Gold Duke Project

Western Gold identifies nickel-platinum-palladium anomalies at Gold Duke Project, WA

Western Gold Resources (ASX:WGR) reports it has identified several new mafic intrusions hosting nickel-platinum-palladium (Ni-PGE) targets over a 3.6km strike length at its Gold Duke Project, located west of Wiluna in Western Australia.

The company notes that the targets were identified following a recent geochemical sampling program, where 1,014 soil samples were collected and submitted for Ultrafine+ analysis at LabWest Laboratory in Perth.

Commenting on the results, WGR Managing Director Warren Thorne said: “The identification of these extensive (3.6km) mafic hosted nickel-platinum-palladium anomalies are a very exciting development which stems from our ongoing collaboration with the CSIRO in utilising their proprietary Ultrafine+ geochemical sampling technique.

It’s rare to see such a large, strong, and coherent nickel-platinum-palladium anomaly from geochemical sampling and this represents a compelling drill target in a completely unexplored area which could host a komatiite style nickel sulphide deposit with high-grade platinum and palladium.

These results are expected to be the first of many across both our projects in the coming months

These results are expected to be the first of many across both our projects in the coming months.”

Western Gold will expedite an in-fill and extensional geochemical survey to follow up the ‘highly encouraging’ first pass regional soil sampling results prior to an extensive geophysics campaign with targeted Moving Loop EM (MLEM) ahead of drilling.

Soil sampling was conducted on a 200m line spacing by 25m sample intervals, with infill 100m by 25m lines, testing extensions of targets defined by previous exploration results and geophysical surveys.

Initial interpretation of the Ultrafine gold and multi-element results has generated four high-priority targets at two new prospects, Duran’s and Big Z’s.

The Duran’s prospect is hosted within ultramafics of the Joyners Find Shear Zone and is located to the west of the Eagle deposit and east of the Wren drilling that has been explored as part of WGR’s 2022 drilling program.

Three targets, A, B, and C have been defined within a broader +320ppm Ni contour with Pt+Pd values of >15ppb.

Western Gold Resources reports that the next steps for the company include undertaking further soil sampling to north and south of Duran’s Ni-Pt-Pd prospect.

On receipt of updated UFF+ soil results, geophysical surveys will be commissioned across the targets, followed by drilling in Q4 2022.

WGR’s systematic approach to exploration continues to add value to the Gold Duke Project.

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