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Nickel, Copper & PGM Project

Nickel - Ni
Copper - Cu
PGM Project

1,153 km2


2 licences

Eastport’s Keng project is comprised of two licences that cover 1,153 km2, and which are prospective for copper, nickel, and platinum group metals (PGMs). Keng is situated on an important section of the northern edge of a mafic-ultramafic intrusive, known as the Molopo Farms Complex, where the licences straddle the contact with “reactive” carbonate rocks. Narrow intervals of veined mineralisation, indicative of metal movements within the system, are reported in the historic drilling data.

The large, multi-lobed Molopo Farms mafic-ultramafic Complex is observed in drill core, and is often cited as being analogous to the Bushveld Complex in South Africa; a significant producer of platinum group elements that attract exploration interest from a wide range of entities.

Within the Keng licences, the Molopo Farms Complex is uncommonly steeply dipping, with structural features that suggest stacking and folding of thrust sheets. This sort of structural complexity offers open space opportunities for the accumulation of mineralisation. Significant nickel-in-soil anomalies are found in close proximity to these thrust sheets, providing a target for focused drill testing.

Exploration Work

Eastport has completed a comprehensive assessment of historical work that has been undertaken on the Keng licences. The review has shown that previous exploration work focussed on layered metal-rich intrusives, unlike Eastport’s target of massive sulphide feeder systems.

An initial reprocessing of a smaller focussed airborne survey showed the delineation of the northern edge of the Molopo Farms Complex. Detailed geochemical soils located a large nickel anomaly directly above a gravity anomaly in the core of a Molopo fold; the “bullseye”. Recently completed ground EM surveys located a number of conductive targets within the bullseye.

Community work is underway, as are the initial stages of the environmental requirements for exploration and drilling.

Work Programme

Meetings with local authorities and interested parties have been held regarding the planned exploration work, and a series of access agreements are in place to ensure uninterrupted work. An Environmental Management Plan has been submitted to the Department of the Environment, and their approval for drilling is expected shortly.

Drilling to test this compelling “bullseye” target is expected in Q3 or Q4 of 2024.