Maximus Resources Limited has uncovered numerous shallow intersections of base metal and rare earth element potential during its first run of drilling at its promising Hilditch West target near BHP’s Kambalda nickel operation in Western Australia.
Reverse circulation drilling identified nickel-copper-cobalt mineralisation over roughly a 750 metre-strike of hosted domain. Additionally, high scandium grades, including 8m at 57 parts per million and 6m at 55ppm at three drill sections over 500m strike, were also found nearby.
The news comes amidst escalating global demand for battery minerals to power a global transition from fossil fuels to electricity.
The company said the scale of the find at such an early stage provides a “major upside.”
“These highly encouraging nickel-copper-cobalt and scandium intersections are a fantastic start to developing our understanding of the Hilditch West target,” managing director Tim Wither said.
“Hilditch West is now a very compelling nickel-sulphide target and will be bolstered by the recent geophysics programme which overlaps the target.
“We are eagerly awaiting electromagnetic modelling which may guide us towards a potential source of the sulphide mineralisation.”
Maximus said geophysical modelling of data would be available in the coming weeks.
The company’s Australian Stock Exchange-listed shares gained 4.17 per cent, finishing the day at 7.5c at market close.