RECENT drilling by Amur Minerals Corporation at Kun-Manie Nickel-Copper Project in Russia’s Far East is expected to materially increase the resource, which stands at 770,000 tonnes of nickel and 207,000 tonnes of copper. The resource expansion drilling has already identified at least 2200 metres of new mineralisation.
The 2017 summer drilling program of 82 diamond core drill holes for 20,060 metres has extended Kubuk deposit to the west by almost 600 metres. About 500 metres of new mineralisation has also been identified to the east of Ikenskoe/Sobolevsky (IKEN) deposit. The size of both deposits has doubled.
The current combined JORC resource for all resource categories at IKEN and Kubuk contains 258,000 tonnes of nickel within a combined strike length of approximately 1500 metres.
A third mineralised block named ISK-2 has also been identified. It is 800 metres long and contains an average of 24.2 metres thickness averaging 0.79% nickel and 0.21% copper.
This untested block along the ISK (Ikenskoe/Sobolevsky/Kubuk) target lies between mineralised holes and is now being drilled.
Amur believes successful drilling could link the areas, forming a single deposit with a continuous mineralised length of 4.5km, making it the second largest deposit within the Kun-Manie licence area.
Amur’s chief executive Robin Young said, “We are extremely pleased with the drill results our team has obtained. We have most likely converted inferred resource to that of indicated at Kubuk, which is key to reserve definition and expansion.
“We are also excited to confirm that Kubuk and Ikenskoe/Sobolevsky are likely to be a single near continuous deposit totalling more than 4.5km in length.
“The early start to this year’s program and our drill team’s increased productivity rate should allow us to substantially increase our resource inventory. Merging the two deposits will expand our nickel resource to more than 1 million tonnes of nickel alone.”
As of August 29, 20,060 metres of diamond core drilling, across 82 holes, had been completed approximately eight weeks ahead of schedule. Available fuel inventories will allow Amur to drill up to an additional 10,000 metres through the remainder of the season to October 31, weather permitting. This expansion to the original program represents an increase of 50% from the planned program.