Classic Minerals kicks off gold quest at Forrestania
Classic Minerals (ASX:CLZ) announced this morning that it has kicked off reverse circulation (RC) drilling at its Forrestania Gold Project in Western Australia.
CLZ will be drilling with the view to uncover a new gold system at the recently uncovered Van Uden West prospect, and to enhance known mineralisation at the Lady Lila and Kat Gap prospects.
The targets areas have been untouched for some 18 years, making these maiden drill programs especially pivotal.
Lady Lila is a BIF-hosted gold deposit that is very similar in geological characteristics to the high-grade, prolific Bounty and Blue Vein deposits, held by the $649 million-capped Kidman Resources (ASX:KDR).
Kat Gap contains a shallow unmined gold deposit discovered in the 1990s, which was the subject of resource estimations and scoping study by Sons of Gwalia in 2003.
High grade RC drill intercepts include 15 metres at 15.1 grams per tonne of gold from 39 metres depth and 6 metres at 19.1 grams per tonne from 17 metres depth. The open-ended deposit lies within a 5 kilometres long geochemical gold anomaly that has seen very little drill testing, and there is potential for the discovery of a substantial gold deposit within the project area.
Van Uden West, on the other hand, is a brand new gold target with similar orientation and geological setting to the high-grade Kat Gap deposit. CLZ’s decision to test this target is based on an anomalous aircore drill result from the late 1990s. The target has an excellent structural location on the contact between granite and greenstone, and CLZ belives that the previous shallow, wide-spaced aircore holes inadequately tested the target.
Drilling will also recommence at the Lady Magdalene prospect once final government approvals have been received.
The RC drill rig is on site and drilling at present, with this first pass program expected to be complete within 10 days. Assay results are expected early May.
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CLZ CEO, Dean Goodwin, said: “As an exploration geologist, I am incredibly excited about the forthcoming drilling at FGP. It has always been my opinion that there is huge scope for brand new discoveries outside of the known deposits and this drill program signals Classic’s belief in the region and is the initial step towards our goal of uncovering additional, high quality ounces outside of Lady Magdalene and Lady Ada.”
The Forrestania Gold Project contains an existing Mineral Resource of 5.3 Mt at 1.39 grams per toone for 240,000 ounces of gold, with a recent scoping study confirming both the technical and financial viability of the project.
CLZ recently expanded its footprint at Forrestania, securing new tenements that have added some 50 square kilometres to CLZ’s holdings, bringing the total area to 500 square kilometres, making it a major land holder in the highly prospective region.
Drill targets at Forrestania