- Main Zone drilling extended mineralization to the north and northwest by 1.8 kilometres across true widths of 120 to 320 metres
- First higher grade PGM intersections in main dunite mineralization – two holes yielded true width of 3.9 metres of 1.6 g/t PGM and 0.49% nickel, and 6.7 metres of 1.6 g/t PGM and 0.30% nickel
- PGM zone successfully intersected by an additional 5 holes (20 holes total in Main Zone across 2.4 km strike length). New PGM zone discovered at North Zone
- Initial North Zone assay results defined nickel mineralization along strike length of 400 metres up to 200 metres wide and 400 metres deep and remains open in all directions
- East Zone drilling completed across 1.9 kilometres of strike length with 1.1 kilometres untested ultramafic remaining to the east
“Our Preliminary Economic Assessment (“PEA”) is based on a mineral resource cut-off from approximately eight months ago. Since then, we have completed more than double the amount of drilling. Today’s results clearly demonstrate the potential to significantly increase the size and quality of the mineral resource through the success of the infill drilling and the extension of the Main Zone by 1.8 kilometres to the northwest, initial assay results from the North Zone, and successful infill drilling in the East Zone. Today’s results also highlight the PGM potential to be incorporated in the feasibility study, expected in mid-2022, as we develop a path to market which is expected to deliver nickel units into the electric vehicle sector alongside the stainless steel path included in the PEA. This path to market is expected to allow the recovery of PGMs along with cobalt, generating additional revenues from metals already being recovered into concentrate. I look forward to further results from Crawford as we continue to explore the district potential of our Timmins land package,” said Mark Selby, Chair and CEO of Canada Nickel.
The Crawford Nickel Sulphide Project is located in the heart of the prolific Timmins-Cochrane mining camp in Ontario, Canada, and is adjacent to well-established, major infrastructure associated with over 100 years of regional mining activity.
Main Zone – Western Extension
Assays have been received from 10 holes between the existing Main Zone resource and north-westernmost extent of the geophysical anomaly, which have extended the envelope of mineralized dunite by 1.8 km from the northwest boundary of the current resource. Four additional holes from this area were previously reported in the Company’s January 14, 2021 news release and a further eight holes have been drilled and have assays pending. 8 of 10 holes intersected higher grade material (>0.30% nickel) ranging in true widths of 17 to 71 metres. See Figure 1 and Table 1 for results.
Main Zone – Western Extension – Nickel + PGM Intervals
Holes 106A and 109 have yielded the first higher grade PGM intersections in the Main Zone mineralization – true width of 3.9 metres of 1.6 g/t PGM and 0.49% nickel, and 6.7 metres of 1.6 g/t PGM and 0.30% nickel, respectively. This area and another area 800 metres to the north with a similar geophysical footprint will be a focus of future exploration efforts to further delineate this higher grade zone of mineralization. See Table 3c for results.
West Zone Drilling Results – Lower Grade Zone
Nine holes were completed in the lower grade section of the western side of the Crawford structure which continued to return wide, lower grade intersections. Hole 83 returned 0.23% nickel over an entire core length of 441 metres, including 6.0 metres of 0.33% nickel. Hole 80 was also mineralized over the entire core length, returning 0.23% nickel over 453 metres, including 0.37% nickel over 19.5 metres. The first two holes, previously released on January 14, 2021, in this part of the West Zone confirm wide, lower grade mineralization more than 800 metres wide. See Figure 1 and Table 2 for results.
Eight holes were drilled with five of the holes intersecting the PGM zone. These additional results confirm the association of a PGM zone on the boundary of the gravity high structure which has a circumference of approximately 9.7 kilometres and borders the nickel mineralization in the Main and East Zones. Grades and true widths are consistent with previously reported drilling with higher grade intervals of 1.7 to 3.5 g/t of PGMs across true widths of 1.1 to 3.2 metres within wider intervals of 0.9 to 1.2 g/t of PGMs across true widths of 5.8 to 6.4 metres.
Six holes were drilled into the North Zone, delineating nickel mineralization across a strike length of 400 metres by 200 metres wide by 400 metres deep which remains open along strike and at depth. Similar PGM grades and widths were achieved to the Main Zone and East Zone PGM grades where drill holes intersected the boundary of adjacent gravity high on the south side of the structure.
Assays for three drill holes have been received which continue to successfully in-fill and upgrade the East Zone outside of the existing resource. Mineralized intervals yielded mineralized dunite over true widths of 191 to 260 metres.
The Company will continue to focus on upgrading and extending the resource at Crawford in order to deliver an updated mineral resource estimate by early 2022 to be utilized for the feasibility study expected to be completed by mid 2022. The Company will also focus on exploring the district scale potential of its regional property package.
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Assays, Quality Assurance/Quality Control and Drilling and Assay Procedures
William E. MacRae, MSc, P.Geo., a "qualified person" as defined by NI 43-101, is responsible for the on-going drilling and sampling program, including quality assurance (QA) and quality control (QC). The core is collected from the drill in sealed core trays and transported to the core logging facility. The core is marked and sampled at 1.5 metre lengths and cut with a diamond blade saw. Samples are bagged with QA/QC samples inserted in batches of 35 samples per lot. Samples are transported in secure bags directly from the Canada Nickel core shack to Actlabs Timmins, an ISO/IEC 17025 accredited lab. Analysis for precious metals (gold, platinum and palladium) are completed by Fire Assay while analysis for nickel, cobalt, sulphur and 17 other elements are performed using a peroxide fusion and ICP-OES analysis. Certified standards and blanks are inserted at a rate of one QA/QC sample per 32 core samples making a batch of 35 samples that are submitted for analysis.
Qualified Person and Data Verification
Stephen J. Balch P.Geo. (ON), VP Exploration of Canada Nickel and a "qualified person" as such term is defined by National Instrument 43-101, has verified the data disclosed in this news release, and has otherwise reviewed and approved the technical information in this news release on behalf of Canada Nickel Company Inc.
About Canada Nickel Company
Canada Nickel Company Inc. is advancing the next generation of nickel sulphide projects to deliver nickel and cobalt required to feed the high growth electric vehicle and stainless steel markets. Canada Nickel Company has applied in multiple jurisdictions to trademark the terms NetZero NickelTM, NetZero CobaltTM, NetZero IronTM and is pursuing the development of processes to allow the production of net zero carbon nickel, cobalt, and iron products. Canada Nickel provides investors with leverage to nickel and cobalt in low political risk jurisdictions. Canada Nickel is currently anchored by its 100% owned flagship Crawford Nickel-Cobalt Sulphide Project in the heart of the prolific Timmins-Cochrane mining camp. For more information please visit www.canadanickel.com.
Cautionary Statement Concerning Forward-Looking Statements
This press release contains certain information that may constitute "forward-looking information" under applicable Canadian securities legislation. Forward looking information includes, but is not limited to, drill results relating to the Crawford Nickel Sulphide Project, the potential of the Crawford Nickel Sulphide Project, timing of economic studies and mineral resource estimates, the ability to sell marketable materials, strategic plans, including future exploration and development results, and corporate and technical objectives. Forward-looking information is necessarily based upon a number of assumptions that, while considered reasonable, are subject to known and unknown risks, uncertainties, and other factors which may cause the actual results and future events to differ materially from those expressed or implied by such forward-looking information. Factors that could affect the outcome include, among others: future prices and the supply of metals, the future demand for metals, the results of drilling, inability to raise the money necessary to incur the expenditures required to retain and advance the property, environmental liabilities (known and unknown), general business, economic, competitive, political and social uncertainties, results of exploration programs, risks of the mining industry, delays in obtaining governmental approvals, failure to obtain regulatory or shareholder approvals, and the impact of COVID-19 related disruptions in relation to the Company's business operations including upon its employees, suppliers, facilities and other stakeholders. There can be no assurance that such information will prove to be accurate, as actual results and future events could differ materially from those anticipated in such information. Accordingly, readers should not place undue reliance on forward-looking information. All forward-looking information contained in this press release is given as of the date hereof and is based upon the opinions and estimates of management and information available to management as at the date hereof. Canada Nickel disclaims any intention or obligation to update or revise any forward-looking information, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise, except as required by law.
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