Farrell is a gold and base metals geologist with 18 years’ experience and expertise in exploration and resource development in Australia and other countries.
He has significant experience in project generation, multi-disciplinary feasibility studies and development strategy.
Ward is a senior geophysicist with 24 years’ experience in mineral exploration in Australia, Africa, North America and Russia, and project experience in exploring for gold, base metals, iron ore, minerals sands and diamonds.
He is also an active member of the Australian Society of Exploration Geophysicists (ASEG).
“Part of our next steps”
Nelson Resources executive director and CEO Adam Schofield said: “Over the last two year we have pulled together a significant 934 square kilometre tenure package in the highly prospective Fraser Range.
“The appointment of these highly skilled individuals to our exploration team is a significant part of our next steps towards our company goal of making significant discoveries in the area.”
Executing systematic exploration
The new exploration manager said: “I’m thrilled to join a company with such a significant landholding in an underexplored area and a focus on exploring for large-scale deposits.”
Farrell added: “I am really looking forward to working with Nelson’s CEO Adam Schofield. Adam is a true explorationist and is focused on developing cost-effective and efficient technologies for large-scale collection of exploration data.
“I will be working closely with Adam to develop systematic exploration programs where we see a high proportion of the budget going into the ground for discovery.”
Ward said: “I am excited to be working with the Nelson Resources geoscience team on high-quality tenure close to producing mines.
“The geophysical responses of the nearby deposits are well known and there is every opportunity that the signature of these mines will be detected on our tenements.
“There is a surprisingly little cover over much of this ground, so fast and inexpensive geophysical techniques should work well.”
“Our in-house ability to acquire and interpret large volumes of geophysical data adds significant value to projects such as Woodline and produces drill-ready targets.”
Key focus areas
Nelson’s key focus is on its 828-square-kilometre Woodline Project, on the boundary of the Albany Fraser Oregon and the Norseman-Wiluna Greenstone belt, which it believes could host a Tropicana-style deposit that produces around 450,000 ounces of gold per annum.
In the north of the Woodline area, the Archean greenstone-hosted Socrates prospect already has a series of high-grade gold results from reverse circulation (RC) drilling which show continuous mineralisation over a strike length of nearly 400 metres.
Besides this, the company’s Tempest project, around 80 kilometres northeast of the Nova mine and adjacent to the Thunderstorm project, is prospective for nickel-copper sulphides and gold which is highlighted by the work that is on-going on the neighbouring tenement.
The company plans to undertake geophysics programs aimed at mapping the extent of the paleochannel and defining RC drill targets for 2021.