Albion Resources (ASX: ALB) has confirmed several nickel-copper drill targets on its Leinster project following an UltraFine + soil geochemistry program.
The Australian CSIRO has developed the UltraFine + technology which makes it possible to analyze soil particles smaller than 2 microns.
Albion carried out the soil geochemistry program on potential ultramafic rocks as part of its recently awarded Leinster project, 30 km south of Leinster in Western Australia.
Approximately 500 samples were collected and were subjected to multi-element analysis to identify extensions of previously identified nickel mineralization.
The company noted that its project is adjacent to BHP’s Weebo nickel deposit (ASX: BHP) and covers the same sulphide conductor unit as Auroch Minerals’ Horn prospect (ASX: AOU) and other targets within his own Leinster project.
Preparation of the inaugural drilling program
The soil sampling program using UltraFine + will help firm up drill targets for a first reverse circulation program.
Albion plans to complete up to 12 holes over 1,800m, which test previously intercepted nickel mineralization.
Historic shallow drilling for the project exposed 4 m at 5,060 parts per million of nickel. Mineralization has not been tested at depths less than 100 m.
In preparation for drilling, a work program has been approved for Leinster.
In total, the Leinster project covers 42 square kilometers of land.
Activities since ASX registration
Albion has been busy since listing on ASX in late April following a successful $ 5 million IPO.
His goal since listing has been to advance the Lennard Shelf Project approximately 30 km southeast of Fitzroy Crossing in the Kimberley of WA.
The land is located in the Mississippi Valley zinc-lead province and includes four sub-projects covering 393 km².
Limited regional exploration has been undertaken in the region since the 1980s despite significant historic mines, notably Pillara (19.3 Mt at 7.8% zinc and 2.6% lead) and the Cadjebut Trend (16, 4 Mt at 8.9% zinc and 5% lead).
Albion conducted a historical exploration review of its Pillara East subproject and identified numerous rock chip samples with high zinc, lead and copper content.
The best results were 36% lead, 35.7% lead, 27.5% zinc, 26.1% zinc, 3.66% copper and 3.65% copper.