Canadian prospector BlueBird Battery Metals has had immediate success at its Canegrass project in WA’s Mid West region, with the first assay result from phase one of a drilling campaign returning high-grade nickel copper cobalt mineralisation across an extended strike.
The drilling, which has increased the known mineralised zone across 2 kilometres, sees BlueBird hold a commanding position, with the project now measuring over 5km of total strike.
Top intercepts from the maiden drilling included 12m @ 1.17% Ni, 0.93% Cu, 0.05% Co, 0.76% V2O5, 0.40 g/t Pt and 0.51 g/t Pd.
The discovery is the highest-grade result from the Canegrass Project to date.
BlueBird reports that phase one of its exploration program consisted of ten holes, drilled to a total of 1,856.3 metres, with the remaining assays to follow.
The company is testing ground identified as containing anomalous targets during previous airborne VTEM exploration, as well as historically reported near-surface vanadium.
Discussing the successful maiden drilling Gary Nassif, Bluebird President said: “We are very pleased with the results of our initial drill hole at our flagship Canegrass Project in Western Australia.
Not only did it return the highest tenor Ni-Cu-Co mineralisation to date but it also increased the strike extent of Ni-Cu-Co mineralisation by over 2,000 metres, confirming our belief that the Canegrass Property, and the Windimurra Intrusive Complex, offers significant potential for the discovery of magmatic nickel-copper sulphide mineralisation.
“We have completed the initial drill program and are currently focused on getting the remaining holes analysed as quickly as possible. Our Phase One program included both ground-based geophysics over select VTEM targets as well as down-hole electro-magnetic surveys of historical drill holes and the completed Phase One drill holes.
“Our exploration team plans to evaluate the results of the geophysics in conjunction with the results of the initial drilling to isolate follow-up drill targets,” he said.
Investors will be keenly awaiting further results with five of the holes consisting of diamond drilling, targeting further identified anomalies. Airborne VTEM identified 14 geophysical anomalies in 2013.