The Prospector News

NiCAN Announces Initial Set of Assays from 2024 Drilling, including 45.5 Meters at 1.55% NiEq at the Wine Project, Manitoba

You have opened a direct link to the current edition PDF

Open PDF Close
Uncategorized

Share this news article

NiCAN Announces Initial Set of Assays from 2024 Drilling, including 45.5 Meters at 1.55% NiEq at the Wine Project, Manitoba

 

 

 

 

 

NiCAN Limited (TSX-V: NICN) (FRA: W8Y) is pleased to report the first set of assay results from its Phase III-B drilling program on the Wine Property located near Snow Lake, Manitoba, Canada (Figure 5). This program expanded the Company’s understanding of several mineralized zones at the Wine Occurrence including defining a new zone to the north. The remaining assays from this program are expected shortly.

 

Highlights:

  • Diamond drill hole Wine 24-1A, drilled to test down plunge of the Main Zone (Table 1 and Figure 2), intersected several zones of mineralization including:
    • 45.5 meters averaging 1.20% Cu and 1.32% Ni (1.55% NiEq), and
    • A new, near surface, zone located immediately to the north averaging 1.40% Cu and 1.63% Ni (1.89% NiEq) over 3.7 meters (Table 1 and Figure 1).
  • Diamond drill hole Wine 24-2 intersected 28.05 meters averaging 1.25% Cu, 0.59% Ni (0.94% NiEq), the deepest and most southerly intersection at the Wine Occurrence to date.

 

Table 1. Highlights from Diamond Drill Holes Wine 24-1, Wine 24-1A and Wine 24-2

 

Hole # From (m) To (m) Length (m) Cu (%) Ni (%) NiEq (%) Co (%) PGMs (g/t)
Wine 24-1 6.75 12.2 5.45 0.71 1.35 1.40 0.07 0.33
Wine 24-1A 7.5 11.2 3.7 1.40 1.63 1.89 0.08 0.61
Wine 24-1A 29.7 75.1 45.5 1.20 1.32 1.55 0.06 0.59
Wine 24-2 76.45 104.5 28.05 1.25 0.59 0.94 0.02 0.66
      Including 76.45 83.0 6.55 1.99 1.24 1.77 0.04 0.70
      Including 87.0 104.5 17.5 1.23 0.45 0.82 0.02 0.77
Note: Nickel equivalent grades include nickel and copper values only and assume recoveries of 85% for nickel and 85% for copper based on comparable deposits. A 6-year trailing average with a Nickel price: US$8.10/lb; Copper price US$3.40/lb.

 

Brad Humphrey, President and CEO of NiCAN, commented, “I am very proud of our team as they were able to rapidly remobilize to the Wine project and complete this additional drilling program in a very condensed timeframe.

 

We continue to be encouraged by the results, with this first set of holes returning impressive grades and widths, including a new near surface zone to the north intersected by holes Wine 24-1 and Wine 24-1A while targeting down plunge of the Main Zone. Hole Wine 24-2 defines our deepest and most southernly mineralized intersection to date and indicates that the zone is plunging steeply to the southeast. Additional work is required to determine the extent of the new Northern Zone and to test if the Main and Upper Zones mineralization extends further to the south.

 

We expect to release the remaining assays from this program shortly. We are also awaiting results from a recently completed, deep penetrating, TDEM survey, which should assist in designing further drill programs to potentially expand the Wine Occurrence and identifying additional zones within the broader Wine Gabbro.”

 

Table 2. Assays from Diamond Drill Holes Wine 24-1, Wine 24-1A and Wine 24-2

 

Hole # From (m) To (m) Length (m) Cu (%) Ni (%) NiEq (%) Co (%) PGM’s (g/t)
Wine 24-1 6.75 12.2 5.45 0.71 1.35 1.40 0.07 0.33
Wine 24-1 23.5 29.0 5.5 0.76 1.58 1.61 0.07 0.58
Wine 24-1 41.6 46.2 4.55 0.92 1.00 1.18 0.05 0.26
Wine 24-1A 7.5 11.2 3.7 1.40 1.63 1.89 0.08 0.61
Wine 24-1A 24.8 26.4 1.6 0.55 0.60 0.71 0.03 0.14
Wine 24-1A 29.7 75.1 45.5 1.20 1.32 1.55 0.06 0.59
Wine 24-2 76.45 104.5 28.05 1.25 0.59 0.94 0.02 0.66
     Including 76.45 83.0 6.55 1.99 1.24 1.77 0.04 0.70
     Including 87.0 104.5 17.5 1.23 0.45 0.82 0.02 0.77
Note: Nickel equivalent grades include nickel and copper values only and assume recoveries of 85% for nickel and 85% for copper based on comparable deposits. A 6-year trailing average with a Nickel price: US$8.10/lb; Copper price US$3.40/lb.

 

Phase III-B Drilling Program – Wine Property

 

The Phase III-B Wine diamond drill program consisted of 8 diamond drill holes for a total of 942 meters following up on the significant results returned from the Phase III drilling program completed in the fourth quarter of 2023 (press release dated January 31, 2024). Diamond drill hole Wine 23-29 intersected an upper, sub-cropping zone, which assayed 2.20% Cu and 1.56% Ni (2.11% NiEq) over 9.6 meters followed by three middle zones that returned lower grade mineralization and the Main Zone returning 31.5 meters at 1.90% Cu and 1.92% Ni (2.31% NiEq). True widths are interpreted to be approximately 80% of intersected widths.

 

The Phase III-B drill program was designed to further drill test the Wine Occurrence in order to better understand the orientation and various zones, and test one greenfield geophysical target to the north.

 

Follow Up Drill Program – Wine Occurrence

 

The Wine Occurrence follow up drilling program was completed in March 2024 with the objective of further defining the Company’s understanding of the configuration of both the Main and Upper Zones.

 

Diamond drill hole Wine 24-1 was designed to define the down plunge extent of the Main Zone; the azimuth was estimated to be too far to the east. The hole intersected the eastern extensions of the Main Zone, and it also intersected a new northern zone over 5.45 meters averaging 1.40% NiEq. Further work is required to determine the extent of this new near surface mineralization.

 

The collar for diamond drill hole Wine 24-1A was from the same drill pad as Wine 24-1 but with an azimuth more to the west. The hole was designed to test the down plunge of the Main Zone to determine its northern extent and verify its strike. The new northern zone was intersected over a length of 3.7 meters averaging 1.89% NiEq. This was followed by a 1.6 meter zone starting at 24.8 meters averaging 0.71% NiEq. The Main Zone mineralization consisting of massive, semi-massive and network sulphides was intersected at a core depth of 29.7 meters to a core depth of 75.1 meters, averaging 1.55% NiEq over 45.5 meters. The strike of the Main Zone may be more northerly than previously interpreted.

 

Diamond drill hole Wine 24-2 was collared to determine if there was a plunge extent to the Upper Zone previously defined in drilling, including drill hole Wine 23-29. While more interpretive work is required, there is an indication that the initial zone intersected at a down hole depth of 76.45 meters, that returned 1.89% NiEq over 6.6 meters, may be the down plunge extension of the Upper Zone. The lower zone (0.88% NiEq over 17.5 meters) of mineralization, which intersected at 87.0 meters down hole is interpreted to be the Main Zone. This is the deepest and most southernly intersection of the Main Zone to date.

 

Note: Only NiCAN holes are displayed.

 

Greenfields Exploration Program – Wine Property

 

One diamond drill hole (Wine 24-5) tested a geophysical target located 550 meters to the northeast of the Wine Occurrence. The hole intersected semi-massive sulphide mineralization over approximately 14 meters, which explained the airborne VTEM conductor. Elevated copper values were returned.

 

Analogies to Historical Lynn Lake Nickel Deposits

 

NiCAN believes that the nickel mineralization hosted by the Wine Gabbro may have analogies to the nickel-copper deposits in the Lynn Lake area, which is to the north of the Wine property. At Lynn Lake, approximately 22.2 million tonnes averaging 1.0% nickel and 0.5% copper were historically mined at the Farley Mine. The Farley Mine consisted of multiple lenses of mineralization contained within a 4.2 km2 gabbro body. The Wine Gabbro area contains numerous similarities and has seen very little exploration for nickel-copper deposits.

 

QAQC

 

All core samples are sent to the ALS Canada Ltd laboratory Winnipeg-Vancouver (an accredited laboratory) by secure transport for base and precious metal assay. Base metals were assayed by their ICP61 package, which includes a total of 34 analytes by 4 acid digestion and ICP-AES (Inductively Coupled Plasma – Atomic Emission Spectroscopy Over-limits for copper and nickel were analyzed by ALS’s 4 acid digestion ICP OG62 package. Fire Assay Techniques (ICP23 package) involved a 30-gram aliquot of sample pulp which was mixed with a standard fire assay flux in a clay crucible. After the mixture was fused, the melt was poured into a form which was cooled. The lead bead was then recovered and cupelled until only the precious metal bead remained. The bead was analysed by ICP-AES

 

Laboratory Quality Control protocols were applied to the assay sample package by ALS. NiCAN submitted a regular schedule of standards, blanks and duplicates into the sample stream for Quality Control measures. Drill core samples are split in half using a diamond saw with half saved for reference and the other half shipped for assay. In the case of duplicate samples, the half core is quarter split with the two quarter splits sent for separate assay.

 

A review of the Company’s QAQC program indicate that all results were returned within acceptable limits.

 

The nickel equivalent grade calculation incorporates:

  • nickel and copper values only,
  • assume recoveries of 85% for nickel and 85% for copper based on comparable deposits,
  • A 6-year trailing average nickel price: US$8.10/lb; copper price US$3.40/lb.

 

Qualified Person

 

Mr. Bill Nielsen, P.Geo, a consultant to NiCAN, who is a qualified person under National Instrument 43-101 – Standards of Disclosure of Mineral Projects has reviewed and approved the scientific and technical information in this news release.

 

About NiCAN

NiCAN Limited is a mineral exploration company, trading under the symbol “NICN” on the TSX-V. The Company is actively exploring two nickel projects, both located in well-established mining jurisdictions in Manitoba, Canada.

 

 


Figure 1. Diamond Drill Hole Wine 24-1A (6.4m-12.5m) New Northern Zone Mineralization (From 7.5m-11.2m – 1.89% NiEq over 3.7m) (CNW Group/Nican Ltd.)

 

 

 


Figure 2. Diamond Drill Hole Wine 24-1A (53.45m-75.1m displayed) Main Zone Mineralization. Displayed section represents 21.65 meters that averages 1.99% NiEq. (CNW Group/Nican Ltd.)

 

 

 


Figure 3. Simplified Longitudinal View Looking Northwest (300⁰) displaying the relationship between the Main, Upper and Northern Zones. Main Zone is interpreted to have a steep plunge to the southwest. (CNW Group/Nican Ltd.)

 

 

 


Figure 4. Plan View Wine Occurrence (CNW Group/Nican Ltd.)

 

 

 


Figure 5: Wine Project Location, Manitoba, Canada (CNW Group/Nican Ltd.)

 

Posted May 6, 2024

Share this news article

MORE or "UNCATEGORIZED"


NorthWest Copper Reports Positive Metallurgical Recoveries of 94% Copper, 71% Gold and 92% Silver at the Lorraine Deposit

NorthWest Copper (TSX-V: NWST) is pleased to report that  positi... READ MORE

June 24, 2024

Silver Storm Extends San Marcos Mine 100 M at Depth With High-grade Drill Results

Silver Storm Mining Ltd. (TSX-V: SVRS) (OTCQB: SVRSF) (FSE: SVR),... READ MORE

June 24, 2024

Victoria Gold: Sale of Clear Creek Property

Victoria Gold Corp. (TSX-VGCX) announces that is has executed a d... READ MORE

June 24, 2024

Graphite One Announces Revised Contract with the U.S. Department of Defense to Increase Share of Expenditures from 50% to 75% for the Feasibility Study

Graphite One Inc. (TSX‐V:GPH) (OTCQX:GPHOF) is pleased to annou... READ MORE

June 24, 2024

Maple Gold Announces Closing of C$4.05 Million Flow-Through Private Placement

Maple Gold Mines Ltd. (TSXV: MGM) (OTCQB: MGMLF) (FSE: M3G) is pl... READ MORE

June 24, 2024

Copyright 2024 The Prospector News