TORONTO - Canada Nickel Company Inc. ('Canada Nickel' or the 'Company') (TSXV: CNC) (OTCQX: CNIKF) today announced that the Company has concluded 18 separate transactions resulting in the outright acquisition or earn-in to 13 additional target properties within a radius of 95 km of the Company's flagship Crawford Nickel-Sulfide Project, consolidating Canada Nickel's position in the Timmins area.
Each of the additional properties contains one or more ultramafic targets based on combinations of historical geophysical work and drilling over the past 65 years.
'The acquisition of these highly prospective target properties represents a transformational milestone for Canada Nickel, on par with the initial discovery of our flagship property, Crawford. The consolidation of these properties underscores our strong belief in the district-scale potential of the Timmins region and in our journey to become a leader of the Next Generation of Nickel Supply - large, scalable, low carbon nickel supply,' said Mark Selby, Chair & CEO of Canada Nickel. 'These properties have combined target structures 40 times the scale of the structure which hosts our current Crawford Main Zone resource (contained nickel of 1.56 million tonnes M&I + 0.76 million tonnes inferred2 ), andlike Crawford, all these target structures are near excellent infrastructure. Each target has had some amount of historical work, and in some cases, much more than Crawford did initially, confirming these targets contain the same serpentinized dunite and/or peridotite that hosts Crawford mineralization and, as our last release reported, has the potential to permanently sequester CO2.
Sothman is a property of approximately 1,000 ha located 70 km south of Timmins. The project was acquired from Glencore. The Sothman Property contains an ultramafic sill comprised mainly of dunite that is estimated to be up to 200-300 metres thick, 2.2 km long and open at depth. An unclassified historical resource estimate reported as 189,753 tons grading 1.24% nickel (the Sothman West Zone)3 is centred 500 metres west of the sill (the 2.2 km dunite sill is largely untested). The Sothman West Zone occurs at the north ultramafic contact within a footwall embayment approximately 300 metres wide and open at depth. The best historical intersection was hole DG50-S04 with 1.58% nickel over 12.2 metres (8.6 metres estimated true width) from 41.2 metres downhole including 4.6 metres (3.2 metres estimated true width) of 2.31% nickel and 0.19% copper. Two drillholes intersected a deeper pod of similar sulphide mineralization (3.4 metres of 1.32% nickel from 398 metres in SM71-1 and 5.5 metres of 0.49% nickel from 353.2 metres in SM71-2) outside of the resource during the last drill program in 1971. The Sothman Main Zone has seen very limited exploration but is known to contain dunite and peridotite and is similar in size to the East Zone at Crawford. For example, drillhole SM67-B25, SM67-B26 and SM67- B27 all intersected peridotite below overburden intersecting 54.56 metres of peridotite from 36.6 metres, 112.47 metres of peridotite from 7.6 metres, and 109.43 metres of peridotite from 12.19 metres respectively. All three holes ended in peridotite. Drillhole SM67-B28 was collared in peridotite (intersecting 46.02 metres of ultramafics from 15.24 metres) and crossed the south contact into volcanics at 61.26 metres, completing the only geologic section across the Sothman Main Zone. Drillhole DG53-S41A is the only hole drilled in the eastern area of the Sothman Main Zone and intersected 60.1 metres of peridotite from 23.8 metres downhole, ending in peridotite. The south contact of the Sothman Main Zone has been intersected in three drillholes (DG51-S09, DG51-S12 and SM67-B28) with all holes starting in peridotite and ending in volcanics.
Deloro is a property of approximately 1,800 ha located 10 km southeast of Timmins. It contains an ultramafic unit 1.4 km in length and up to 450 metres wide, striking south-southeast identified by the high magnetic intensity anomaly and historical drilling. Six holes (FY-02-02, FY-02-06, FY-02-10, FY-02-11, FY-02-12, FY-02-13) were drilled inside and on the edge of the anomaly. Five of six holes intersected serpentinized dunite/peridotite with a core length of 24.2 metres in hole FY-02-10 up to 138.4 metres in hole FY-02-13, with four of five holes ending in serpentinized dunite/peridotite. All five holes noted presence of magnetite (up to 20-25% magnetite in interval 39.4-89.5 metresfrom hole FY-02-02) and disseminated sulphides. Only specific non-consecutive intervals were assayed. Two of the four holes had nickel mineralization exceeding 0.40% nickel: FY02-02 with 0.42% nickel over a core length of 4.2 metres, with up to 0.73 g/t Pd and 0.23 g/t Pt over 1.2 metres, and FY-02-10 with 0.48% nickel, 0.28 g/t Pd, and 0.14 g/t Pt over 2.8 metres.
The Mann Northwest Property covers an ultramafic intrusion having dimensions of 3.5 km long by 600- 800 metres wide. The intrusion is described as mostly peridotite, commonly serpentinized, with overlying leuco-gabbro and pyroxenite. First Point Minerals Corp. conducted a three-hole drill program (468 metres) in 2002 targeting PGMs in pyroxenites that overlie the ultramafic units. While the first hole (FHR-01-01) targeted the contact between the volcanics and the ultramafic rocks, the second hole (FHR02-02) intersected serpentinized peridotite containing magnetite and some sulphide stringers in fractures. Nickel assays were taken at selected intervals and ranged from a low of 0.10% nickel to a high of 0.31% nickel with average values >0.20% nickel. Drilling conducted by Tres-Or Resources Ltd., did not report nickel assays but did intersect wide sections of serpentinized peridotite with magnetite and/or sulphide minerals (e.g., MAN-87-1) as observed in 22 drill holes, as well as elevated PGM values (e.g., 0.57-0.59 g/t PGM) from several channel samples. Geological descriptions and geochemistry from these programs resemble what is observed at Canada Nickel's Crawford property.
Reaume is a property approximately 5,800 ha located 54 km north-northeast of Timmins and contains a large ultramafic intrusion having an approximate outline of 3 km (east-west) by 1.8 km (north-south) as defined by its magnetic footprint and historical drilling. Inco holes 28482 and 28483 returned peridotite/dunite mineralization across the entire core length. Hole 28483 intersected from surface approximately 264 metres of serpentinized peridotite/dunite containing magnetite with some disseminated sulphides. Hole 28482 intersected 108 metres of serpentinized peridotite/dunite with up to 20% magnetite and disseminated sulphides. Both drillholes ended in peridotite/dunite. 16 Seven drillholes by Falconbridge (1995) intersected thick sections of peridotite and dunite (up to 168 metres of dunite in Hole REA-45-07). These historic holes delineated a peridotite/dunite unit with an eastwest extent of approximately 1,200 metres and a north-south extent of 900 metres. Four of the Falconbridge holes ended in peridotite/dunite. Six of seven holes reported the widespread presence of magnetite as well as disseminated sulphides. No assays were reported; however, the TMI exceeds the peak levels at Crawford Main Zone near the centre of the intrusion and is strongly anomalous across the ultramafic
Statement Regarding Historical Resource Estimates
The Sothman historical resource estimate is unclassified and does not comply with CIM Definition Standards on Mineral Resources and Mineral Reserves as required by NI 43-101. The historical resource was reported by D. R. Bell for Sothman Mines Limited on Oct. 1, 1969, as 189,753 tons of 1.24% nickel and 0.15% Cu over an average width of 17.8 ft (undiluted) using a 1.00% nickel cut-off. The Company plans on conducting an exploration program, including twinning of historical drill holes, to redefine the historical resource as a current mineral resource category
About Canada Nickel Company
Canada Nickel Company Inc. is advancing the next generation of nickel-sulphide projects to deliver nickel required to feed the high growth electric vehicle and stainless steel markets. Canada Nickel Company has applied in multiple jurisdictions to trademark the terms NetZero NickelTM, NetZero CobaltTM, NetZero IronTM and is pursuing the development of processes to allow the production of net zero carbon nickel, cobalt, and iron products. Canada Nickel provides investors with leverage to nickel in low political risk jurisdictions. Canada Nickel is currently anchored by its 100% owned flagship Crawford Nickel-Cobalt Sulphide Project in the heart of the prolific Timmins-Cochrane mining camp.
Cautionary Statement Concerning Forward-Looking Statements
This press release contains certain information that may constitute 'forward-looking information' under applicable Canadian securities legislation. Forward looking information includes, but is not limited to, drill and exploration results relating to the target properties described herein (the 'Properties'), the potential of the Crawford Nickel Sulphide Project and the Properties, timing of economic studies and mineral resource estimates, the ability to sell marketable materials, strategic plans, including future exploration and development results, and corporate and technical objectives. Forward-looking information is necessarily based upon several assumptions that, while considered reasonable, are subject to known and unknown risks, uncertainties, and other factors which may cause the actual results and future events to differ materially from those expressed or implied by such forward-looking information. Factors that could affect the outcome include, among others: future prices and the supply of metals, the future demand for metals, the results of drilling, inability to raise the money necessary to incur the expenditures required to retain and advance the property, environmental liabilities (known and unknown), general business, economic, competitive, political and social uncertainties, results of exploration programs, risks of the mining industry, delays in obtaining governmental approvals, failure to obtain regulatory or shareholder approvals, and the impact of COVID-19 related disruptions in relation to the Company's business operations including upon its employees, suppliers, facilities and other stakeholders. There can be no assurance that such information will prove to be accurate, as actual results and future events could differ materially from those anticipated in such information. Accordingly, readers should not place undue reliance on forward-looking information. All forward-looking information contained in this press release is given as of the date hereof and is based upon the opinions and estimates of management and information available to management as at the date hereof. Canada Nickel disclaims any intention or obligation to update or revise any forward-looking information, whether because of new information, future events or otherwise, except as required by law.