First Class Metals PLC (“First Class Metals” “FCM” or the “Company”) the UK metals exploration company seeking large scale metal discoveries across its extensive Canadian, Ontario focussed land holding is pleased to provide an update on activities in respect to the Company’s West Pickle Lake project into which Palladium one has Earn In/Joint Venture (JV) rights, (“Pickle Lake JV” “West Pickle Lake (zone)” “WPL”) with Palladium One Inc (TSXV:PDM) (“Palladium One”).
Highlights Reported by Palladium One
- Wide zones of nickel-copper mineralization intersected at West Pickle Lake Include:
o 0.6% Ni, 0.4% Cu , 0.01% Co, 0.08 g/t Total Precious Metals (“TPM”) (Pt+Pd+Au) over 28.2 meters in hole TK22-114
- Including2.0% Ni, 0.6% Cu, 0.04% Co, 0.12 g/t TPM over 3.2 meters
o 0.43% Ni, 0.26% Cu , 0.01% Co, 0.06 g/t TPM over 27.0 meters in hole TK22-118
- Including2.0% Ni, 0.7% Cu, 0.04% Co, 0.14 g/t TPM over 1.0 meters
o 1.5% Ni, 0.7% Cu , 0.02% Co, 0.30 g/t TPM over 8.0 meters in hole TK22-116
- Including10.0% Ni, 4.47% Cu, 0.14% Co, 2.13 g/t TPM over 1.0 meters
- The most easterly hole to date on West Pickle returns high grade:
o 1.9% Ni, 1.04% Cu , 0.03% Co, 0.58 g/t Total Precious Metals (“TPM”) (Pt+Pd+Au) over 2.6 meters in hole TK22-117
- Including5.7% Ni, 1.9% Cu, 0.07% Co, 1.57 g/t TPM over 0.8 meters
- West Pickle remains open for expansion to the east toward the RJ Zone
First Class Metals is delighted to report the latest assay results form the West Pickle Lake massive sulphide discovery. These drill results reinforce both the high-grade nature of the West Pickle Lake Zone and the potential for tonnage as reported in hole TK22-114, the widths and grades are similar to the Palladium One RJ Zone approx. 2.5km to the East and further develops the theory of the chonolith / feeder dykes in the area to host significant mineralisation.
Marc J Sale, First Class Metals CEO commented:
“This latest results from WPL are the widest intercepts reported to date from the discovery, but importantly we are still seeing some high grade material which has been the focal point of the assays released to date. Additionally, we also are seeing the potential for shallower ‘bulk tonnage’ in these wider widths. The discovery remains open along strike both to the west and east and down dip / plunge. The results provide further encouragement for our 100% owned contiguous North Hemlo project area and we look forward to developing our own exploration plans in this area through 2023.”
The most easterly hole drilled to date on the West Pickle Lake Zone (Hole TK22-117), intersected high-grade massive nickel-copper sulphides and has extended the zone to over 600 meters in length, and it remains open for further expansion on the east, west and at depth.
Table 1: Assay Results: Selected Drill Results from the West Pickle Lake Zone
|Hole||From (m)||To (m)||Width (m)||Ni %||Cu %||Co %||TPM g/t (Pd+Pt+Au)||Pd g/t||Pt g/t||Au g/t|
|TK22-113||Abandoned due to deviation|
|TK22-121||No significant values|
|TK22-122||No significant values|
(1) Reported widths are “drilled widths” not true widths. Italicised grey shaded values are previously reported.
Figure 1 . Blebby and stringer nickel-copper sulphide in altered clinopyroxenite in hole TK22-114 ~130m down hole.
The West Pickle Lake mineralised zone continues to expand and be enhanced by the drill intersections reported by Palladium One and remains open to the west, east and at depth.
Figure 2. Long section looking south of the West Pickle Lake Zone, note importantly open to the west.
Palladium One has identified positive results for a property wide feeder dyke / chonolith geological model with first test returning wide interval of anomalous nickel, which supports the exploration hypothesis that east-west trending interpreted feeder dykes are mineralized (hole TK22-076, located 2 kilometers to the west of the West Pickle Lake Zone), see Figure 3
Figure 3. Plan and long section looking north perpendicular to the interpreted chonolith structure linking the West Pickle Lake and RJ zones, showing potential for massive sulphide mineralization beyond the depth detectable by the 2021 VTEM airborne survey.
To date a total of 32 holes, totalling 6,766 meters have been drilled in the vicinity of the West Pickle Lake Discovery. At present, West Pickle Lake mineralization has been defined over more than 600 meters of strike length (Figure 2,3). th. The potential for further discovery to the west is highlighted by the anomalous results from hole TK22-076, see Figure 4
Figure 4 showing the whole of the FCM North Hemlo property with WPL and hole TK22-076
The quality assurance and control reported by Palladium One are considered in line with industry guidelines.
For further information please contact:
|James Knowles, Executive Chairman||[email protected]||07488 362641|
|Marc J Sale, CEO||[email protected]||07711 093532|
|Ayub Bodi, Executive Director||[email protected]||07860 598086|
First Class Metals PLC – Background
First Class Metals is focussed on exploration in Ontario, Canada which is considered a top global destination for exploration with a robust and thriving junior mineral exploration sector. Specifically, the Hemlo ‘camp’ is a proven world class address for gold /VMS exploration. This geological terrane has significant production, both base / precious metals and a prolific number of exploration projects and numerous prospector’s showings.
FCM has commenced exploration programmes based on the detailed historical data review of available information on and around its seven claim blocks which comprise over 180km².
Figure 5. The original claim blocks that formed the ‘North Hemlo Property’. Note Pezim II (33 claims) are now the renamed ‘West Pickle Lake’ Palladium One JV/earn in property.
FCM-PDM JOINT VENTURE/EARN IN BACKGROUND
In July 2021 FCM secured a JV with Palladium One over the Pickle Lake Project area (comprising 33 single cell mining claims and the “Project”) Palladium One have the option to earn-in to an 80% interest in the Project subject to a three-year work program commitment. The JV sits on the Eastern flank of FCM’s Flagship North Hemlo Project.
Palladium One has the option to earn up to an 80% undivided working interest and a royalty Buy-Back Right, in the Earn-In Properties, over a 3-year earn-in period by incurring Canadian Exploration Expenses as follows:
Year 1 – an amount of not less than C$25,000 on or before the 1st anniversary of the Effective Date:
Year 2 – an amount of not less than C$135,000 (for an aggregate amount of $160,000) on or before the second anniversary of the Effective Date to earn a 51% interest; and
Year 3 – an amount of not less than C$165,000 (for an aggregate amount of not less than $325,000) and by preparing a National Instrument 43-101 (“NI43-101”) Technical Report with respect to the Earn-In Properties on or before the third anniversary of the Effective Date to earn an additional 29% (for a total aggregate 80% interest).
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