Storm Cu project Canada

American West Metals intersects ‘extensive’ shallow copper at Storm Project, Canada

American West Metals (ASX:AW1) reports further ‘outstanding’ visual results for another four diamond drill holes completed at the Storm Copper Project on Somerset Island, Nunavut, Canada.

The company reports all intersections of copper sulphides are within 100m from surface, indicating a significant volume of shallow mineralisation.

Drill holes ST22-03, ST22-04, ST22-05 and ST22-06 were completed in the 2750N Zone and have all successfully intersected thick zones of breccia and massive sulphides (mostly chalcocite) hosted within much broader intervals of vein and fracture style copper mineralisation.

A total of 789m of drilling has been completed to date on the shallow and ‘high-grade’ 2750N Zone, with the drilling continuing to confirm the continuity and thickness of the ore system.

The mineralisation encountered within the latest drill holes and shows some similar zonation of the copper bearing minerals with chalcocite being the dominant mineral, and with chalcopyrite, bornite, cuprite, and minor oxides being present within certain intervals.

Commenting on the results, American West Metals Managing Director Dave O’Neill noted: “The drilling at the 2750N Zone continues to deliver spectacular results. We are looking for continuity and volume for a potential resource and that’s exactly what we are seeing.

“The drilling at the 2750N Zone continues to deliver spectacular results”

The results show strong continuity between the thick historical copper intersections at the 2750N Zone where we are aiming to define a shallow copper resource that can support a low-footprint direct shipping ore (DSO) mining proposal.

Drilling at Storm is continuing on the 2750N Zone resource definition program and will shortly start on the exploration phase of the current campaign. This will test targets that are look alikes for the 2750N Zone, as well as deeper targets that may represent the potential source of the near surface mineralisation.”

Latest drill holes have intersected wide intervals of visual copper mineralisation including;

  • ST22-03 has intersected 74.6m of mineralisation including 15.13m of breccia and massive copper sulphides over multiple intervals
  • ST22-04 has intersected 43.7m of mineralisation including 24.5m of breccia and massive copper sulphides over multiple intervals
  • ST22-05 has intersected 65m of mineralisation including 25.2m of breccia and massive copper sulphides over multiple intervals
  • ST22-06 has intersected 59m of mineralisation including 15m of breccia and massive copper sulphides over multiple intervals

The Nunavut property consists of 117 contiguous mining claims and 6 prospecting permits covering an area of about 302,725 hectares on Somerset Island.

The Storm Project comprises both the Storm Copper Project, a ‘high-grade’ copper discovery (intersections including 110m @ 2.45% Cu from surface, 56.3m @ 3.07% Cu from 12.2m, 19m @ 3.41% Cu from surface, 15m @ 3.88% Cu from 72.4m and 6.84m @ 8.98% Cu from surface) as well as the Seal Zinc-Silver Deposit (intersections including 14.4m @ 10.58% Zn, 28.7g/t Ag from 51.8m and 22.3m @ 23% Zn, 5.1g/t Ag from 101.5m).

There are numerous underexplored targets within the 120km strike length of the mineralized trend, including the Tornado copper prospect where 10 grab samples yielded >1% Cu up to 32% Cu in gossans.

American West Metals has an option to earn an 80% interest in the Storm Project.

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Written By Adam Orlando
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