The Arunta West Copper-Gold project is located in Western Australia, 600kms west of Alice Springs, near the WA – NT boarder. The tenements cover a ground holding of 840kms² along the Arunta belt with Land Access Agreements in good standings for all project tenements. There has been only limited modern exploration of this new exploration region. Historical work includes:
- 2010-2016 – some regional RAB & aircore drilling
- 2017 – gravity survey over the North Dovers IOCG target by Australian Mines Limited
- 2019 – diamond & RC drilling across North Dovers target by Norwest
- 2019 – regional 3,000-point soil sampling by Norwest
The Company has recently undertaken a 6,500-point soil sampling programme to test gold and base metal targets identified by a recent independent geochemical study completed by Dr. Nigel Brand of Geochemical Services Pty Ltd.
Based on results & recommendations from the study, the soil samples infilled prospective areas within all 6 project tenements. The aim of this work is to identify ‘drill ready’ targets for testing in 2022.
Tenement map showing 700m x 700m grid (orange dots) and 100m x 50m grid (solid orange zones) of recent 6,500-point soils sampling proram.
Activity along the Arunta belt has significantly increased based on a recent announcements by Agrimin Limited that an agreement allowing Rio Tinto to farm into ground held by Tali Resources (40% owned by Agrimin Limited) has been reached. A significant boundary is shared between Norwest’s Arunta West tenements and the Rio Tinto farm-in tenements as shown on the map below In fact, all of Norwest’s Arunta West tenements are now bounded by billion-dollar companies; being Rio Tinto to the north and IGO to the north & east. The proposed work program collected a total 6,467 soil samples across target zones using grids of 50m x 100m or 700m x 700m with samples being assayed for a range of elements.
Tenement map showing NWM being surrounded by Rio Tinto and Independence Group. (Map from Agrimin 12 March 2021 announcement, modified by Norwest.)
Map showing 700m x 700m grid (orange dots) and 100m x 50m grid (solid orange zones)
Of particular interest are copper assay values returned from a regional soils programme undertaken by the Geological Survey of Western Australia (GSWA). The survey identified a large multi-point coherent copper anomaly (open to the south) within Norwest’s new tenement E80/5362. Norwest expects to finalise a Land Access Agreement with traditional owners, the Tjamu Tjamu group, later this month.
Map of GSWA soil sampling points showing copper assay values. On tenement E80/5362 is a 15km x 5km regional copper anomaly being multi-point, coherent, robust and open to the south. Note: the southern Bitter Springs formation was identified as non-prospective by the study and ground held by Norwest was recently surrendered.
Norwest Minerals Limited
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