Ardea Resources tracks down high-grade nickel sulphides in WA
Ardea Resources looks to be on target with its drilling at Emu Lake, north east of Kalgoorlie in WA, recently intersecting high-grade nickel sulphides. The company’s exploration campaign is aimed at testing a series of deeper electromagnetic, or “EM” conductors along strike from the main Binti sulphide discovery, with drilling returning 4.8 metres at 1.44 per cent nickel, including 1.1m at a stunning 4.78 per cent nickel from 365.9m down-hole.
The successful intersection of strong nickel sulphide mineralisation more than 500m south of the main Binti zone now opens up the discovery along more than a kilometre of strike. Down-hole EM has also lit up targets at depth, hinting that the Emu Lake system may have a similar architecture to the neighbouring Silver Swan discovery west of Ardea’s ground.
Ardea’s Emu Lake project is 70km north-east of Kalgoorlie and sits just 35km to the east of the former Black and Silver Swan nickel mines in Western Australia. The company’s tenure covers an area of more than 240 sq.km and includes the nickeliferous ultramafic stratigraphy of the Kalpini greenstone belt, which extends for more than 20km through the project area
With Ardea having now proven its exploration model at Binti South and the company planning additional geophysical surveying and systematic extensional drilling to chase nickel lodes to depth, the company could be on a path to tracking down its own Silver Swan in the depths of Emu Lake.