The Plumridge Nickel Project consists of eight exploration licences covering 2,500 square kilometres in the northern Fraser Range Province, about 200 kilometres north of IGO’s Nova nickel-copper-cobalt operation and 120 kilometres south of the Tropicana gold operation.
Plumridge Nickel Project location map
IGO is the project manager and is currently sole funding all exploration activities. It has now commenced drilling at the Mafic target in the southern end of the project.
The Mafic target has recently been identified by IGO, with a moving loop electromagnetic (MLEM) survey following up a 2018 Spectrem airborne electromagnetic (AEM) anomaly.
Drilling will then be completed at the Perle, Mosaic and Narwhal targets.
These targets have been identified using a combination of AEM and MLEM surveys as well as first pass aircore (AC) drilling.
The targets are considered prospective for Nova-style magmatic sulphide mineralisation (nickel-copper) and Andromedastyle volcanogenic massive sulphide mineralisation (copper-zinc).
IGO plans to drill at least one reverse circulation (RC) hole into each of the targets, with down hole EM surveys completed to assist with the detection of off-hole conductors that may represent additional drill targets.
The 2018 regional AC drilling program identified several new target areas that require infill AC drilling to define favourable lithologies and/or geochemistry.
IGO’s regional AC drill program has also recommenced for the 2019 field season and is anticipated to be completed by the end of June 2019.