ECR Minerals plc (LON: ECR), the exploration and development company focused on gold in Australia, announces updated results from gold exploration activities within licences EL006184 (Creswick), EL5433 (Blue Moon) and EL7484 (Tambo North), Victoria, Australia.
ECR Minerals plc has 100% ownership of all three exploration licences. ECR Minerals also holds 100% ownership of 6 other active exploration tenements along with 2 other exploration tenements in application with the State of Victoria, Australia.
ECR CEO Andrew Haythorpe commented: “While the Board are pleased to have finally received assays for our drill programs in Victoria, the latest results have not been as encouraging as we would have hoped.”
“On taking up the position as CEO last year, I have worked with management to ensure that low-cost work programmes, including soil geochemistry and mapping, have and will continue to be used to rank prospects prior to drilling. This approach will be applied to future campaigns in both Queensland and Victoria.”
‘’In contrast to the Company’s historical projects in Victoria, we believe the prospects identified for drilling and further mapping and sampling in Queensland are of superior width and consistency.”
“The outcome from work undertaken in Victoria over the coming months will be weighed against the results we anticipate seeing in Queensland and I look forward to reporting back on progress in the coming days and weeks.’’
- Results from the recent western extension drilling at Blue Moon, Bailieston from two drill holes. Best results include 9m @ 0.56 g/t Au from 83.2m in hole BBMDD012.
- Drilling results from four diamond holes at Brewery Lane Creswick have been received which include 1m @ 4.29 g/t Au from 94.8m in hole CSD016.
- On-ground work within Eastern Victoria on EL7484 (Tambo) has commenced. The Board is encouraged by initial investigations.
- Exploration strategy transitions to North Queensland, Australia as field season commences.
DRILL RESULTS, BLUE MOON (BAILIESTON)
The most recent results from diamond drilling at the Blue Moon Prospect, Bailieston included the excellent result of 0.5m @ 17.77 g/t Au from 84.9m in hole BBMDD010 (see RNS from February 24 2023 here). A further two holes have now been drilled (BBMDD012 and BBMDD013) targeting the potential down plunge of the high-grade result in BBMDD010 and following the historic drill hole from the 2019 RC drill program. Unfortunately, the grade trend did not expand at depth, but still generated an excellent results of 9m @ 0.56 g/t Au from 83.2m drilled depth in hole BBMDD012. All reportable drill results from BBMDD012 and BBMDD013 are tabulated in Table 1 below. As the grades and widths of the Blue Moon Prospect within the drilled area downgraded the potential of an immediate commercial discovery, the drill rig was moved to Brewery Lane, Creswick.
CRESWICK (BREWERY LANE) DRILLING PROGRAM
A total of 4 drill holes were completed into the Slades and Spring Hill Reefs (lodes). The best results from this drilling campaign include 1m @ 4.29 g/t Au from 94.8m in hole CSD016 plus a full list of reportable gold intercepts from the 4 holes in Table 2 below. There is a considerable amount of additional work required to establish mineral resources at Creswick, including drilling at Mills Reef, Kuboid Hill and other prospects where soil sampling and rock chipping have shown the presence of gold (see RNS from April 17 2023 here, and RNS from May 2 2023 here). However, with global markets currently reflecting a lack of appetite for long-term investment into junior gold exploration companies the Board has decided to halt exploration drilling at Brewery Lane, Creswick for the remainder of this year and focus instead on exploration at ECR’s Queensland projects.
GOLD EXPLORATION IN EASTERN VICTORIA (TAMBO)
ECR has two tenements (EL007484 and EL007486) in the Tambo River region residing in the eastern part of Victoria state. EL007484 is currently active and license EL007486 is in the final stages of application. The field team have recently gained access to historical gold workings within EL007484 on private land, and with the landowner’s support for gold exploration a programme of rock chipping and pXRF mapping within quartz veins from underground exposures is now on-going. The field team are reporting good visual findings with plenty of sulphides seen within quartz veins. Initial results are expected shortly.
NEXT STEPS – EXPLORATION TRANSITION TO NORTH QUEENSLAND
Exploration has commenced at the Lolworth Project in North Queensland. The results from last year’s field season revealed numerous Gold, Niobium and Tantalum anomalies within many of the drainage lines within the Lolworth Range (see RNS from March 26 2023 here, and RNS from April 3 2023 here). Although the project is in the early stages of exploration, initial findings are already showing a larger footprint of diverse mineralisation and the potential to identify a commercial resource of not only Gold, but also for critical minerals. Using our now established process of detailed mapping and sampling, the Board plans to identify a number of drill targets at Lolworth by the end of this year.
The field team will also commence work at the Hurricane Project, also in North Queensland (see Hurricane project detail in RNS from October 27 2022 here). Work undertaken by previous explorers identified a number of quartz-breccia outcrops of varying widths carrying a broad range of Gold and Antimony values, (antimony is a valuable critical mineral). A 50km2 LIDAR aerial mapping survey has just been completed by ECR across the areas containing the quartz-breccia outcrops, which to date have not been drilled. LIDAR can assess the ground through the vegetation and allows the field team to quickly target and test breccia outcrops. ECR Geologists will be on the ground at Hurricane from June 2023 and the Board will report on progress in due course. Subject to satisfactory progress, the first drilling at Hurricane is scheduled for the second half of 2023.
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 six licence applications outstanding which includes one licence application lodged in eastern Victoria. (Tambo gold project). MGA is currently drilling at the Bailieston Blue Moon Project (EL5433) and undertaking geochemical exploration on the Creswick (EL6148) project 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 approved exploration permits covering 946 km2 over 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 90% 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.
Table 1. Drill intercepts containing reportable levels of gold (> 0.1 g/t Au) for the remaining drillholes at the Blue Moon Prospect, Bailieston, Victoria
|Drillhole||From (m)||To (m)||Interval (m)||Grade (g/t Au)|
Table 2. Drill intercepts containing reportable levels of gold (> 0.1 g/t Au) for the Brewery Lane diamond drilling, Creswick, Victoria
|Drillhole||From (m)||To (m)||Interval (m)||Grade (g/t Au)|