Near surface high-grade results from Dazzler drilling

THE DRILL SERGEANT: Northern Minerals (ASX: NTU) recently completed infill and step-out reverse circulation (RC) drilling at the Dazzler prospect, part of the company’s Browns Range project in the East Kimberley region of Western Australia.

Northern Minerals has received high-grade assay results for the first 12 (BRDR0037-0048) of the 51 drill holes it completed at Dazzler in September that included intercepts from surface of up to 7.71 per cent total rare earth oxides (TREO), including 7,502ppm dysprosium.

The company explained the drilling program was designed to step-out to the north of the previous drilling in order to update the existing Mineral Resource at Dazzler that has been estimated at 144,000 tonnes at 2.23 per cent TREO comprising 3.2 million kilograms TREO using a cut-off grade of 0.15 per cent TREO.

Northern Minerals said it considers the latest results to be of note as many of the intercepts occur at or near the surface, increasing the potential for a low operating cost operation.

It will now use the results achieved from the latest round of drilling to update the Mineral Resource Estimate which it anticipates will be completed in January 2020.

The Dazzler deposit is located less than 15 kilometres from the Browns Range pilot plant on the edge of a small scarp slope.

Further RC drilling at Browns Range is set to commence anon, with exploration and resource definition drilling planned at several different deposits and targets.

“We continue to be impressed and enthusiastic about the potential of Dazzler,” Northern Minerals managing director and CEO, George Bauk said in the company’s announcement to the Australian Securities Exchange.

“As with all mineral deposits ‘grade is king’ and these results continue to deliver on the upside.

“We will now commence updating the Mineral Resource Estimate and investigate mining studies for Dazzler.”

Other recent activities have included mineralogy on four composites at Nagrom from PQ diamond core that was drilled at the Dazzler deposit in May that were made up from four distinct ore bands observed in the core.

These bands varied from three to 13 per cent TREO.

Ore sorting work on coarse fractions of the composites has indicated that these can be effectively sorted.

The test work program at Nagrom has focused on the beneficiation steps of the process, with crushing, scrubbing, grind size optimization and magnetic separation test work completed on the four composites.

The friable portion of the Dazzler material breaks down by scrubbing, with 50 per cent of the ore reporting to the less than 10mm size fraction and this is generally upgraded in rare earths.

Sighter magnetic separation work has been promising.

Flotation and bake tests are planned, and samples will be prepared for environmental test work and radionuclide deportment studies.






St George Mining Drills Deeper for Thicker Intercepts

THE DRILL SERGEANT: St George Mining (ASX: SGQ) confirmed further extensions of high-grade mineralisation at the company’s Mt Alexander project, located in the north-eastern Goldfields of Western Australia.

St George Mining completed hole MAD172 to test the first of seven electromagnetic (EM) conductors it has identified so far by downhole EM (DHEM) surveys in recently completed deeper stratigraphic holes along the Cathedrals Belt.

The company said the EM plate targeted by MAD172 is modelled with conductivity of 25,000 Siemens and was predicted to be intersected at 260 metres downhole.

Instead, MAD172 intersected thick nickel-copper sulphides from 242.5m to 259.78m downhole.

The company considers the disseminated and blebby sulphides intersected by MAD172 to be consistent with mineralisation found close to massive sulphide deposits, supporting the potential for more substantial mineralisation nearby.

“Deeper drilling has already confirmed significant down-plunge extensions of the mineralised ultramafic and now – with MAD172 – we have seen the deepest intersection of nickel-copper sulphides at the Cathedrals Belt to date,” St George Mining executive chairman John Prineas said in the company’s announcement to the Australian Securities Exchange.

“The thickness of the mineralised intercept and the style of mineralisation support the potential for further high-grade mineralisation to be present in this area.

“Under the intrusive geological model for the Cathedrals Belt, the larger deposits of mineralisation are likely to be at deeper levels than explored to date, so it is very exciting to see the thickness of nickel-copper sulphides increasing with depth.

“We are increasingly confident that ongoing drilling could discover further significant nickel-copper sulphides down-plunge of the shallow high-grade deposits already established at the Cathedrals Belt.”




Meteoric Resources Encounters Visible Gold in First Novo Astro Hole

THE DRILL SERGEANT: Meteoric Resources (ASX: MEI) was champing at the bit to inform the market of recent developments from recently commenced drilling at the company’s 100 per cent-owned Novo Astro gold project in Brazil.

Meteoric Resources reported on the two holes at the Novo Astro project (NADD001 and NADD002) that were drilled into the José target, at the western end of a five-kilometre long mineralised corridor defined by historic Garimpeiro pits and rock chip samples.

NADD001 targeted mineralisation and veining sampled at the eastern end of the José Pit and was drilled to a depth of 135 metres, intersecting three zones of moderate to strong sericite‐pyrite alteration at 52.5m to 54.1m, 70.2m to 80.1m and 118.7m to 120.1m in porphyritic granite.

The deepest zone contained fine visible gold and corresponds with the projection of the high‐grade mineralisation and veining within the pit.

NADD002 targeted another mineralised corridor below the José Pit and intersected a 56m zone at 134m to 190m of variably sheared and altered porphyritic granite.

Meteroic identified two zones of 7m and 8m thickness, which show intense sericite and pyrite alteration at 134.2m to 141.6m and 182.m to 190.0m respectively.

“Novo Astro is a giant Garimpeiro mining centre that was very active in the 1980s which continues to be the site of small‐scale mining even today,” Metreoric Resources managing director Andrew Tunks said in the company’s announcement to the Australian Securities Exchange.

“Over the years a considerable body of work has been compiled at Novo Astro by previous explorers including pit sampling, geological mapping, soil geochemistry and selective rock chip sampling.

“However, until Meteoric, it had NEVER been drilled.

“We are delighted to be the team that drilled the first hole into Novo and we are excited that our first drill hole has intersected visible gold.

“The visible gold was only noted after cutting the core in preparation for assaying.

“The presence of gold in the core confirms mineralisation and veining continues at depth beneath historic workings.

“This is just the beginning of our exploration at Novo Astro and we have abundant targets to test and holes to drill.

“To advance the program, a second diamond drill rig was mobilised from Juruena to Novo Astro last week.

“As a geologist and explorer, the first holes into a new project is always one of the most exciting times in the life of an exploration program and I look forward to bringing assay results to the market as they become available from late November.”




Indiana Resources Kicks Off Mali Soil Sampling Program

THE DRILL SERGEANT: Indiana Resources (ASX: IDA) announced the commencement of a comprehensive soil geochemistry program at the company’s Saboussire gold prospect in Western Mali.

Indiana Resources has an Earn-In Agreement in place, through its wholly-owned subsidiary Mukuyu Resources Limited, with FIMOCO SARL, under which Indiana has the option to acquire an eventual 85 per cent stake in Saboussire.

The Saboussire licence covers an area of 100 square kilometres of the Main Transcurrent Zone, immediately north of the Kossanto West license.

Indiana explained the Main Transcurrent Zone is interpreted to be one of the major structures which controls mineralisation in Western Mali and Eastern Senegal and is considered by the company to be an excellent geological and structural location, within the highly prospective Kenieba Inlier of Western Mali, which is known to host a number of multi-million ounce gold deposits, including the Loulou 12.5 million ounce deposit (Barrick Gold) and the Sabodala six million ounce deposit (Teranga Gold).

Indiana has designed the soil geochemistry program to test and extend existing Government soil sample anomalies on the licence, extend soil sampling from the adjacent Kossanto West licence and test the strike extent of a strong mineralised trend identified at Kossanto and further south at Koussikoto.

The program will focus on three high-priority zones on the Saboussire licence.

“Historically Saboussire has had very little modern and systematic exploration activities and this program represents the first phase of proposed activities for the licence,” Indiana Resources said in its ASX announcement.

“The soil geochemistry has been designed to test and extend existing Government soils sample anomalies on the licence and extend soil sampling from the adjacent Kossanto West licence.

“It is anticipated the soil geochemical program will take approximately two weeks to complete in the field.

“Future planned activities at Saboussire include rock chip sampling, and mapping of all outcrop and existing artisanal activity also during the current field season.”




EMU Kicks Off Fully-Funded Exploration Program

THE DRILL SERGEANT: EMU (ASX: EMU) commenced its 2019/2020 on-ground prospecting campaign at the company’s Elevado project in Maricunga, Chile in October.

EMU declared its intentions to continue to explore for gold and silver building on discoveries it has already claimed at the project.

The company indicated the prospecting program will cover previously identified prospects as well as other areas within the wider regional area of the Elevado project and are to include rock chip and soil sampling activities directed at developing drilling targets.

A program of diamond drilling is scheduled to commence at Elevado anon, which has been planned to include approximately 1800 metres of diamond drilling comprising four holes to test depth extensions of near-surface mineralisation, particularly around and below the recent ‘Discovery hole’ in Vidalita, and IP geophysical targets at NEPlains prospect.

EMU aims to complete the diamond drilling before Christmas and follow it, commencing January 2020, with approximately 6000m of aircore drilling at Vidalita and regional targets.

“EMU awarded preferred contractor status and is preparing the drilling contract with Synergy Drilling, a locally based, diamond drilling specialist, following a rigorous selection process,” the company said in its ASX announcement.

“Significantly, drilling activities at Elevado will be overseen and managed by an Australian drilling services contractor appointed by EMU for the duration of drilling.

“The contractor, who comes with excellent global experience and credentials has been endorsed by the Australian exploration drilling community.

“A key mandate for the appointment will be to guide the conversion of a suitable drill rig for the aircore phase of drilling.”

From September, EMU raised $5,265,313 that the company believes will ensure its 2019/20 program is fully funded.





Red 5 Continues Drilling Success at King of The Hills

THE DRILL SERGEANT: Red 5 Limited (ASX: RED) declared a boost for its strategy to develop a stand-alone bulk mining operation at the company’s King of the Hills (KOTH) gold mine, located in the Eastern Goldfields region of Western Australia.

Red 5 reported the boost had come in the form of additional assay results from ongoing underground diamond drilling.

The company completed a 30,000-metre underground diamond drilling program between November 2018 and June 2019, designed to in-fill and extend the current KOTH Mineral Resource totalling 3.1 million ounces of contained gold.

A second and third underground rig commenced on site during the September 2019 Quarter to continue the Resource development program and target the potential for further mineralisation.

These additional rigs brought the company’s expected total underground drilling for FY2020 to 85,000 metres with the program aimed at converting as much of the existing underground Resource into Reserves as possible for the Final Feasibility Study, due in the September 2020 Quarter.

The drilling was also charged with the reassessment of the final pit shape to determine whether more of the underground could be included in the pit due to grade uplift in both the South and North, and extension of the underground Resource along strike and down dip.

The latest results Red 5 has achieved include broad ‘whole-of-hole’ intercepts including:

107.1 metres at 2 grams per tonne gold and 61m at 4.8g/t gold.

High-grade assays were also received, including:

47.9m at 4.1g/t gold and 11.2m at 22.5g/t gold.

The company said the ongoing in-fill drilling continues to reinforce the continuity and tenor of stockwork development at the King of the Hills (KOTH) gold mine, supporting the potential for an open pit mine and strengthening the case for bulk underground mining using long-hole stoping.

“These excellent results not only support our ongoing studies for a proposed bulk open pit operation at King of the Hills but also confirming the strong potential to expand the current 3.1 million-ounce Resource, which is currently open in all directions,” Red 5 managing director Mark Williams said in the company’s announcement to the Australian Securities Exchange.

“We have a very active drilling program scheduled for the remainder of FY2020, with 85,000 metres of underground diamond drilling in progress, as well as ongoing assaying of historical drill core and a regional drilling program targeting near surface oxide mineralisation.

“Collectively, these programs will underpin future updates to the KOTH Resource and feed into the ongoing Final Feasibility Study for the integrated bulk open pit and underground mining operation which is scheduled for completion by the September 2020 Quarter.”





Pioneer Resources Resumes Drilling at Dome North Lithium Group Targets

THE DRILL SERGEANT: Pioneer Resources (ASX: PIO) has resumed drilling at the company’s Dome North lithium group located betwixt Kalgoorlie and the Port of Esperance in Western Australia.

Pioneer Resources is drilling at the project on a group of prospects where a suite of spodumene-pegmatites was recently discovered.

The latest drilling follows on from the company’s announcement in October of high-grade lithium drilling results from the Cade deposit.

Pioneer’s geology team has recently claimed discovery of three separate pegmatites containing the premium lithium mineral spodumene at the Northern Pioneer Dome.

First pass of drilling returned very encouraging lithium results beneath two of the pegmatites, and more recent work has highlighted four other targets for drilling.

This second drilling program will be completed in three parts:

Extensional drilling at the Cade deposit (to the North East and South) and at Spodumene Target 1;

First Pass drilling at Spodumene Target 3 where pegmatite outcrops, as well as other geochemical and geophysical targets; and

Diamond core drilling into the Cade spodumene deposit to provide samples for metallurgical testing.

In all, six targets will be tested during this campaign, with drilling expected to be completed before the end of the year with assay results expected to be available during January 2020.

“The first round of drilling, which identified the significant Cade spodumene deposit and other mineralised pegmatites, was an unqualified success,” Pioneer Resources managing director David Crook said in the company’s announcement to the Australian Securities Exchange.

“The current drilling campaign will extend on this success, testing a range of targets generated through mapping, soil geochemistry and ground geophysics, and is designed to enable the company to get a sense of the potential scale of the project.”

Having completed its first mining operation at the Sinclair caesium mine, and now being well-funded through the sale of pollucite, Pioneer is returning to being an active explorer with its stated focus being key global demand-driven commodities to provide its next mining opportunity.

Sale of the final shipment of crushed high-grade pollucite is scheduled for the end of November.

Total sales for the period from 1 July 2019 to 31 December 2019 are expected to total approximately US$4.8 million (approx. $7 million).

From a cash perspective, Pioneer held $5.7 million in cash at the end of October and a further $1 million is expected to be received from the remaining sales of high-grade pollucite.



Marenica Energy Drills Koppies Mineralisation

THE DRILL SERGEANT: Marenica Energy (ASX: MEY) announced assay results from a Phase 2 reconnaissance rotary air blast (RAB) drilling program on the company’s Koppies prospecting in Namibia, Africa.

Marenica Energy claimed the Phase 2 RAB drill program has identified exceptional uranium mineralisation at the Koppies tenement, with the best intersections including:

13 metres at 905ppm uranium from 3m, including 2m at 4,504ppm uranium;

10m at 687 ppm uranium from 2m, including 2m at 1,974ppm uranium;

7m at 277ppm uranium from 10m; and

5m at 194ppm uranium from 5m and 2m at 593ppm uranium from 15m.

Marenica highlighted the interval of 2m at 4,504ppm uranium encountered in hole KP055, saying the direction of the palaeochannel in this area is yet to be established, however, this will be the focus of the next drilling program expected to commence shortly.

“With such fantastic results, the Koppies story continues to develop, with excellent grades achieved from Phase 2 drilling, coupled with the discovery of a new highly mineralised palaeochannel at Koppies 2,” Marenica Energy managing drector Murray Hill said in the company’s announcement to the Australian Securities Exchange.

“We look forward to continuing to advance the project over the coming period with expanded drilling to commence shortly.”

Marenica indicated it intends to complete additional HLEM work within the vicinity of Koppies 1 and 2, with its priority to now confirm the extent of the palaeochannels to guide a Phase 3 drill program.

The company plans to complete the Phase 3 drilling before the end of the calendar year with exploration continuing through 2020 to test the extent of mineralisation on the Koppies exploration permit.




Rox Resources reports Further High-Grade Results from Youanmi

THE DRILL SERGEANT: Rox Resources (ASX: RXL), in conjunction with its Joint Venture partner Venus Metals Corporation (ASX: VMC), announced further results from an ongoing drilling campaign at the OYG JV which forms part of the wider Youanmi gold project in Western Australia.

Rox Resources’ recent drilling at the Youanmi gold project has intersected more high-grade gold mineralisation.

Results received from Youanmi South and Commonwealth drilling include:

4m at 11.23 grams per tonne gold from 92m; (Youanmi South)

8m at 3.73g/t gold from 60m; and (Commonwealth)

3m at 5.45g/t gold from 87m. (Commonwealth)

The company said that drilling at the Plant Zone has continued to define shallow, potential ‘base load mill feed’ with new results showing continuations to shallow mineralisation including:

8m at 2.62g/t gold from 60m;

9m at 1.04g/t gold from 83m; and

8m at 1.03g/t gold from 44m.

“These results continue to show the excellent potential of the Youanmi belt and the OYG JV in particular and we look forward to presenting further results when they become available,” Rox Resources managing director Alex Passmore said in the company’s announcement to the Australian Securities Exchange.

“Drilling at the Plant Zone prospect, a granite stockwork style of mineralisation now delineated over a 1.4 kilometre strike length, continues to add scale to the overall project gold inventory.”

Rox’s recent drilling has been focussed on the Plant Zone (potentially base load mill feed) and the high-grade Commonwealth prospect.

The company expects to shift its focus onto the Youanmi South prospect following completion of geophysical surveying (drone mag).

The Youanmi South prospect has previously returned some of the best drill intersections of the current drill program.





Mincor Resources Enhances Cassini Mineral Resource

THE DRILL SERGEANT: Mincor Resources (ASX: MCR) released a healthy increase in the Mineral Resource for the company’s Cassini nickel sulphide deposit at Kambalda in Western Australia.

The updated Cassini Indicated and Inferred Mineral Resource comprises 1.254 million tonnes at 4 per cent nickel.

Mincor Resources said this represents an increase of 12,600 high-grade nickel tonnes.

Of note is that the addition of 269,000 tonnes of ore was delivered at a grade of 4.7 per cent nickel, increasing the average grade of the Mineral Resource from 3.8 per cent nickel to 4 per cent.

The company declared this confirms Cassini as one of the largest and highest-grade nickel deposits in the Kambalda district.

Over 86 per cent of the expanded Mineral Resource is now classified in the higher-confidence Indicated category, and is available for conversion to Ore Reserves.

Mincor’s total Kambalda Mineral Resource inventory now stands at 4.9 million tonnes at 3.8 per cent nickel for 187,900 nickel tonnes, with 84 per cent in the Indicated/Measured category.

The company considers the continued rapid growth in the Cassini Mineral Resource this year in terms of tonnage, grade and quality has vindicated its faith and confidence in the untapped exploration potential of this newly defined district within the Kambalda region.

“From a Maiden Mineral Resource of 18,700 nickel tonnes in August last year, Cassini has grown quickly into a substantial asset for our shareholders, one of the cornerstone deposits of our plan to restart nickel production at Kambalda and the most significant greenfields discovery seen in the district in over two decades,” Mincor Resources managing director David Southam said in the company’s announcement to the Australian Securities Exchange.

“Since our last Mineral Resource update in August 2019, we established a short-term plan to complete a bespoke drill program aimed at upgrading this beachhead resource for inclusion in the Definitive Feasibility Study – and we have more than achieved this outcome in just six drill holes, which is an exceptional return in terms of nickel tonnes by any measure.

“We like to think of it as extremely cost effective ‘nickel banking’.

“The last four drill intercepts in particular have been stand-outs and show that the CS5 surface is becoming both higher grade and thicker the deeper we drill – which bodes well for the future exploration of this and the other parallel channels from the planned underground workings to be established at Cassini.

“With 50,000 nickel tonnes now delineated and drilled from surface, we believe that Cassini displays the same characteristics of all large, long-life orebodies discovered and mined in the Kambalda region.

“What is particularly exciting is that it is the first greenfields discovery in the Kambalda region for decades on a newly identified contact.

“The updated Cassini Mineral Resource will now be incorporated into the ongoing Definitive Feasibility Study for our Nickel Restart Strategy, which we are planning to release in the March quarter next year, along with a Maiden Ore Reserve.”