Galileo Mining Ltd (ASX: GAL) has commenced a key diamond core drilling campaign at the company’s Lantern East prospect within the Fraser Range Nickel Belt in Western Australia.
Managing Director, Brad Underwood, said Lantern East represents a compelling nickel target with an EM anomaly occurring on the margin of a large intrusive rock unit. Modelling of the EM data indicates that the top of the target is between 140m and 180m below surface.
He said diamond drilling represents a definitive target test to establish the cause of the EM response and whether it is related to nickel sulphide mineralisation.
This is our first drilling programme of the year and we have a well- defined target to test at our Lantern East prospect,” Mr Underwood said.
“Our previous drilling in the area showed that we have the right rocks and we are now at the stage of testing the modelled conductors to determine whether they are related to nickel.
“Subsurface conductors can have several sources and it is up to the drill rig to reveal what we have in the ground. This is an exciting part of the exploration process and we look forward to updating the market as results become available.”
Galileo has already had drilling success at the nearby Lantern prospect where it made a promising nickel sulphide discovery in early 2020.
The Priority EM target at the Lantern East prospect will be tested by two drill holes with planned depths of 300 metres each.
Galileo has scheduled up to 1000m of diamond drilling is scheduled for completion depending on early results.
Initial drilling is expected to take approximately 10 days to finish with a market update and assays to follow.