North American Nickel is planning a 2013 summer drill campaign at its 100%-owned Maniitsoq nickel-copper-cobalt-platinum group metals project in southwest Greenland, where modeling of airborne and downhole EM data collected in 2012 has identified two particularly high-conductance targets. Fieldwork will begin in May, and drilling is scheduled to begin in June. A minimum of 3,000 m of drilling is planned.
The P-63 target is located in the southern part of the 75-km-long by 15-km-wide Greenland norite belt along and near the southwest coast of Greenland, which is pack-ice-free year round. Modeling for P-63 done by Condor Consulting of Denver, Colorado, USA, indicates that the conductor tops out 73 m below surface, is 14 m thick, has an initial strike length of 58 m, and dips to the northwest for 1,057 m.
After completion of the first phase of drilling at P-63, the rig will be moved about 45 km to the northeast to continue delineation drilling at the adjacent Imiak Hill/Spotty Hill targets. Initial drilling at Imiak Hill will target a highly conductive, step-response-type EM anomaly detected in a hole drilled by North American Nickel in 2012. The 2013 drilling program will begin by testing this anomaly and then continue testing the mineralized trend on 25- to 50-m centers.
At Spotty Hill, down-plunge drilling will start from the discovery hole and continue along 25- to 50-m depth extensions. Each hole will be surveyed using a three-component borehole electromagnetic survey to follow the conductive sulphide mineralization to greater depth. Currently mineralization has only been drilled to 145 m below surface and is open.