Adavale Drilling Kabanga Jirani Nickel

Maiden drilling program ahead of schedule at Adavale’s Kabanga Jirani Nickel project

Adavale Resources Limited (ASX: ADD) has reported that the company’s maiden drilling program at their Kabanga Jirani Nickel Project in Tanzania has commenced ahead of schedule this week.

Their fully funded program will include approximately 3,000m of diamond drilling across several expected targets on 4 of their 7 100% owned prospecting licences.

Adavale mobilised a drill rig, support equipment and operational staff well ahead of schedule to ensure the Company met its commitment to shareholders, to commence drilling on time. All targets have been meticulously verified through modelling of their geochemical and geophysical work.

Kabanga Jirani Nickel Project

Adavale’s 100%-owned Kabanga Jirani Nickel Project is located in Kagera, Tanzania. The company holds 7 prospecting licences and for a total area of approximately 1,145 km2:

Adjacent to Kabanga Nickel Deposit

Adavale’s tenure is located along the Karagwe-Ankolean system in Tanzania and is proximal to the renowned Kabanga Nickel Deposit, one of the world’s largest undeveloped, high-grade nickel sulphide resources with 58Mt @2.62% Ni, which equates to an in-situ value of approximately A$36 billion in contained nickel at current prices.

Exploration update

The company has undertaken extensive exploration work to refine drill targets for the maiden drilling program.

The drill bit is now turning on the first of 6 initial targets, all of which have been modelled and verified using coincident multi vector geochemical and geophysical results that are indicative of underlying mineralisation including:

  • Coincident elevated Ni and Cu anomalies at surface
  • Magnetic lows indicative of an ultramafic intrusion
  • Conductors identified through NSAMT
  • Conductors identified through TDEM

An additional 12 targets within the same 4 licences are currently being scrutinised and modelled prior to final verification for drilling.

Multiple drill targets

Adavale’s initial exploration program has successfully identified 18 targets across 4 licences; Kabanga N, Kabanga E, Kabanga W and Kabanga NE. Sufficient follow up surveys have been conducted to identify 6 high quality targets, namely targets 1, 2, 3, 6, 8 and 10b (see below).

Additionally, targets 5, 11, 12, 15, and 16 (see below) have prospective features including high quality geochemical and Natural Source Audio- Frequency Magnetotelluric (NSAMT/AMT) anomalies. Once the magnetic and Time-Domain Electromagnetic (TDEM/EM) data has been modelled these targets will be prioritised and drilled accordingly.

Location of Geophysical Targets overlying airborne magnetics
Map of geophysical targets overlying airborne magnetics at Kabanga Jirani

The Company’s staged exploration approach means that there will be more targets to come with initial field work at the Burigi, Burigi North and the recently awarded Ruiza NE licence now underway.

We now have multiple initial drill targets and Target 1 ticked a lot of boxes from the outset so we are excited to see the forthcoming drill core”

Management comments

Adavale CEO Allan Ritchie said: “Commencement of the first drilling program is a significant milestone for any explorer. We now have multiple initial drill targets and Target 1 ticked a lot of boxes from the outset so we are excited to see the forthcoming drill core.

From Company restructure, licence acquisition, through field exploration, data interpretation to commencement of drilling in the space of 10 months is a remarkable achievement.

We look forward to updating our shareholders with continuous announcements over the coming weeks and months.”

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Written By Jonathan Norris
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