ERL confirms high grade gold mineralisation at Penny’s Find

By Meagan Evans. Published at Nov 6, 2017, in Small Caps

Assays from a recently completed six-hole diamond drill programme have confirmed high grade gold mineralisation at Empire Resources’ (ASX:ERL) Penny Find’s open pit gold mine, 50 kilometres northeast of Kalgoorlie.

ERL undertook the drilling programme with the aim of increasing its confidence in the gold mineralisation beneath the open pit, converting some Inferred resources to Indicated, and to obtaining important additional geotechnical data for ongoing underground mining studies.

Penny Find’s mineralisation extends to 250m below surface and remains open at depth. High grade gold mineralisation is hosted by quartz veins at the contact between sediments and basalt. Testwork has shown fresh mineralisation to be free milling with a high gravity recoverable gold component of 85%.

The best results from the six-hold diamond drill programme were:

  • 63m at 15.60g/t gold from 168.37m in hole PFD17-02.
  • 52m at 6.32g/t gold from 172.50m in hole PFD17-02, including 1.22m at 12.34g/t gold from 174.80m.
  • 00m at 8.83g/t gold from 148.00m in hole PFD17-04, including 2.22m at 12.52g/t gold from 150.78m.
  • 94m at 10.57g/t gold from 162.36m in hole PFD17-05.

These can be seen on the below long section with drill hole pierce points:

empire resources penny's find

The new drill data has certainly increased ERL’s confidence in the integrity of the earlier drilling results from below the current open pit, which included 5m at 20.88g/t gold, 3m at 14.42g/t gold, 14m at 5.34g/t gold, 6m at 6.77g/t gold, 7m at 5.27g/t gold, and 3m at 8.89g/t gold.

The updated resource estimate is still to be calculated, but once it is done ERL will commence a final underground feasibility study that is expected to be finalised within a few months.

Empire’s Managing Director, Mr David Sargeant commented on the assay results:

“Results from the recent underground drilling have given us the confidence to move ahead with a final underground feasibility to extend Penny’s Find’s mine life beyond the open pit.

“With gold mineralisation open at depth, there is good potential to add to the current underground Indicated and Inferred resource of 170,000t at 5.40g/t gold.”

Any addition to the Indicated and referred resource is speculative at this stage and investors should seek professional financial advice if considering this stock for their portfolio.

ERL holds a 60% direct interest in the Penny’s Find gold project with the remaining 40% interest held by unlisted Brimstone Resources Ltd.

These drill results follow last month’s news that ERL had poured its first gold bar from the open pit operations, with the mine’s ore being toll processed at two nearby regional gold mills.

Going forward, there’s should be plenty of newsflow in the coming months with the updated Resource estimate and final underground feasibility study.



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