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#ECR Minerals’s Craig Brown says new Yilgarn gold properties look “highly prospective” – Proactive Investors

Shares in ECR Minerals PLC (LON:ECR) moved up by almost 10% to 0.8p at the end of the first week of the year, following the application for licences over 1,600 square kilometres of new ground in the Yilgarn in Western Australia.

The ground has been identified as having significant potential for hosting Archean greenstone belts of the kind that host many of Western Australia’s and the world’s richest gold deposits.

READ: ECR Minerals moves into Western Australia

“It looks like very prospective territory,” says Craig Brown, ECR’s chief executive.

“Everybody regards Western Australia as a very promising area to work in.”

The opportunity on the new ground is enhanced because it comes with pre-existing data.

“There was some work completed in the 1980s and 1990s,” says Brown.

“But they were looking for nickel at the time, and they also found molybdenum. So one of the first things we’re going to do is go over that old information. Because nobody’s ever looked for gold here.”

One reason for that is that the rocks that may be mineralised lie under cover, so opportunities for geochemistry are limited.

But ECR is hopeful that the cover may be fairly shallow, and that exploration work will be relatively straightforward.

“The best way to test it is to do aircore drilling,” says Brown.

“It’s very cheap at around A$40 or A$50 per metre, including assaying costs, so our plan is to do an aircore programme once we’ve reviewed the existing data.”

ECR is unlikely to move on that until the licences have actually been granted, although Brown doesn’t see any real issue with that.

After all, the deal that’s wrapped around them is pretty attractive: for 19 licences the company must pay A$1,400 each, plus an annual rent, that takes the total cost up to only A$88,000.

“Hopefully they’ll be granted in the next quarter,” says Brown, “and we’ll move pretty quickly after that.”

Australia projects

In the meantime, work is continuing on ECR’s other Australian gold projects, in particular, Bailieston and Creswick.

“At Bailieston we want to go back and have a look at Blue Moon, Black Cat and Byron targets,” says Brown.

“We’re planning on conducting a small programme of drilling at Blue Moon in the current quarter of this year. We’re just budgeting the whole thing out. We drilled at Blue Moon in May 2018 and we came across a zone of mineralisation where all the rocks were weathered and you could see that the mineralisation had already been leached out of the rock.”

What was really interesting though, was that the mineralisation in question showed considerable similarity to Mandalay’s Costerfield mine, 25 kilometres away.

“They mine between 150 and 200 metres below the surface,” explains Brown.

We believe we can hit fresh rock and sulphides beneath the leached material that we’ve already intersected.”

So that’s one intriguing aspect of the project. Another is that Newmont picked up ground adjacent to Bailieston in December. So we’re not just talking about small companies operating on the edge of geological speculation here. The big players are coming in too.

Then there’s the Avoca licence, which is likely to be the subject of a 1,500-metre rotary air blast (RAB) programme shortly, and Creswick over in Victoria which will also be investigated.

Creswick, in particular, holds significant potential, according to Brown.

“We’re quite optimistic there’s something down there,” he says.

So lots to look forward to over the coming months, especially since ECR Minerals already has the money in the bank to pay for all this work.

There’s £1.2mln currently in the treasury, according to Brown, following two fundraising exercises undertaken last year: a £650,000 raise in July, and a £700,000 raise in December.

And that means that shareholders will be able to enjoy the full benefits of any positive newsflow without having to look over their shoulders to worry about dilution any time soon.

ECR has, in any case, a very supportive cornerstone investor in Shenyang Xinliaoan Machinery, a connection Brown brought with him when he joined ECR, acquired during his days operating in Central Asia.

All told, ECR looks to be on a secure footing going into 2019, with plenty of exciting newsflow to come, and the nice backdrop of a rising gold price to put it all into context.

ECR Minerals #ECR confirms potential for “significant gold discovery” at Blue Moon; discovers two new targets – via Proactive Investors

Via Proactive Investors 03 Sep 2018
ECR’s technical team have been working hard at Blue Moon, where they have confirmed the potential for a “significant” gold system, and also found two new prospective targets

gold mineralisation

The two new discoveries are called Red Moon and Yellow Moon

ECR Minerals PLC (LON:ECR) shares spiked once on Monday as the miner confirmed the potential for a “significant gold discovery” at its Blue Moon prospect in Central Victoria, Australia.

In July, ECR told investors it was carrying out a technical review of the project after results from an initial drilling campaign provided “evidence of a significant near surface gold system”.

READ: ECR unearths significant mineralisation at Blue Moon

The review has backed up that earlier theory and suggested that there could be higher grade mineralisation a bit further below the surface, similar to the nearby 1mln ounce Fosterville mine.

As a result, ECR now plans to undertake more drilling at Blue Moon in “the coming months”.

In addition to the review, the explorer has also undertaken field mapping and soil sampling over previously unexplored areas just to the north and north-west of Blue Moon.

This work programme has identified two new prospective targets – called Red Moon and Yellow Moon – which share similarities with Blue Moon.

Further work on those two targets is due to begin shortly as ECR looks to better understand them and help determine a follow-up work programme.

Boss delighted with progress

“I am delighted with the progress our technical team have made with the review of Blue Moon,” said chief executive Craig Brown.

“It is evident that the Blue Moon target offers an opportunity to discover a significant gold deposit and that will be our prime objective in the forthcoming drill campaign.”

He added: “Furthermore, the addition of two new targets at Red Moon and Yellow Moon is extremely exciting for the technical team and the company.

“The multiple gold targets identified to date support the rationale of the company in securing the Bailieston licence with the overall objective being the discovery of a significant and economic gold deposit.”

ECR shares rose 16.2% to just shy of a penny in early trading on Monday.

ECR Minerals #ECR – Sampling Programme underway at Bailieston Gold Project.

ECR Minerals plc (LON:ECR) the precious metals exploration and development company is pleased to confirm the company has recommenced its gold exploration programme at the Bailieston Licence in Central Victoria, Australia.

Highlights:

  • The Company has identified eight principle targets within the Company’s five exploration licence areas and has developed an exploration programme designed to test surface gold mineralisation across the licence areas;
  • Following the success achieved at Blue Moon and the discovery of a gold mineralised system the Company has launched a broad exploration programme across multiple targets;
  • The initial programme has focused on ground exploration at the Byron and Cherry Tree Main targets, further details of which can be found in our market announcement of 20 February 2018;
  • The first 150 rock chip samples have been collected from surface at Byron and Cherry Tree Main;
  • Previous sampling of quartz veins plus the surrounding sedimentary rocks host rocks tested the hypothesis that low-grade mineralisation may be found in the wall rock. Results showed that the samples containing quartz veins were consistently higher, reaching 23 g/t Au;
  • As a result a systematic campaign to sample all quartz veins, especially those not sampled previously, is underway to obtain a consistent dataset. This will establish which of the differing lines at Byron and Cherry Tree are the best mineralised and more importantly to establish where the better shoots reach the surface to assist with future drill planning;
  • Further work is scheduled to commence at Creswick target shortly, and a follow up work programme at Blue Moon;
  • Announcements will be made to market on a regular basis as each programme is commenced and the results achieved.

Craig Brown, Chief Executive Officer of ECR Minerals plc, commented: “With the support provided by investors in our recent financing, and following extensive review of the Victoria region gold prospective targets, ECR has recommenced its exploration programme in Australia.

We are pleased to have this gold exploration programme underway and look forward to the regular flow of results which we will report to market as material developments occur.

Given the level of interest in Australian gold exploration we are excited by the results we are achieving on the ground, where our principle objective is to achieve a significant gold discovery.”

COMPETENT PERSON STATEMENT

The information in this announcement that relates to Exploration Results is based on information compiled 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 Australian Institute of Mining and Metallurgy. Dr Boucher has sufficient experience that is relevant to the style of mineralisation and type of deposit under consideration and to the activity being undertaken to qualify as a Competent Person as defined in the 2012 Edition of the ‘Australasian Code for Reporting of Exploration Results, Mineral Resources and Ore Reserves’. Dr Boucher consents to the inclusion in the announcement of the material based on his information in the form and context in which it appears.

ABOUT ECR MINERALS PLC

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

ECR has earned a 25% interest in the Danglay epithermal gold project, an advanced exploration project located in a prolific gold and copper mining district in the north of the Philippines. An NI43-101 technical report was completed in respect of the Danglay project in December 2015 and is available for download from ECR’s website.

ECR’s wholly owned Argentine subsidiary Ochre Mining has 100% ownership of the SLM gold project in La Rioja, Argentina. Exploration at SLM has focused on identifying small tonnage mesothermal gold deposits which may be suitable for relatively near-term production.

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
Optiva Securities Ltd Tel: +44 (0)203 137 1902
Broker
Graeme Dickson
SI Capital Ltd Tel: +44 (0)1483 413500
Broker
Nick Emerson

FORWARD LOOKING STATEMENTS

This announcement may include forward looking statements. Such statements may be subject to numerous known and unknown risks, uncertainties and other factors that could cause actual results or events to differ materially from current expectations. There can be no assurance that such statements will prove to be accurate and therefore actual results and future events could differ materially from those anticipated in such statements. Accordingly, readers should not place undue reliance on forward looking statements. Any forward-looking statements contained herein speak only as of the date hereof (unless stated otherwise) and, except as may be required by applicable laws or regulations (including the AIM Rules for Companies), the Company disclaims any obligation to update or modify such forward-looking statements because of new information, future events or for any other reason.

ECR Minerals #ECR sees ‘significant gold opportunity’ at Blue Moon in Australia – Proactive Investors Stocktube

ECR Minerals PLC’s (LON:ECR) CEO Craig Brown and geologist Dr Rodney Boucher discuss the recent work programmes carried out at the Blue Moon gold project in Australia.

ECR Minerals #ECR Strategic & Operational Update

ECR Minerals plc (LON:ECR), the precious metals exploration and development company, is pleased to provide a business update for shareholders further to its announcement dated 11 July 2018, in which ECR Minerals outlined details of a strategic financing and an update on various areas where the additional working capital would be applied going forward. A link to this announcement is provided below:

https://polaris.brighterir.com/public/ecr_minerals/news/rns_widget/story/xo5go9w

Within the above ECR Minerals noted that it would prioritise work on Blue Moon, following the positive exploration drilling update, highlights which included evidence of a significant near surface mineralised system, with large mineralised gold intercepts up to 39.5 metres (apparent width) just 24.2 metres from surface, a link to which is also provided below.

https://polaris.brighterir.com/public/ecr_minerals/news/rns_widget/story/xp0773w

The accelerated development programme for Blue Moon will be released to market shortly, subject to certain commercially sensitive matters, namely in respect of new licence applications.

The Company also noted within the 11 July 2018 update, that ECR Minerals was “aware of numerous opportunities to augment its Australian gold exploration portfolio and the additional funds raised would enable ECR Minerals to review and crystallise those opportunities that could add considerable value for shareholders.”

The ECR Mineral’s technical team have reviewed many existing opportunities and identified a number of further potential target areas within Australia.

The target areas selected focus primarily on precious and strategic energy metals & minerals.

Those new precious metal opportunities are predominantly gold, including conglomerate hosted gold in Western Australia, alongside more traditional gold targets in the wider Victoria Region, to complement existing gold project interests.

Strategic energy metals & mineral opportunities include a wide range of options, but recent work has generally been focused on lithium and cobalt target areas.

ECR are moving forward rapidly and in order to pursue its growth agenda and to act on opportunities as they arise, an initial fund of A$100,000 (circa £56,000) has been ringfenced for activities including initial due diligence and licence application costs, where applicable.

Craig Brown, Chief Executive Officer of ECR Minerals plc, commented: “The recent strategic financing has placed the Company in an extremely strong financial position with sufficient working capital against current operational plans until at least Q3 2019.

The strength of this financial position means, as a Company, we are able to proactively progress our current business interests but also to aggressively pursue new opportunities that may complement our existing portfolio of projects in Australia.

This announcement confirms that we are seeking to build ECR’s portfolio expeditiously reflecting the resurgence in the Australian resource environment and the steadily reducing pool of reasonably priced projects and exploration ground.

At this time significant opportunities still exist and are to be seized upon by those with the focus, skillset and vision to do so.

Further updates will be provided as soon as practicable.”

COMPETENT PERSON STATEMENT

The information in this announcement that relates to Exploration Results is based on information compiled 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 Australian Institute of Mining and Metallurgy. Dr Boucher has sufficient experience that is relevant to the style of mineralisation and type of deposit under consideration and to the activity being undertaken to qualify as a Competent Person as defined in the 2012 Edition of the ‘Australasian Code for Reporting of Exploration Results, Mineral Resources and Ore Reserves’. Dr Boucher consents to the inclusion in the announcement of the material based on his information in the form and context in which it appears.

ABOUT ECR MINERALS PLC

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

ECR has earned a 25% interest in the Danglay epithermal gold project, an advanced exploration project located in a prolific gold and copper mining district in the north of the Philippines. An NI43-101 technical report was completed in respect of the Danglay project in December 2015 and is available for download from ECR’s website.

ECR’s wholly owned Argentine subsidiary Ochre Mining has 100% ownership of the SLM gold project in La Rioja, Argentina. Exploration at SLM has focused on identifying small tonnage mesothermal gold deposits which may be suitable for relatively near-term production.

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
Optiva Securities Ltd Tel: +44 (0)203 137 1902
Broker
Graeme Dickson
SI Capital Ltd Tel: +44 (0)1483 413500
Broker
Nick Emerson

FORWARD LOOKING STATEMENTS

This announcement may include forward looking statements. Such statements may be subject to numerous known and unknown risks, uncertainties and other factors that could cause actual results or events to differ materially from current expectations. There can be no assurance that such statements will prove to be accurate and therefore actual results and future events could differ materially from those anticipated in such statements. Accordingly, readers should not place undue reliance on forward looking statements. Any forward-looking statements contained herein speak only as of the date hereof (unless stated otherwise) and, except as may be required by applicable laws or regulations (including the AIM Rules for Companies), the Company disclaims any obligation to update or modify such forward-looking statements because of new information, future events or for any other reason.

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