Western Mines launches RC drilling at Mulga Tank

Western Mines Group (ASX:WMG) has kicked off a reverse circulation (RC) drilling program at its Mulga Tank Nickel-Copper-Platinum Group Elements (Ni-Cu-PGE) Project in Western Australia.

An initial program of 18 holes for 5,400m of drilling has been designed to test the extent of the shallow disseminated nickel sulphide mineralisation observed across the centre of the Mulga Tank Complex. 

The holes are spread over a 2,000m-by-1,000m area to test for shallow mineralisation down to 300m in the centre of the complex. 

Western Australia’s Department of Mines, Industry Regulation and Safety (DMIRS) has approved the $16.34 million market capitalisation company’s second Program of Work (PoW) for an additional 40 drillholes within tenement E39/2132, adding to the original 30-hole budget from the first PoW application. 

Commenting on the ongoing activities, Western Mines Group Managing Director Caedmon Marriott says: “It’s great to see us entering a new phase of our exploration at Mulga Tank with the mobilisation of a second rig to the project and the commencement of this RC drilling program. 

we hope the results may yield an initial exploration target size for Type 2 Mt Keith-style mineralisation at the project”

The initial 18-hole program is designed to quickly test a fairly large area across the centre of the main body of the complex. The program aims to look for the lateral continuity of the shallow disseminated nickel sulphide mineralisation — seen in the top few hundred metres from hole MTD022 in the west, across to recent hole MTD027 in the east — as well as explore for zones of richer disseminated mineralisation. 

The holes are pretty wide-spaced, at approximately 500m x 300m spacing, and will cover an area of 2,000m x 1,000m, attempting to drill to a target depth of ~300m. If the drilling program is successful, we hope the results may yield an initial exploration target size for Type 2 Mt Keith-style mineralisation at the project.”

Western Mines Group is an ASX-listed mineral exploration company focused on discovering ‘high-value’ gold and nickel sulphide deposits across a portfolio of ‘highly prospective’ projects located on ‘major’ mineral belts of Western Australia. 

As of 30 June 2023, the company had $3.272 million cash and cash equivalents at hand, according to its latest quarterly report.

Write to Aaliyah Rogan at Mining.com.au 

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