Pyrrhotite + chalcopyrite mineralization similar to that seen in Fortin Sill Zone drilling
Vancouver, British Columbia, October 19, 2022 – Québec Nickel Corp. (CSE: QNI; FSE: 7lB; OTCQB: QNICF) (“QNI” or the “Company”) is pleased to announce it has expanded the known sulphide mineralization at the Fortin Sill Zone, Ducros Project, located approximately 80 kilometres northeast of Val-d’Or, Québec.
- The new mineralized drill intercepts occur below and to the southwest of the currently known extents of the Fortin Sill Zone
- Sulphides occur as coarse pyrrhotite + chalcopyrite blebs within chlorite-altered pyroxenites and gabbronorites and resemble the mineralization encountered in hole QDG-22-09 earlier this year
New Sulphide Drill Intercepts
Hole QDG-22-38, a 201-metre-long hole drilled from the northeast side of the Fortin Sill outcrop (240° azimuth, -45° dip), was designed to explore for extensions of the Fortin Sill Zone and/or new mineralized intrusions (Figure 1 & 2). The hole collared in variably chlorite-altered and sulphide-mineralized gabbronorites and pyroxenites until approximately 41 metres hole depth. Between ~41 metres and ~ 132 metres, the hole cored through a mixed package of intercalated metabasalt and metasedimentary units before passing into a variably sulphide mineralized and chlorite-altered ultramafic intrusive body of gabbronorite to pyroxenitic affinity between 132 metres and 199 metres hole depth. Within this ultramafic unit, sulphides occur between 148-162 metres and 178-183 metres as patchy fine disseminations, thin stringers (1-3 mm wide) and as coarse blebs of pyrrhotite + chalcopyrite of up to 2 cm in size (Figure 3). The abundance, composition and texture of the sulphides in this portion of QDG-22-38 appear very similar to the mineralization encountered in hole QDG-22-09 earlier this year (Figure 3). As previously reported, assay results from hole QDG-22-09 returned a 31 metres-wide intercept averaging 0.37% Ni, 0.40% Cu and 0.55 g/t Pt-Pd-Au that includes higher grade sub-intervals of 0.44% Ni, 0.51% Cu and 0.69 g/t Pt-Pd-Au over 18.50 and 0.55% Ni, 0.86% Cu and 0.86 g/t Pt-Pd-Au over 5.0 metres (see May 16, 2022 News Release for more information).
The sulphide-bearing ultramafic unit encountered in QDG-22-38 occurs approximately 60 metres below and 50 metres to the southwest of the currently known extents of the Fortin Sill Ni-Cu-PGE Zone (Figures 1 & 2). Core samples from QDG-22-38 are at the assay lab and results will be released when received. Additional drill holes are being planned from existing permitted drill pads to further define this possible extension of the Fortin Sill Zone.
Figure 2. Drill section showing the locations of selected holes completed at the Fortin Sill Ni-Cu-PGE Zone in relation to the Fortin Sill Zone discovery outcrop and hole QDG-22-38. Location of ultramafic intrusion-hosted nickel-copper mineralization within hole QDG-22-38 highlighted.
Figure 3. Photographs of ultramafic-hosted pyrrhotite + chalcopyrite mineralization in drill core from hole QDG-22-09 (A) and QDG-22-38 (B). A – blebby to patchy and disseminated sulphides in altered ultramafics from drill hole QDG-22-09 (sawed NQ diameter core; top row photograph centered at 33.40 metres depth, middle row centered at 38.70 metres depth and bottom row centered at 40.75 metres depth). B – blebby to patchy and disseminated sulphides in altered ultramafics from drill hole QDG-22-38 (sawed NQ diameter core; top row photograph centered at 152.00 metres depth, middle row centered at 160.30 metres depth and bottom row centered at 161.80 metres depth).
Core and Rock Processing & QAQC
Québec Nickel has implemented a quality assurance and quality control (“QAQC”) program for its Ducros Project to ensure best practices for logging, sampling and analysis of its drill core as well as for the collection and analyses of rock samples. This includes the regular insertion of geochemical blanks, duplicates and multiple Ni-Cu-PGE-Au certified reference material standards (CRMs) into the sample stream.
Drill core is collected by Ducros Project personnel daily from the drill rigs and transported in secured core boxes to QNI’s core logging facility in Val d’Or. Logging is completed on laptops and data are captured using fit-for-purpose computer software.
Core destined for geochemical analyses is identified and labeled by core logging geologists and is then sawed in half by a diamond blade. One half of the NQ-diameter core sample is placed in a labeled and secured sample bag. The remaining half of the core sample is returned to its core box for archiving. All core samples are transported from QNI’s logging facility to AGAT Laboratories’ sample preparation facility in Val-d’Or in secured and numbered rice bags by project personnel.
AGAT Laboratories is accredited to the ISO/IEC 17025:2017 and ISO 9001:2015 standards. Analysis for precious metals (gold, platinum, and palladium) is completed by Fire Assay with an ICP-OES finish while analyses for nickel, copper, and 41 other elements are performed using AGAT’s 4 Acid Digest – Metals Package, with an ICP-OES finish.
Gary DeSchutter, M.Sc., P.Geo., Vice-President of Exploration for Québec Nickel Corp., and a Qualified Person (“QP”) as defined under National Instrument 43-101 (“NI 43-101”), has reviewed and approved the scientific and technical content of this news release.
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Québec Nickel Corp. is a mineral exploration company focused on acquiring, exploring, and developing nickel projects in Québec, Canada. The Company owns a 100% interest in the Ducros Property, consisting of 280 contiguous mining claims covering 15,147 hectares within the eastern portion of the Abitibi Greenstone Belt in Québec, Canada. Additional information about Québec Nickel Corp. is available at www.quebecnickel.com.
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