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Dynamic Metals lines up drill program at Democrat tenement

Updated: Apr 19

Dynamic Metals is set to get boots on ground at its Widgiemooltha project. Credit: File

Dynamic Metals is primed to launch a 12-hole reverse-circulation (RC) drill campaign in its search for nickel at its recently-granted Democrat tenement that forms part of the company’s Widgiemooltha project.

The exploration license for Democrat was granted in June, with a program of work approved last month. The company has already prioritised two targets at its D3 and D5 prospects.

Management says the D5 prospect presents as a promising target with historic drilling establishing the potential for nickel with a 20m hit at 0.54 per cent nickel. Mincor Resources’ drilling at its nearby Patriot prospect, along strike and north of D5, showed results of 2m going 0.67 per cent nickel from 107m, in addition to 13m grading 0.64 per cent nickel from 19m and 16m at 0.4 per cent nickel from 49m.

The company believes the geophysical signature at D5 is much stronger than that at Patriot and is planning to sink six holes to test the 1.3km strike of the interpreted basal contact.

The remaining six holes will be sunk at D3, which sits in the centre of the tenement where the campaign will test 400m of interpreted basal contact to a depth of up to 150m. The company says anomalous nickel results from historic Western Mining Corporation drilling, combined with magnetic interpretations and soil geochemistry, have highlighted the six targets.

Democrat is within 20km of several Kambalda nickel projects including the Lanfranchi, Cameron, Stockwell, Jan, Foster and Miitel deposits.

Dynamic recently wrapped up a 48-hole air-core (AC) program of 2099m at Widgiemooltha that focused on three key prospects. A total of 16 holes were drilled at the Sunday Soak prospect where the company is testing for nickel, while a further 16 holes were sunk into both the Mandilla and Higginsville targets in search of gold mineralisation. Assay results are expected in coming weeks.

Management believes a regional lithium soil sampling program at Widgiemooltha will be completed this week with assays due in about two months. The operation sits among several developing lithium projects in the evolving East Yilgarn lithium corridor, with Mineral Resources’ Mt Marion mine and Liatam Mining’s Bald Hill lithium mine just 25km down the road.

Dynamic says Widgiemooltha has seen virtually no lithium exploration and the company has identified mapping and rock-chip sampling as a priority to generate data for an upcoming lithium-focused drill program scheduled for early next year.

In May, geochemical analysis on 1m split samples from drilling at the company’s Dordie Far West prospect at Widgiemooltha revealed a solid bump in nickel grades, including a 5m hit at an impressive 2.84 per cent nickel from 30m. If Dynamic can replicate that result with its upcoming campaign at Democrat, it could be onto the next big nickel discovery in a region that has produced more than 1.6 million tonnes of the metal since the 1960s.

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