target of 15,000tpa. “Western Area’s medium-term goals include making new nickel discoveries at Forrestania, at Sandstone, and at exploration projects in Canada and Finland. “We have been very active on these projects during the September quarter,” Mr Hanna said.


By John Ward

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