AMMG kicks off Southdown drilling

THE DRILL SERGEANT: Australia Minerals and Mining Group (AMMG) has commenced its first round of drilling at the company’s 80 per cent-owned Southdown Extension iron ore project, located in south-Western Australia.

AMMG acquired the 80 per cent interest in the West Southdown project, situated approximately 80 kilometres from the town and port of Albany, from Minemakers in October last year and subsequently renamed the project to the Southdown Extension project.

AMMG holds a 100 per cent interest in a further five granted tenements, which brings the company’s total Southdown Extension project area coverage to approximately 105 square kilometres.

The project is a 22-block exploration licence that lies along strike from Grange Resources’ Southdown magnetite project.


The Southdown Extension project lies along strike from Grange Resources’
Southdown magnetite project. Source: Company announcement


The planned drilling will consist of approximately 600 metres of RC drilling, completing up to four holes at an average of 150m each.

These holes are being carried out in order for AMMG to test magnetic anomalies and further define the magnetite mineralisation at the project.

“A series of follow-up diamond drilling ‘tails’ may be required to extend the known depth of the expected mineralisation,” AMMG said in its ASX announcement.

“The company will announce further drilling updates as the stage 1 drilling program progresses.”

When Minemakers initially acquired the West Southdown tenement, it targeted the western extension of Grange Resources’ Southdown magnetite deposit.

The tenement was granted to Minemakers in 2005, and in 2007 it announced strong intersections of magnetite mineralisation from a diamond drill-hole program, which focused on three targets over 8.5km strike length.

Results from this historic drilling included:

–    12 metres at 40.65 per cent magnetite, containing 65.5 per cent iron;

–    6m at 36.0 per cent magnetite, containing 64.8 per cent iron; and

–    9m at 41.0 per cent magnetite, containing 69.0 per cent iron.