Canadian Mining Journal


NICKEL-COPPER: Pancontinental explores recently acquired St. Laurent project

ONTARIO – Pancontinental Resources started exploring its newly acquired nickel-copper-cobalt St. Laurent project, located in St. Laurent Township, northern Ontario.

In a press release, the Toronto-based miner explained that past shallow drilling at the property identified disseminated multi-element sulphide mineralization across notable widths trending towards a large gabbro-hosted magnetic feature. However, drilling to date has not yet intersected massive sulphides.

“A recently completed geological compilation and a re-interpretation of past work indicate the presence of an intrusive gabbro body containing widespread anomalous nickel-copper-cobalt  mineralization,” Pancon’s president and CEO, Layton Croft, said in the media brief.

“Mineralization consists of disseminations, blebs and stringers, which represent a body up to 80 metres thick. Historic diamond drilling was limited along 205 metres of strike extent, with the deepest hole at a 160-metre vertical depth. It appears from our ongoing interpretation that several of the previous drill holes were terminated while still in the mineralized gabbro body. An unexplained robust airborne electromagnetic conductor, 600 metres in length, is coincident with the mineralized body. Our ongoing evaluation indicates these important exploration features together represent a classic nickel-copper-cobalt massive sulphide target.”

Croft recounted that the first phase of historic diamond drilling was completed in 1965-66 when seven holes totalling 1,081 metres were completed.

“Pancon has located a sufficient number of the drill casings in the field in order to re-establish and incorporate this work into the current interpretation. Drill logs from the seven holes were preserved and incorporated, although assay results were not preserved,” the executive said.

Pancon’s president indicated that in 2008, a three-hole, 604-metre diamond drill program was also completed. Drill logs and assay results were preserved from this phase of exploration and, in his company’s view, they support the presence of a wide zone of low grade nickel-copper-cobalt sulphide mineralization.

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