Year in Review: Western Mines Group stays active with drilling campaigns in 2022

Western Mines Group (ASX:WMG) was active with its drill programs throughout 2022 and also executed the sale of the iron ore rights at the Pavarotti Project, providing the company with a little more exploration capital.

For the most part, the company’s main focus has been the flagship Mulga Tank Ni-Cu-PGE Project, on the Minigwal Greenstone Belt, in Western Australia’s Eastern Goldfields.

Early on in the year, Western Mines Group completed the long-running Moving Loop Electromagnetic (MLEM) survey at Mulga Tank which identified 12 major bedrock anomalies.

An initial diamond drilling program totaling 4,050m was also completed on 20 April, setting the stage for the rest of the year for the junior exploration company.

H1 2022 defined by active drilling and positive results

In early 2022, the company completed the long-running MLEM survey at the flagship Mulga Tank Project. The survey identified 12 major bedrock anomalies and subsequent targeting work had defined numerous exciting drill targets that was scheduled to be tested with an initial 10-hole diamond drilling program totalling 4,050m.

This drilling program commenced after the quarter end on 20 April 2022.

During the quarter Western Mines Group also successfully negotiated the sale of the iron ore rights at the Pavarotti Project (tenements E77/2478 and E77/2746) to Mineral Resources (ASX:MIN). A cash payment of $200,000 was received after the quarter end, with a potential royalty payable to Western Mines Group of up to 1.25% also part of the sale consideration.

The company maintains 100% of the rights to all other mineral commodities within the tenements and continues to remain focused on the Ni-Cu-PGE potential of the project.

The June quarter was a significant one for Western Mines Group

The June quarter was a significant one for Western Mines Group. The company’s principal focus for the quarter was the flagship Mulga Tank Ni-Cu-PGE Project. Exploration targeting work was completed at the beginning of the period which defined numerous drill targets to be tested with an initial ten-hole diamond drilling program totaling 4,050m.

Drilling commenced on 20 April 2022, with 7 of the holes completed during the quarter and the remainder completed in July. The drill program has tested a range of exploration targets across the Mulga Tank Ultramafic Complex with its systematic exploration approach building a robust exploration model for the discovery of nickel sulphide mineralisation within this large and highly prospective ultramafic body.

2H 2022 spent focused on Mulga Tank

For Q3 2022, the company’s principal focus for the period was the flagship Mulga Tank Ni Cu-PGE Project where it completed a 10-hole diamond drilling program, totaling 3,990m, at the end July.

The program was designed to test a wide range of geological and geophysical drill targets based on the company’s exploration targeting work.

Earlier in December, the company completed diamond drillhole MTD022, and wedge MTD022W1, at Mulga Tank.

Hole MTD022 was designed to test the centre of the W Conductor MLEM anomaly (~2,000 3,000S) and follow-up on phase one holes MTD012 and MTD013 that showed multiple occurrences of visible nickel sulphide veins.

The company has designed a 6-hole diamond drilling program, totaling 4,000-5,000m, to test a number of follow-up targets based on the results of the company’s first drilling program and ongoing exploration targeting work.

The targets and drillholes selected are based on a combination of geophysical modelling of recent Down Hole Electromagnetic (DHEM) results and previous MLEM results along with geological interpretation of the complex and geochemical vectoring work.

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Written By Adam Orlando
Mining.com.au Editor-in-Chief Adam Orlando has more than 20 years’ experience in the media having held senior roles at various publications, including as Asia-Pacific Sector Head (Mining) at global newswire Acuris (formerly Mergermarket). Orlando has worked in newsrooms around the world including Hong Kong, Singapore, London, and Sydney.