Exploration update at KKME MFC Project: Power Metal
08 April 2021
Power Metal Resources PLC announced an exploration update at the Kalahari Key Mineral Exploration Pty Ltd (Kalahari Key or KKME) Molopo Farms Complex Project (the Project or MFC Project), which is targeting prospective massive nickel sulphide and platinum-group element (PGE) mineralisation in Botswana.
Selected quarter core samples were sent to the Geology Department of the University of Witwatersrand in Johannesburg (the University) for thin section mineralogical analysis.
Nickel sulphides have been identified in three core samples containing visible sulphide grains taken from the drill hole KKME 1-6.
The sulphides were studied under optical light and using a Tescan Integrated Mineral Analyser (TIMA) scanning electron microscope in the Earth Lab of the University.
The preliminary study shows that the primary magmatic, pentlandite-bearing, assemblage is present only in sample IMK-05139. Two samples (IMK-05149 and IMK-05153) contain relics of primary pentlandite within predominant secondary nickel sulphides, arsenides and alloys (Heazlewoodite, Shandite, Maucherite, Awaruite, and Breithauptite) that were likely formed under reduced conditions.
The PGE content of all sulphides was under a detection limit of the energy-dispersive analysis.
While these results are encouraging, it is necessary to stress that they are very preliminary, and further work is in progress at the University.