Ardea Resources (ASX:ARL) - CEO & Managing Director, Andrew Penkethman
CEO & Managing Director, Andrew Penkethman
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  • Ardea Resources (ARL) has made a nickel sulphide discovery on an intact felsic footwall contact at its Kalpini project 70km northeast of Kalgoorlie, Western Australia
  • The discovery follows Ardea receiving results from a drill hole which includes a high-grade intersection of 2.72 metres at 5.42 per cent nickel
  • The high-grade intersection covered a new target horizon called the “Western Ultramafic-Dacite contact”
  • Ardea plans to follow up on the results by drilling a single diamond hole
  • Company shares have been trading up 41.2 per cent at 72 cents

Ardea Resources (ARL) shares have spiked after making a nickel sulphide discovery on an intact felsic footwall contact at its Kalpini project 70km northeast of Kalgoorlie, Western Australia.

The discovery was confirmed by a hole drilled at the Emu Lake prospect which Ardea regards as the leading nickel sulphide target at Kalpini.

Ardea received results from AELD0003 which was drilled in November 2021 to a 450-metre depth to test a downhole electromagnetic (DHEM) plate.

Drilling intersected nickel sulphides in the hole from a 391.04-metre depth with results of 1.23 metres at 8.22 per cent nickel, 0.56 per cent copper, 0.46 grams of platinum per tonne (g/t), 0.31g/t palladium within a broader zone of 2.72 metres at 5.42 per cent nickel, 0.85 per cent copper, 0.58g/t platinum, 0.27g/t palladium.

Following detailed interpretation, the high-grade massive sulphide intersection uncovered a new target horizon called the “Western Ultramafic-Dacite contact”.

“With the recently received assay results from core hole AELD0003 confirming high grade nickel sulphides located on an intact basal dacite contact with komatiite, we now have three adjoining drill holes with nickel sulphide mineralisation on the same contact which conclusively confirms that a discovery has been made,” Managing Director Andrew Penkethman said.

The company said mineralisation in AELD0003 remains open in all directions and it believes the style of mineralisation would be expected to generate a ‘premium’ nickel sulphide concentrate with high copper and platinum group element credits.

Looking ahead, Ardea plans to drill a diamond hole, which is being co-funded by the WA State Government, to test the AELD0003 hole’s down plunge extension. The company hasn’t given a date on when drilling will commence as it’s subject to rig availability.

Company shares have rocketed up by 41.2 per cent to trade at 72 cents at 12:02 pm AEDT.

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