THE DRILL SERGEANT: Red 5 Limited declared its decision in the December 2019 Quarter to boost underground drilling capacity at the company’s King of The Hill (KOTH) project in Western Australia with three diamond rigs, has paid off.
Red 5 reported the drilling has produced results that add further confidence to the Final Feasibility Study (FFS) it currently has underway for KOTH.
The latest broad ‘whole-of-hole’ intercepts include:
190.6 metres at 1.3 grams per tonne gold
231m at 1.2g/t gold and
58m at 4.1g/t gold.
Extensional drilling delivered widths of up to:
57.3m at 2.3g/t gold outside of the existing 3.1-million-ounce Resource envelope, together with high-grade intersections, including:
15.9m at 34.5g/t gold and
18.2m at 11.5g/t gold.
“The 85,000-metre underground drilling program is progressing strongly with approximately 60 per cent of the program completed,” Red 5 managing director Mark Williams said in the company’s announcement to the Australian Securities Exchange.
“The volume and quality of the data being generated are progressively being fed into an updated Resource model, that will underpin an update to the current 3.1-million-ounce Mineral Resource as part of the FFS on an integrated bulk open pit and underground mining operation due to be released in the September 2020 Quarter.
“Importantly, the results continue to contribute towards achieving the three outcomes we are targeting – namely, to convert as much of the existing Underground Resource into Ore Reserves as we can for inclusion in the FFS, to reassess the final shape of the open pit, and to identify extensions to the underground Resource both along strike and down-dip.
“In-fill and grade control drilling is also delivering positive results by reinforcing the continuity and tenor of the stockwork development zones, which have formed part of our transition to bulk underground mining program and will provide us greater confidence for the future.”