Exploration Projects

West Raglan Project

The West Raglan project is an advanced stage Ni-Cu-PGE exploration project in the Cape Smith Belt, Nunavik, Quebec. Royal Nickel has a 68% interest in True North Nickel Inc., a private company whose main asset is a 100% interest in the West Raglan property. On July 29, 2014, Royal Nickel filed a NI 43-101 compliant technical report for the West Raglan Project under Royal Nickel’s profile on SEDAR at www.sedar.com and on its website at www.royalnickel.com. The summary below is sourced from the technical report.

West Raglan Project

West Raglan is a mature nickel sulphide exploration project located in the center of the Cape Smith Nickel Belt in northern Quebec, Canada. The Cape Smith Belt is home to prolific, high-grade nickel sulphide deposits, including two producing mines; Glencore’s Raglan Mine and Jilin Jien Nickel’s Nunavik Mine (Figure 1).

Between 2002 and 2013, over $50 million has been spent in multiple campaigns of geologic mapping, prospecting, sampling, geophysical surveys and diamond drilling resulting in 229 drill holes totaling 43,541meters. Drilling has yielded multiple shallow, high grade nickel (2-3%+) and high grade PGM (2+g/t) intersections (Table 1, Figure 2).Seven zones of Ni-Cu-PGM sulphide have been found to date on the 400-square-kilometre West Raglan property. The most recent exploration campaign was completed by TNN during the period 2012-2013 where the focus of exploration was to advance the Frontier Area, where high grade Ni-Cu-PGM mineralization had been discovered including five key high-grade lens clusters (Figure 3). These intersections occur in the same geological setting as the Raglan mine, in ultramafic intrusions and flows occurring stratigraphically below the Chukotat Group basalt. The mineralization is also very similar to the typical ores from the Raglan mine, which are amongst the richest Ni-Cu-PGM mines in the world.

Table 1 Significant drill intersections from West Raglan Project.

Drill hole ID From (metres) To (metres) Interval (metres) Nickel % Copper % Platinum g/t Palladium g/t Cobalt %
Frontier Central          
TR-12-025 40 48.23 8.23 0.76 0.28 0.24 0.71 0.03
WR-03-14 20.75 31.25 10.5 2.78 1.21 0.8 2.78 0.05
WR-03-16 63.75 70 6.25 3.49 1.46 0.51 2.08 0.08
WR-08-152 158.7 174.6 15.9 0.85 0.42 0.19 0.71 0.05
Frontier East            
TR-12-011 15.94 23.6 7.66 1.28 0.39 0.2 0.65 0.05
WR-03-12 15.5 31 15.5 1.2 0.81 0.28 1.03 0.04
WR-03-13 41.8 49.42 7.62 2.54 1.42 0.39 1.56 0.09
 
Drill hole ID From (metres) To (metres) Interval (metres) Nickel % Copper % Platinum g/t Palladium g/t Cobalt %
WR-03-17 50.8 68 17.2 1.16 0.55 0.23 0.87 0.03
WR-05-98 77.45 84.05 6.6 0.87 0.42 0.15 0.58 0.02
Frontier: Seahawk A          
TR-12-001 122.1 136.6 14.5 1.96 0.65 0.3 1.1 0.05
TR-12-006 129.81 138.74 8.93 0.75 0.29 0.15 0.8 0.03
WR-04-48 52.6 60.1 7.5 0.73 0.33 0.12 0.41 0.03
WR-07-130 152 157 5 2.38 1.38 0.7 2.39 0.05
WR-08-151 56.7 67.9 11.2 3.81 1.14 0.69 2.74 0.11
WR-08-164 132.3 141.7 9.4 0.71 0.33 0.12 0.48 0.02
WR-08-164 141.85 170.13 28.28 3.21 1.32 0.65 2.43 0.07
Frontier Seahawk B          
WR-04-47 44.5 61.25 16.75 0.78 0.31 0.44 0.44 0.02
Frontier South          
TR-12-010 99 114 15 1.64 0.62 0.22 0.22 0.04
TR-12-029 172 179.5 7.5 2.71 1.5 0.68 4.79 0.06
WR-03-04 0 10 10 0.88 0.54 0.32 1.25 0.02
WR-03-08 15 35 20 2.41 0.92 0.66 2.28 0.06
WR-04-57 4 12.5 8.5 1.83 0.93 0.5 1.91 0.04
WR-04-69 77.5 88.1 10.6 0.76 0.35 0.11 0.48 0.02
WR-04-74 15.6 30.5 14.9 2.52 1.07 0.37 1.5 0.06
WR-05-100 118.8 128 9.2 1.89 0.6 0.26 1.06 0.05
WR-06-113 125 143.6 18.6 1.34 0.68 0.26 1 0.04
WR-06-125 161.65 171.5 9.85 0.89 0.27 0.26 1.03 0.02
WR-07-128 157.6 186.25 28.65 1.06 0.36 0.24 0.96 0.03
WR-07-128 217.2 223.1 5.9 2.98 0.68 0.41 1.61 0.07
WR-07-142 246.6 253.9 7.3 2.72 2.07 0.65 2.43 0.07
WR-08-149 132.2 144.26 12.06 1.5 0.71 0.26 1.03 0.04
Drill composites were calculated using a cut-off of 0.5% Nickel, a minimum composite grade of 0.7% Nickel, and a minimum composite length of 5 metres, a minimum internal dilution grade of 0.2% Nickel and a maximum internal dilution length of 2 metres. Drill intersections are reported as drilled thicknesses. True widths of the mineralized intervals are interpreted to be between 60-100% of the reported lengths.
 

The technical report indicates significant potential to expand the lenses at the Frontier Zone based on the quality of the mineralization identified to date at surface and by drilling, the large volume of fertile ultramafic rocks, the numerous discrete electromagnetic conductors, the strong similarities with other published mineral deposits in the belt, and the fact that the deepest drill intercepts are less than 250m below surface, and strong potential has been identified in the next depth slice (250-400m).

Six other zones on the property, in addition to the Frontier Area, have good indications of prospectively as illustrated by the presence of disseminated nickel sulphide mineralization in surface rock samples and in limited reconnaissance drilling.

True North’s exploration model is based on the potential to build a resource out of the mineralized lenses at Frontier, exploring for additional lenses at Frontier, and exploring for new lens clusters across the other zones of the property. The neighbouring Raglan Mine hosts similar clusters of mineralized lenses in 12 distinct zones, four of which are currently in production and feeding a central mill facility[1].

West Raglan Geology

The West Raglan property lies in the west central portion of the Cape Smith Belt, a linear belt of magmatic rocks related to the ≈1.88 Ga Chukotat Large Igneous Province (LIP). This belt forms a part of the wider Circum-Superior LIP event which rings the Archean Superior Craton  and is responsible for ultramafic magmatism hosting nickel sulphide ore bodies at Thompson, Manitoba and in the Labrador Trough, and platinum and nickel sulphide occurrences at Fox River, Manitoba (Jowitt and Ernst 2012, Desharnais 2005)

The geology of the West Raglan property comprises the volcanic and sedimentary rocks of the Chukotat and Povungnituk Groups, intruded by the Lac Esker Suite of ultramafic rocks. The Chukotat Group consists of a thick succession of relatively undeformed komatiitic basalt massive flows and pillowed flows with numerous minor interflow sedimentary units (Figure 4) The lower part of the Chukotat Group is in transitional contact with the Povungnituk Group sulphide rich (semi-massive to massive pyrite and/or pyrrhotite) mudstones, siltstones and carbonatized volcanic detrital rocks (Dionne-Foster, 2007). This transitional contact zone is intruded by a series of ultramafic intrusions that vary in composition from dunite to pyroxenite and are dominantly wherlitic. Five distinct intrusions are currently interpreted on the basis of minor lithogeochemical variation, field observation and magnetic signatures in the Frontier area

The southern portion of the West Raglan property is dominated by volcano-sedimentary rocks of the Povungnituk Group. This group consists mainly of highly deformed tholeiitic basalts with interflow sediments such as mudstone (some sulphidic), iron formations and calcareous shale.  Minor gabbroic and ultramafic intrusions are also present, although exposures are scarce due to extensive glacial till and soil cover. Magnetic responses indicate that numerous ultramafic bodies, magnetic gabbros, and iron formations are present beneath this cover.

The ultramafic intrusions of the Frontier Zone of West Raglan Property are located at the same stratigraphic position as all of Glencore’s Raglan Mine deposits (Figure 4).

[1] The proximity to Glencore Xstrata’s Raglan Mine does not mean True North Nickel will obtain similar results at its West Raglan project. West Raglan is an exploration project without any current resource estimates and there is no certainty that any such resource estimates will ever be established.

 

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Download - Technical Report on the West Raglan Ni Project, Quebec, Canada (July 2014)