THE DRILL SERGEANT: Aruma Resources (ASX: AAJ) has completed the second phase of drilling at the company’s 100 per cent-owned Slate Dam gold project in the Eastern Goldfields of Western Australia.
Aruma Resources explained the program was designed to follow up the maiden drilling program at Slate Dam, which resulted in the discovery of a new gold system.
Aruma has completed 23 reverse circulation (RC) drill holes in the latest phase of drilling, comprising:
10 extensional holes design to test the grade and dimensions of the 20 metre thick trend identified in the maiden drill program;
10 repetition holes designed to test stratigraphic repetitions of the gold mineralised system to the east; and
Three holes targeting the priority 440ppb gold anomaly, situated north of Aruma’s previous drilling at Slate Dam.
The company said the holes showed deep oxidation and weathering to around 50 metres as well as abundant sulphides in the last hole.
“The drilling sought to test the dip and strike potential of the major gold shoots identified in the first phase of drilling,” Aruma Resources said in its ASX announcement.
“All samples have been submitted for laboratory analysis and results are expected in the current month.
“The results of this phase of drilling will be utilised, in conjunction with Aruma’s ongoing exploration activities, to define drill targets for the next phase of drilling.
“This is planned to be an RC program of at least 2,100 metres, scheduled to commence after results are evaluated.”
Aruma is also assembling the data base from the recently-acquired Trojan and Transville leases that it will use to assist in selecting priority targets over the total lease area.