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Western Mines onto maiden WA nickel-copper diamond probe

ASX-listed mineral explorer Western Mines Group has launched a maiden diamond drilling campaign at its flagship Mulga Tank nickel-copper-PGE project, on the Minigwal Greenstone Belt, in Western Australia’s Eastern Goldfields region.

The company’s 10-hole, 4050 metre probe will look to test a string of drill-ready targets unveiled through earlier work.

Western Mines initially proposed a nine-hole, 3750m diamond drilling campaign to investigate a series of drill targets identified through a recently completed high-powered Moving Loop Electromagnetic survey.

However, that all changed following the completion of additional targeting work around a conductor bedrock anomaly in the north west sector or ‘Panhandle’ section of the Mulga Tank intrusion.

Within the area, exploration identified four additional bedrock conductor targets with shallower up dip components, that will be tested with the additional drill hole.

The company says the campaign could run for around three months, with each of the 10 holes taking between eight and 15 days to complete.

The position of the drill holes was delineated through a combination of geophysical modelling, geological interpretation of the Mulga Tank intrusion and geochemical work that has allowed Western Mines to vector in on its targets.

The company says the program could be expanded a second time if encouraging portable X-ray fluorescence and drillhole electromagnetic results are scored.

Western Mines is close to pocketing $200,000 following the sale of its iron ore rights of its Pavarotti project, that is about 50km from Southern Cross in WA and says the proceeds could drive further expansion of Mulga Tank through additional drilling.

With the Perth-based explorer pouring a significant amount of time and energy into the relatively unexplored terrain in the eastern Yilgarn Craton, its Mulga Tank ground is shaping up to be a worthy contender for the company’s flagship crown.

Western Mines only recently expanded its Mulga Tank holdings by purchasing some adjacent acreage from Duketon Mining, that saw the company expand its landholdings from 113 to 395 square kilometres.

The move also saw the mineral explorer claim around 37km of strike and a majority of the Minigwal Greenstone Belt.

According to the company its Mulga Tank tenure shows clear evidence of a working nickel-copper-PGE mineral system and demonstrates potential for both sulphide mineralisation and orogenic gold.

The drill-hole-to-mineralisation ratio is likely the strongest indicator of the region’s prospectivity.

Interestingly, only around a dozen holes over 200m deep have been sunk across the project area, with nearly all recording nickel-copper-PGE mineralisation.

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

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