Galileo Mining Ltd (ASX: GAL) has announced the commencement of the 2021 exploration field programs at the Company’s Fraser Range nickel project in Western Australia.
The company said that the exploration activities started with electromagnetic (EM) surveying targeting conductors associated with nickel sulphide mineralisation.
GAL said that the preparation for the first RC drilling program of 2021 is underway with drilling on track to begin mid-February.
2021 exploration field programs
The company announced that the exploration activities have begun at its Fraser Range nickel project in Western Australia.
GAL reported that the geophysical survey teams are now undertaking electro-magnetic (EM) programs aiming to define conductive anomalies associated with nickel sulphide mineralisation for drill testing.
The company said that EM surveying is underway at the Delta Blues prospect where drilling in late 2019 had intersected nickel prospective host rocks with weathered sulphides observed in petrology samples.
Galileo said that an RC drilling rig has been contracted to undertake a drilling program at the Lantern Prospects commencing in mid-February.
The company said that the key targets for initial drilling campaign are an EM conductor on the margin of a large intrusion (Lantern East) and sulphide mineralisation associated with an ultramafic intrusion (Lantern South). GAL said that approximately 1,200 metres of drilling are planned at the Lantern East and Lantern South prospects.
The company said that the drilling is planned at the Lantern South prospect to follow up on sulphide mineralisation previously intercepted which included 41 metres @ 0.19% nickel and 0.14% copper from 55m in LARC012.
Strong nickel prices drive exploration
Galileo reported that it is set to advance nickel sulphide prospects at Fraser Range and Norseman off the back of strong nickel price. The nickel prices have currently advanced over US$18,000/t.
Galileo Managing Director Brad Underwood said: “We are very pleased to be back working in the field at our Fraser Range Project where we have already identified small but significant amounts of nickel sulphide in a greenfields environment with potential for major discoveries.
The EM surveys which started this week are designed to locate conductors that could be associated with nickel sulphide mineralisation. Additionally, drilling in February aims to test a well-developed conductive anomaly at the Lantern East Prospect as well as focussing on the existing sulphide mineralisation at the Lantern South Prospect.
We are a nickel sulphide explorer with a strategy of making greenfields discoveries in known mineralised provinces at our Fraser Range and Norseman Projects. With the price of nickel exceeding US$18,000/t this is a great time to be exploring for nickel sulphide. A discovery in 2021 could be transformational for the Company.”