The McIntosh Project comprises 16 tenements spanning 550km2 in the East Kimberley region of Western Australia. The project area hosts known graphite deposits but more recently the Company has been assessing the project for base metals (nickel-copper) and platinum group element (PGE) deposits, such as are known to occur in close proximity (Copernicus – copper & nickel and Panton – PGE) to the McIntosh tenements as well as regionally such as Panoramic Resources’ Savanah Nickel Operations.
There has been no exploration for base metals or PGE on the McIntosh tenements since 2005, predating recent discoveries based on new mineralisation models and targeting criteria, such as Buxton/IGO’s Merlin Nickel-Copper discovery, which are also located in the Kimberley Region.
To date, Hexagon’s exploration efforts have focused solely on graphite. The project area boasts not only prospective geology but also the high degree of structural complexity that is critical for conduit feeder-style mineralising systems that result in magmatic Ni-Cu-PGE massive sulphide ore bodies.
Base metal and PGE exploration potential is considered high, given a more comprehensive understanding of the geology and geophysics, including the known nearby mineralisation at Savannah and Copernicus deposits and the more recent Merlin discovery. Hexagon is advancing data compilation and targeting work and designing exploration programs.