GEOPHYSICS conducted at Ram Resources’ recently acquired West Kimberley Nickel-Copper Project in northern Western Australia has identified strong electromagnetic (EM) conductors. There were eight EM conductors identified with three being high-priority, strong bedrock targets warranting drill testing and follow-up exploration.
The company’s strong progress at the West Kimberley project has resulted in it being awarded a $150,000 grant under the Exploration Incentive Scheme, which is administered by Western Australia Government’s Department of Mines. The funds will be used to undertake a drilling program.
Recent activities on the project include geological reconnaissance, historical data collection, a versatile time-domain EM (VTEM) aerial survey and a high-power fix-loop EM (HP FLTEM) survey focused on the Ruin Dolerite. This dolerite intrudes to Marboo Formation, which is the dominant rock unit within the project area. Ruin Dolerite hosts nickel mineralisation to the southeast at Buxton Resources’ Double Magic project.
Ram has more than 1100sqkm under management in the West Kimberley, including 807sqkm under application in Fissure Exploration, a company 100% owned by Ram.
Ram’s geophysical consultants, Southern Geoscience, identified eight discrete EM conductors ranging in depth from 75 metres to 175 metres below surface. The conductors are interpreted to lie within a magnetic intensity zone within the Ruin Dolerite. Of the eight, three high-priority, strong bedrock EM conductors were identified with conductance ranging from about 6000S to about 10,000S.
The three high-priority conductors dominate the late-time channel data which is indicative of highly conductive bedrock sources. The very high conductance levels indicated by modelling are consistent with the presence of well-developed sulphide mineralisation.
The HP FLTEM survey was completed across the first five strong primary VTEM anomalies identified in Ram’s recently completed VTEMmax survey and involved about 35 line km with eight fixed loops utilised and 710 survey station readings acquired. The high quality HP FLTEM data allowed robust target modelling to be undertaken and prioritisation of bedrock conductors for upcoming drilled testing in the 2016 season.
Two VTEMmax anomalies previously delineated remain untested and a HP FLTEM survey encompassing these will be carried out. Ram will now turn its attention to planned drilling programs and further field work.
At Ram’s Fraser Range North project the company has negotiated an extension of the term of option to acquire the tenements until June 16, 2016. Ram has a portfolio of high-quality exploration projects in the Fraser Range belt covering about 879sqkm.