The Arunta West Project is located 600 kilometres west of Alice Springs in Western Australia and is strategically positioned immediately west of Independence Group Limited’s (ASX: IGO) Lake MacKay project hosting several copper-gold and nickel-cobalt prospect discoveries. .

Norwest holds various interests in the Arunta West Gold & Copper project including 80% in its joint venture with Jervois Mining Limited (ASX: JRV 20%) which takes in three tenements covering 345km².  Norwest also holds 100% interest in two tenements adjoining the Arunta West JV area covering an additional 1,100 square kilometres and 85% interest in a newly acquired 250km² tenement.

Norwest Minerals Arunta West Tenements

To date, Norwest has completed 1,524 metres of diamond drilling (3 holes), 12,330 metres of reverse circulation drilling (82 holes) and collected 3,330 soil samples; all being analysed for multiple elements.

In early September 2020, Dr. Nigel Brand was asked to undertake an independent review to evaluate surface and drill data collected by Norwest and past explorers with the aim of identifying potential iron-oxide-copper-gold (IOCG) and gold targets across the Arunta West project area. His brief also included identification of non-prospective Arunta West areas which could be confidently released.

Dr Brand produced a document comprehensively describing his study methodology and results. The study identified and ranked 5 (five) high priority “Areas of Interest” across the project tenements (including the newly granted E80/5362).

Dr Brand has recommended the 5 Areas of Interest be tested by the collection and analysis of 2,535 soil samples across the grids described on the map shown with the samples being assayed by Genalysis laboratories using a 53-element aqua regia process. 

The sampling across E80/5362 will allow Norwest to focus in on the areas most prospective for IOCG and gold mineralisation for future infill soil sampling. Sampling across the priority areas 1 to 4 is designed to highlight targets in enough detail to plan RC or AC drill testing. The total 2,535 soil sampling programme designed by Dr Brand is scheduled for early to mid-2021.

Norwest Minerals Map showing the five ‘Areas of Interest’ at Arunta West

Map showing the five ‘Areas of Interest’ at Arunta West recommended for multi-element soil sampling.