Premium Nickel Resources (TSXV:PNRL) Announces Significant Nickel Assay Findings at Selebi North Mine

Figure 1: Selebi North: Location of Reported Drill Holes with…


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Figure 1: Selebi North: Location of Reported Drill Holes with Underground Infrastructure, Historic Resources, Exploration Targets and modeled BHEM plates.

Premium Nickel Resources (TSXV:PNRL) (OTCQX: PNRLF) recently shared updates on its ongoing drill program at the Selebi North underground (SNUG) mine in Botswana, a site known for its nickel-copper-cobalt sulphide (Ni-Cu-Co) deposits. This follows previous announcements between November 14, 2023, and March 5, 2024, which reported results from 42 drillholes. The latest update includes results from an additional hole, bringing the total to 50 holes and 18,120 metres of drilling.

CEO, Keith Morrison commented in a press release: “By the end of March, we will have completed the underground drilling at Selebi North that will be included in our maiden Selebi NI 43-101 Mineral Resource Estimate. The objective of the Selebi MRE, expected in June, is to provide the basis to support the rapid redevelopment of these deposits using the existing shafts and infrastructure. The mineralization continues down plunge and down dip from beyond the drilling to be reported in the MRE, which is evidenced in recent drilling, BHEM results and historic drilling. The mineralization continues down plunge and down dip from beyond the drilling to be reported in the MRE, which is evidenced in recent drilling, BHEM results and historic drilling. News flow will continue with assay results from the latest phase of underground drilling.”

The company’s drill program aims to delineate mineralization beyond the existing mine workings, contributing data towards a Mineral Resource Estimate (MRE) that adheres to the National Instrument 43-101 – Standards of Disclosure for Mineral Projects (NI 43-101). The results from the latest hole, SNUG-23-069, drilled at the 880-metre level, are notable for two reasons: it is located on the limb between the N2 and N3 fold noses, where no historical resources have been identified, and it represents the first nickel assay to exceed 4% nickel concentration.

The drilling project is part of a broader exploration effort to assess the extent of mineralization, particularly in areas not covered by historical resources. The project involves three drill rigs operating from the 810-metre level, targeting regions further down plunge and beyond the known mineral resources. This setup allows for a more comprehensive evaluation of the site’s potential.

Additionally, Borehole Electromagnetic (BHEM) surveys are being conducted to further understand the continuity of mineralization. To date, surveys have been completed in 25 drillholes, including nine drilled in 2024 from the 810-metre level. These surveys provide critical data on the down-plunge potential of the South Limb and other areas, guiding the planning of future drilling activities with larger step-out intervals.

As of March 25, 2024, the drilling campaign has accumulated 28,574 metres across 80 drillholes, with three currently underway. The company plans to continue releasing assay results as they become available and are verified. This comprehensive exploration effort not only underscores the potential for further discoveries at the SNUG mine but also reflects Premium Nickel Resources Ltd.’s commitment to thoroughly evaluating and responsibly developing its mineral assets.

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Figure 2: Selebi North: Location of Reported Drill Holes with Underground Infrastructure, Historic Resources and Exploration Targets

Highlights from the project are as follows:

  • Completion of $21.6 million financing to fund initial Mineral Resource Estimate (“MRE”) on Selebi Main and Selebi North (see news release December 2023).
  • More than 28,000 metres of drilling completed as of the date of this news release from seven underground drill bays at Selebi North.
  • Repeatedly encountering massive sulphide mineralization when drilling within the historic resource (see historic resource).
    • SNUG-23-053 (South Limb): 6.05 metres of 2.76% NiEq (1.95% Ni; 1.23% Cu; 0.11% Co)
    • SNUG-23-054 (N3 Limb): 6.85 metres of 3.97% NiEq (2.72% Ni; 1.97% Cu; 0.15% Co)
    • SNUG-23-055 (South Limb): 15.30 metres of 2.95% NiEq (1.84% Ni; 1.85% Cu; 0.10% Co)
      incl. 8.45 metres of 3.04% NiEq (2.15% Ni; 1.40% Cu; 0.11% Co)
      and 3.00 metres of 2.98% NiEq (2.13% Ni; 1.28% Cu; 0.12% Co)
    • SNUG-23-056 (South Limb): 30.45 metres of 2.85% NiEq (1.78% Ni; 1.81% Cu; 0.09% Co)
      including 15.80 metres of 2.97% NiEq (1.73% Ni; 2.15% Cu; 0.09% Co)
      and 12.10 metres of 3.12% NiEq (2.06% Ni; 1.73% Cu; 0.11% Co)
    • SNUG-23-057 (N3 Limb): 9.55 metres of 3.90% NiEq (2.72% Ni; 1.81 Cu; 0.16% Co)
    • SNUG-23-058 (N2 Limb): 12.95 metres of 2.45% NiEq (0.74% Ni; 3.23% Cu; 0.04% Co)
      including 10.40 metres of 2.76% NiEq (0.69% Ni; 3.94% Cu; 0.04% Co)
  • Frequently encountering massive sulphide mineralization when drilling down-dip and down-plunge of the historic resource at Selebi North.
    • SNUG-23-017 (South Limb, 180 metres down plunge of historic resource):
      18.15 metres of 2.21% NiEq (1.27% Ni; 1.65% Cu; 0.06% Co)
      incl. 6.25 metres of 3.23% NiEq (2.34% Ni; 1.40% Cu; 0.11% Co)
      and 3.50 metres of 3.22% NiEq (1.06% Ni; 4.08% Cu; 0.05% Co)
    • SNUG-24-089: (South Limb, 403 metres down-plunge and outside of the historic resource) intersected massive sulphide mineralization (assays pending, photos published see news release dated March 5, 2024).
    • *NEW SNUG-24-094 (drilled 400 metres down plunge of N2): intersected massive sulphide mineralization (assays pending).
  • New assay result with greater than 4% Nickel
    • SNUG-23-069: (between N2 and N3 fold noses, outside historic resources):
      5.85 metres of 1.63% NiEq (1.17% Ni, 0.70% Cu, 0.06% Co)
      incl. 2.25 metres of 2.50% NiEq (1.52% Ni, 1.64% Cu, 0.09% Co)
      incl. 0.45 metres of 5.86% NiEq (4.53% Ni, 2.10% Cu, 0.16% Co)
  • Significant Copper
    • SNUG-23-026 (N3):
      4.10 m of 3.49% NiEq (1.52 % Ni, 3.65% Cu, 0.07% Co)
      incl. 2.85 m of 3.56% NiEq (0.89 % Ni, 5.09% Cu, 0.05% Co)
    • SNUG-23-036 (N2):
      10.45 m of 1.44% NiEq (0.48 % Ni, 1.82% Cu, 0.02% Co)
      incl. 4.15 metres of 2.53%NiEq (0.48 % Ni, 3.97% Cu, 0.02% Co)
  • Consistently reporting world-class assay results from ongoing drilling at Selebi North (see Appendix 1 and 2 for tables of assays and collars released to date)
    • SNUG-23-064 (South Limb/N2): 102.80 metres of 2.20% NiEq (1.41% Ni, 1.30% Cu, 0.08% Co)
    • SNUG-23-067 (South Limb/N2): 110.75 metres of 2.52% NiEq (1.52% Ni, 1.70% Cu, 0.08% Co)
    • SNUG-23-057 (N3): 9.55 metres of 3.94% NiEq (2.72 % Ni, 1.81% Cu, 0.16% Co)
  • Successfully mapping mineralization using Borehole Electromagnetic (“BHEM”), aiding drilling to extend mineralization below the legacy Selebi North resource. To date, 100% of the high conductance modeled plates correlate to massive sulphides within, down-dip and down plunge of the Selebi North historic resource.
  • Exceptional initial hydrometallurgical test results demonstrating high leach rates of Cu, Ni, Co, and PGEs, with equally high extraction rates to precipitates (see news release dated February 22, 2024).
  • On track to publishing the maiden Selebi MRE Q2 2024.

Table 1: Assay Results Selebi North Deposit

*Length refers to drillhole length and not true width. True widths of the South Limb are unknown.

**NiEq was calculated assuming a price of $US 7.86/lb for Ni, $US 4.00/lb for Cu and $US 12.95/lb for Co with no adjustments for recoveries and payabilities.

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Figure 3: Detailed view showing location of drillholes reported and mentioned in this release

Table 2: Drill Collar Information Selebi North Deposit

The above references an opinion and is for information purposes only. It is not intended to be investment advice. Seek a licensed professional for investment advice. The author is not an insider or shareholder of any of the companies mentioned above.
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