Canada-based Transition Metals and its subsidiary Sudbury Platinum (SPC) have identified two new highly conductive Ni-Cu-PGM drill-ready targets at the Aer-Kidd project in Ontario, as part of the initial borehole geophysical surveys.

The firms also identified a number of other highly prospective electromagnetic (EM) drill targets.

Located about 20km southwest of Sudbury, the property covers a 1.3km section of the Worthington Offset Dyke.

Transition Metals will focus this year’s exploration programme on testing quality targets and expanding the geophysical coverage across the property with additional borehole EM surveys.

SPC will carry out a re-logging programme of selected core and plans to resurvey all remaining accessible historic holes using the UTEM IV system in the near future.

Results from the work will be integrated with the geological model in advance of the 4,000m of drilling planned for this year.

Transition Metals chief geophysicist Kevin Stevens said that the UTEM system is effective at discriminating massive sulphide deposits from the disseminated sulphide halos often encountered in SIC ore bearing systems.

"In my personal experience, having interpreted ‘hundreds of such logs’ in the SIC, the UTEM responses obtained from the recent round of surveys are of a quality consistent with survey results that have led to the successful discovery of economic Ni-Cu-PGE deposits elsewhere in the SIC," Stevens said.

According to Transition Metals, Ni-Cu-PGM massive sulphide ore bodies of Sudbury Igneous Complex are highly conductive.

Image: Map showing drill-ready targets at the Aer-Kidd project. Photo: courtesy of Transition Metals.