By L.M. Louw
12 April 2021- Getting good results from exploration drilling for a metal that could possibly become one of the most sought after in the not-too-distant future in a low-risk African country, sounds almost too good to be true, right? Well, you better believe it. London listed Power Metal Resources has confirmed significant nickel (Ni) intersections at its Molopo Farm Complex in Botswana.
The drilling programme at the Kalahari Key Mineral Exploration or Molopo Farms Complex (MFC) Project is targeting prospective magmatic intrusion-hosted massive nickel sulphide and platinum-group element (PGE) mineralisation in Botswana. MFC is a district scale exploration play close to Gaborone, the capital of Botswana, in the south-west of the country.
After extensive preparatory exploration work over a number of years, MFC advanced to commence exploration drilling in 2020. Diamond drilling got underway in October 2020 amidst the Covid-19 pandemic, and to date three holes have been completed.
According to Paul Johnson, CEO of Power Metal Resources, examination of the drill core to date has demonstrated the geological model for the presence of a magmatic feeder zone prospective for the accumulation of Ni/PGE sulphides in the intrusive system.
More recently, core samples were sent to the Geology Department of the University of Witwatersrand in Johannesburg for thin section mineralogical analysis. This analysis confirmed the presence of nickel sulphides in the drill core adding more weight to the geological proposition.
Results have now been received from Scientific Services Geological Laboratories where drill core samples from hole KKME 1-6 were sent for assay testing.
“Significant nickel intersections have been confirmed by the first batch of assay results received for the diamond drilling at the MFC Project. Recognising these drill results come from early-stage reconnaissance drilling it is extremely positive to identify nickel mineralisation. As only select intervals of drill core were sent for laboratory assay all five of the significant drill intersections can be considered open until the intervening samples are analysed.
These results corroborate the earlier identification of Pentlandite, the primary nickel sulphide mineral, in the mineralogical samples previously submitted to Witwatersrand University,” says Johnson.
“The nickel mineralisation encountered in this drill hole includes sections at grades that have been found to be economic in similar geologies and given the scale of the inferred feeder zone being investigated there is a good prospect of further positive results as exploration continues,” Johnson adds.
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