THE DRILL SERGEANT: Vango Mining (ASX: VAN) announced it is continuing a drilling and development program at the Trident high-grade gold deposit, part of the Trident gold project on the company’s 100 per cent-owned Plutonic Dome (Marymia) gold project in the Mid-West region of Western Australia.
Vango Mining has RC drilling and geotechnical diamond drilling underway to define near/at surface expression of the high-grade gold mineralisation at the Trident gold project with the intent to provide information to determine the viability of developing an open pit and underground portal access point on the shallow mineralisation at the western end of the Trident gold deposit, referred to as Trident West.
The company will drill a further five RC and possibly pre-collared diamond drillholes to test the shallow, up-plunge, projection of the Trident gold deposit to the west of the very-high grade core of the deposit that was drilled previously.
The geotechnical drilling program will include four HQ3 diameter diamond drillholes within the proposed open pit target area at Trident West to determine ground conditions and test structures that will impact on open pit wall angles and stability and assist the design and optimisation of the proposed open pit/portal access.
In addition to Trident, Vango will drill down-plunge extensions of the Cinnamon gold deposit.
Two to three pre-collared diamond drillholes will be carried out to ensure target depth is reached and to generate structural information on the deeper extensions of the deposit.
The first of the latest pre-collared diamond drillholes has been completed (VBGRCD003) and intersected mineralisation in the target zone.
Vango is currently waiting to receive results of this hole.
“The company’s strategy is to add further resources to the project’s development pipeline, which currently includes the Trident high-grade gold deposit as the primary target,” Vango Mining said in its ASX announcement.
“Vango aims to develop the project into a significant, stand-alone, gold mining and processing operation with outstanding upside potential to continually build the high-grade gold resource base.”