ECR Minerals plc (LON: ECR), the gold exploration and development company focussed on gold exploration in Australia, is pleased to announce that it has submitted an application to renew current exploration license EL006184 for an extended five-year term.
EL006184 covers land owned by one of ECR Minerals plc 100% owned Creswick projects and is operated by its subsidiary company Mercator Gold Australia Pty Ltd (“MGA”).
ECR Chairman David Tang commented: “We are pleased to report that ECR has completed the application to renew Creswick exploration license EL006184 for an extended five-year term. Together with our recently approved licence EL006907 covering the Ballarat East Nerrina Goldfield, this area provides access to the Dimocks Main Shale strike zone, believed to host the source veining for much of the alluvial gold within the Creswick deep lead alluvial system.”
“I look forward to providing further updates once our drill team and equipment return to Creswick”
- Initial tenure of EL006184 expired on the 28th December 2021. The application renewal for the tenement for a further five-year term has been submitted.
- MGA has first right in securing and applying to renew the ground covered by EL006184.
EL006184 has been a pivotal part of MGA’s exploration strategy and activities during 2021. Work undertaken includes the first ever diamond drill program conducted within the area, in addition to which MGA owns land and property at 35 Brewing Lane, Springmount sited within the tenement area. Exploration is scheduled to continue within MGA’s Creswick tenement area and will include further work along the Dimock Main Shale strike zone which is central to EL006184.
The renewal of EL006184 also complements recently approved licence EL006907 sited south and along strike of the mineralised belt towards Ballarat, Victoria, which the directors believe hosts the source veining for much of the alluvial gold within the Creswick deep lead alluvial system. Once the renewal is granted, the Company expects to return to recommence work at Creswick and within the new license area after completion of current operations at Bailieston, Victoria.
Further updates will be provided when the application has been processed.
REVIEW OF ANNOUNCEMENT BY QUALIFIED PERSON
This announcement has been reviewed by Adam Jones, a director of ECR Minerals plc. Adam Jones is a professional geologist and is a Member of the Australian Institute of Geoscientists (MAIG). He is a qualified person as that term is defined by the AIM Note for Mining, Oil and Gas Companies.
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ABOUT ECR MINERALS PLC
ECR Minerals is a mineral exploration and development company. ECR’s wholly owned Australian subsidiary Mercator Gold Australia Pty Ltd (“MGA”) has 100% ownership of the Bailieston and Creswick gold projects in central Victoria, Australia, has eight licence applications outstanding including two licence applications lodged in eastern Victoria. (Tambo gold project). MGA is currently drilling at both the Bailieston (EL5433) and Creswick (EL6148) projects and has an experienced exploration team with significant local knowledge in the Victoria Goldfields and wider region.
ECR also owns 100% of an Australian subsidiary LUX Exploration Pty Ltd (“LUX”) which has three licence applications covering 900 km2 covering a relatively unexplored area in Queensland, Australia.
Following the sale of the Avoca, Moormbool and Timor gold projects in Victoria, Australia to Fosterville South Exploration Ltd (TSX-V: FSX) and the subsequent spin-out of the Avoca and Timor projects to Leviathan Gold Ltd (TSX-V: LVX), Mercator Gold Australia Pty Limited has the right to receive up to A$2 million in payments subject to future resource estimation or production from projects sold to Fosterville South Exploration Limited.
ECR holds 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, which has a 43-101 compliant resource. ECR also holds a royalty on the SLM gold project in La Rioja Province, Argentina and can potentially receive up to US$2.7 million in aggregate across all licences.