Galileo Mining is on the lookout for its next nickel target in Western Australia’s Fraser Range region, which houses IGO’s Nova nickel mine.
The company has started electromagnetic (EM) surveying at its tenements in the Fraser Range, aiming to define the most prospective zones for nickel sulphide mineralisation before commencing drilling in July.
After 18 months of studying the area, Galileo managing director Brad Underwood believes the company’s tenements within the Fraser Range boast similar rocks to those at the Nova mine.
“We have spent 18 months developing our understanding of the nickel potential at our Fraser Range tenements,” Underwood said.
“We now know we have similar host rocks to those at the operating Nova nickel mine and our first reverse circulation (RC) drilling program in the area showed disseminated nickel-copper sulphides.
Galileo’s first round of EM surveying is designed to refine the targets for more advanced drill testing. When these results are available, Galileo will finalise its RC and diamond drilling programs to capitalise on the region.
Galileo is currently completing fixed loop electro-magnetic (FLEM) surveying of the Lantern North and South prospects, which is expected to be finished within the next fortnight.
It has already completed 8839 metres of shallow aircore drilling at the Lantern prospect, assays for which are pending.
Initial surveying at Lantern North showed a “significant” response over a 1500 metre zone, while early RC drilling at Lantern South yielded results of 12 metres at 0.38 per cent nickel and 0.33 per cent copper.
Further upcoming works at the Lantern prospect include integration of aircore drilling data into nickel prospectivity maps, FLEM surveying of prospective zones identified in Galileo’s 2019 moving loop electro-magnetic (MLEM) survey and RC and diamond drill testing.
Galileo will keep the market updated of exploration developments from the testing and surveying within the Fraser Range.