THE DRILL SERGEANT: Blackham Resources (ASX: BLK) has completed drilling at the high‐grade free milling Golden Age North (GAN) orebody, closely located to the company’s 1.8 million tonnes per annum Wiluna gold plant in Western Australia.
Blackham Resources completed the drilling below existing underground workings, which has led to an extension of the Golden Age Underground mine life.
Underground development is scheduled to access the mineralisation in Golden Age Lower (GA Lower) which will provide additional high-grade ore for the mill over at least the next six months.
Blackham said the latest results enable the GAN pit to be extended southward and deepened to connect with the Golden Age Pit – extending the GAN pit mine life, thereby providing increased high‐grade mill feed in coming months.
“Blackham has been actively extending Golden Age, its highest‐grade orebody, over the last two years and has successfully maintained a rolling mine life of at least six months,” Blackham Resources executive chairman Milan Jerkovic said in the company’s announcement to the Australian Securities Exchange.
“Mining is now due to start in the Golden Age Lower area and extensions to the Golden Age North open pit have already been identified.
“Further, outstanding near surface results support the potential for new areas of underground mining immediately below the existing Golden Age open pits.
“Further drilling and evaluation is expected to support the early expansion of the underground development to provide additional high‐grade ore feed to the Wiluna gold plant.”