ECR Minerals plc (LON: ECR), the exploration and development company focused on gold in Australia, is pleased to announce updated gold results from drill hole BH3DD032 at the HR3 prospect at Bailieston. These results link to previous results from the HR3 drilling programme (see announcements from 8 June 2022 here and 11 July here) and which now reveal two potential mineralised corridors within the Maori Anticline.
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 CEO Andrew Haythorpe commented: “I am delighted to report to you the latest assay results from HR3. Despite the well documented delays in receiving these assays, and with results from a further seven drill holes still to come, I believe that Technical Director Adam Jones and his team are doing an outstanding job in uncovering an asset of increasing significance for ECR. The grades at hole BH3DD032 demonstrate potential cross-asset consistency, building on the previously reported grade continuity from holes BH3DD035, BH3DD012, BH3DD019 and BH3DD034, and establishing what we believe are two mineralised corridors within the Maori Anticline.”
“This is an exciting development for ECR. I look forward to reporting the results from the seven drill holes still to come, and on the upcoming Blue Moon drilling campaign.”
ECR Chairman David Tang added: “I commend this excellent work by Adam Jones and the team and reiterate my previous comments that myself, Andrew and the board are eager to see the true scale of the Bailieston asset.”
- Best results in BH3DD032 are 0.2m @ 4.81 g/t Au and 0.4m @ 6.11 g/t Au beginning from 154.1m downhole.
- The results link to previously drilled holes revealing two potential mineralised corridors within the Maori Anticline (see announcements from 8 June 2022 here and 11 July here).
A generalised section of BH3DD032 referencing the following paragraphs can be found at the link below;
Fig 1: https://www.ecrminerals.com/images/2022/fig1_BH3DD032_Section_220808
BH3DD032 was drilled at depth and on section underneath holes BH3DD019, BH3DD034, BH3DD035 and BH3DD033. The aim of drilling BH3DD032 was to test the continuity of mineralised structures identified in BH3DD019. This structure was drilled through at 118m with an anomalous result of 0.2m @ 0.59 g/t Au. Drilling continued to pass through the central core of the Maori Anticline at around 145m in depth. A narrow quartz-sulphide fault with associated tension veining at 154.1m downhole produced the best results with 0.2m @ 4.81 g/t Au from 154.1m and 0.4m @ 6.11 g/t Au from 154.3m. Fault movement indicators show a south plunging system, as predicted from earlier drilling. BH3DD032 also passed through a perpendicular vein system at 249.7m grading 0.4m @ 2.4 g/t Au from 249.7m and 0.9m @ 0.72 g/t Au from 250.1m and 0.2m @ 3.06 gt Au from 256.8m. Drilling ended at a depth of 260.6m.
TWO MINERALISED CORRIDORS
Plotting the location of gold intercepts from BH3DD032 and other adjacent drill holes in section view reveal the likelihood of two main corridors of mineralisation (see fig 1 above). Mineralisation is located respectively on each side of the Maori Anticline where anastomosing narrow gold and antimony (stibnite) veins propagate. The system is open at depth and along strike to the north.
Table 1. Summary of drill intercepts containing reportable levels of gold greater than 0.1 g/t Au for BH3DD032 (highlights in bold).
|From||To||Grade (g/t Au)||Interval (m)|
The Company is awaiting the results from another 7 drill holes within the HR3 Goldfield. Three of these holes were drilled 200m along strike to the south of hole BH3DD032.
Drilling is also planned to commence at the Blue Moon prospect next month (September 2022). Initially drilled in 2019 (see announcement dated 14 March 2019 here and announcement dated 1 May 2019 here), Blue Moon is located approximately 10km to the south of HR3 and is hosted within a large sandstone body. The Directors consider Blue Moon to be highly prospective due to its width and initial indications of more consistent grades.
In regard to Creswick, groundwork is currently underway, with soil and rock chip sampling in progress along strike and parallel to the 2021 drilling sites.
Work is also planned to commence in September 2022 at ECR’s Lolworth tenements in North Queensland. Initial reconnaissance work is intended to confirm historic visible gold sampling with additional follow up sampling towards the creek headwaters to locate the source of any gold anomalies.
The Company will keep shareholders updated on the progress of the planned work.
REVIEW OF ANNOUNCEMENT BY QUALIFIED PERSON
This announcement has been reviewed by Adam Jones, Technical Director of Exploration at 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 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.