THE DRILL SERGEANT: Vango Mining (ASX: VAN) provided an update on drilling of a series of high‐grade gold targets at the Trident and Cinnamon deposits on the company’s 100 per cent‐owned Plutonic Dome gold project in the Mid‐West region of Western Australia.
At the Trdient deposit, three deeper pre‐collared diamond drill holes are underway to test for down‐dip repeats of the Trident flexure or ‘ramp’ structure that hosts most of the high‐grade gold mineralisation intersected to date at the deposit.
Vango mining said the initial drilling will essentially be stratigraphic, in that it will be targeting the shallow dipping ultramafic contact below the over‐thrust granite gneiss on 400 metre step‐outs from the high‐grade core zone.
“Previous drilling and magnetic imagery indicates that the ultramafic rocks that host the Trident deposit continue well to the north of Trident and the intersection of continuations of this stratigraphy will open up potential to substantially increase the Trident resource target zone,” Vango Mining said in its ASX announcement.
The Cinnamon deposit is in the central part of the project area where most of the mineralisation is contained within a conglomerate, associated with the contact between a mafic‐ volcaniclastic/conglomerate footwall and felsic‐volcaniclastic/conglomerate hanging wall.
Vango’s initial plans are to drill two diamond holes into the main mineralised zones to verify previous RC drilling intersections and enhance the geological understanding of the deposit.
This will be followed by a more extensive drilling program to potentially define and extend the thick, conglomerate hosted, mineralised zones.
“Cinnamon is being tested as a high‐priority, additional resource, target that could potentially support the new strategy for a stand‐alone processing operation and also provide an early open pit option,” Vango explained.