Aldoro Resources (ASX: ARN) says its field program has identified two key nickel-copper gossans at its Narndee nickel-copper-platinum group elements (PGE) project in Western Australia and phase one drilling will start this month.
The company reported its field activities at the Narndee Igneous Complex have progressed well in preparing for the upcoming drilling campaign.
All access tracks and pad clearing have been completed at the VC1 and VC11 targets.
Field reconnaissance has identified several areas for follow-up work, including evidence of historical activity not yet captured in digital format.
The reconnaissance program aimed to validate geological mapping, confirm historical records of gossan outcrops and geochemical anomalies, and identify evidence of historical exploration activity.
“The company is pleased to report that the program was successful on all fronts, with the highlight being the confirmation of two key gossan outcrops,” Aldoro said.
Exploration progress makes big strides
Aldoro is one of the players hoping to replicate the now-famed Julimar nickel-copper-PGE discovery.
Progress has been rapid.
In October, Aldoro kicked off exploration at Narndee to confirm that it was sitting on a large nickel-copper-PGE deposit.
In November, only a month after starting work, the company announced it had already identified 16 “major” targets.
Of those 16 targets, seven were bedrock conductors and nine were described as broad, deeper anomalies.
Then in March, Aldoro reported that early results from its high-power fixed loop ground electromagnetic survey confirmed there were, indeed, bedrock conductors at Narndee.
That indicates the “strong likelihood” of sulphides as well as reduces the chances of selecting false-positive anomalies when it gets to the stage of deciding on drilling targets.
Big location savings made
The work at Narndee has been aided by the station owner of the property that contains the Narndee project. That owner owns a front-end loader which Aldoro has been using for track clearing and drill-pad preparation.
This has meant “significant” savings on mobilisation costs given the homestead is just 9km from the VC1 target.
Moreover, the homestead has made available accommodation, office space, catering, and communications to the field team.
Apart from general cost savings, it saved Aldoro having to build a construction camp at the project.
The company’s other nickel-copper-PGE projects include the Cathedrals Belt nickel project, with a “significant” tenement holding surrounding St George Mining’s (ASX: SGQ) Mt Alexander project, the Leinster nickel project, and the Windimurra Igneous Complex (nickel-copper-PGE plus lithium).