High-grade gold results from CLZ’s Forrestania Project keep coming
ASX explorer, Classic Minerals (ASX:CLZ), today announced to market more promising high-grade assay results from the Phase 2 drilling program at its Forrestania Gold Project in WA’s Southern Cross Belt.
The scale of mineralisation observed in all holes drilled to date continues to be indicative of a potential large-scale gold system.
Phase 2 drilling was designed to target mineralisation outside of the current Resource model, as well as high-grade extensions below and adjacent to the current pit design. This echoes CLZ’s strategy to grow its Resource to a size that supports establishment of an on-site processing facility.
The Reverse Circulation (RC) drill program to date has comprised a total of 18 holes, spanning some 3,250 metres.
CLZ is now two-thirds of its way through assay processing, and is expecting additional results for Forrestania’s major deposits, Lady Ada and Lady Magdalene, in the weeks to come.
These recent results highlight significant potential to expand and upgrade the current JORC-compliant Mineral Resource Estimate (MRE) at Forrestania, which currently sits at 5.9 Mt at 1.25 grams per tonne of gold for 240,000 ounces of gold. A recent scoping study has also confirmed the project’s technical and financial viability.
Drilling at Lady Ada confirms CLZ’s Resource development model
With strong potential for Resource amplification, the Lady Ada deposit has returned additional high-grade results from outside the current scoping study pit design.
Drill hole MARC023 was a standout hole at Lady Ada, yielding impressive, high-grade gold mineralisation (76.8 grams per tonne) at a relatively shallow depth (116 metres) in an area that is outside of the current optimised pit design.
These results also confirm the geological model that the primary Lady Ada ore zone extends to the south-east of the existing ore body.
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Best results for Lady Ada from most recent assays include:
- 4m at 37.30 g/t gold from 116m, including 1m at 76.8 g/t gold from 116m
- 2m at 1.32 g/t gold from 65m
CLZ CEO, Dean Goodwin, said: “We are very excited by the high grade (>70 g/t) results from Lady Ada in hole MARC023. This confirms the existence of another high-grade shoot at Lady Ada that is open down plunge and was previously missed due to the hole being positioned on the edge of existing drilling.”
“We will definitely be following this up in the future with further drilling and will keep the market appraised of our progress. The quality of Lady Ada is evident – this deposit contains multiple high grade shoots and systems that the company believes will continue to grow and eventually, support a profitable mining operation.”
Drilling at Lady Magdalene
Thick zones of shallow-depth gold mineralisation were also encountered at the larger Lady Magdalene deposit. The high-grade mineralisation here is open at depth and along strike.
Drilling at Lady Magdalene saw thick zones of mineralisation, including MARC052 which had an intersect of 16 metres at 1.73 grams per tonne of gold from 40 metres in an area that is again outside of the current optimised pit design.
Best results for Lady Magdalene from most recent assays include:
- 6m at 4.9 g/t gold from 201m, including 2m at 12.55 g/t gold from 201m
- 16m at 1.73 g/t from 40m
- 15m at 5.27 g/t gold from 24.85m
- 5m at 1.10 g/t gold from 54m
- 6m at 1.43 g/t gold from 109m
- 1m at 6.52 g/t gold from 241m
Goodwin commented: “Like Lady Ada, Lady Magdalene is a stacked, shallow dipping ore body which is open at depth and along strike. The latest assay results are very exciting as it confirms there is high grade mineralisation at depth, reaffirming our view that Lady Magdalene hosts high-grade mineralisation similar to Lady Ada.”
“Lady Magdalene is a far larger gold system than Lady Ada, and, as expected, is continuing to deliver results for Classic. We are confident that there are additional high-grade shoots/zones that are yet to be discovered and it is our goal to see Lady Magdalene transform from a large/modestly-graded deposit into a large deposit containing high grade zones that will support low-risk and profitable staged mining operations.”
A sign of things to come
Kicking off later this month will also be the drilling of strategically placed orientated diamond holes, with the goal of uncovering more Lady Ada-esque high-grade ore bodies between existing drill lines at the Lady Magdalene deposit.
Goodwin said: “Following the recent receipt of DMP drilling approval, we will get straight into some orientated diamond holes at Lady Magdalene with the goal of uncovering very high grade ore bodies analogous to Lady Ada between the wide spaced drill lines.”
“Discovery of such zones will be an absolute game-changer for the FGP as it will dramatically increase the financial viability of the project via addition of high-grade ounces to the existing pit-shell designs as reported in the May 2 scoping study announcement.”
“This is a great result for our Phase 2 drilling campaign at the FGP and we are looking forward to reporting the subsequent Lady Magdalene assay results in the coming weeks. We have only received approximately 50% of results so far.”
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