Hard Creek Nickel Corporation
TSX VENTURE : HNC

Hard Creek Nickel Corporation

September 25, 2007 15:40 ET

Hard Creek Drills 120 Metres of 0.33% Nickel

VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA--(Marketwire - Sept. 25, 2007) - Mark Jarvis, President of Hard Creek Nickel Corporation (TSX VENTURE:HNC) today released analytical results from 11 diamond drill holes, totaling 4,478 metres (14,692 feet) from the ongoing drill program at its 100% owned Turnagain Project, located 70 km east of Dease Lake in British Columbia.

Mineralization was encountered in all the holes and comprised disseminated to blebby intercumulus pyrrhotite and pentlandite, with local net-textured intervals, hosted by dunite and wehrlite of the Turnagain ultramafic complex. The total nickel values reported below include nickel in both sulfide and non-sulfide minerals. Comparison of analytical results over the past four years indicates that sulfide nickel values range from 60 to 90 percent of total nickel values. Only nickel sulfide minerals are expected to be recovered by froth flotation.

Drill hole locations can be viewed on a plan map at www.hardcreeknickel.com/drill2007.htm.

Five of the reported core holes were drilled as infill holes, both between the Horsetrail and Northwest Zones and within these zones, to confirm the continuity of the mineralization within the inferred mineral resource. These holes are summarized below:



Length Total
Hole # From (m) To (m) (m) Ni% Co%

07-184 3.7 28 24.3 0.23 0.017
60 92 32 0.29 0.015
352 368 16 0.27 0.016
380 537.9 EOH 157.9 0.25 0.016

07-186 20 36 16 0.22 0.013
52 268 216 0.27 0.013
300 324 24 0.25 0.014

07-190 8 20 12 0.24 0.014
28 44 16 0.22 0.014

07-192 3.7 152 148.3 0.25 0.012
164 264 100 0.25 0.014

07-195 6 94 88 0.27 0.014
114 126 12 0.26 0.011
174 198 24 0.21 0.013
214 306 92 0.30 0.014
406 422 16 0.22 0.010


Five of the reported core holes were drilled as step-out holes, located to the east, southwest and south of the Horsetrail Deposit to test for extensions to the known nickel mineralization. These holes are summarized below:


Length Total
Hole # From (m) To (m) (m) Ni% Co%

(i) 05-103 6.5 12 5.5 0.36 0.017
(previously 16 26 10 0.31 0.016
reported) 84 145.6 61.6 0.26 0.017
incl. 112.9 123 10.1 0.47 0.013

07-103 233 281 48 0.24 0.012
(extension of
05-103)

07-185 64 84 20 0.28 0.014
104 124 20 0.26 0.014
192 208 16 0.23 0.013
252 280 28 0.21 0.018
424 436 12 0.21 0.012

07-187 33.3 52 18.7 0.23 0.014
84 108 24 0.23 0.013
192 212 20 0.21 0.013
228 312 84 0.22 0.012
404 428 24 0.35 0.045

07-189 32 56 24 0.24 0.014
76 92 16 0.29 0.015
120 132 12 0.31 0.016
156 200 44 0.25 0.014
240 256 16 0.21 0.010
296 360 64 0.24 0.017

07-191 12.2 56 43.8 0.24 0.013
72 100 28 0.23 0.013
136 164 28 0.21 0.011
224 244 20 0.24 0.018
300 420.3 EOH 120.3 0.33 0.022


One of the reported core holes was drilled as a step-out hole to the northeast of the Duffy Zone to test for extensions to known nickel mineralization. This hole is summarized below:



Length Total
Hole # From (m) To (m) (m) Ni% Co%

07-194 92 132 40 0.25 0.014
144 188 44 0.21 0.011
324 340 16 0.25 0.012


Hard Creek Nickel has decided to update the February 12, 2007 resource estimate prior to the completion of the 2007 drilling program by incorporating all 2007 drill results collected to date. The new resource estimate will be completed by AMEC Americas Limited of Vancouver, B.C. and utilized for updating the 2006 Preliminary Assessment. The completion of the updated Preliminary Assessment is scheduled for November 2007.

True widths are estimated to be approximately 80 percent of reported core intervals.

Samples for analysis were generally 4 metres in length of split NQ-size core. Reference pulps with known nickel and copper values were inserted every 25 core samples and rock blanks inserted every 30 samples to monitor laboratory performance as part of the QC/QA program.

Total nickel, copper, cobalt and sulphur values were determined by ICP emission spectrometry following four acid digestion of a representative pulp sample. All analytical work was conducted by Acme Analytical Laboratories Ltd., an ISO 9001 registered facility, located in Vancouver. IPL, an ISO 9001 registered facility, also located in Vancouver, is carrying out check analyses on ten percent of the samples.

The Turnagain Nickel Project resource has been estimated in early 2007 (see February 12, 2007 News Release for details) at a measured and indicated resource of 428.5 million tonnes grading 0.23% total nickel (0.17% sulfide nickel) and 0.011% cobalt and an additional inferred resource of 742.9 million tonnes grading 0.23% total nickel (0.17% sulfide nickel) and 0.011% cobalt. Sulfide nickel grades are based on ammonium citrate-hydrogen peroxide leach analyses. Ammonium citrate-hydrogen peroxide leach analyses for nickel provide a good estimate of nickel grades present in sulfide form and display good correlation with recoveries in metallurgical flotation tests. Mineral resources that are not mineral reserves do not have demonstrated economic viability.

The current drill program is expected to continue, weather permitting, into early November. A helicopter-supported drill has completed exploration holes in the Mandible and Central areas with results pending. This drill is still on site and is presently testing a number of targets in the Cliff area, as detailed in the July 25, 2007 News Release. One Longyear 38 drill has completed three holes in the DB platinum- palladium target area, located two kilometers west of the Northwest Zone. An additional two or three holes are planned in the DB area before this drill moves back to the Northwest Zone to complete infill and step-out holes. Infill and step-out drilling is continuing in the Horsetrail Deposit with a third drill. The fourth drill has completed the first of four PQ-size holes in the Horsetrail Deposit. Core from these holes will be used for a variety of crushing, grinding and abrasion tests.

This news release has been reviewed and approved by Neil Froc, P.Eng., a qualified person consistent with NI 43-101.

On behalf of the Board of Directors of Hard Creek Nickel Corporation

MARK JARVIS, President

The TSX Venture Exchange does not accept responsibility for the accuracy or adequacy of this news release.

Contact Information