“That’s an indication of how a lot they like this asset and the way they’re in nickel,” says David Christie, Orford Mining’s president and CEO.
Orford had exploration groups working at West Raglan this summer season doing prospecting, mapping and sampling work, though Christie notes that it’s a “very brief window to discover our properties because of the climate that far north.”
West Raglan was Orford’s first asset, a nickel-copper-platinum group aspect (PGE) mission about 95 km south of the Inuit group of Salluit, nicely above the tree line in Nunavik. A camp scale property, West Raglan covers just below 84,000 hectares and is located about 70 km (43 miles) west of two nickel mines, Canadian Royalties’ Nunavik nickel mine and Glencore’s (LSE: GLEN) Raglan nickel mine, the latter being the largest nickel producer in Quebec.
Exploration work completed thus far at West Raglan has recognized nickel-copper-cobalt-PGE mineralization throughout a strike size of greater than 35 kilometres. Although the corporate has but to launch drill outcomes, it says that six discoveries have been made, together with 5 excessive grade mineralized lens clusters over a 2,500-metre strike size, with grades within the vary of 2-3% nickel and 1% copper.
When the asset was acquired in 2012, curiosity in nickel-copper tasks like West Raglan was low, Christie says, however now demand for the metallic has taken off resulting from its use within the inexperienced vitality transition.
“Issues have definitely modified,” he informed The Northern Miner. “Nickel has develop into an enormous goal for the battery metals [sector], and with West Raglan being near these two different mines, curiosity in it has been rising. That’s one of many causes that Wyloo turned concerned with us on this mission.”
Together with exploration at West Raglan, the corporate has additionally continued work at its Qiqavik property, 20 km south of West Raglan. Qiqavik is an early-stage gold-copper mission acquired in 2016. The 39,000-hectare, 100%-0wned mission hosts a number of high-grade gold discoveries alongside a mineralized pattern in extra of 40 km, however huge parts of the positioning stay underexplored, the corporate says.
This 12 months Orford accomplished airborne geophysics, prospecting, until sampling and diamond drilling at Qiqavik. “We simply completed all that in early September and we’re awaiting outcomes as we communicate,” Christie says, “and we’ve been working up from scratch, as a result of there’s little historic work completed. However I consider there’s excessive grade gold there, at floor. I feel it might be a brand-new gold district.”
(This text first appeared in The Northern Miner)