Blackstone Minerals Mobilises Second Drill Rig

THE DRILL SERGEANT: Blackstone Minerals (ASX: BSX) has commenced a second phase of drilling with a second diamond drill rig mobilised at the company’s Ta Khoa nickel project in Northern Vietnam.

Blackstone Minerals announced its option to acquire a 90 per cent interest in the Ta Khoa nickel project in May 2019, since when it has commenced drilling and completed an initial IP survey.

Results from the IP survey indicated a strong correlation exists between high chargeability and high grade DSS and massive sulphide vein (MSV) mineralisation.

The company explained that the second drill rig has deeper drilling capabilities that will enable it to test the multiple new targets it has generated from the IP survey.

The initial shallow diamond drilling rig will continue to test the Ban Phuc disseminated sulphide (DSS) while the second rig has been mobilised to test the deeper targets throughout the project.

“We’re excited to be drilling our deeper targets generated from the recently completed IP survey at the Ta Khoa nickel project, we look forward to further consistent news flow from both drill rigs over the coming weeks,” Blackstone Mineral managing director Scott Williamson said in the company’s announcement to the Australian Securities Exchange.

“We remain well funded to test the multiple new targets generated from the maiden IP survey and continue to unlock the full potential of the extensive nickel sulphide system at Ta Khoa.”





Meteoric Resources to Commence Novo Astro Drilling

THE DRILL SERGEANT: Meteoric Resources (ASX: MEI) is set to commence drilling at the company’s Novo Astro project in Brazil.

The Novo Astro project is located approximately 30 kilometres to the east of the company’s Juruena gold project.

Meteroic Resources explained the Juruena project was previously subjected to intense drilling by several earlier explorers, while Novo Astro has only been explored by surface exploration works.

There has been no drilling of Novo Astro to test the gold grade and depth extent of the surface alteration and mineralisation that has been mapped and which returned high‐grade rock chips up to 290.13 grams per tonnes gold in the company’s current sampling program.

“Recent mapping at Novo Astro recognised thick zones of alteration and mineralisation within basement rocks that have been the target of extensive artisanal mining,” Meteoric Resources managing director Andrew Tunks said in the company’s announcement to the Australian Securities Exchange.

“Results from reconnaissance rock chip sampling confirm mineralisation at multiple targets, warranting immediate testing.

“A twenty‐one hole drilling program for 2,500 metres is planned, which will commence late September.

“The initial drill program will target the depth potential of significant gold mineralised structures that can be mapped and sampled in the extensive Garimpeiro workings across Novo Astro.

“To this end, four initial prospects have been defined for us to commence drilling.

“At the same time, planning is underway to commence geophysical programs across Novo Astro, initially these will include magnetics, which will assist in our structural interpretation and an Induced Polarisation (IP) survey which can be locate disseminated sulphides.

“The current round of rock chip sampling has confirmed the gold‐pyrite association and we feel that IP could provide an excellent tool to direct our drilling.”




Pioneer Resources Advances Dome North Spodumene Drilling

THE DRILL SERGEANT: Pioneer Resources (ASX: PIO) has commenced drilling at the Dome North spodumene target, located within the company’s 100 per cent-owned Pioneer Dome project in the Eastern Goldfields of Western Australia.

Pioneer Resources said the drilling had intersected pegmatites in all three holes it has drilled to dat at Dome North.

The drilling is targeting priority areas where outcropping spodumene has been mapped.

The first hole (PDRC263) hit an intersection of pegmatite from 175 metres downhole to end of hole at 311m.

The intersection was down dip of outcrop from where the company recently reported 17 rock chip samples producing spodumene assays between 1.65 per cent and 3.7 per cent lithium oxide (Li2O).

Two further holes (PDRC264, PDRC265) also returned healthy pegmatite intersections.

The company said the targeted drilling in and around the spodumene outcrops would continue with assay results anticipated to be available around October.

“The company’s emphasis on first principle exploration practices ha delivered an excellent priority target at the Dome North Area,” Pioneer Resources managing director David Crook said in the company’s announcement to the Australian Securities Exchange.

“We are excited with what has been observed in the first few drill holes and look forward to delivering results to the market as they become available.”





Predictive Discovery Drills Impressive Boundiali Results

THE DRILL SERGEANT: Predictive Discovery (ASX: PDI) RELEASED results from a recently completed step-out RC drilling program at the company’s Boundiali project, located in Cote D’Ivoire.

Predictive Discovery explained these new results come from part of the Resolute Mining (ASX: RSG) Joint Venture exploration program in Cote D’Ivoire that is currently focused on the Boundiali and Ferkessedougou North projects, each of which contain recent gold discoveries and are considered to have excellent potential to find further gold mineralisation.

The JV completed a 16-hole step-out program in June 2019 to follow-up a 31-hole infill RC drilling program that was carried out in March-April.

This new program extended infill drill coverage to approximately 920m of mineralised strike on the Nyangboue gold prospect with the RC holes designed to explore for mineralisation both up-dip and down-dip of earlier intercepts and along strike of the earlier infill drill lines.

Better intercepts (0.25g/t gold cut-off grade) included:

3 metres at 14.97g/t gold from 9m;

13m at 1.92g/t gold from 68m;

16m at 1.64g/t gold from 7m;

10m at 2.32g/t gold from 146m;

4m at 3.56g/t gold from 109m;

5m at 2.31g/t gold from 29m;

6m at 2.48g/t gold from 71m;

6m at 2.68g/t gold from 116m; and

7m at 1.92g/t gold from 112m.

“These new results from Nyangboue add to the picture obtained in the April-May infill drilling program of a series of north-striking, sub-parallel, gold-mineralised zones dipping shallowly to the west,” Predictive Discovery managing director Paul Roberts said in the company’s announcement to the Australian Securities Exchange.

“Given that the mineralisation is open to the north, south and down dip, there is clearly more drilling to be done at Nyangboue to determine the full size of the gold mineralised system.

“When combined with the new gold mineralisation discovered in the Boundiali North permit, the potential scale of the mineralised systems at Boundiali continue to grow.

“Release of these results is a great start to the joint venture relationship with new partner Resolute Mining.

“We look forward to working with Resolute to uncover more gold in the Boundiali project and across our Joint Venture projects in Cote D’Ivoire.”



Spectrum Metals Drills High-Grade Extensions at Penny North

THE DRILL SERGEANT: Spectrum Metals (ASX: SPX) continued its run of high-grade results from extensional RC drilling within the high-grade shoot at the company’s Penny North project.

Spectrum Metals received results from four new holes that returned results of:

4 metres at 63.1 grams per tonne gold from 289m, including 3m at 83.7g/t from 289m;

2m at 50.5g/t gold from 338m;

2m at 48.7g/t gold from 264m, including 1m at 95.5g/t gold from 264m;

2m at 27.1g/t gold from 2315m, including 1m at 44.6g/t gold from 315m.

The company also received results from parts of two holes from Penny South, including:

2m at 17.1g/t gold from 182m;

5m at 2.5g/t gold from 234m, including 1m at 5.7g/t from 237m.

The company claimed the result in SPWRC078 of 2m at 17.1g/t gold at Penny South indicates that the main lode continues to the south.

Further assay results at Penny South are pending and additional holes have been planned.

“We are very pleased to see continuing high-grade down plunge gold mineralisation at Penny North,” Spectrum Metals managing director Paul Adams said in the company’s announcement to the Australian Securities Exchange.

“In addition, early drilling at Penny South suggests this location may represent a new target in the short term.

“This is separate to hole SPWRC006 (5m at 28.9g/t from 203), that appears to represent a separate hanging wall position to the main lode.”





Musgrave Minerals Intersects Further Cue Gold

THE DRILL SERGEANT: Musgrave Minerals (ASX: MGV) reported encouraging assay results from drilling at the Lena deposit and initial drilling at the Mainland prospect, both part of the company’s Cue gold project in Western Australia’s Murchison district.

Musgrave has received assays from the first reverse circulation (RC) holes drilled in the current program at Lena and from a maiden drilling program at Mainland, a recently acquired tenement holding that has produced abundant alluvial gold but where only minimal basement exploration has been conducted.

The company said the high-grade gold intercepts returned from RC drilling at Lena highlight potential at depth including:

1 metre at 25.7 grams per tonne gold from 110m down hole; and

24m at 3.2g/t gold from 140m down hole, including 4m at 13.1g/t gold from 151m including, 1m at 42.8g/t gold from 153m.

High-grade gold was also intersected at Mainland including:

3m at 5.4g/t gold from 74m down hole.

“These are exciting results at Lena and Mainland. At Mainland, the initial program has returned strong results and further drilling is planned,” Musgrave Minerals managing director Rob Waugh said in the company’s announcement to the Australian Securities Exchange.

“The upside at Lena is significant with drilling confirming high-grade gold mineralisation below the existing resource that remains open.

“Our reinterpretation of the geology and shoot control has highlighted the excellent potential to extend the current Lena resource and we look forward to further strong results as drilling continues.”





Horizon Minerals Returns Encouraging Drill Hits at Binduli

THE DRILL SERGEANT: Horizon Minerals (ASX: HRZ) announced reverse circulation (RC) drilling results from the company’s 100 per cent-owned Binduli gold project area located west of Kalgoorlie-Boulder in the Western Australian goldfields.

The results come from a follow up 56-hole RC drilling program completed at the Crake and Coote prospects, part of the Binduli gold project area.

The current Mineral Resource for Crake stands at 1.12 million tonnes at 1.59 grams per tonne gold for 57,700 ounces at a 1g/t lower grade cut-off.

Latest results received from Crake include:

3 metres at 7.41 grams per tonne gold from 81m and 10m at 1.78g/t gold from 102m;

5m at 4.91g/t gold from 36m and 9m at 1.58g/t gold from 65m;

3m at 3.18g/t gold from 14m and 4m at 2.47g/t gold from 55m;

3m at 1.28g/t gold from 10m, 1m at 2.91g/t gold from 17m, 1m at 2.13g/t gold from 25m, 1m at 5.19g/t gold from 32m and 14m at 1.75g/t gold from 44m;

12m at 1.65g/t gold from 32m;

10m at 1.46g/t gold from 77m;

1m at 3g/t gold from 57m and 7m at 2.78g/t gold from 97m.

Horizon Minerals said the results continue to demonstrate both width and grade continuity across a 450m strike length with the mineralisation open along strike to the north, east and to the west at depth.

Mine optimisation and design work has commenced as part of a consolidated Feasibility Study due for completion in the June Quarter 2020.

Results received from Coote, 700m to the west include:

1m at 8.18g/t gold from 40m and 1m at 1g/t gold from 64m;

1m at 5.1g/t gold from 53m;

1m at 1.76g/t gold from 17m, 5m at 1.4g/t gold from 24m and 4m at 2.63g/t gold from 51m;

1m at 2.7g/t gold from 9m, 4m at 1.22g/t gold from 36m and 1m at 1.03g/t gold from 59m and 1m at 1.87g/t gold from 65m and 1m at 1.06g/t gold from 91m; and

1m at 1.33g/t gold from 33m, 1m at 1.83g/t gold from 43m, 1m at 1.61g/t gold from 88m, 1m at 2.1g/t gold from 96m and 4m at 1.15g/t gold from 114m.

“The results continue to demonstrate that Binduli is a genuine contributor to our mine development and production pipeline as part of the consolidated Feasibility Study currently underway,” Horizon Minerals managing director Jon Price said in the company’s announcement to the Australian Securities Exchange.

“The drilling has improved geological confidence and demonstrated excellent width and grade continuity over a 450 metres strike length and remains open in all directions.

“Further RC and diamond drilling is planned across the Binduli project area, located only 25 kilometres from our baseload Boorara gold project.”





S2 Resources Signals Potential Finland Gold Discovery

THE DRILL SERGEANT: S2 Resources (ASX: S2R) declared a possible gold discovery at the company’s Aakenusvaara gold prospect in Finland.

S2 Resources advised the market that it had intersected numerous zones of sulphides, alteration and brecciation in the first seven diamond holes it has drilled down dip and along strike from historic gold intercepts at the Aakenusvaara gold prospect.

The company indicated it was now waiting on assays for these intercepts, which it explained are visually similar to those in limited historic near surface drilling undertaken by Outokumpu.

Aakenusvaara is located three kilometres along strike from the Outokumpu’s former Saattopora mine, where copper-gold mineralisation was also associated with visually similar breccia zones and veins of pyrrhotite, pyrite, chalcopyrite, quartz, carbonate and strong albite alteration.

While waiting for the results for the Aakenusvaara holes, S2 will move the rig back to start a phase 2 reconnaissance program.

The phase 2 reconnaissance program at Aarnivalkea will tighten the current broad (320 metre) line spacing, follow up better intercepts from phase 1, and test some of the new base of till gold anomalies identified along strike and to the west of the main trend at Aarnivalkea.

“The optionality afforded by having these two drill-stage prospects in a district otherwise unexplored by Australian standards enables logistical flexibility and continuing momentum,” S2 Resources said in its ASX announcement.

“Both prospects are accessible all year round with the exception of some swampy areas at Aarnivalkea (best drilled in winter) and a seasonal environmental exclusion zone covering part of the Aakenusvaara prospect (with restricted access in spring/early summer).”





Blackstone Minerals Identifies New Ta Khoa Nickel Targets

THE DRILL SERGEANT: Blackstone Minerals (ASX: BSX) has completed a maiden Induced Polarisation (IP) survey at the company’s Ta Khoa nickel project in Northern Vietnam.

Blackstone Minerals said the survey had identified multiple new targets at the Ta Khoa nickel project by indicating a strong correlation exists between high chargeability and high-grade disseminated sulphide (DSS) and massive sulphide vein (MSV) mineralization.

Blackstone is the first company to undertake an IP survey at Ta Khoa and the company indicated the geophysical method it has used defined existing and potential further high-grade zones within both MSV and DSS prospects.

The latest IP results follow-up on Blackstone’s recent drilling at Ta Khoa, which delivered initial substantial nickel sulphide intersections.

Blackstone intends using the IP survey results to target a second phase of deeper drilling that is anticipated to commence over the coming weeks.

The company considers potential exists to delineate further high-grade mineralisation throughout the Ta Khoa nickel project, initially within a five kilometre radius of the existing processing facility.

The Ta Khoa nickel project has existing modern infrastructure built to Australian Standards including a 450,000 tonnes per annum concentrator located within a premier nickel sulphide district.

Blackstone declared it would be continuing to investigate the potential to develop downstream processing infrastructure in Vietnam to produce a downstream nickel and cobalt product to supply Asia’s growing lithium ion battery industry.

“Our maiden results from the first ever IP survey at Ta Khoa suggest we have an extensive system of magmatic nickel-copper-cobalt sulphides,” Blackstone Minerals managing director Scott Williamson said in the company’s announcement to the Australian Securities Exchange.

“We look forward to continuing our shallow drilling and commencing the deeper drilling of the new targets with a second drill rig mobilising over the coming weeks.”





Lithium Australia Scores Strong Lithium Hits at Youanmi

THE DRILL SERGEANT: Lithium Australia (ASX: LIT) reported further assay results from THE maiden RC drilling program underway at the company’s Youanmi project in Western Australia.

Lithium Australia released the results saying they included widths of high-grade lithium mineralisation from the campaign that has been designed to test down-dip extensions of outcropping lithium-bearing pegmatites.

Highlights of the drilling results include:

3 metres at 1.68 per cent lithium oxide (Li2O) from 32m;

3m at 1.27 per cent Li2O from 2m;

4m at 1.61 per cent Li2O from 21m;
5m at 1.54 per cent Li2O from 62m;

4m at 1.26 per cent Li2O from 2m; and

6m at 1.61 per cent Li2O from 22m, including 1m at 4.14 per cent Li2O from 22m.

Lithium Australia said the drilling had confirmed mineralisation over 2.5 kilometres of strike, with assays reporting widths of high-grade lepidolite (lithium mica) mineralisation hosted in LCT pegmatites.

Multiple stacked pegmatites have been intercepted in RC drill fences along this strike.

The drilling has also demonstrated that the pegmatites dip at shallow angles (20-30°) towards the east.

Mineralisation remains open down dip and along strike and further drill testing will be required to determine the extent of the mineralised system.

“These results from our maiden drill program – which confirm significant lithium mineralisation at Youanmi – are most encouraging,” Lithium Australia managing director Adrian Griffin said in the company’s announcement to the Australian Securities Exchange.

“The lithium is hosted in lepidolite, a lithium mica ideally suited to processing via our proprietary SiLeach technology.

“Initial results suggest Youanmi could provide critical local feedstock for Lithium Australia’s lithium-cathode and battery business units.”