THE DRILL SERGEANT: Tando Resources (ASX: TNO) announced the intersection of massive sulphides in the first drill hole carried out at the Balla Balla prospect that forms part of the company’s 100 per cent-owned Quartz Bore project, in the Pilbara region of Western Australia.
Tando Resources is running the maiden drill program at Quartz Bore with the aim of generating targets below, and along strike from, high-grade zinc-copper mineralisation defined in historical drilling at the Balla Balla prospect.
To that end, hole QBDD0001 is testing for extensions of mineralisation below and adjacent to historical drillholes:
7.6 metres at 4.86 per cent zinc, 2.13 per cent copper and 1.56 per cent lead, including 2m at 13.71 per cent zinc; and
3.5m at 5.68 per cent zinc, 0.39 per cent copper and 2.03 per cent lead.
5m at 3.15 per cent zinc.
Tando claimed it had intersected two sulphide-bearing zones containing greater than 10 per cent sulphide minerals 326.5m (extending for 9m downhole) and 342.5m (extending for 5m), including lengths of massive sulphide (containing 80-90% sulphide minerals) up to 1.4m in length.
The company said the style of mineralisation encountered had given it encouragement that downhole surveys will be able to detect extensions to these zones due to the different petrophysical properties of their constituent sulphides.
“To intersect substantial sulphides in our first drill hole is very encouraging,” Tando Resources managing director Bill Oliver said in the company’s announcement to the Australian Securities Exchange.
“The focus of this initial program is to validate high-grade historical drilling results, and this intersection confirms our belief that the Quartz Bore project hosts significant zinc-copper mineralisation.
“We now look forward to drilling further holes to test other extensions to mineralisation.”