Dundas Minerals’ (ASX:DUN) investors have seen gains in morning trade as the company reveals its Jumbuck nickel project boasts similar geological traits to that of IGO’s (ASX:IGO) Nova nickel mine to the north.
Dundas Minerals’ shares have jumped 3.7% to 14c.
Part of this gain is likely due to IGO’s most recent quarterly performance, which saw it unlock record nickel sale revenues from its WA Nova operations.
Stronger nickel prices and high output were partially responsible, even as real prices fell short of IGO’s original guidance.
As for Dundas, the company is preparing to launch fresh drilling runs at its two priority prospects within Jumbuck later this year in October.
Up to four drillholes will be sunk at both targets in Q4 of the calendar year, called Matilda South and Central respectively.
Any uncertainty surrounding the end design of drill plans is lessened at the Matilda South prospect, with the WA government providing $180,000 for drilling support as part of a supply chain initiative.
Back in May, assays at Jumbuck confirmed the presence of nickel, as well as chromium.
While further nickel assay results at Jumbuck may not be available until late this year or early next year (depending on how WA’s ongoing geophys laboratory backlog plays out), it’s clear the company is confident in reporting thick and high-grade hits.
Also worth noting is Dundas’ increasing focus on rare earth elements (REEs).
On top of the assay results identifying nickel and chromium, the company also noted elevated REE values were present in three drill holes executed in the February drilling program.
Its separate gold project at Kokoda, meanwhile, is currently being transitioned into an REE pure play.
With more producers pivoting nickel operations towards the battery metals market (BloombergNEF notes nickel demand will only increase for the next decade at least,) the inclusion of REE assets suggests a further foray into tech metals.
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