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NorthWest Copper announces positive results from Stardust drill program; plans follow-up drilling in 2022

NorthWest Copper (TSX-V:NWST) Corp has announced positive results from a three-hole drill program at its 100%-owned Stardust project completed late last year, adding that it is planning a more thorough follow-up drilling of up to 28 holes this year. Highlighting the 2021 program were two holes that encountered intervals of greater than 1% Copper Equivalent (CuEq), including one interval of greater than 5% CuEq, the copper-gold explorer and developer said. “Stardust is one of the highest-grade undeveloped copper deposits globally. We believe that there is an opportunity to materially expand the size of the deposit,” said president and CEO Peter Bell in a statement. “We have a much bigger program planned for 2022 with multiple targets, including testing potential for parallel high-grade zones. The 421 Zone is best developed at depth and we have only drilled to shallow depths over most of the known deposit area.” READ: NorthWest Copper announces commencement of 2022 drill program with initial drilling at Kwanika off to an early start The company said the program tested two targets: two holes tested a sparsely drilled, steeply plunging target parallel to and north of the high-grade 421 Zone and another hole tested a target area directly south of the 421 Zone. “Results from the three holes are highly encouraging, especially the high-grade potential for the 421 Parallel Zone,” it added. The steeply plunging high-grade mineralization at Stardust is controlled by the intersection of steep-dipping, high-angle fault zones and the prospective upper unit of a folded limestone package. Spectacular high-grade, including hole DD18-SD-421 (100 metre of 5.16% CuEq) occurred in the structural setting, surrounded by strong skarn alteration. The mineralization is thicker and has higher grade at depth, the company noted. Drill holes DDH21-SD-472 and DDH21-SD-473 tested the zone below the previous drilling but well above the depth of the main 421 Zone mineralization. Both drill holes intersected significant skarn alteration and DDH21-SD-473 encountered three different mineralized zones of 1.9 cubic metres at 1.23% CuEq, 3.65 metres (m) at 1.00% CuEq and 1.15 m at 0.87% CuEq. “Having confirmed that strong alteration and good grade extend to depth, we are optimistic about finding additional mineralized zones with greater thickness,” NorthWest Copper (TSX-V:NWST) said. Meanwhile, DDH21-SD-474 targeted the exploration potential of a less-defined resource domain, south of the main 421 Zone area. It intersected significant skarn alteration and three different zones of mineralization with 3.25m at 0.85% CuEq, 0.95m at 1.29% CuEq, and 0.55m at 5.29% CuEq. The intersections support the current geological model and help extend the resource domains to the south into an area of lower drill density. NorthWest Copper (TSX-V:NWST) has an exciting pipeline of projects in a tier-one jurisdiction in British Columbia and is well-positioned to participate fully in a strengthening global copper market. Contact the author at jon.hopkins@proactiveinvestors.com