Under-Explored Kimberley West For Nickel And Gold

In March 2017, Longford announced it had executed an option to acquire an 80% interest in the West Kimberley Project, located 95km north-east of Derby. The project consists of two tenements, E04/1972 (granted) and E04/2314, which cover the north-west extension of the Ruin Dolerite. This also hosts Buxton Resources’ Double Magic nickel sulphide discovery.

The Company’s main area of interest is a 4km (long?) high magnetic structure identified during previous field work. Drilling intercepted dense zones of stratiform sulphide accumulations within the magnetic structure. Minor, sphalerite (Zn) and trace amounts of chalcopyrite (Cu) and galena (Pb) were identified in a hand specimen within the sulphides. The Company believes that any soil anomalies identified within the 4km magnetic structure which hosts the stratiform sulphides will make a compelling drill target.

Airborne Magnetic Map

Four rock chip grab samples were collected for gold, with a new gold prospect (Tim Prospect) being identified. The quartz outcrop, within the Marboo Formation is over 400m long, 1m to 5m wide and orientated in a general NW-SE direction. The best assay from the Tim Prospect returned 5g/t Au from a ferruginous boxwork quartz vein.

Longford is working on developing a sediment-hosted exhalative model for use in future exploration programmes at the Kimberley West Project. The distal part of the system is usually low in base metal content as the main sulphide species are pyrite or pyrrhotite. The proximal part of the system, closer to an exhalative vent, often contains zinc, lead and copper which is generally associated with gold and silver in economic proportions. Longford will use the upcoming soil program to target potential zones of elevated metals within the stratiform sulphide system.

Drillholes location map and gold prospects location

Historical exploration within the Longford tenements includes trench and rock chip sampling from the Robinson River Prospect. A quartz stockwork zone (approx. length 1km) was identified along a major northwest fault and was trench sampled by Westham Nominees in 1987, and again by Rubicon Resources Ltd in 2007. The peak result from three small trenches was 10m @ 8.56g/t gold (DMP Minedex).
The Kimberley West Project has been well supported by the government of Western Australia, including financial support from the Department of Mines and Petroleum as part of round 12 of the Exploration Incentive Scheme (EIS).