THE DRILL SERGEANT: Bellevue Gold (ASX: BGL) announced a maiden Indicated Resource for the company’s Bellevue gold project in West Australia.
The total Resources of 2.3 million ounces of gold at 10 grams per tonne gold includes Indicated and Inferred components of:
860,000 ounces at 11.6g/t gold; and
1.4 million ounces at 9.2g/t gold.
Bellevue Gold has completed a total of 240,000 metres of diamond drilling at the project, infilling selected areas of the previous 80m x 80m drill grid on which the Inferred Resources were based.
Included in the Indicated Resource is a higher-grade core of mineralisation including 480,000 ounces at 15.5g/t gold, hosted in the project’s Viago and Deacon Main Resource areas.
This mineralisation is within a few hundred metres of existing development and contains consistent high-grade high sulphide mineralisation that will be targeted in the early mine life at the project.
Infill drilling is ongoing, with an increase to the Indicated Resource expected in the December quarter, which is intended to convert more of the substantial Inferred Resource adjacent to high-grade core as a priority.
Drilling will also target extensions to current Resources and the recent Government Well discovery which is located seven kilometres from the existing Resource as well as other identified Bellevue analogue outcropping targets to the north.
“This Indicated Resource and the increases to come will underpin the economic studies on the project, which are now well underway,” Bellevue Gold managing director Steve Parsons said in the company’s announcement to the Australian Securities Exchange.
“Completion of these studies will mark the transition to the project development phase, which we believe will demonstrate the technical and economic strengths which come from having a large, high-grade project with simple metallurgy and access to existing infrastructure in a Tier-1 location.
“There is also huge potential to continue growing the overall inventory at Bellevue, where the mineralisation remains open in multiple directions and we have numerous well-established targets, some with known mineralisation.
“We are confident that the combination of economic and technical studies and Resource growth will drive further increases in shareholder value.”
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