Santa delivers early for Integra

THE DRILL SERGEANT: Integra Mining said that recent RC drilling has provided further confirmation of the Santa trend’s potential for an open pit as well as underground production for the Randalls gold project in Western Australia.

Additional diamond drilling undertaken at the Cock-eyed Bob prospect has also maintained its delivery of strong results.

Results from drilling on the Santa Area include:

–    14 metres at 5.58 grams per tonne gold, including 5 metres at 8.47 grams per tonne gold;

–    5m at 13.21 g/t gold;

–    9m at 4.68 g/t gold; and

–    7m at 4.21 g/t gold.

Cock-Eyed Bob results include:

–    3.25 metres at 25.10 g/t gold, including 1.65 metres at 47.00 g/t gold.

Santa and Cock-eyed Bob are located 16km east and 13km east, respectively of the company’s Randalls gold processing facility.

According to Integra the Santa Trend carries on at depth displaying potential for underground extraction while also continuing along strike demonstrating potential for additional open-pit production.

The company remains confident the high-grade BIF-hosted gold deposits at Cock-eyed Bob, Santa and Maxwells continue to emerge as potential future sources of underground and open pit material for the Randalls gold project.

Integra commenced pre-stripping at the Maxwells openpit and stockpiling ore in the June Quarter in preparation for fully fledged production from Maxwells in 2012.

That company said it anticipates that, subject to regulatory approvals, trial underground mining will commence in December at the Cock-eyed Bob deposit.

“An agreement has been reached with a preferred underground mining contractor,” Integra Mining said in its ASX announcement.

“The Mining Proposal has been lodged with the Department of Mining and Petroleum in preparation for a December start-up.

“If the trial mining proves successful, underground mining will continue to the next level at Cock-eyed Bob and underground development at the Santa gold deposit will commence.

“Upon completion of open pit mining operations at the Maxwells gold deposit, underground development would commence from the base of the open pit.”