Sama Resources acquires exploration claims in Québec following discovery at nickel-copper project

Base metals explorer Sama Resources has acquired 370 exploration claims in the Canadian Province of Québec following the discovery of a mineralised gossan at its 100%-owned Lac Brulé nickel-copper project.

In a statement to the TSX, Sama’s CEO Marc-Antoine Audet said: “This striking new discovery in the Province of Québec is opening up a new chapter for Sama by showing our ability to discover new base metal districts in virgin territory.

“Gossans of this type usually return low nickel (Ni) and copper (Cu) values due to the intense surface leaching of the sulphide body. Results of up to 0.52% Ni and 0.58% Cu with the handheld portable XRF is therefore very significant.”

Assays of nine samples collected from the gossan report very high scandium tenors ranging between 1.25 and 1.49 oz/t. “These very elevated scandium values are indicative of a gossan derived from sulphide accumulations within a meta-ultramafic system.

“Scandium of such high tenor reported with nickel and copper sulphide mineralisation is one of a first, if not the first, reported occurrence in the Province of Québec,” Audet continued.

Similar types of surface gossan can be indicative of nickel and copper mineralisation at depth, as was the case for the discovery of the nearby Voisey’s Bay deposit in 1995, which has just been expanded to an underground operation by Vale.

Sama has spent the last decade searching for massive nickel, copper and PGM sulphides in Côte d’Ivoire. The TSXV-listed firm confirmed yesterday it would resume PFS-level work at its Samapleu deposit in Côte d’Ivoire.