April 28, 2021
April 28, 2021 – Toronto, Ontario – Multiple massive sulphide intersections have been intersected in the Phase II Tyko drill program said Palladium One Mining (“Palladium One” or the “Company”) (TSXV: PDM, FRA: 7N11, OTC: NKORF) today. The Phase II program was designed to test the down dip continuity of the Electomagnetic (“EM”) Maxwell Plate “Plate” that was modelled subsequent to the Q4 2020 Phase I drill program.
A total of 14 holes were completed, 11 of which intersected massive and/or semi-massive sulphide mineralization at the Smoke Lake Zone, which previously returned up to 9.9% Ni_Eq over 3.8 metres (see press release January 19, 2021)
- Drilling has confirmed continuity along the 350-meter strike length increasing the scale of known nickel-copper mineralization.
- The ‘lower conductor’ has been confirmed to host massive to semi massive sulphide mineralization, thus potentially adding additional high-grade intercepts.
- 11 drill holes intersected massive or semi-massive sulphide mineralization ranging from 1.3 to 5.0 meters in length.
- The zone remains open to the northwest.
President and CEO, Derrick Weyrauch commented, “We are extremely pleased to have extended known mineralization in the Phase II drill program at Smoke Lake.Drilling has been suspended due to significant equipment issues and the spring thaw.Prior to the resumption of drilling, we plan to conduct additional EM surveys with the objective of extending the existing Plate(s) and refining future drill locations. The lower conductor remains open to the northwest and drilling has shown it to be a continuation of sulphide lens we intersected at surface in the Phase I program. We are eagerly awaiting first assay results form the lab.”
The most significant result of Phase II drill program was the linking of massive sulphide mineralization in the ‘upper conductor’ with the ‘lower conductor’ (Figure 1.) The Upper Conductor was the primary focus of the Phase I drill program, with the Lower Conductor only having been tested with one drill hole (TK-20-024) which returned 6.27% Ni_Eq over 0.9 meters (see press release January 19, 2021).
The Phase II drill program indicates a continuous elongate lens of sulphide mineralization joining the upper and lower conductors that dips to the west and plunge to northwest. This sulphide mineralization appears to be remobilized and injected into the tonalite host rocks cross cutting the foliation in the tonalite (Figure 6) and containing well-rounded tonalite and biotite altered hornblendite clasts. The focus of the upcoming geophysical programs will be to continue to trace the Smoke Lake sulphide lens to depth and identify the source of this remobilized sulphide mineralization, as well look for other zones of nickel-copper sulphide mineralization on the 20,000-hectare Tyko property.
A total of 14 holes totalling 1,370 meters were completed before a significant drill breakdown combined with the onset of early spring conditions forced the suspension of the drill program. Drilling will resume once Geotech’s VTEMmax airborne EM survey and additional down hole and ground EM surveys have been completed.
Figure 1. Smoke Lake plan map showing EM conductor Plates with 2020 and 2021 drill holes overlain on first vertical magnetics. Mineralized intersections for 2021 drill holes (blue traces) are given in meters, MS = massive sulphide, SM = semi-massive,STR = stringer, DISS = Disseminated.
Figure 2. Massive and semi-massive magmatic sulphide intersections in holes TK-20-029, 30 and 35. Wall rock is tonalite, and hornblendite.
Figure 3. Closeup of coarse pentlandite eyes in hole TK-21-035.
Figure 4. Closeup of massive and semi-massive sulphide in hole TK-20-030.
Figure 5. Closeup of deepest (130 metres) intercept to date of massive sulphide (1.6 meters wide) in the Lower Conductor, hole TK-21-041.
Figure 6. Evidence of remobilized sulphide being injection into the foliated tonalite in the Lower Conductor, hole TK-21-042.
The Phase II drilling program was carried out under the supervision of Neil Pettigrew, M.Sc., P. Geo., Vice President of Exploration and a director of the Company.
Drill core samples were split using a rock saw by Company staff, with half retained in the core box. The drill core samples were transported by company staff the Company’s core handling facility, to Actlabslaboratory in Thunder Bay, Ontario. Actlabs, is an accredited lab and are ISO compliant (ISO 9001:2015, ISO/IEC 17025:2017). PGE analysis was performed using a 30 grams fire assay with an ICP-MS or ICP-OES finish. Multi-element analyses, including copper and nickel were analysed by four acid digestion using 0.5 grams with an ICP-MS or ICP-OES finish.
Certified standards, blanks and crushed duplicates are placed in the sample stream at a rate of one QA/QC sample per 10 core samples. Results are analyzed for acceptance at the time of import. All standards associated with the results in this press release were determined to be acceptable within the defined limits of the standard used
About Tyko Ni-Cu-PGE Project
The Tyko Ni-Cu-PGE Project, is located approximately 65 kilometers northeast of Marathon Ontario, Canada. Tyko is an early stage, high sulphide tenor, nickel focused project with the most recent drill hole intercepts returning up to 9.9% Ni_Eq over 3.8 meters (8.1% Ni, 2.9% Cu, 1.3g/t PGE) in hole TK-20-023.