Chalice gets environmental approval for Julimar to stage up

Chalice Mining’s plan for initial low-impact drilling at the Hartog and Baudin targets at its Julimar nickel-copper-platinum group element (PGE) project in Western Australia (WA) has been approved by the state government.

The Stage 2 conservation management plan (CMP) sets out strict environmental requirements governing initial low-impact drilling activity at the priority targets, located within the Julimar State Forest.

No mechanised clearing of vegetation is required to access drill sites. Vegetation disturbance will be avoided where possible by using existing recreational tracks.

Chalice has conducted extensive flora and fauna surveys covering an area of approximately 5700 hectares (ha) to inform the drilling program.

A key condition of the CMP includes monitoring by qualified fauna observers throughout the program to ensure there is no direct impact to wildlife.

A maximum operational footprint of 4.4ha across the approximately 2000ha Hartog-Baudin target area is allowed under the CMP.

Cultural heritage surveys and advice received from Yued and Whadjuk Traditional Owner groups have confirmed that no cultural heritage sites are affected by the drilling program.

The drilling program is expected to have no impact on the ongoing recreational use of the forest.

In January last year, Chalice received permission to extend exploration for the project to the Julimar State Forest, making it the first nickel-copper-PGE exploration activities within the state forest.

The company’s G1 to G4 zones at the Gonneville Intrusion were extended, while four new high-grade PGE-nickel-copper-cobalt-gold zones have been identified in the G8 to G11 zones.

The 100 per cent owned Julimar project covers the roughly 26km long, largely unexplored Julimar Intrusive Complex, with the Gonneville resource interpreted to cover just 7 per cent of the extensive complex.

The Julimar discovery has defined the new West Yilgarn nickel-copper-PGE province in WA, an almost entirely unexplored mineral province that is interpreted to extend for approximately 1200km along the western margin of the Yilgarn Craton.

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