Archer Exploration Launches Near-Resource Drill Program at Grasset Ni-Cu-PGE Deposit
VANCOUVER, BC, May 11, 2023 – Archer Exploration Corp. (CSE: RCHR) (the “Company” or “Archer Exploration”) is pleased to announce that a near-resource diamond drilling program is underway at its 100% owned Grasset Nickel Project (“Grasset”) located in the Abitibi Greenstone Belt of Quebec, Canada. The Company launched the diamond hole drilling program to test for immediate extensions of the Grasset nickel deposit.
Tom Meyer, Chief Executive Officer, commented: “The objective of the next few diamond holes is to test for nickel sulphide mineralization extensions immediately to the southeast and below the center of the Grasset deposit before resuming the targeting of the deeper extensions.”
A plan view shows the location of the two new drill holes (GR23-03 and GR23-04) relative to previous drilling and the projected location of the mineralized zones at Grasset (Figure 1).
Figure 1: Plan View of Grasset Shallow Drilling Targets
Figure 2: Planned Drill Trace of GR-23-03 With Magnetic Inversion
Figure 3: Planned Drill Trace of GR-23-03 With Geology and Historic Drill Holes
Hole GR-23-04 is designed to test for an extension of the H3 mineralised zone below the current resource depth of 350 metres within the middle of the deposit area. The hole length is planned to be about 900 meters and will test both H3 and H1 at a vertical depth of 400 and 600 metres, respectively.
The primary objective of the 2023 exploration program at Grasset is to test the vertical continuity of the H1 and H3 mineralized zones at depth and to explore for additional high-grade Ni-Cu-PGE magmatic massive sulphide lenses proximal to the current resource.
Figure 4: Planned Drill Trace of GR-23-04 With Magnetic Inversion Model and Historic Drill Holes
Figure 5: Planned Drill Trace of GR-23-04 With Geology and Historic Drill Holes
The Grasset Project
The Grasset Deposit, discovered in 2012 and located at the southern end of the Grasset Ultramafic Complex, comprises two sub-parallel, and sub-vertically dipping zones (H1 and H3) of disseminated to locally semi-massive sulphide mineralization. The H1 and H3 zones both remain open at depth and along strike to the northwest and southeast.
In 2021 an updated mineral resource estimate, using a 2016 drilling cutoff, was completed with an Indicated Resource Estimate of 5.5 Mt grading 1.53% nickel equivalent (NiEq) and an Inferred Resource Estimate of 217,000 tonnes grading 1.01% NiEq.
The vast majority of the Grasset Ultramafic Complex is underexplored and limited exploration prior to 2016 resulted in the discovery of several significant nickel sulphide showings along the entire 23km long belt. Most notable is the GUC Central discovery, 7km northwest of the Grasset Deposit, which hosts a 950m thick ultramafic sequence with several horizons of nickel sulphides and a best mineralized intercept of 4.14% Ni over 0.65m, within 7.58m of 1.05% Ni.
The Grasset deposit is one of the largest nickel sulphide deposits in Canada’s Abitibi region and the only North American nickel sulphide deposit, with more than 50,000 contained tonnes of nickel and an average NiEq grade of over 1.5%, not controlled by a major mining company.
The scientific and technical content of this press release has been reviewed and approved by Mr. Jacquelin Gauthier, P.Geo, Vice President, Exploration, who is a "Qualified Person" as defined by National Instrument 43-101 - Standards of Disclosure for Mineral Projects.
Archer Exploration is a Canadian Ni-Cu-Co-PGE focused exploration and development company with an extensive portfolio of assets in Quebec and Ontario, Canada. The Company’s flagship asset is the Grasset Project, located within the Abitibi Greenstone Belt, with an Indicated Resource of 5.5Mt @ 1.53% NiEq. In addition, the Company holds a strategically significant portfolio of 37 properties and over 300 km2 in the world-class mining district of Sudbury, Ontario.
The Company’s growth strategy is focused on the exploration and development of its nickel sulphide properties within its portfolio. Archer’s vision is to be a responsible nickel sulphide developer in stable pro-mining jurisdictions. Archer is committed to socially responsible exploration and development, working safely, ethically, and with integrity.
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