Aldoro Resources (ASX: ARN) is gearing up for a 66-hole drilling program at its Niobe lithium and rubidium project in Western Australia, following positive assays from its Narndee Igneous complex nickel and copper project last week.
The reverse circulation (RC) rig has arrived on site at Niobe and will be used for a 66-hole for 3,730m drilling program at the project.
Drilling will kick off at the Niobe East pegmatite system with the aim of increasing the exploration target, which was developed on limited historical drilling and recent rock chip assays.
The drilling campaign is also designed to test the Breakaway and Niobe Southeast pegmatites where rock chip sampling returned anomalous lithium and rubidium.
All-up 46 rock chip samples were collected from Breakaway, Niobe Eat and Niobe Southeast.
These returned peak values of 9,307 parts per million rubidium, 0.40% lithium and 1,934ppm tantalum.
The average rubidium value returned was 1,892ppm, with a range of 34.7ppm to 9,307ppm, while the mean lithium value was 0.0725% with a range of 0.005% to 0.40%.
Narndee Igneous Complex drill results
As Aldoro readies to drill Niobe, it has received assays from the VC1 and VC3 targets within its Narndee Igneous Complex project.
At VC1, drilling intercepted 2.05m at 1% nickel, 0.21% copper and 0.06% cobalt from 212.75m; 80.9m at 0.26% nickel, 0.07% copper and 0.02% cobalt from 192m, including 1m at 1.35% nickel, 0.36% copper and 0.09% cobalt from 271.9m; and 55.6m at 0.19% nickel, 0.06% copper and 0.01% cobalt from 246m, including 0.38m at 1.11% nickel, 0.04% copper and 0.07% cobalt from 301.22m.
Over at VC3, one hole was drilled to a 654.9m depth and ended in 31.3% magnesium and 0.22% nickel.
Aldoro is completing a large loop high powered electromagnetic survey over the VC1, VC3 and VC11 targets to identify deeper or very high conductance targets that may have been difficult to see with the versatile time domain electromagnetic system.
Following the survey, Aldoro will undertake mapping and sampling across any conductors that have been generated. The company will then complete target ranking, surface electromagnetic work and drilling.