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Alan Green presents the investment case for Castillo Copper #CCZ and Destiny Pharma #DEST on StockBox Media Research Talks

Alan Green presents the investment case for Castillo Copper #CCZ and Destiny Pharma #ECR on his weekly Stockbox Media Research talk.

Alan Green talks Travis Perkins #TPK, Itaconix #ITX & Power Metal Resources #POW on VOX Markets podcast

Alan Green discusses Travis Perkins #TPK, Itaconix #ITX & Power Metal Resources #POW with Justin Waite on the VOX Markets podcast. Interview is 37 minutes 46 seconds in.

Cadence Minerals #KDNC – Hastings Technology Metals (ASX: HAS) – Excellent Drill Results Confirm High Grade Extensions To Frasers Open Pit

Cadence Minerals (AIM/NEX: KDNC; OTC: KDNCY) is pleased to note that Hastings Technology Metals (ASX:HAS) (“Hastings”), Cadence’s joint venture partner at the Yangibana Rare Earth Project in the Gascoyne region of Western Australia (“Yangibana” “Yangibana Project”), has announced the first set of results from the 2020 Exploration Drilling Program, concentrated in the Fraser’s area.

Highlights:

  • First 9 holes from 2020 Exploration Drilling Program all hit economic mineralisation.
  • High-grade and shallow intersections from Yangibana’s highest grade deposit (Fraser’s) extensional drilling included:
    • 4m @ 1.31% TREO % TREO from 4m
    • 4m @ 1.24% TREO from 11m, and
    • 5m @ 1.28% TREO from 52m.
  • Significant increase in (Nd2O3+Pr6O11 as % of TREO) from the 9 holes averaging 48% compared to 41% for the Frasers mineral resource.
  • New intersections sit outside but proximal to the current mineral resource at Fraser’s of 1.32 million tonnes grading 1.35% TREO including 0.56% Nd2O3+Pr6O11 highlighting the outstanding potential to increase both the size and tonnages at Fraser’s.
  • Mineralisation continues to remain open to the north and south and down dip.
  • Further assays remain pending from multiple holes in this area.
  • New results have provided important information for additional discoveries with high-grade strike extensions to these results now interpreted. Drilling to the north is linking the Fraser’s and Simon’s Find mineralised trends.
  • Drilling density is sufficient to allow future mineral resource estimation into measured and indicated JORC categories allowing for possible mine life extensions to be calculated.

Drilling results have confirmed the Company’s conceptual modelling for a large coherent zone extending from Fraser’s in the south to Bald Hill in the north, a distance of 7-8 kilometres, with efforts to rapidly expand and define mineralisation in the newly interpreted and discovered mineralised zones.

The very shallow depths of the mineralised intercepts and proximity to the existing Fraser’s Open Pit demonstrate the high probability for mine life extension at Fraser’s with excellent grades and thickness encountered in every hole of assays received. Fraser’s currently has the highest NdPr (Nd2O3+Pr6O11) grades at 0.56% of any of the Yangibana defined deposits.

The high NdPr grades and corresponding Nd2O3+Pr6O11:TREO ratios are a unique feature not found in any other rare earth project, except for Yangibana.

The Fraser’s Mineral Resource has a calculated Nd2O3+Pr6O11:TREO ratio of 41% (see announcement 18% Increase in Ore Reserve Mine Life Extended by 2 years to 13 years, November 2019), however assays received forming this announcement had Nd2O3+Pr6O11:TREO ratios ranging from 44 – 50%, representing a substantial increase over existing results from Frasers.

Samples were sent to Genalysis Intertek in Perth for analysis using techniques considered appropriate for the style of mineralisation. Samples were analysed for the range of rare earths, rare metals (Nb, Ta, Zr), thorium and uranium and a range of common rock-forming elements (Al, Ca, Fe, Mg, Mn, P, S, Si, Sr).

The full HAS release including detailed tables and graphics can be found at: https://www.investi.com.au/api/announcements/has/841a448e-dbc.pdf

Hastings COO, Andrew Reid commented: “These results have exceeded our expectations, which are an excellent first step in defining what appears to be a significant new zone of mineralisation. With this initial shallow program, we have confirmed the presence of broad mineralised widths and extended known extents of Mineral Resources. All the deepest holes confirm mineralisation continues at depth.”

Cadence Minerals CEO Kiran Morzaria commented: “These excellent early results and high grades from Hastings drilling programme potentially bode well for the Yangibana and Yangibana North joint venture areas, and once again provide additional validation for our investment strategy into this project. We look forward to further developments.”   

Cadence Minerals Yangibana Holding:

Cadence owns 30% of 3 Mining Leases, 6 Exploration Licences which form part of the Yangibana Rare Earth Deposit. Hastings Technology Metals owns the remaining 70% (“Hastings”). Further details of our ownership the mineral resources and reserves on our jointly held leases can be found at:

https://www.cadenceminerals.com/projects/yangibana-rare-earth-project-2/

The current mine plan anticipates production to start from our joint venture areas (Yangibana and Yangibana North) in year 6 and continue to the end of mine life (year 13). Further details can be found in the Hastings 2019 Annual Report

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For further information:

Cadence Minerals plc+44 (0) 7879 584153
Andrew Suckling 
Kiran Morzaria 
  
WH Ireland Limited (NOMAD & Broker)+44 (0) 207 220 1666
James Joyce 
James Sinclair-Ford 
  
Novum Securities Limited (Joint Broker)+44 (0) 207 399 9400
Jon Belliss

Qualified Person

Kiran Morzaria B.Eng. (ACSM), MBA, has reviewed and approved the information contained in this announcement. Kiran holds a Bachelor of Engineering (Industrial Geology) from the Camborne School of Mines and an MBA (Finance) from CASS Business School.

Forward-Looking Statements:

Certain statements in this announcement are or may be deemed to be forward-looking statements. Forward-looking statements are identified by their use of terms and phrases such as ‘‘believe’’ ‘‘could’’ “should” ‘‘envisage’’ ‘‘estimate’’ ‘‘intend’’ ‘‘may’’ ‘‘plan’’ ‘‘will’’ or the negative of those variations or comparable expressions including references to assumptions. These forward-looking statements are not based on historical facts but rather on the Directors’ current expectations and assumptions regarding the Company’s future growth results of operations performance future capital and other expenditures (including the amount. nature and sources of funding thereof) competitive advantages business prospects and opportunities. Such forward-looking statements reflect the Directors’ current beliefs and assumptions and are based on information currently available to the Directors.  Many factors could cause actual results to differ materially from the results discussed in the forward-looking statements including risks associated with vulnerability to general economic and business conditions competition environmental and other regulatory changes actions by governmental authorities the availability of capital markets reliance on key personnel uninsured and underinsured losses and other factors many of which are beyond the control of the Company. Although any forward-looking statements contained in this announcement are based upon what the Directors believe to be reasonable assumptions. The Company cannot assure investors that actual results will be consistent with such forward-looking statements. 

Power Metal Resources #POW – Australia Gold JV – Additional Project Reports

Power Metal Resources plc (LON:POW) the AIM listed metals exploration and development company is pleased to announce a further operational update in respect of its Australian gold joint venture (“JV”) company Red Rock Australasia Pty Ltd (“RRAL”) in which POW has a 49.9% interest.

RRAL commissioned and has received final historical reports and targeting assessments (the “Reports”) for all license applications in the Victoria goldfields, with the exception of recently acquired EL007460 (“Kilmore West” project) and EL007385 (“Sardinia” project).  The Reports have been used to inform the preparation of a NI 43-101 technical report in respect of eight of the license applications and develop exploration programmes.

To date four Reports have been uploaded to the Power Metal website, namely:

–  EL007285, the Blue Ribbon project;

–  EL007271, the Blue Whale project, and:

–  EL007281, the Blue Chip project

–  EL007329, the Evergreen project.

The Company has now uploaded six further Reports to the Power Metal website, namely:

–  EL007282, the Blue Sky project

–  EL007294, the Red Queen project

–  EL007301, the Mt Bute project

–  EL007327, the Blue Stocking project

–  EL007328, the Blue Yonder project

–  EL007330, the Blue Angel project

All the above Reports are available through the following link:

https://www.powermetalresources.com/s/52/australia

An initial summary report in respect of recently acquired license application EL007460 (“Kilmore West”) has also been uploaded to the website and an initial summary report on EL007385 (Sardinia project) which was also recently acquired, will be uploaded when finalised for publication.

Paul Johnson Chief Executive Officer of Power Metal Resources plc commented:

“A key priority for RRAL is finalisation of the NI 43-101 technical report, which now provides coverage of the recently acquired Kilmore West license application.

The project Reports provide extensive evidence of gold mineralisation throughout the licence application ground and demonstrates multiple initial targets for exploration work.

RRAL is working with Earth Resources Victoria and RRAL’s land management partners with regard to grant of licenses which will, with appropriate approvals and permits, enable exploration to commence.

RRAL continues to work with advisers with regard to the potential listing of some or all of RRAL interests on a North American stock exchange, and also with third parties seeking to earn-in or joint venture with RRAL with regard to certain of its business interests.”

FURTHER JV INFORMATION:

Joint Venture Company – RRAL

RRAL is a joint venture company 49.9% owned by POW and 50.1% by Red Rock Resources plc (LON:RRR). Paul Johnson, CEO of POW and Andrew Bell, Chairman of RRR and POW, are directors of RRAL.

RRAL has lodged applications for twelve new gold exploration license areas covering 2,188 km2 in the Victoria Goldfields of Australia as follows:

License Application NumberProject NameArea (km2)
EL007271Blue Whale133
EL007281Blue Chip74
EL007282Blue Sky489
EL007285Blue Ribbon8
EL007294Red Queen130
EL007301Mt Bute85
EL007327Blue Stocking60
EL007328Blue Yonder168
EL007329Evergreen486
EL007330Blue Angel202
EL007385Sardinia  4
EL007329Kilmore West349
   
Total 2,188

ONLINE MAP

Readers wishing to view the current application footprint may do so through the following link to the POW website: https://www.powermetalresources.com/p/207/rrraustralasia-gold-project-footprint

REGULATORY STATEMENT

The information contained within this announcement is considered to be inside information prior to its release, as defined in Article 7 of the Market Abuse Regulation No.596/2014 and is disclosed in accordance with the Company’s obligations under Article 17 of those Regulations.

CONTACT INFORMATION

For further information please visit https://www.powermetalresources.com/ or contact:

Power Metal Resources plc
Paul Johnson (Chief Executive Officer)+44 (0) 7766 465 617
SP Angel Corporate Finance (Nomad and Joint Broker)
Ewan Leggat/Charlie Bouverat+44 (0) 20 3470 0470
SI Capital Limited (Joint Broker)
Nick Emerson                                                                                                           +44 (0) 1483 413 500
First Equity Limited (Joint Broker)
David Cockbill/Jason Robertson+44 (0) 20 7330 1883

NOTES TO EDITORS

Power Metal Resources plc (LON:POW) is an AIM listed metals exploration and development company seeking a large scale metal discovery.

The Company has a global portfolio of project interests including precious metal exploration in North America and Australia together with base metal exploration in Africa. Project interests range from early stage greenfield exploration to later stage drill ready prospects.

The Board and its team of advisors have expertise in project generation, exploration and development and have identified an opportunity to utilise the Company’s position to become a leader in the London market for investors wishing to gain exposure to proactive global metals exploration.

Iron ore price jumps to fresh 6-year high on China building boom

Iron ore prices hit fresh six-and-a-half year highs on Monday on the back of a Chinese construction and factory expansion boom.

According to Fastmarkets MB, benchmark 62% Fe fines imported into Northern China were changing hands for $130.17 a tonne on Monday, up 1.4% from Friday’s peg.

That was the highest level for the steelmaking raw material since mid-January 2014 and brings gains for 2020 to over 41%. 

China is expected to set a growth target of 5.5% in its 2021–2025 economic development plan, the fourteenth five-year plan since 1953. 

While that’s down from the 6.5% GDP expansion target in the 2015–2020 plan, the relative size of the Chinese economy today translates to more than $750 billion being added to its GDP each year.

That’s the equivalent of expanding by the size of the entire economy of Saudi Arabia, Switzerland  or Argentina each year. And most of the economic activity will be directed to steel intensive industries including domestic infrastructure, housing and transport.

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ECR Minerals #ECR CEO Craig Brown interview with StockBox Media

Craig Brown, CEO of ECR Minerals #ECR talks to StockBox Media and updates on progress at Bailieston and Creswick projects. Craig discusses the proposed drilling programme at Bailieston using the company’s newly acquired diamond drilling rig, and explains how this will provide flexibility and strategic advantages for the company.

Directors Talk – Interview with Cadence Minerals CEO Kiran Morzaria

An exclusive Directors Talk interview with Kiran Morzaria, CEO of Cadence Minerals #KDNC. In this exclusive 15 minute video interview, Kiran discusses Cadence Minerals ongoing projects and strategy. He explains the spread of minerals and commodities, market performance, driving value for shareholders and the Amapa Iron Ore project.

Power Metal Resources #POW – Canadian Silver Project – Option Exercised

Power Metal Resources plc (LON:POW) the AIM listed metals exploration and development company is pleased to  announce the Company has exercised its option (the “Option”) to earn-in to the Silver Peak Project (the “Silver Peak Project” or the “Project”) in British Columbia, Canada. The Project includes the Eureka-Victoria Silver Mine, the first Crown-granted mineral property in British Columbia. 

HIGHLIGHTS:

·   Review of Project data, including a recently conducted due diligence exploration programme, has provided positive outcomes enabling Power Metal to exercise the Option within the 30-day Option period;

· Exercise of the Option enables Power Metal to earn-in to a 30% interest in the Project on terms outlined below and including an additional CAD$225,000 committed by POW on ground exploration;

· Power Metal are now working with the Project vendors to continue a technical review focused on launching next stage exploration work including a Project drilling programme;

· The Project earn-in, when complete, will provide Power Metal with an interest in a high-grade silver exploration property in Canada, including a former working silver mine;

· Further updates to the market are anticipated in the near term in respect of the ongoing technical review and further exploration programme.

CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER’S STATEMENT

Paul Johnson Chief Executive Officer of Power Metal Resources plc commented “The decision to exercise this Option, on schedule, provides Power Metal with its first, potentially high impact, silver exploration project interest.

The cash component costs of earn-in exploration and Option exercise payments are fully covered by recent warrant exercises that have brought additional cash into Power Metal, meaning the exercise of warrants and the money generated has been applied to the expansion of our business.  This is a theme we intend to continue with warrant monies enabling growth in the Power Metal business model.

The Silver Peak project is a material addition to the Power Metal portfolio, bringing a strategic silver project into our business, and one that offers much potential upside from positive future exploration work.

Power Metal, alongside the vendors, intend to push ahead expeditiously with exploration on the ground. 

I would like to thank the vendors and the ground operational team for their work and commitment and it is a pleasure to work with proactive and supportive partners.  We have achieved much in just a month and look forward to continuing progress as we gather more Project knowledge through imminent planned exploration.”

FURTHER INFORMATION

Option Agreement and Due Diligence Exploration Programme

BackgroundOn 17 August 2020 the Company announced it had entered into an option agreement (the “Option Agreement”) in respect of the Project.The Option Agreement provided Power Metal the Option of a 30-day exclusivity period for due diligence in respect of the Project providing Power Metal, on Option exercise, with a right to earn-in to a 30% interest in the Project.As part of this due diligence process the Company undertook an exploration programme at the Project to gather further information and to assist the Company in its assessment of project prospectivity and potential.
Project OverviewThe Silver Peak Project consists of a portfolio of mineral claims (the “claims”) over a system of high grade, intrusion related, polymetallic Ag-Pb-Zn-Cu veins, part of the historical Eureka-Victoria Silver Mine, at Silver Peak in southern British Columbia, Canada.  
Due Diligence Exploration Programme The work programme included various elements including channel sampling at close intervals perpendicular to the existing known high-grade veins and grab samples from a main target area between the lower elevations and the Victoria Adit. The work also included enhancement of road accessibility to the exploration area, and the collation of detailed photographic and video evidence of the project area for cross referencing to existing project technical information. A portable X-ray fluorescence analyser (pXRF) was utilised to provide in-field, geochemical analyses, in conjunction with confirmatory laboratory assay testing where appropriate. The work programme cost totalled C$25,000 (£14,512) and the amount expended will be deducted from the C$250,000 12-month project exploration spend as Power Metal has exercised the Option. 
Option ExercisePower Metal has now exercised the Option and can earn-in to a 30% Project interest.  The transaction costs relating to Option exercise and the earn-in to the Project interests are outlined below.
Next StepsContinue ongoing technical review and plan, prepare and launch an exploration drilling programme at the project, subject to the receipt of relevant approvals and permits.

THE TRANSACTION TERMS

The Vendor

The Project is currently 100% owned by private vendors Michael Nugent and Jo Shearer (the “Vendors”).

Right to Earn-in

Power Metal will now make a payment of £129,683 to the Vendors comprising CAD$30,000 (£17,183) cash and £112,500 through the issue of 9,000,000 new Ordinary Shares (the “Option Exercise Shares”) at a price of 1.25p per Option Exercise Share.

In addition, the Vendors will be granted 9,000,000 warrants to subscribe for new Ordinary Shares in the Company at a price of 1.75p with a three-year life to expiry.

Power Metal must then spend CAD$250,000 (£143,193) on Project exploration, within 12 months  (the “Exploration Spend”) and of this amount CAD$25,000 has already been expended on the due diligence exploration programme, leaving CAD$225,000 (£128,874) outstanding.

Acquisition of Project Interest

Subject to meeting the Exploration Spend and the receipt of satisfactory findings from exploration work, and by 31 August 2021, Power Metal may elect to acquire a 30% interest in the Project by making a final payment of CAD$200,000 (£114,554 and the “Final Payment”) with Power Metal having a choice to pay this in cash, or in Company shares, as follows.

Final Payment payable in cash:

–  Power Metal can make a final cash payment of CAD$200,000.

–  Should Power Metal make the Final Payment as cash, warrants will also be issued to the Vendors in such volume as equates to CAD$100,000 divided by the 7-trading day volume weighted average price of (“VWAP”) of Power Metal shares immediately preceding the day of announcing the acquisition of the Project interest and at a price that equates to a 30% premium to the 7-day VWAP and with a three year life to expiry.

Note: by way of example if the Acquisition of Project Interest Final Payment is paid as cash. 

If the CAD/GBP translation rate on the acquisition date is 0.57277 then CAD$100,000 equals c.£57,277.  If at that time the 7-day VWAP of Power Metal is 3.0p, then £57,277 divided by 3.0p would equate to 1,909,233 warrants to be issued, and the warrant exercise price would be 3.9p.

Final Payment payable in shares:

–  By payment of CAD$200,000 (£114,554) through the issue of Power Metal shares at a price based on the 7-trading day VWAP preceding the date of announcing the acquisition of the Project interest (“Final Payment Shares”).

–  Should Power Metal elect to make the Final Payment in Power Metal shares then the Vendors will be granted warrants to subscribe for new Ordinary Shares in such volume as equates to 50% of the Final Payment Shares and at an exercise price equating to a 30% premium of the issue price of the Final Payment Shares and with a three year life to expiry.

Note: by way of example if the Acquisition of Project Interest Final Payment is paid as shares. 

If the CAD/GBP translation rate on the acquisition date is 0.57277 then CAD$200,000 equals £114,554.  If at that time the 7-day VWAP of Power Metal is 3.0p, then £114,554 divided by 3.0p would equate to 3,818,467 new Ordinary Shares being issued to the Vendors.

In addition, 50% of the new Ordinary Shares would equate to 1,909,233 warrants to be issued, and the warrant exercise price would be 3.9p.

After the Acquisition of Project Interest

After completion of the Final Payment the ownership structure will be the Project Vendors 70% and Power Metal 30%.  Both parties must contribute to exploration costs thereafter, in line with their ownership percentage, or dilute in accordance with standard industry dilution provisions.

The Vendors will retain a 2% Net Smelter Royalty over the total Project.

Summary of Transaction Costs

For ease of reference the Option exercise and earn-in costs are summarised below:

When payableBenefit EarntVendor  Exploration Overall %
   Payments  Spend Totalof
   £  £ £Total
          
         
Option ExerciseRight to Earn-in129,683    129,68333.5
Within 12 monthsRight to Earn-in   143,193 143,19337.0
On acquisition of Interest30% Project Interest114,554    114,55429.5
          
          
 Overall Total (1)244,237  143,193 387,430100%
          

(1)   Excluding warrants issued in respect of the transaction, further details of which are provided above.

NEXT STEPS

Continue review of Project technical information, leading into an exploration drill programme at the Project.

COMPETENT PERSON STATEMENT

The technical information contained in this disclosure has been read and approved by Mr Nick O’Reilly (MSc, DIC, MAusIMM, FGS), who is a qualified geologist and acts as the Competent Person under the AIM Rules – Note for Mining and Oil & Gas Companies. Mr O’Reilly is a Principal consultant working for Mining Analyst Consulting Ltd which has been retained by Power Metal Resources PLC to provide technical support.

ADMISSION AND TOTAL VOTING RIGHTS

Application will be made for the 9,000,000 Option Exercise Shares to be admitted to trading on AIM which is expected to occur on or around 21 September 2020 (“Admission”). Following Admission of the Option Exercise Shares, POW’s ordinary issued share capital will comprise 810,066,542 ordinary shares of 0.1 pence each.

This number will represent the total voting rights in the Company, and following Admission, may be used by shareholders as the denominator for the calculation by which they can determine if they are required to notify their interest in, or a change to their interest in, the Company under the Financial Conduct Authority’s Disclosure and Transparency Rules. The new shares will rank pari passu in all respects with the ordinary shares of the Company currently traded on AIM.

The information contained within this announcement is considered to be inside information prior to its release, as defined in Article 7 of the Market Abuse Regulation No.596/2014 and is disclosed in accordance with the Company’s obligations under Article 17 of those Regulations.

For further information please visit https://www.powermetalresources.com/ or contact:

Power Metal Resources plc 
Paul Johnson (Chief Executive Officer)+44 (0) 7766 465 617
  
SP Angel Corporate Finance (Nomad and Joint Broker) 
Ewan Leggat/Charlie Bouverat+44 (0) 20 3470 0470
  
SI Capital Limited (Joint Broker) 
Nick Emerson                                                                                                           +44 (0) 1483 413 500
  
First Equity Limited (Joint Broker) 
David Cockbill/Jason Robertson+44 (0) 20 7330 1883

Notes to Editors:

Power Metal Resources plc (LON:POW) is an AIM listed metals exploration and development company seeking a large scale metal discovery.

The Company has a global portfolio of project interests including precious metal exploration in North America and Australia together with base metal exploration in Africa. Project interests range from early stage greenfield exploration to later stage drill ready prospects.

The Board and its team of advisors have expertise in project generation, exploration and development and have identified an opportunity to utilise the Company’s position to become a leader in the London market for investors wishing to gain exposure to proactive global metals exploration.

ECR Minerals #ECR – Business Operations Update

ECR Minerals plc (LON: ECR), the gold exploration and development company focussed on Australia, is pleased to provide the following update on its activities, which are centred on the Bailieston and Creswick gold projects in Victoria, Australia. Both projects are 100% owned by ECR’s wholly owned Australian subsidiary Mercator Gold Australia Pty Ltd (“MGA”).

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Field mapping and geochemistry currently underway across numerous gold prospects in the Bailieston project area;
  • ECR has acquired a diamond drilling rig capable of drilling as deep as 1,300 metres, due for delivery next month and which will be deployed immediately on an ECR managed drill programme;
  • High priority gold prospects within the Bailieston and Creswick project areas with potential for immediate drilling have been identified.

Craig Brown, Chief Executive Officer of ECR, commented:

“There is continuing interest in ECR’s Bailieston and Creswick projects with regards to potential joint venture or earn in opportunities. However, there can be no guarantee that any transaction will occur. The Company will provide further updates as appropriate.

The engagement we are experiencing is not surprising given the interest in Victoria gold opportunities, as evidenced by the many corporate transactions that we have seen in the area.

ECR is also gearing up to launch next stage exploration campaigns across our properties and we look forward to providing updates as the work progresses

The Directors are very optimistic for the future, and the Company has a robust underlying cash position of £1.65m with which we can confidently push ahead with operational programmes.”

CURRENT EXPLORATION ACTIVITIES

With the approaching end of the Victorian winter, MGA has begun to ramp-up exploration at the Bailieston and Creswick projects. A programme of follow-up field mapping and geochemistry across numerous prospects in the Bailieston project area is currently underway. MGA has recently purchased its own portable Olympus XRF analyser in order to enhance and expedite its geochemical sampling capabilities.

A map of the eastern Bailieston project area showing some of the prospects and features referred to in this announcement can be viewed at:

https://www.ecrminerals.com/images/2020/09/09/prospectsreefs-eastern-bailieston-tenement-area.jpg

Detailed mapping and geochemistry at the Cherry Tree, Cherry Tree South and Black Cat prospects is aimed at locating the surface position of shoots and identifying mineralisation along strike of trends established by historical and recent exploration. This will assist with the consideration of these prospects for drilling.

Cherry Tree (Historic Reserve #4) and Cherry Tree South are along the Bailieston trend and south of the Fosterville-style mineralisation mined in a small open cut in the 1990s at Historic Reserve #1 (HR1).

Rock chip samples were taken by MGA from Cherry Tree and Cherry Tree South as part of a 2018 sampling programme along the Bailieston trend. A total of 58 rock chip samples were taken at Cherry Tree and Cherry Tree South, with 17 samples returning grades of >1 g/t gold and the highest assay result being 8.8 g/t gold.

Field mapping and geochemical sampling at the Kings Cross and Pontings prospects in the Bailieston project area will follow-up earlier results including soil samples of up to 1.79 g/t gold at Kings Cross and rock chip samples of up to 8.31 g/t gold at Pontings.

PURCHASE OF DIAMOND DRILLING RIG AND POTENTIAL FUTURE DRILLING

MGA has recently signed a contract for the purchase of a new Cortech CSD1300G diamond drilling rig complete with spares and all downhole equipment, which is capable of drilling as deep as 1,300 metres. The rig is expected to be delivered in October 2020 and will give MGA an in-house drilling capability, which will be preferable to relying on contractors.

MGA has access to experienced drilling personnel to operate the rig, and it is expected that future drilling can be completed at lower cost and with greater flexibility using MGA’s own rig.

High priority gold prospects within the Bailieston and Creswick project areas which have the potential for immediate further drilling are detailed below. Once the drill rig has been received in Australia, a decision will be taken as to where it should first be put to work.

Bailieston Project – Blue Moon 

Blue Moon is an exciting new gold discovery made by MGA, with intercepts from 2019 reverse circulation (RC) drilling including 15 metres at 3.81 g/t gold from 51 metres downhole (with 2 metres at 17.87 g/t gold) (see announcement dated 14 March 2019 for full details of the drill programme). The best 2019 drilling results came from the western fence line. The host sandstone thins towards the east, where the drill results diminished accordingly.

ECR plans to test whether the mineralisation continues to improve towards the west, subject to gaining surface access. There is also potential to carry out further drilling within the zones already tested, with the objective of establishing an initial JORC Mineral Resource.

Bailieston Project – HR3

Three dimensional (3D) modelling of historical data for the Bailieston Historic Reserve #3 (HR3) and the results of drilling in the area by MGA in 2017 was completed in late 2019 and has assisted in the identification of the architecture of the major folds, structures and cross structures at the prospect. HR3 comprises at least four closely-spaced lines of reef, including the Byron, Dan Genders, Scoulars and Maori Reefs, plus numerous cross-structures. This provides a number of drill-ready targets.

Creswick Project 

Drilling conducted by MGA in 2019 at the Slades Reef prospect covered 300 metres of the 12.5 kilometre strike length of the Dimocks Main Shale (DMS) within ECR’s granted exploration licence (EL) and EL application areas at Creswick. This drilling encountered complex structures at Slades Reef; the cross section shown in ECR’s announcement dated 21 June 2019 showed drilling into interpreted faulted and parasitic folded DMS on an overall west-dipping limb.

Diamond drilling can be utilised to test this structural hypothesis and test the gold-bearing structures identified at Slades Reef where key faults intersect the anticline. Elsewhere at Creswick, field mapping and geochemical sampling could be used to attempt to delineate the surface expression of shoots to the south including Jackass Reef and Mills Reef ahead of potential drilling of these targets.

Review of Announcement by Qualified Person

This announcement has been reviewed by Dr Rodney Boucher of Linex Pty Ltd. Linex Pty Ltd provides geological services to Mercator Gold Australia Pty Ltd, including the services of Dr Boucher, who has a PhD in geology, is a Member and RPGeo of the Australian Institute of Geoscientists and is a Member of the Australasian Institute of Mining and Metallurgy. Dr Boucher is a Qualified Person as that term is defined by the AIM Note for Mining, Oil and Gas Companies.

MARKET ABUSE REGULATIONS (EU) No. 596/2014 

The information contained within this announcement is deemed by the Company to constitute inside information as stipulated under the Market Abuse Regulations (EU) No. 596/2014 (MAR). Upon the publication of this announcement via Regulatory Information Service (RIS), this inside information is now considered to be in the public domain.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION, PLEASE CONTACT: 

ECR Minerals plc Tel: +44 (0)20 7929 1010 
David Tang, Non-Executive Chairman   
Craig Brown, Director & CEO   
Email:info@ecrminerals.com   
Website: www.ecrminerals.com   
    
WH Ireland Ltd Tel: +44 (0)161 832 2174 
Nominated Adviser   
Katy Mitchell/James Sinclair-Ford   
    
SI Capital Ltd Tel: +44 (0)1483 413500 
Broker   
Nick Emerson   

ABOUT ECR MINERALS PLC

ECR is a mineral exploration and development company. ECR’s wholly owned Australian subsidiary Mercator Gold Australia Pty Ltd has 100% ownership of the Bailieston and Creswick gold projects in central Victoria, Australia.

Following the sale of the Avoca, Moormbool and Timor gold projects in Victoria, Australia to Fosterville South Exploration Ltd (TSX-V: FSX), ECR has the right to receive up to A$2 million in payments subject to future resource estimation or production at those projects.

ECR has earned a 25% interest in the Danglay gold project, an advanced exploration project located in a prolific gold and copper mining district in the north of the Philippines, and holds a royalty on the SLM gold project in La Rioja Province, Argentina.

Alan Green presents the investment case for Kavango Resources #KAV and ECR Minerals #ECR on StockBox Media Research Talks

Alan Green presents the investment case for Kavango Resources #KAV and ECR Minerals #ECR on his weekly Stockbox Media Research talk.

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