Metal Energy Corp. [MERG-TSXV] reported assay results from the phase 1 drill program completed in March and April on the high-grade nickel and copper-cobalt Manibridge project in the Thompson nickel belt in Manitoba. The Program successfully intersected high-grade nickel-sulphide mineralization over a one kilometre strike length within the shadow of the past-producing Manibridge mine that produced 1.3 million tonnes at 2.55% nickel and 0.27% copper from 1971 to 1977.
Highlights Include 0.92% NiEq (nickel equivalent) over 32.95 metres starting at 150.45 metres, including 1.24% NiEq over 11.45 metres at 169.1 metres in drill hole MNB004. Hole MNB003 returned 0.81% NiEq over 13.5 metres starting at 337.5 metres. MNB006 returned 1.13% NiEq over 9.0 metres starting at 700.0 metres, including 1.62% NiEq over 5.0 metres at 701.0 metres in drill hole MNB006.
Two drill holes intersected thick composite mineralization over 100 and 80 metres in length with 40% and 55% of those intervals being mineralized, respectively.
James Sykes, CEO of Metal Energy, said, “The results from the program are very encouraging and better than expected. They’ve answered many of our preliminary questions on Manbridge’s Phase 1. These six holes have iIntersected high-grade nickel mineralization in every drill hole which demonstrates mineralization over a minimum one kilometre strike length.
“Discovered at least 4 zones of mineralization which provides for multiple zones of overlapping mineralization. intersected thick intervals of continuous mineralization at shallow depths less than 300 metres from surface which could be amenable to bulk tonnage mining operations; and filled in gaps where no mineralization was previously defined which opens the mineralization potential in all directions.
“We’re excited to continue exploring and developing Manibridge with our Phase Two and future drill programs.”
The program consisted of six diamond drill holes for a total of 2,350 metres. Drill holes MNB003 and MNB004 intersected thick accumulations of composite mineralization defined over 100 and 80 metres drill hole length with 40% and 55% of those intervals being mineralized, respectively. These results demonstrate the continuity and thickness potential of mineralization that exists at Manibridge.
The grade-thickness results (NiEq% x metres) of the first reported interval from MNB004 is better than a number of historic drill hole intersections that were part of the mine workings, demonstrating significant quantities of nickel sulphide mineralization were left in the ground well-outside of the mined area.
Drill holes MNB001 and MNB003 both filled gaps in the mineralization model defined by historic drill hole results which indicates that mineralization is still open along strike and at depth. Both depth and strike length potential remain largely untested at Manibridge and will be the targets for future drill programs.
Drill holes MNB002, MNB004 and MNB005 all intersected mineralization starting shallower than approximately 200 metres from surface. All drill holes (MNB001 to MNB006) remain open in the up-dip direction and it’s presumed that mineralization continues in this direction which provides potential for bulk tonnage open pit style of mining operations.
Drill hole MNB006 successfully defined the continuation of high-grade mineralization beneath the old mine workings indicating that mineralization controls of the Manibridge system are continuous down to at least 700 m depth and could continue deeper. All drill holes remain open in the down-dip direction.
Geochemical analysis was completed at Saskatchewan Research Council’s Geoanalytical Laboratories in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan. The samples were analyzed for whole rock and multi-element results using ICP1 Total 4 Acid Digestion methodologies.
Metal Energy is the operator of Manibridge and owns 49% of the project. Metal Energy has surpassed the work commitments required to earn 70% ownership, with a short-term objective to achieve 100% ownership of Manibridge from CanAlaska Uranium Ltd. [CVV-TSXV; CVVUF-OTCQB; DH7H-FSE].
Manibridge encompasses 4,368 hectares within the world-class Thompson Nickel Belt. The project is 20 km southwest of Wabowden, which has significant infrastructure and capacity that has supported previous exploration programs and mine development, including year-round highway access via Highway 6.
Metal Energy is a well-funded nickel and battery metal exploration company with two projects, Manibridge and Strange, in the politically stable jurisdictions of Manitoba and Ontario, Canada, respectively. Both projects are subject to earn-in agreements where the Company can acquire 100% exploration rights to approximately 16,200 hectares.