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Premium Nickel’s Selkirk in Botswana is WhyAfrica’s Pick Of The Week

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Botswana presents several opportunities for exploration projects. Selkirk is an historical mine located close to Francistown in Botswana. Image credit: Leon Louw for WhyAfrica

Premium Nickel’s Selkirk in Botswana is WhyAfrica’s Pick Of The Week

Canadian headquartered Premium Nickel Resources (PNRL) has confirmed continuous visible sulphides along an exploration drift at the historic Selkirk nickel-copper-cobalt-platinum (Ni-Cu-Co-PGE) mine close to Francistown in Botswana.

The exploration drift extends 144m across the interpreted primary sulphide horizon in a southwestern direction from the previous mining operations.

According to Keith Morrison, CEO of PNRL, the company collected and submitted twenty 10-kilogram grab samples from this exploration drift for assay to determine the variability in the grade of the mineralisation.

Redevelopment of historic mine (Premium Nickel’s Selkirk in Botswana is WhyAfrica’s Pick Of The Week)

The past-producing Selkirk Mine is located 28km south-east of the town of Francistown, Botswana and 75km north of PNRL’s 100% owned flagship asset, Selebi Mine.

PNRL has been carrying out due diligence on the historic Selkirk Mine since 2021 to substantiate a plan for its redevelopment, including the feasibility of producing separate nickel and copper concentrates with potentially significant PGE content.

Recently, the company announced that it had completed a concept-level metallurgical study in support of this process.

Production at the Selkirk Mine took place between 1989 and 2002 with Anglo American mining high grade Ni-Cu massive sulphides and producing one million tonnes at 2.6% Ni and 1.5% Cu.

In 2007, LionOre Mining International published a technical report in accordance with NI 43-101, which reported a historic indicated mineral resource estimate of 6.0 million tonnes (Mt) grading 1.06% Nickel and 0.36% Copper at a cut-off grade of 0.75% Ni.

The technical report was prepared for LionOre by TMP Consulting. LionOre acquired Selkirk from Russain company Norilsk Nickel through a purchase agreement in October 2014.

Norilsk was preparing Selkirk as an open pit operation and had completed Definitive Feasibility Studies in 2012 and 2013 (Nornickel Annual Reports).

“The assay results from the legacy underground exploration drift at Selkirk confirm the lateral continuity of the Ni-Cu-Co-PGE mineralisation.

“Additional assays from a sperate drillhole are consistent with the previously released historical drill holes but over a narrower interval (25.62m) as this drillhole is located along the edge of the Selkirk mineralisation,” explains Morrison.

The Selkirk Ni-Cu-Co-PGE deposit is classified as a magmatic sulphide deposit, with massive and local vein type sulphides, but primarily occurs as a homogenous, uniformly distributed, disseminated sulphide zone hosted within a taxitic metagabbro.

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