White Cliff Minerals has received environmental approvals from the Department of Parks and Wildlife and the Department of Mines and Petroleum to perform drilling operations at Lake Johnston nickel project in Western Australia.
The Lake Johnston project covers about 650km² in the Lake Johnson Greenstone Belt and holds Norilsk's Emily Ann and Maggie Hayes nickel sulphide mines, which have combined resources of around 140,000t of contained nickel.
The project approvals will allow the company to conduct a 1,000m to 2,000m reverse circulation (RC) drilling programme.
The company has signed a drilling contract with Frontline Drilling to undertake the programme, and expects to begin work in May, weather permitting.
White Cliff looks to target four high-priority EM conductors within the ultramafic units at Mt Glasse, which have showed prospects of associated nickel-copper-platinum-palladium soil anomalies.
White Cliff Minerals managing director Todd Hibberd said the Mt Glasse conductors represent high-quality drill targets in a known nickel-producing belt.
"The conductors occur in the same ultramafic unit as the Maggie Hays and Emily Anne mines, owned by Norilsk Mines, located 30km to the north, and have supporting nickel, copper and platinum/palladium geochemical anomalies above them," Hibberd said.
On 15 January, the company received $150,000 of funding from the Western Australian Government to carry out drilling operations at Lake Johnston nickel-sulphide targets.
The fund is part of the Royalties for Regions Exploration Incentive Scheme (EIS) administered by the Department of Mines and Petroleum (DMP), which will fund 50% of the total drilling costs of up to $150,000.
Hibberd said the additional $150,000 funding significantly reduces the cost of testing these compelling nickel-sulphide targets.
In addition to the Lake Johnston project, White Cliff Minerals is also involved in the Merolia project, Chanach copper-gold project, Laverton gold project and Mount Remarkable project.
Image: Map showing tenement holdings, mine locations and the location of the Mt Glasse and Lake Percy prospects. Photo: courtesy of White Cliff Minerals Limited.