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ECR Minerals #ECR – Drilling Identifies Further High Gold Grades at the Upper-Maori Anticline, Bailieston Victoria

ECR Minerals plc (LON: ECR), the gold exploration and development company focussed on gold exploration in Australia, is pleased to provide another update from drilling at HR3 with further high gold grades identified at the upper part of the Maori Anticline in hole BH3DD022.

ECR Minerals plc has 100% ownership of the Bailieston Project (EL5433) which contains the gold prospects known as HR3, Cherry Tree, Blue Moon and Black Cat. The projects are operated by ECR’s Australian wholly owned subsidiary Mercator Gold Australia Pty Ltd (“MGA”).

ECR Chairman David Tang commented: “Hot on the heels of our best HR3 gold grade yet, Adam Jones and the team have reported another high-grade gold find from the Maori Reef at hole BH3DD022. As the backlog of assay results continue to arrive, our Maori Anticline target model continues to evolve.”

“I know our new CEO Andrew Haythorpe is monitoring developments very closely, and we are very much looking forward to his input as he takes the helm.

ECR CEO Andrew Haythorpe added: “I am delighted to see that the drilling campaign initiated by my predecessor Craig Brown and capably managed by Adam Jones is bearing fruit. We are seeing a detailed model of the Maori Anticline and surrounding reefs emerging, and once we have the remaining assay results in, the next steps in developing our asset can be set in motion.”      


  • Drillhole BH3DD022 has returned a result of 0.5m @ 12.74 g/t Au.
  • The Maori Reef is open for potential mineralisation further to the south-east of BH3DD022.

Links to two figures referencing hole BH3DD022 are below;




Hole BH3DD022 was drilled into the upper part of the Maori Anticline at the point where our geologists had hypothesised the intersection of the Maori Reef and Hard-Up Reef. The Maori Reef was successfully intercepted at the shallow drilled depth of 49.5m, which included 0.5m @ 12.74 g/t Au. This intercept is supported by lower grades either side, making a total foot-wall to hanging-wall intersection of 3.5m @2.93 g/t Au. Although the intercepts are regarded as narrow, there is continuity of grades between previously reported holes BH3DD009, 010 and 011 (see RNS dated 26/11/2021 here and 22/12/2021 here). The Maori Reef system remains open and untested to the south east of BH3DD022 (see fig2).

Table 1. Summary of drill intercepts containing reportable levels of gold greater than 0.1 g/t Au for BH3DD022 (*highlights in bold).


From To Grade (g/t Au) Interval (m) Comment
21.5 22.5 0.48 1.00
31.1 31.8 0.21 0.70
36.15 36.35 0.99 0.20
36.35 37.35 0.14 1.00
40.9 41.1 0.13 0.20
44.5 45.5 0.40 1.00
47.5 47.8 0.48 0.30 Foot-wall Zone
47.8 48.5 0.15 0.70 Foot-wall Zone
48.5 49.5 0.49 1.00 Foot-wall Zone
49.5 50 12.74 0.50 Maori Reef
50 51 0.80 1.00 Hanging-wall Zone
51.6 52 0.90 0.40
52.8 53.4 0.42 0.60
53.4 53.7 0.18 0.30
53.7 54.15 0.46 0.45
54.15 55.15 0.28 1.00
55.15 56.15 0.13 1.00
60 60.5 0.28 0.50
67.3 67.7 0.25 0.40
67.7 68.5 0.37 0.80
71 71.5 0.11 0.50
72 72.4 0.16 0.40
72.4 72.7 0.11 0.30
72.7 73.5 0.33 0.80
78.8 79.15 0.19 0.35
79.15 80.1 0.51 0.95
81 81.65 0.11 0.65
88.75 89.75 0.11 1.00
90.8 91.9 0.14 1.10
91.9 92.3 0.65 0.40



Drilling has now been completed into selected zones of both the upper and north end of the known Maori Reef. Geological logging is helping us to model the Maori Anticline and understand how the main Reef systems consist of narrow stibnite-sulphide veining propagating up through the fold. Recently drilled hole BH3DD034 suggests gold mineralisation is still open along strike to the north, while high grade gold mineralisation and highest grade Gold intercept yet confirmed at hole BH3DD027 (under Hard-Up Reef), along with the result from hole BH3DD022 toward the southern end of the Maori Reef today provide evidence of mineralisation to the south. Further assay results will assist in follow-up drilling as needed.


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.


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.



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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 70% 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.

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