Emu homes in on WA nickel-copper-PGM exploration targets

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Copper samples from Emu’s Viper project in WA.
Camera IconCopper samples from Emu’s Viper project in WA. Credit: File

ASX-listed Emu NL has its sleeves rolled up busily working away in the field across its nickel-copper and platinum group element projects completing various follow-up exploration activities including soil sampling and geophysical surveying. Soil sampling targeted base and precious metals at its Badja project near Golden Grove and ongoing geophysical surveying is targeting a suite of battery metals in the southwest within the same terrain as Chalice’s monster Julimar project.

Emu’s geophysical contractors are utilising ground based Fixed Loop Electromagnetic, or “FLEM” surveying which kicked off last weekend. The contractors are targeting bedrock conductors beneath an interpreted 4 kilometre long Proterozoic mafic dyke system at the company’s Viper project in the Southwest of WA. The mafic dyke system also hosts the historic Netty copper mine and contains anomalous zones of both nickel and copper.

Follow-up geophysical targeting at Viper is homing in on anomalous zones of nickel and copper identified by an auger geochemistry drilling program conducted by Emu in early 2021. The company expects the interplay of auger geochemical results with geophysical bedrock conductors will provide direct drill targets for initial drill testing.

Following completion of the FLEM survey at Viper, geophysical survey crews are expected to re-mobilise 120km north to the Graceland project in the Wheatbelt. The survey will follow up on several anomalous nickel and copper targets identified from geochemical auger drilling on the southern margin of a previously defined significant magnetic “bullseye” geophysical feature.

The survey at Graceland is also targeting bedrock conductors with the aim of identifying drill targets to test the presence of sulphide mineralisation.

Emu’s next chapter of exploration will see its geophysical surveying tour continue down to its Sunfire project that sits immediately southeast adjacent and abutting the Chalice and Venture Minerals Southwest Nickel Copper joint venture project.

Historic geochemical and drilling results at the Sunfire project have shown significant zones of nickel and copper anomalism. A detailed soil sampling program has been planned over prospective areas with a geophysical FLEM survey set to follow directly after soil sampling wraps up.

Soil samples from a recent phase two program conducted at the Badja gold project in Yalgoo are expected during February 2022. Following receipt and interpretation of the 808 assayed soil samples, the company plans to chisel out some new regional targets in untested areas around Badja.

With a portfolio encompassing precious metals, base metals and platinum group elements, Emu looks to be spoilt for choice. The company expects plenty of targets to emerge following the planned geophysical and geochemical testing barrage and has plans in place to drill in short order thereafter.

Is your ASX-listed company doing something interesting? Contact: matt.birney@wanews.com.au

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