New deals could see Dateline regain its mojo
The June quarter was an active one for Dateline Resources Ltd (ASX:DTR) with the company digitising all available historical data on the Gold Links Mine, as well as completing planning and rehabilitation works.
The company is in the final stages of planning an exploration program to test the down dip extension of the Sacramento zone, part of the Gold Links mine in Colorado.
The Sacramento zone is only a few hundred metres away from the 2150 Gold Links vein.
Commissioning started at Lucky Strike
The Lucky Strike mine is located less than 50 kilometres away from the Gold Links mine and consists of several old mines that were last worked in the early 1980s.
During the June quarter Dateline progressed the commissioning of the Lucky Strike Mill using low-grade development ore.
The head grade feeding the mill ranged between 1.5-2.5 grams per tonne.
The company has successfully produced two batches of a gold/lead/silver concentrate.
Assay results from the concentrate show 8.65 ounces to the tonne gold from the first batch and 24.68 ounces of gold from the second batch.
Both batches have been sold to a smelter and did not incur any penalties.
Proceeds from the sale will fall into the fiscal 2019 period.
Dateline remains in discussions regarding the potential to toll treat ore from local smaller operations.
However, these are just discussions at this stage and investors should take all publicly available information into account and seek professional financial advice for further information before making an investment decision.
Prospect of a joint venture in Fiji
The company is also reviewing its interests in Fiji with a view to identifying a joint venture partner that would enter a farm-in-agreement in potentially developing its Fijian assets, notably the Udu Mine.
Dateline is awaiting the results of metallurgical test-work being carried out on core samples which were collected from site in December 2017.
Management expects the test work to establish if the Udu ore is amenable to separation and floatation, and if it is the company would actively seek a joint venture partner that is interested in completing a prefeasibility study for a 500,000 tonnes per annum mining operation.
The Udu deposit was discovered in 1957 and was developed in the late 1960s.
The mine operated for one year with recorded production totalling 32,435 tonnes of selectively mined material assaying 5.9% copper and 6.7% zinc.
Records indicate treatment on site yielded 5,524 tonnes of concentrates, assaying 18.3% copper, 1.65 g/t gold and 192 g/t silver.
The mineralisation consists of a cluster of VMS (Volcanogenic Massive Sulphide) lenses with an overprint of epithermal base metal mineralisation.
Subsequent phases of historical exploration within the Udu Project area largely focused on the immediate Udu Mine area.
JORC Compliant Inferred Resource
Historical regional exploration was limited and drilling hadn’t been conducted away from the mine area until Dateline commenced exploration drilling on regional targets in 2012.
Drilling in 2008 culminated in a JORC Compliant Inferred Resource estimate of 4.53 million tonnes averaging 3.9% zinc, 1.2% copper, 0.14% lead, 0.26g/t gold, 29g/t silver using a 0.5% zinc cut-off.
Regional exploration has defined a number of targets with strong geochemical and geophysical signatures.
These range from VMS/epithermal targets with affinities to the Udu Mine to deeper Porphyry Copper targets.