North American Nickel (NAN) has declared that plans for the exploration campaign to be carried out in August – September at the Maniitsoq project has been finalized. Field work and a proposed 2,000 m diamond drill program will be included in the exploration campaign.
The company may commence the mobilization of the crew and base camp from Nuuk to the Maniitsoq project area on August 13, 2012, and has scheduled to begin field examinations on August 16. It has also scheduled to start the diamond drilling program on August 25. The focus of the field work will be to confirm several conductive zones that were discovered by the company’s VTEM Plus helicopter-borne TEM survey.
During the field work, the company’s geologists will move to the area of high-priority anomalies and examine the outcropping rocks located in every region. They will be seeking for confirmation of mineralization for the conductive anomaly that was identified during the aerial survey and will also look for the existence of rocks like norites, or additional mafic-ultramafic intrusions, which are related closely to deposits containing copper and nickel. This work is specifically designed to choose and prioritize this year’s drill target areas.
A drill rig supported by a helicopter will perform the drilling campaign. The company will recover BTW sized drill core, and it is expected that majority of the holes will be specifically surveyed with the help of a three-component bore-hole electromagnetic probe in order to expand every drill hole’s effective search radius. The drill program may be completed by this September end.
The program is being supplied with the field camp, logistical and technical support, and expediting services from Xploration Services Greenland. Newfoundland-based Cartwright Drilling has been engaged to conduct the drill program. A helicopter and skilled pilots will be supplied by Air Greenland in order to shift field crews and mobilize the drill rig.