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Auroch cranks out more WA nickel hits at Saints

Auroch Minerals has booked more high-grade nickel sulphide results at its Saints nickel project in WA, following on from impressive intersections reported just a fortnight ago. Diamond drilling at both the Saint Andrews and Saint Patricks orebodies has yielded some high-grade results as the company looks to complete a scoping study over the wider Saints project in WA’s northern goldfields.

The company said a drill hole at the Saint Andrews deposit returned results totalling 6.92m at 2.42 per cent nickel, 0.17 per cent copper and 0.63 grams per tonne of platinum group elements, including individual samples grading up to a sizzling 8.8 per cent nickel.

The drill-hole, part of the current infill programme, intersected massive nickel sulphides in two zones according to the company, both in the upper hanging-wall zone and in the lower zone just above the basal contact.

Auroch said assays are still pending for several mineralised samples immediately above the intersection that could further increase the width of the upper mineralised zone.

The company is aiming to upgrade the current Saints mineral resource estimate, or “MRE” of 1.02 million tonnes at 2.0 per cent nickel for 21,400 tonnes of contained nickel from an Inferred Resource category to a predominantly Indicated Resource category.

Auroch said ten drill-holes have been completed for a total of 2,667m, including three holes for metallurgical test work sampling that is required for the scoping study.

This is an excellent result for the first hole of our current diamond drill programme at Saints, confirming two zones of high-grade nickel sulphide mineralisation at Saint Andrews, with individual assays as high as 8.83 per cent nickel.

With 10 drill-holes now complete, we are working hard to fast-track assay results so that we can commence work on upgrading the Saints Resource, as well as commencing metallurgical testwork from the composite drill core samples.

Late last month, Auroch reported two diamond drill holes into the neighbouring Saint Patricks orebody that successfully intersected massive nickel sulphides on the basal contact, with the first hole intersecting 3.01 metres of massive nickel sulphides from 177.08m and the second intersecting 0.84m from 177.73m.

With a super charged nickel price re-writing records and headlines across the globe, Auroch may have picked the right time to start putting some serious numbers into the scoping study for its Saints nickel project.

Is your ASX-listed company doing something interesting? Contact: matt.birney@wanews.com.au

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