In 2016, SPC Nickel announced the acquisition of the Lockerby East property that was formerly owned and operated by Falconbridge Limited. The property is located next to the past producing Lockerby mine and hosts the partially mined Lockerby East deposit and the large near-surface West Graham deposit.
In 2009, First Nickel disclosed a NI 43-101 indicated resource for the West Graham deposit totaling 8.55Mt grading 0.45 per cent Ni and 0.31 per cent Cu, along with an inferred resource of 2.0Mt grading 0.38 per cent Ni and 0.30 per cent Cu. The resource extends from 40 metres below surface to a depth of approximately 475 metres. The modelled zone ranges in thickness from 1.7 to 66 metres and strikes for 375 metres with a dip extent of up to 533 metres.
In 2010, First Nickel disclosed a NI 43-101 indicated resource for the Lockerby East deposit totaling 0.18Mt grading 2.32 per cent Ni and 0.87 per cent Cu, along with an inferred resource of 0.04Mt grading 2.90 per cent Ni and 0.80 per cent Cu. The mineralization is predominately contact style, with narrow (<5 metre thick) semi-massive to massive sulphide breccia veins anastomosing proximal to the granite/SIC contact. Historic underground drill intersections reported by First Nickel include hole FNI3414 that intersected 5.60 per cent Ni, 1.26 per cent Cu and 0.10 per cent Co over 10.0 metres.
In 2022, the company completed an 18-hole, 5,200 metres drill program designed to further evaluate and expand the higher-grade Ni-Cu zone hosted within the larger West Graham deposit. Highlights from the drilling include:
- 83 per cent Ni, 0.40 per cent Cu over 24.00 metres (WG-22-001),
- 53 per cent Ni, 0.44 per cent Cu over 82.60 metres (WG-22-008),
- 73 per cent Ni, 0.82 per cent Cu over 12.00 metres (WG-22-009).
In January of 2023, SPC Nickel announce an agreement with Vale Canada Limited. The agreement grants SPC Nickel the right to acquire a 100 per cent interest in the surface and mineral rights of the Crean Hill 3 property. In consideration, certain rights and royalties will be extended to Vale across the combined project. The Crean Hill 3 property is located adjacent to the company’s 100 per cent owned West Graham deposit and represents the west extension of the deposit. Historic drilling completed by Vale (formerly Inco) between 1958 and 1960 returned mineralized intersections of similar thickness and grade compared to the adjacent West Graham deposit over an additional 600 metre of strike length.
The focus for the company moving forward will be advancing the combined West Graham and Crean Hill 3 property towards a production decision in five and a half years.
Highlighting Ontario’s Aer-Kidd project
The 272-hectare Aer-Kidd property is located along the south range of the Sudbury basin, approximately 35 kilometres west of the City of Sudbury, Ont. The property covers an approximate 1.5-kilometre section of the Worthington offset dyke and saw historic production during the 1950-1960s, where it started as a shallow open pit and two shallow underground mines.
The Property is strategically located between two world class Ni-Cu-PGM deposits. Totten mine (Vale Canada), located 1.8 kilometres to the southeast, went into production in 2010 on a resource of 10.5Mt @ 1.5 per cent Ni, 2.0 per cent Cu and 4.8 g/t PGM’s. The Victoria mine (KGHM International) is currently in the construction phase and hosts a resource of 14.5Mt @ 2.5 per cent Ni, 2.5 per cent Cu and 7.6 g/t PGM’s.
In 2000, Crowflight Minerals (now CaNickel) optioned the property (mineral rights) and completed 48 holes for 26,850 meters over a four-year period. Several holes successfully intersected mineralization. Highlights include: 1.42 per cent Ni, 0.62 per cent Cu and 1.75 g/t PGM’s over 8.91 meters at 844.16 meters in hole W03-03AW1.
In 2013, SPC Nickel Corp. (formerly Sudbury Platinum Corp.) purchased 100 per cent interest in the mineral rights of the property. To date, the company has completed 63 holes for 32,620 meters. Several encouraging zones of Ni-Cu-PGM mineralization have been identified. Highlights from the drilling include:
- 04 per cent Ni, 0.75 per cent Cu, 2.40 g/t over 8.10 metres (AK-14-001A),
- 66 per cent Ni, 1.22 per cent Cu, 3.46 g/t over 13.60 metres (AK-18-030A),
- 35 per cent Ni, 2.16 per cent Cu, 5.57 g/t over 1.25 metres (AK-18-030).
Highlighting Ontario’s Janes project
The Janes property was initially explored in 1969 by Kennco Exploration (Canada) Ltd., which reported disseminated and massive Ni-Cu sulphide mineralization (PGM’s not reported) occurring near the base of a large Nipissing gabbro sill. Of significant interest was drillhole 69-08 that intersected 10.70 metres of 1.27 per cent Ni and 1.59 per cent Cu. This drillhole was subsequently re-assayed by Falconbridge Ltd. in 1989, returning 1.51 per cent Ni, 1.86 per cent Cu, and 1.78 g/t PGM’s over 7.9 metres.
Between 1997 and 2001, the property was explored jointly by Pacific North West Capital Corp. (PFN) and Anglo Platinum Corporation Ltd. Exploration activities focused on the basal contact of the sill where disseminated and massive sulphide mineralization was exposed in a series of trenches over a strike length of more than 400 metres. In 1999, drilling completed down-dip of the mineralization at drillhole JR99-01 and intersected 18.05 metres grading 0.27 per cent Ni, 1.01 per cent Cu and 2.71 g/t PPG. In 1999, drillhole JR99-03 intersected 8.68 metres grading 0.69 per cent Ni, 0.44 per cent Cu and 4.45 g/t PGM.
In 2007 and 2011, Goldwright/GoldTrain Resources Inc. conducted diamond drilling in the vicinity of previous drilling by PFN and Anglo Platinum. Results from the diamond drilling include 6.0 metres of 0.26 per cent Ni, 0.62 per cent Cu and 2.49 g/t PGM (drillhole JR07-29).
In 2020, SPC Nickel Corp. entered into an option agreement to acquire a 100 per cent interest in the Janes property. From 2020 to 2021, SPC Nickel Corp. completed ground geophysics, channel sampling, geological mapping and diamond drilling on the property. Highlights include:
- Bonanza grade PGM mineralization with values up to 675 g/t Pd, 89.8 g/t Pt and 35.9 g/t Au hosted within narrow shear zones,
- A 25-line kilometre ground 3D IP and magnetic survey identified several chargeability highs associated with either areas of known mineralization or previously untested areas.
A detailed channel sampling program completed at the trench one and trench four returned high-grade Ni-Cu-PGM values over significant widths. Highlights include:
- 50 per cent Ni, 1.09 per cent Cu, 3.09 g/t PGM over 22.0 metres at Trench 1.
- 78 per cent Ni, 0.66 per cent Cu, 5.51 g/t PGM over 6.0 metres at Trench 4.
In 2021, SPC Nickel Corp. completed 920 metres of drilling on the property, including a detailed 647 metre, 16-hole program focused on the trench one mineralized zone. Highlights from the drilling include:
- 46 per cent Ni, 0.93 per cent Cu and 4.63 g/t PGM over 10.50 metres (JP-21-001),
- 40 per cent Ni, 0.83 per cent Cu and 5.09 g/t PGM over 6.65 metres (JP-21-002),
- 30 per cent Ni, 0.69 per cent Cu and 3.06 g/t PGM over 26.60 metres (JP-21-010).