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SPC Nickel Announces Additional Drill Assays Results from the West Graham Project, Sudbury, Ontario

 

 

 

 

 

SPC Nickel Corp. (TSX-V: SPC) is pleased to announce the final assay results from its Phase 1 drill program at the West Graham Project, located in the world-class Nickel-Copper mining district of Sudbury, Ontario. SPC Nickel is reporting the last 11 drill holes out of 27 drill holes completed in the Phase 1 program. With the completion of Phase 1 of the program we have now established 50 metre spaced drilling over a large area (300 metres by 300 metres) of the footprint of the historical resource that will support the planned mineral resource estimate update. The Phase 2 program is well underway, with over 3,600 metres already completed, and with the recently closed financing, SPC Nickel is on track to meet its goal of having an updated combined resource by the end of 2023.

 

Highlights

  • A total of 9,050 metres in 38 holes have so far been completed on the West Graham Project since drilling commenced in early March. The Phase 1 program consisted of 5,338 metres in 27 holes and was completed in late May while a total of 3,696 metres in 11 holes have been completed from the ongoing Phase 2 program (Figure 1).
  • The best intersections from the Phase 1 program include WG-23-26: 2.48% Ni, 0.64% Cu over 7.80 metres (see news release of April 11, 2023), and WG-23-42: 1.71% Ni, 0.46% Cu over 20.00 metres (see news release of May 24, 2023).
  • Hole WG-23-043, intersected a thick zone of nickel and copper mineralization grading 0.46% Ni, 0.36% Cu over 68.00 metres from 212.00 to 280.00 metres, including a higher-grade section that returned 0.94% Ni, 0.68% Cu over 9.00 metres from 266.00 to 275.00 metres.
  • Footwall-style massive sulphide veins grading 6.09% Ni and 0.07% Cu over 0.50 metres were encountered in the footwall granites of hole WG-23-043.
  • A 6.5 kilometre ground grid has been completed on the property in preparation of a ground electromagnetic (EM) geophysical survey, scheduled for July. The purpose of the ground EM is to help the team prioritize drill targets on the western portion of the property where only sparse wide spaced drilling has been completed.
  • Assay results from all 27 holes completed as part of the Phase 1 program have been received and significant results are presented in Tables 1 and 2. The remaining samples are being processed and will be reported when available.

 

Grant Mourre, CEO and President of SPC Nickel commented, “The ongoing results from our drill program continues to support our positive outlook for the West Graham Project. The Phase 1 program has achieved its goal of confirming and expanding the zone of nickel and copper mineralization a further 200 metres to the west of the previously defined extent of the 2009 resource model. The work has also outlined areas of higher-than-expected grade within the contact-style deposit as well as discovering new high-grade footwall-style mineralization outside the historical resource. We are also excited to have commenced the Phase 2 program which will focus on further expanding the mineralization to the west. Activities at West Graham are progressing as planned and we remain focused on working towards delivering a combined mineral resource estimate by the end of 2023.”

 

Assay Results

 

Table 1: Reported assay results from the Phase 1 drill program on the West Graham Project. Assays from all holes not listed in Table 1 are pending.

 

HOLE ID From
(m)
To
(m)
Length
(m)1
Ni
(%)
Cu
(%)
Co
(%)
 Pt
(g/t)
Pd
(g/t)
Au
(g/t)
 Ag
(g/t)
Estimated

True

Width %

WG-23-034 59.00 90.00 31.00 0.27 0.19 0.01 0.04 0.01 0.01 1.26 50
including 96.00 97.65 1.65 0.67 0.34 0.02 0.05 0.03 0.03 2.29 50
WG-23-035 43.00 51.00 8.00 0.26 0.21 0.01 0.04 0.02 0.02 1.25 80
WG-23-036 97.00 102.00 5.00 0.39 0.23 0.01 0.05 0.02 0.01 1.54 45
WG-23-037 147.00 188.65 41.65 0.50 0.34 0.02 0.08 0.02 0.03 1.64 50
including 174.00 188.65 14.65 0.81 0.51 0.02 0.14 0.04 0.05 2.61 50
including 174.00 179.00 5.00 1.21 0.69 0.04 0.14 0.04 0.05 3.32 50
WG-23-038 130.00 140.00 10.00 0.43 0.25 0.01 0.06 0.02 0.21 1.31 75
WG-23-039 191.50 241.00 49.50 0.36 0.28 0.01 0.05 0.02 0.02 1.49 40
including 224.00 241.00 17.00 0.43 0.49 0.01 0.08 0.03 0.04 2.58 40
WG-23-040 169.00 209.00 40.00 0.46 0.32 0.01 0.07 0.02 0.03 1.90 60
WG-23-041 237.00 276.00 39.00 0.43 0.36 0.01 0.17 0.03 0.06 2.04 55
including 243.00 250.00 7.00 0.60 0.49 0.02 0.10 0.03 0.04 2.13 55
including 262.82 275.00 12.20 0.60 0.54 0.02 0.36 0.05 0.11 3.46 55
WG-23-043 212.00 280.00 68.00 0.46 0.36 0.01 0.09 0.02 0.03 1.90 60
including 246.00 280.00 34.00 0.64 0.50 0.02 0.12 0.03 0.04 2.64 60
including 266.00 275.00 9.00 0.94 0.68 0.02 0.19 0.05 0.06 3.83 60
including 277.50 280.00 2.50 0.96 1.02 0.02 0.05 0.04 0.04 4.58 60
and 304.10 304.60 0.50 6.09 0.07 0.12 0.81 0.30 0.03 2.50 60
WG-23-044 362.35 375.40 13.05 0.74 0.81 0.02 0.22 0.05 0.10 4.84 45
including 369.25 375.40 6.15 0.96 1.33 0.03 0.26 0.08 0.18 8.04 45
WG-23-045 286.00 296.00 10.00 0.33 0.24 0.01 0.12 0.02 0.03 1.33 60
and 302.05 304.00 1.95 0.54 0.75 0.02 0.21 0.05 0.11 4.93 60
and 307.55 308.55 1.00 0.81 1.12 0.02 0.31 0.09 0.37 8.50 60

Notes:
1. Length refers to downhole length. Estimated True Width is expressed as a percentage of downhole length.

 

Previously Reported Results

 

Table 2: Previously reported assay results from the Phase 1 drill program on the West Graham Project.

 

Hole ID From
(m)
To
(m)
Length
(m)1
Ni
(%)
Cu
(%)
Co
(%)
 Pt
(g/t)
Pd
(g/t)
Au
(g/t)
 Ag
(g/t)
Estimated True

Width %

WG-23-019 64.00 93.00 29.00 0.39 0.25 0.01 0.04 0.02 0.02 1.36 70
WG-23-020 47.00 91.00 44.00 0.53 0.27 0.02 0.05 0.02 0.02 1.41 100
including 75.00 83.00 7.00 0.75 0.39 0.03 0.06 0.02 0.02 1.86 100
including 87.00 91.00 4.00 1.03 0.62 0.04 0.07 0.05 0.03 2.85 100
WG-23-021 41.00 72.00 31.00 0.46 0.29 0.02 0.06 0.02 0.02 1.50 90
including 42.00 46.00 4.00 0.63 0.46 0.02 0.10 0.03 0.04 2.40 90
including 58.00 63.00 5.00 0.66 0.30 0.02 0.04 0.02 0.01 1.50 90
WG-23-022 61.00 81.00 20.00 0.51 0.26 0.02 0.03 0.01 0.01 1.12 100
including 76.00 80.00 4.00 0.85 0.46 0.03 0.05 0.02 0.02 1.80 100
WG-23-023 45.00 83.00 38.00 0.47 0.28 0.02 0.04 0.02 0.02 1.45 90
including 71.00 82.00 11.00 0.71 0.41 0.02 0.07 0.02 0.04 2.09 90
WG-23-024 29.00 48.00 19.00 0.46 0.25 0.02 0.04 0.01 0.02 1.21 100
and 56.00 61.00 5.00 0.93 0.50 0.03 0.06 0.02 0.02 4.18 100
WG-23-025 20.00 67.00 47.00 0.56 0.30 0.02 0.05 0.02 0.02 1.85 90
including 42.00 65.00 23.00 0.72 0.42 0.02 0.08 0.03 0.03 2.73 90
WG-23-026 106.00 186.90 80.90 0.49 0.25 0.02 0.05 0.02 0.02 1.29 35
including 167.00 186.90 19.90 1.19 0.37 0.04 0.09 0.02 0.02 1.29 35
including 170.00 177.90 7.90 2.48 0.64 0.08 0.15 0.04 0.02 1.82 35
WG-23-027 68.00 120.50 52.50 0.43 0.27 0.01 0.05 0.02 0.02 1.49 85
including 96.65 120.50 23.85 0.57 0.33 0.02 0.06 0.02 0.03 1.79 85
including 111.00 120.50 9.50 0.83 0.37 0.02 0.09 0.03 0.03 2.16 85
WG-23-028 79.00 275.85 196.85 0.32 0.19 0.01 0.04 0.01 0.02 1.07 30
including 89.00 110.00 21.00 0.72 0.18 0.03 0.03 0.01 0.01 0.75 30
including 93.60 95.00 1.40 3.73 0.27 0.17 0.06 0.07 0.01 1.26 30
WG-23-029 84.00 107.00 23.00 0.37 0.25 0.01 0.03 0.02 0.02 1.39 50
WG-23-030 20.00 52.00 32.00 0.60 0.36 0.02 0.07 0.02 0.03 2.02 45
including 39.00 46.00 7.00 0.98 0.54 0.03 0.15 0.38 0.04 3.00 45
WG-23-031 3.00 9.65 6.65 0.37 0.22 0.01 0.04 0.01 0.01 1.08 95
WG-23-032 34.50 42.50 8.00 0.49 0.38 0.02 0.05 0.02 0.03 2.00 85
WG-23-033 38.00 52.00 14.00 0.35 0.24 0.01 0.04 0.02 0.02 1.29 80
WG-23-042 256.00 306.00 50.00 1.06 0.34 0.03 0.15 0.04 0.04 1.71 75
including 286.00 306.00 20.00 1.71 0.46 0.05 0.17 0.06 0.06 2.61 75
including 286.90 291.70 4.80 3.15 0.21 0.09 0.15 0.11 0.02 0.95 75
and 331.00 331.40 0.40 6.23 0.30 0.14 0.10 0.12 0.03 2.60 75
and 336.90 337.20 0.30 7.07 0.09 0.15 0.04 0.07 0.01 2.50 75

 

Notes:
1. Length refers to downhole length. Estimated True Width is expressed as a percentage of downhole length.

 

West Graham Project

 

On January 23, 2023, SPC Nickel announced the signing of an Agreement with Vale Canada granting SPC Nickel the right to earn an 100% interest in Vale’s Crean Hill 3 Property that is located adjacent to SPC Nickel’s West Graham Property (see Figure 2 for property location and SPC Nickel’s January 23, 2023 press release for full details of the Agreement).

  • As an advanced project, the combination of the West Graham and Crean Hill 3 assets is a transformational opportunity for SPC Nickel. The historical mineral resources on these properties form one contiguous near-surface deposit and consists of the following:
    • Crean Hill 3 hosts a historic mineral estimate of 16.78Mt @ 0.43% Ni and 0.30% Cu1.
    • West Graham hosts a historic indicated mineral resource of 8.55Mt @ 0.45% Ni, 0.31% Cu along with an inferred mineral resource of 2.0Mt @ 0.38% Ni, 0.30% Cu2.

 

SPC Nickel considers the West Graham and Crean Hill 3 resource estimates to be historic mineral estimates for purposes of NI 43-101. Neither the Company nor a qualified person on behalf of SPC Nickel have done sufficient work to classify the historical estimates as current mineral resources and SPC Nickel is not treating such historical estimates as current mineral resources.  SPC Nickel considers the historic mineral estimates to be relevant to an understanding of the Project but has not done any work to validate the estimates.

 

Reference

  1. Van Wiechen, A.G (1990): December 31, 1989 Mineral Resource Inventory table in: The Exploration Potential for Sulphide Mineralization in the Crean Hill – Ellen – Crean Hill No.3 Environment, Internal Inco Report, December 13, 1990.
  2. Routledge, Richard and Churchill, Bruce (2009): Technical Report on the West Graham Property Conwest Zone Resource Estimate, Graham Township, Ontario, Canada prepared for First Nickel Inc., January 15, 2009. Scott Wilson Roscoe Postle Associates .

 

Quality Assurance, Quality Control and Qualified Persons

 

The technical elements of this news release have been approved by Mr. Grant Mourre, P.Geo. (PGO), CEO and President of SPC Nickel Corp. and a Qualified Person under National Instrument 43-101.

 

SPC Nickel follows rigorous sampling and analytical protocols that meet or exceed industry standards. Core samples are stored in a secured area until transport in batches to the ALS facility in Sudbury, Ontario, Canada. Sample batches include certified reference materials, blank, and duplicate samples that are then processed under the control of ALS. All samples were analyzed in Vancouver by ALS Chemex. Platinum, palladium, and gold values were determined together using standard lead oxide collection fire assay and ICP-AES finish. Base metal values were determined using sodium peroxide fusion and ICP-AES finish. Silver values were determined using an aqua regia digestion and an AAS finish. A Certified Reference Material (CRM) standard, blank or duplicate is inserted on every 10th sample in the following order: CRM, blank, CRM, duplicate. The cycle repeats every 40 samples, thus ensuring that 10% of samples submitted are control samples.

 

About SPC Nickel Corp.

 

SPC Nickel Corp. is a Canadian public corporation focused on exploring for Ni-Cu-PGMs within the world class Sudbury Mining Camp. SPC Nickel is currently exploring its key 100% owned exploration project Lockerby East located in the heart of the historic Sudbury Mining Camp that includes the West Graham Resource and the Crean Hill 3 property under option from Vale. SPC Nickel also holds three additional projects across Canada including the large camp-scale Muskox Project (located in Nunavut), the past producing Aer-Kidd Project (located in the Sudbury Mining Camp) and the Janes Project (located 50 km northwest of Sudbury). The corporate focus is on Sudbury, and SPC Nickel continues to look for new opportunities to add shareholder value.

 

 


Figure 1: Plan map of the current area of drilling on the West Graham Project showing the collar locations and drill traces of the completed holes. Assay results for the reported holes are shown in callouts. Interval lengths reported above are downhole lengths. See Table 1 for true width estimations. (CNW Group/SPC Nickel Corp.)

 

 

 


Figure 2: Aerial plan map of the West Graham area showing the relative locations of the historic West Graham and Crean Hill 3 Resource. Addition current and historic mineralized zones including the Crean Hill Mine (current and historic) and Lockerby Mine (historic) are also shown. (CNW Group/SPC Nickel Corp.)

 

Posted July 11, 2023

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