Grasset Project

The Grasset Project is a resource-exploration stage Ni-Cu-Co-PGM project located in the James Bay territory in Nord-du-Québec administrative region of the Province of Quebec, Canada, approximately 77 km west-northwest of the city of Matagami and 170 km north of the town of Amos.

Archer acquired the Grasset Project through a transaction with Wallbridge Mining Company Limited (TSX: WM) (“Wallbridge”) announced on July 13, 2022. The property consists of 153 claims blocks for an aggregate area of 81.81 km2 located in the Archean Abitibi Subprovince of the southern Superior Province in the Canadian Shield.

The Grasset deposit, discovered in 2012, comprises two subparallel zones (H1 and H3 Zones) of disseminated to locally semi-massive sulphide mineralization located at the southern end of the Grasset Ultramafic Complex (“GUC”). An initial Mineral Resource Estimate, comprising 5,512,000 tonnes grading 1.53% NiEq Indicated and 217,000 tonnes grading 1.01% NiEq Inferred (November 2021) and preliminary metallurgical testing results was published in early 2016. 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 >50,000 contained tonnes of nickel and an average nickel grade of over 1.5% that is not controlled by a major mining company.  The deposit remains open at depth and requires further drilling to more fully evaluate the strike extents to the northwest and south east.

Drilling in 2018-2019 by former owners Balmoral Resources discovered another significant zone of nickel mineralization in the Central GUC prospect, located approximately 7 kilometres to the northwest of the Grasset deposit. The nickel sulphide mineralization exhibits classic sulphide segregation/settling textures grading down sequence from disseminated, to net-textured matrix, to massive sulphide, over widths of 5 to 20 m. The broadest mineralized interval intersected to date was in drill hole FAB-18-58, which returned 7.58 m grading 1.05% Ni, 0.31% Cu, 0.05% Co, 0.20 g/t Pt and 0.48 g/t Pd that included a 0.65m thick basal massive sulphide zone grading 4.14% Ni, 0.26% Cu, 0.18% Co, 1.9 g/t Pt and 0.89 g/t Pd.Very limited Ni-focused exploration has been carried out away from the immediate Grasset resource and Central GUC prospect areas where several untested, or partially tested coincident magnetic/conductivity anomalies have been delineated, demonstrating excellent potential for further significant Ni-Cu-Co-PGE discoveries. No work was completed on the property leading up to or after Wallbridge’s acquisition of Balmoral in May 2020. Archer is currently carrying out field exploration work program design and planning for the upcoming 2022 winter season, which will look to expand the existing resource and carry out further exploration along strike in the GUC.

Table 1 – 2021 Grasset Resource Estimate (November 2021) 1,2

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Figure 1 – Access and Waterways of the Grasset Project

Figure 2 - Grasset Project Boundaries


The scientific and technical information in this website has been prepared in accordance with the Canadian regulatory requirements set out in National Instrument 43-101 (Standards of Disclosure for Mineral Projects) and reviewed and approved by Jack Gauthier, VP of Exploration for Archer Exploration Corp. and a “qualified person” as defined by NI 43-101.

Mineralization hosted on adjacent and/or nearby and/or geologically similar properties is not necessarily indicative of mineralization hosted on the Company’s properties.

Table 1 Notes:

  1. The Resource Estimate is based on a 0.80% NiEq cut-off grade. The independent and qualified person for the Resource Estimate, as defined by NI 43 101, is Carl Pelletier, P.Geo. (InnovExplo Inc.). The effective date of the Grasset 2021 MRE is November 9, 2021. These mineral resources are not mineral reserves as they do not have demonstrated economic viability. The Resource Estimate follows 2014 CIM Definition Standards and the 2019 CIM MRMR Best Practice Guidelines. Two mineralized zones were modelled in 3D using a minimum true width of 3.0 m. Density values are interpolated from density databases, capped at 4.697 g/cm3. High-grade capping was done on raw assay data and established on a per zone basis for nickel (15.00%), copper (5.00%), platinum (5.00 g/t) and palladium (8.00 g/t). Composites (1-m) were calculated within the zones using the grade of the adjacent material when assayed or a value of zero when not assayed. The Resource Estimate was completed using a block model in GEMS (v.6.8) using 5m x 5m x 5m blocks. Grade interpolation (Ni, Cu, Co, Pt, Pd, Au and Ag) was obtained by ID2 using hard boundaries. Results in NiEq were calculated after interpolation of the individual metals. The Resource Estimate is categorized as indicated and inferred based on drill spacing, geological and grade continuity. A maximum distance to the closest composite of 50 m was used for indicated mineral resources and 100 m for the inferred mineral resources. The criterion of reasonable prospects for eventual economic extraction was met by having constraining volumes applied to any blocks (potential underground extraction scenario) using DSO and by the application of a cut off grade of 0.80% NiEq. Cut-off calculations used: Mining = C$65.00/t; Maintenance = C$10.00/t; G&A = C$20.00/t; Processing = C$42.00/t. The cut-off grades should be re-evaluated in light of future prevailing market conditions (metal prices, exchange rate, mining cost, etc.). The NiEq formula used a USD:CAD exchange rate of 1.31, a nickel price of US$6.95/lb, a copper price of US$3.33/lb, a cobalt price of US$17.06/lb, a platinum price of US$984.85/oz, and a palladium price of US$2,338.47/oz. Gold and silver do not contribute to the economics of the deposit. Results are presented undiluted and in-situ. Ounce (troy) = metric tons x grade / 31.10348. Metric tons and ounces were rounded to the nearest hundred. Metal contents are presented in ounces and pounds. Any discrepancies in the totals are due to rounding effects; rounding followed the recommendations in NI 43-101. The QP is not aware of any known environmental, permitting, legal, title-related, taxation, socio-political, marketing or other relevant issue that could materially affect the Resource Estimate.
  2. The quantity and grade of reported inferred resources in the Resource Estimate are uncertain in nature and there has been insufficient exploration to define these inferred resources as an indicated or measured mineral resource and it is uncertain if further exploration will result in upgrading them to an indicated or measured mineral resource category.