Drill and camp contracts have been awarded for 2015 exploration at North American Nickel Inc.'s 100-per-cent-owned Maniitsoq nickel-copper-cobalt-PGM (platinum group metals) project in southwest Greenland.
George Downing Estate Drilling Ltd. of Hawkesbury, Ont., has been awarded the diamond drilling contract, and Xploration Services Greenland APS of Nuuk, Greenland, has been awarded the logistics/camp contract. Both companies are highly experienced in exploration operations, and Xploration Services has been part of all previous exploration campaigns at Maniitsoq for the company.
During the 2014 exploration program, the company completed follow-up drilling on the Imiak Hill complex (IHC) and tested multiple new regional targets. At the IHC, the company extended mineralization at Mikissoq and Spotty Hill, and has improved on the geological model of the area. Drilling also intersected a new zone of mineralization at P-053 and detected three highly conductive off-hole borehole electromagnetic anomalies. Both areas will be followed up with additional diamond drilling in 2015.
The geological, drill and support crews are scheduled to be on site in early June, with drilling expected to begin within several days of arrival.
Downing Drilling has been operating since 1947, and has a diverse and constantly growing fleet of drills. It recognizes what is required to offer the most cost-efficient drilling services while adhering to the highest safety standards through best practices in a safe work environment.
Downing has experience in drilling across Canada, Africa, Haiti, India, Jamaica, Turkey and the United States. Its offices are located between Ottawa and Montreal, in the Abitibi-Temiscamingue area, and in Duluth, Minn., U.S., with established bases in Thunder Bay, Schefferville and Labrador City.
Xploration Services Greenland and North American Nickel have entered into an administration, liaison and logistics agreement. XS will assume responsibility for field preseason operational and support planning; mobilization; operation of the main camp, including catering; and demobilization and field postseason operational reporting. These include all logistics and related issues in connection with NAN's 2014 Maniitsoq exploration and drilling program.
XS will, on behalf of NAN, take care of administration and assist with reporting requirements, as required. XS will also undertake consultation with tax authorities, the Mineral Licence and Safety Authority, and the four municipalities of Greenland in regard to issues related to corporate matters, personnel and subcontractors.
The information in this release has been reviewed by Patricia Tirschmann, PGeo, who is the qualified person for the company and is the vice-president, exploration, North American Nickel.