THE DRILL SERGEANT: Bellevue Gold (ASX: BGL) announced further drill results from the recent Deacon and Mavis discovery, located 400 metres east of the company’s historic Bellevue gold mine in Western Australia.
Bellevue Gold said its recent drilling has focussed on extending the mineralisation up dip and along strike with step outs to the north and the south followed by down hole electromagnetic (DHEM) surveying.
Each hole drilled into the Deacon target passes through the Bellevue Lode before entering the new discoveries at Deacon and Mavis.
Bellevue has completed broad spaced step-out drilling it claims has confirmed further high-grade gold mineralisation at the Deacon discovery with an intersection of:
3.8 metres at 13.9 grams per tonne gold in a zone of quartz, pyrrhotite and visible gold mineralization.
The company explained this drill hit is a 160m step-out north of a previously announced result of 3.6m at 18.3g/t gold (DRDD139); and a 260m step-out north of another earlier hit of 4.4m at 62.4g/t gold (DRDD218)
Bellevue has results pending on an even larger 350 metre step-out hole (DRDD242) to the north that has intercepted visible gold mineralisation.
The first step-out drill hole testing 120m up dip (DRDD225) intercepted 0.8m at 36.9g/t gold.
Bellevue indicated the Deacon discovery to be now defined over an area of 1,700mby 260m and remains open in every direction.
The Mavis discovery is located only 60 metres to the east and parallel to Deacon Lode with high-grade gold including a previously announced intercept of 2.2m at 38g/t gold.
Bellevue currently has six diamond core rigs spinning, targeting discovery step-out at Deacon and Mavis Lodes as well as infilling Tribune, Viago and Bellevue Surrounds Lodes.
“The footprint of the Deacon and Mavis discovery continues to expand as exploration progresses with further high-grade drill intersections and significant new untested DHEM conductors defined,” Bellevue Gold managing director Steve Parsons said in the company’s announcement to the Australian Securities Exchange.
“This discovery is yet another ‘game changer’ at the project, given the significant scale and new entirely untested geological sequence to the east which has opened up exploration in the third dimension.
“The Bellevue mineralisation system is resembling the beginnings of other significant large scale and long-life operating mines in the Goldfields region of Western Australia due to its large mineralised footprint and multiple lodes.
“The DHEM testing has truly been revolutionary for exploration at the project, allowing the rapid ranking of and targeting of prospective structures.
“Our exploration strategy utilising broadly spaced step-out holes followed by the use of DHEM to define the mineralisation panels within the shear network works consistently well for us.
“So far at Deacon over 1.7 kilometres of strike has been defined and numerous large scale untested DHEM conductors remain to be drill tested suggesting significant potential to add further high-grade mineralisation to the resource inventory.”