Blackstone Generates New Nickel-Copper-PGE Target at King Snake

Blackstone is pleased to announce the Company’s in-house geophysics crew has generated a new high priority Ni-Cu-PGE target at the King Snake prospect;

Blackstone is pleased to announce the Company’s in-house geophysics crew has generated a new high priority Ni-Cu-PGE target at the King Snake prospect;

• King Snake is located 1.5km north-east of the processing facility and the flagship Ban Phuc Disseminated Sufide (DSS) deposit where the company has delivered the King Cobra discovery and recently announced the maiden Indicated Mineral Resource of 44.3Mt @ 0.52% Ni for 229kt Ni and Inferred Mineral Resource of 14.3Mt @ 0.35% Ni for 50kt Ni (Refer to ASX announcement from 14 October 2020);

• The King Snake prospect is analogous to the Ban Phuc Massive Sulfide Vein (MSV) orebody where previous owners successfully mined 975kt of high grade ore at average grades of 2.4% Ni & 1.0% Cu from an average vein width of 1.3m for 3.5 years between 2013 and 2016, producing 20.7kt Ni, 10.1kt Cu and 0.67kt Co;

• Drilling at King Snake by previous owners was not targeting electromagnetic (EM) plates and Blackstone’s geophysics crew will now use EM to refine the targets at King Snake for high impact drilling over the coming months;

• Historic drill holes from King Snake returned the following significant results (see Figures 2 & 3 and Tables 1 & 2):
BP00-01 3.04m @ 2.03% Ni, 0.69% Cu, 0.07% Co & 1.45g/t PGE1 from 89.9m
incl. 1.74m @ 3.30% Ni, 1.02% Cu, 0.11% Co & 2.16g/t PGE from 90.2m
BPN07-01
BP05-03
BP00-11
1.33m @ 1.42% Ni, 0.69% Cu, 0.06% Co & 2.54g/t PGE from 26.0m
0.60m @ 2.18% Ni, 1.01% Cu, 0.09% Co & 3.76g/t PGE from 137.5m
0.80m @ 1.30% Ni, 0.78% Cu, 0.06% Co & 0.93g/t PGE from 57.2m
1 Platinum (Pt) + Palladium (Pd) + Gold (Au)

• A recently purchased ninth drill rig will continue to follow the geophysics crew throughout the Ta Khoa nickel sulfide district, testing high priority EM targets generated from 25 MSV prospects including Ban Chang, Ta Cuong, Ban Khoa and King Snake (see Figure 1);

• Drilling continues at the King Cobra Discovery zone (KCZ), Ban Chang, Ta Cuong and Ban Khoa;

• Blackstone’s recently announced Scoping Study highlighted an economically robust nickel sulfide project to produce downstream
Nickel:Cobalt:Manganese (NCM) Precursor products for the Lithium-ion battery industry;

• Blackstone’s Scoping Study recently announced annual production of ~12.7ktpa Ni over 8.5 years project life generating a Pre‐tax NPV8% of
~US$665m and 45% IRR with a capital payback period of 2.5 years at US$8/lb Ni;

Blackstone Minerals’ Managing Director Scott Williamson commented:

“Blackstone’s in-house geophysics team has generated our best target to date at King Snake.” “King Snake is located down plunge of historic Ni-Cu-PGE intercepts and we look forward to drill testing this exciting new high-grade target over the coming weeks. Based on geological similarities and historical results, we believe it has the potential to deliver similar results to the Ban Phuc MSV but with significant PGE credits. We continue to target high grade ore for our staged capex strategy to utilise the existing 450ktpa concentrator in the early years of the mine life.”

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