Integra hits gold with maiden drilling campaign at Batavia

THE DRILL SERGEANT: Wide-spaced first pass RC drilling conducted by Integra Mining at the recently identified Batavia prospect has returned encouraging results.

The Batavia prospect is located within Integra’s Aldiss gold project, some 60 kilometres east of the company’s producing Randalls gold project.


Integra tenement location plan. Source: Company announcement


Integra is currently focussing much of its exploration efforts on the Aldiss project.

It’s reasoning for doing so being Aldiss has already been identified to possess a substantial gold endowment and a relatively modest additional discovery of economic mineralisation could be sufficient to justify the establishment of a stand-alone mining / milling operation.

Results from the latest drilling at Batavia include:

4 metres at 6.50 grams per tonne gold;

4m at 3.68g/t gold;

4m at 2.90g/t gold; and

4m at 2.27g/t gold.

“Integra is very excited to get these excellent results from our first RC drill program in the Batavia trend with additional results from the Challenger trend pending,” Integra Mining managing director Chris Cairns said in the company’s announcement to the Australian Securities Exchange.

“Field reports note wide-spread and intense alteration and sulphides indicating to us the potential for a large scale gold system.”

Wide-spaced reconnaissance aircore drilling completed by Integra in mid-2011 defined a greater than one metre at 1g/t gold anomalism trend over 500m at Batavia.

Previously released aircore drilling results in the immediate vicinity of the recent RC drilling at Batavia included:

8m at 2.11g/t gold, including 4m at 3.37g/t gold;

3m at 1.35g/t gold; and

1m at 2.40g/t gold.

The identification of the Batavia prospect stem from drilling conducted by Integra in 2010, which defined three gold anomalous trends, referred to as the Admiral, Batavia and Challenger trends.

RC drilling has also been completed in the Challenger trend and assays are pending.