EV NICKEL PHASE 3 DRILLING RESULTS: CONTINUED SUCCESS OUTLINING LARGE-SCALE CARLANG NICKEL ZONE
- Reports assay results from 4 additional holes, Intersections included:
- hole EV22-22 with 141.50m grading 0.26% Ni, and
- hole EV22-24 with 223.90m grading 0.25% Ni.
- The CarLang Area is a >10km prospective trend of dunitic units.
- 1.4km of the prospective strike was drilled this summer, with 28 holes totalling 8,295m .
- Analytical results are pending for the remaining 20 holes and will be utilized in a CarLang A Zone Preliminary Resource, planned for Q1 2023.
TORONTO, ON – EV NICKEL INC. (TSX-V: EVNI) (“EVNi” or the “Company”) is excited to announce the additional assay results, from 4 more holes of the Phase 3 Drilling program targeting the Large-Scale nickel target in the northeast of its Shaw Dome Project, referred to as the Carman-Langmuir or, “CarLang Area”. These assays continue to confirm the new “CarLang A Zone” as a potential Large-Scale nickel prospect (for prior results, see news release dated October 24, 2022).
“The new Large-Scale CarLang A Zone continues to return the anticipated results, confirming the enormous potential of the area. The Company has only focused on the first ~15% of strike of the dunitic body to verify the interpreted zone.” said Sean Samson, President & CEO “Expanding the expression of the zone would be as easy as continuing to drill along the trends of the dunites that extend for an additional 8 km within the CarLang Area- where surface sampling has indicated the presence of similar dunites. 2023 will be very exciting for EV Nickel, with the remaining Phase 3 assay results and then the CarLang A Zone preliminary resource and W4 Zone updated resource both planned for the first half of the year.”
Based upon airborne geophysical surveys and known surface exposures of dunitic outcrops, the CarLang Area is interpreted to host >10km of prospective strike length of prospective dunite (see Figure 2), and the completed Phase 3 drilling identified the CarLang A Zone, covering 1.4km of the interpreted strike length, or ~15% of the total potential. The dunitic body forming the CarLang A Zone has interpreted widths that range from approximately 400 metres to greater than 500 metres based upon the Phase 3 diamond drill program, airborne geophysical surveys and surface outcrop exposures.
With Phase 3, EVNi completed 28 holes representing 8,295m of diamond drill core across the CarLang A Zone The drilling was focused in an area where eight EVNi Surface Samples were taken earlier this year, which averaged 0.26% Ni (wt%). The Company had decided to test the CarLang A Zone to a vertical depth of 250 metres. EVNi interprets that the host dunites extend below the current drill depth as indicated by multiple holes bottoming in the dunitic body including 5 of the 8 holes that have been press released with the other 3 holes having been completed along the footwall boundary and designed to penetrate fully through the dunites.
“Historic drilling in the CarLang Area has identified that the host dunitic bodies extend beyond 450 metres in vertical depth.” said Paul Davis, Vice President Exploration, “However, having the benefit of outcrop exposures and well-defined geophysical boundaries, exploring along the trend is beneficial in terms of exploration spending, timing and mineralized zone expansion potential. We have only started to scratch the surface regarding the potential of the CarLang Area and the overall dimensions of this Large-Scale Zone.”
Assay results continue to intersect thick sequences of dunite hosting large-scale, broad zones of nickel mineralization. The Phase 3 drill program confirms the continuity of the dunitic body along the full strike length of the CarLang A Zone, consistent with the Company’s original interpretation of the area. Assays are pending on the remaining 20 holes and are expected to be received through the coming weeks and all analyses are scheduled to be completed by the end of January 2023. Work on the Preliminary Resource Estimate for the CarLang A Zone will begin in the coming weeks and results are anticipated in first quarter of 2023.
Favourable Project Characteristics
The CarLang Area has many favourable characteristics including: easy accessibility by road with significant outcrop exposure of the dunitic rocks across the property; recent logging activity has exposed additional outcrop and developed a network of gravel access roads; and the interpreted thickness of the overburden covering the CarLang A Zone is estimated to average of less than 5 meters based upon the recent Phase 3 drill hole program, with a significant portion sub-cropping to surface with less than 1 metre of overburden.
When these factors are combined, the Company believes that the CarLang Area is better positioned for any future development and will rise to the top of the areas of interest for large-scale nickel projects.
Carbon Capture and Sequestration
The Company has completed a preliminary examination of the minerals contained within surface samples of the dunitic rocks exposed in the Carlang Area. These surface samples have been completely altered to serpentine with varying amounts of brucite and talc which have been identified as key minerals capable of reacting with CO2 to form stable minerals locking the carbon and removing it from the atmosphere (Cutts, J. A., Steinthorsdottir, K., Turvey, C., Dipple, G. M., Enkin, R. J., & Peacock, S. M. (2021), ‘Deducing mineralogy of serpentinized and carbonated ultramafic rocks using physical properties with implications for carbon sequestration and subduction zone dynamics.’ Geochemistry, Geophysics, Geosystems, Volume 22, Issue 9 e2021GC009989. https://doi.org/10.1029/2021GC009989).
The Company is considering a number of options to quantify the carbon capture potential of the CarLang host rocks, as part of EV Nickel’s Clean NickelTM strategy (for further detail see News Release dated May 2, 2022).
Drill core samples from EVNi drilling at the Shaw Dome Project are cut or whole core sampled and bagged at the core logging facility located near the Shaw Dome Project and transported to ALS Canada Ltd. (“ALS”) and SGS Canada Inc. (“SGS”) for analysis. Samples, along with certified standards and blanks, that are included by the Company for quality assurance and quality control, were prepared and analyzed at the laboratories . At ALS, samples are crushed to 70% less than 2mm. A riffle split is pulverized to 85% passing 75 microns. Nickel, copper, cobalt and sulphur are analyzed by sodium peroxide fusion with an ICP finish and platinum, palladium and gold by fire assay and ICP-AES finish. At SGS, samples are crushed to 75% less than 2mm. A riffle split is pulverized to 85% passing 75 microns. Nickel, copper and cobalt are analyzed by sodium peroxide fusion with an ICP-AES finish, platinum, palladium and gold by fire assay and ICP-AES finish and sulphur by Leco. These and future assay results may vary from time to time due to re‒analysis for quality assurance and quality control.
About EV Nickel Inc.
EV Nickel’s mission is to accelerate the transition to clean energy. It is a Canadian nickel exploration company, focussed on the Shaw Dome Project, south of Timmins, Ontario. The Shaw Dome includes the W4 Zone, the basis of a 2010 historical estimate of 677K tonnes @ 1.00% Ni, ~15M lbs of Class 1 Nickel. EV Nickel plans to grow and advance a nickel business, targeting the growing demand for Class 1 Nickel, from the electric vehicle battery sector. EV Nickel has over 30,000 hectares to explore across the Shaw Dome and has identified >100 km of additional favourable strike length. The Company is focused on a 2-track strategy with High-Grade (starting with W4) and Large-Scale targets (starting with CarLang).
The Company’s Projects are under the direct technical supervision of Paul Davis, P.Geo., and Vice-President of the Company. Mr. Davis is a Qualified Person as defined by NI 43-101. He has reviewed and approved the technical information in this press release. There are no known factors that could materially affect the reliability of the information verified by Mr. Davis.
Cautionary Note Regarding Forward-Looking Statements:
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EV Nickel Inc.
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