Assay Results Update

Toronto, Ontario--(Newsfile Corp. - September 21, 2022) - PNG Copper Inc. (CSE: PNGC) ("PNG Copper" or the "Company") announces that assay results have been received from the final drillhole of the recently completed four-hole drill program at the Doriri nickel-palladium-platinum prospect, Mt Suckling, Papua New Guinea.


  • 14.10 m of 0.72% Ni, 0.53 g/t PGM in DOD008 from 13.35 m
  • 10.70 m of 1.78% Ni, 0.67 g/t PGM in DOD003 from 2.80 m (best intersection)
  • All eight holes intersected significant nickel and platinum-palladium
  • Airborne and ground magnetics suggests 650 m continuation to the east
  • Preliminary metallurgy study planned to test for recovery of Ni, Pt, Pd

David Lindley, Interim CEO and responsible for the drilling of the present drillholes at Doriri and the previous 2012 drillholes, said "The results from DOD008 continue to indicate the presence of encouraging nickel-palladium-platinum-cobalt mineralisation at Doriri. The mineralisation in DOD008 is associated with a long interval of brecciation and rhythmically interlayered nickel-chlorite and magnetite, textures typically found in low temperature epithermal systems and consistent with Doriri being a truly unique accumulation of metals. Nickel, palladium, platinum and cobalt are all metals of the 'new economy', belonging to either of the battery, magnet, speciality or critical material categories."

Drillhole DOD008 intersected a 14.10 m (13.35 m-27.45 m) width of nickel-palladium-platinum mineralisation grading 0.72 % Ni, 455 ppb Pd and 77 ppb Pt, including a 4.30 m interval grading 1.17 % Ni, 800 ppb Pd and 146 ppb Pt. DOD008 on Section 10000N was designed as a deeper test beneath the previously completed Costean I, which assayed 11 m @ 1.31 % Ni, 944 ppb Pd and 81 ppb Pt, and two previously completed cored drillholes (DOD003 and DOD004). Placement of the drill rig was constrained by very steep slopes and proximity to streams prone to flash-flooding. The dip of the drillhole was steepened to 75o to accommodate the drillhole as best as possible with respect to previously completed holes.

Core samples from the drillhole were dispatched to Australian Laboratory Services for analysis. Gold, palladium and platinum analyses were completed by standard 50 gm lead collection Fire Assay followed by Inductively Coupled Plasma analysis. Nickel assaying (including copper, silver, cobalt and iron) involved a four-acid digest including hydrofluoric, nitric, perchloric and hydrochloric acids in Teflon tubes. Analyses were completed by Inductively Coupled Plasma-Optical (Atomic) Emission Spectrometry.

Table 1: Drillhole Statistics for DOD008

DrillholeCollar locationAzimuthDipTotal Depth
DOD008Section 10000N
Costean I
234oM-75o34.35 m


Table 2: Drillhole Results for DOD008

DrillholeFrom (drill depth) mWidth
DOD00813.35 m14.10 m0.72 0.03014.6945577
Incl. 4.30 m1.170.04017.04800146


Table 3: Results for all 8 drillholes completed at Doriri, 2012 and 2022 programmes

From - To (m)
Grade Ni
Grade Co
Grade Pd
Grade Pt
Grade Fe
10000NDOD0032.80 - 13.50 m10.70 m1.78NA59078NA
Incl. 5.20 m2.5182495
with 1.00 m1.681245159
Incl. 1.20 m5.7198054
Incl. 1.00 m 0.601049157
DOD0046.00 - 18.00 m12.00 m0.83NA54875NA
Incl. 3.00 m1.16979143
with 1.00 m 0.691367175
Incl 3.00 m1.1569878
with 1.00 m1.411484191
DOD00813.35 -27.45 m14.10 m0.720.0304557714.69
Incl. 4.30 m1.170.04080014617.04
10025NDOD00611.55 - 23.15 m11.60 m1.120.0354304023.06
Incl. 6.35 m1.43 0.0434814028.38
with 0.85 m2.430.05511054915.45
Incl. 0.85 m1.260.0401181029.80
DOD00717.10 - 29.20 m12.10 m0.930.0305034528.99
Incl. 2.28 m1.750.0547016542.50
38.95 - 40.45 m1.50 m0.440.0161053107.92
10040NDOD00117.60 - 29.80 m12.20 m1.08NA48521NA
Incl. 4.60 m1.6950721
with 0.90 m0.6991358
DOD00225.00 - 29.00 m4.00 m0.86NA38520NA
33.00 - 37.00 m4.00 m1.2848838
Incl. 1.00 m 0.65111183
DOD00551.80 - 62.05 m10.25 m0.560.0204504016.98
Incl. 2.25 m1.190.0377604027.23


Cutoffs: 0.4% Ni; NA Not assayed

Airborne magnetics over the Doriri nickel-palladium-platinum prospect

Doriri was included in a November-December 2010 helicopter-borne detailed low-level airborne geophysical survey completed by contractor Fugro Airborne Surveys Pty Ltd and commissioned by Papuan Precious Metals Ltd. The survey acquired magnetic and radiometric data along north-south flight lines with a 200 m spacing and a nominal 60 m mean terrain clearance. Only two flight lines passed over the 425 m long lode. Manipulations of the Doriri data sets have produced various images including reduced-to-pole, which is standard in low-latitudes, and analytic signal versions. Iron content in the Doriri mineralisation varies from 14 % to in excess of 50 %. Interpretation indicates a possible 650 m strike extension of the Doriri zone in an east-southeast direction. In the field work completed to-date, utilisation of data from a previously completed ground magnetic survey along with trenching, mapping of alteration and geochemistry has defined the Doriri mineralisation zone.

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Total magnetic intensity reduced-to-pole analytic signal data over the Doriri area. The 425 m long lode structure, defined using ground magnetics, trenching, alteration mapping and geochemistry, is shown as a solid black line. An inferred 650 m extension of the Doriri mineralisation to the east-southeast, based on geophysical interpretation, is shown as a dashed black line. At its northwestern strike extent, the Doriri mineralisation disappears under thick ultramafic breccia deposits. This is reflected by low (shown as blue) magnetic intensities. The thin black contour lines represent lines of equal magnetic intensity, and have been produced by manual contouring of the data set. Compare this figure with the Doriri geology figure. 500 m tick marks are shown along the map's margins.

Doriri epithermal nickel-palladium-platinum prospect

Doriri is a very low temperature accumulation of nickel, palladium and platinum located in the mafic and ultramafic rocks of the Mt Suckling massif in southeastern Papua New Guinea. It is a shear zone-hosted oxide-rich deposit and there is no other documented mineral occurrence with a similar geology. Temperatures of formation of nickel-rich chlorite, rhythmically interlayered with magnetite in the deposit, are in the range 100-220oC, classifying it as an epithermal deposit. The mineralisation has an average width of 10 m-15 m and has been previously mapped over a strike length of 520 m. It remains open ended in both directions. Mineralisation crops out at the surface and remains open at depth.

The technical information in this news release has been prepared in accordance with the Canadian regulatory requirements set out in National Instrument 43-101 and reviewed on behalf of the company by Ian David Lindley, Interim Chief Executive Officer of PNG Copper Inc, a Qualified Person. Dr Lindley has First Class Honours and Ph.D. degrees in Geology, 44 years mining industry experience, and is a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Geoscientists.

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About PNG Copper Inc.
PNG Copper Inc. is a mineral exploration company focused on acquiring, exploring, and developing quality mineral properties in Papua New Guinea. The Company's core values are respect for the Community, the Landowners, the environment and operating a safe workplace for its employees. The Company is also committed to best practice standards of Corporate Governance.

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