Auroch Minerals Limited (ASX:AOU) (Auroch or the Company) is pleased to announce assay results in two drill-holes have confirmed further high-grade nickel sulphide intersections at the Saint Patricks Prospect of the Saints Nickel Project (Saints; Auroch Minerals 100%) in Western Australia.

These high-grade intersections are in addition to the high-grade mineralisation intercepted in drill-hole SNDD018 which was announced on 9th March 2021.

Diamond drill-holes SNDD021 and SNDD022 were drilled at Saint Patricks (Figure 1) into a gap between the modelled nickel sulphide mineralisation used in the current Mineral Resource Estimate (MRE) (Figure 2). Both holes successfully intersected massive nickel sulphides just above the basal contact, with the following significant assay intersections (Table 1):

  • SNDD021: 3.01m @ 5.23% Ni, 0.69% Cu, 0.77g/t PGE from 177.08m
  • SNDD022: 0.84m @ 2.98% Ni, 0.36% Cu, 0.67g/t PGE from 177.73m 1
Given that the massive nickel sulphides in SNDD021 and SNDD022 were intersected outside of the current modelled resource at Saint Patricks, these high-grade results are expected to increase the tonnage and potentially the overall grade, and hence the contained nickel metal, of Saint Patricks when the next MRE is completed. The updated MRE is forecast to be completed in the June 2021 quarter.

Auroch Managing Director Aidan Platel commented:

“The assay results have exceeded expectations confirming high-grade intersections of massive nickel sulphides in holes SNDD021 and SNDD022, which have shown that mineralisation is actually continuous right through what was previously interpreted to be a gap in the Saint Patricks Resource. The nickel sulphides intersected in the infill drilling has been consistent with our current model which confirms our existing resource estimation and bodes well for the planned upgrade to the Saints Resource, which will underpin the Scoping Study that is ongoing.

We eagerly await more assay results from this diamond drill programme at Saints, whilst we now turn our attention to upcoming drill programmes at our Leinster and Nepean Nickel Projects.”

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