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ECR Minerals #ECR – Multiple High Grade Gold Intercepts from hole BH3DD034 at HR3, Bailieston Victoria

ECR Minerals plc (LON: ECR), the exploration and development company focused on gold in Australia, is pleased to announce a progressive update from drilling at HR3, Bailieston with high gold intercepts received for hole BH3DD034. Visible gold was previously announced from this hole (see announcement dated 14th March 2022)

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: “This is an outstanding result, capably executed and delivered by Adam and the drill team. As a geologist myself, along with the team, I am excited by the continuity of grade and the manner in which the Maori Anticline is further revealing itself through each assay result. There is clearly much more to come.”

ECR Chairman David Tang added: “There is a palpable sense of excitement at ECR Minerals as the intensive drilling campaign across our Victoria assets is now, despite the delays in assay processing, yielding consistently high gold grades. I am delighted for Adam and the team – this exceptional result today and the continuity of grade between Zone 2 and Zone 3 could well indicate a significant find. We look forward to the remaining assay results from the adjacent holes.”

HIGHLIGHTS:

  • Drillhole BH3DD034 returned four high gold grade intercepts at drilled depths; (0.3m@ 20.34 g/t Au from 18.2m), (0.65m @ 13.02 g/t Au from 54.2m), (0.3m @ 10.59 g/t Au from 97.9m) and (0.25m @ 45.0 g/t Au from 149.2m).
  • Visible gold recorded at 149.2m depth.
  • Mineralised zones show continuity to adjacent previously drilled intercepts in hole BH3DD019.

The links to three figures that will be referenced in the following comments can be found here;

Fig 1: https://www.ecrminerals.com/images/2022/fig1_BH3DD034_section_220606.png

Fig 2: https://www.ecrminerals.com/images/2022/fig2_BH3DD034_Plan_220606.png

Fig 3: https://www.ecrminerals.com/images/2022/fig3_BH3DD034_Best_Intercepts.png

 

BH3DD034

Hole BH3DD034 was one of four holes completed as follow-up drilling to previously announced hole BH3DD019 (see announcement dated 2nd March 2022), where four mineralised ‘zones’ were identified down-hole. The location of this drilling is shown at the top of the plan in fig 2 (linked above). To date, drilling and geological logging has been completed with assay results pending for complimentary adjacent drillholes BH3DD032, BH3DD033 and BH3DD035.

Hole BH3DD034 was drilled between the 4th and 11th of April 2022, and finished at a total drilled depth of 167.5m. Drilling was completed over six working days averaging 28m per day, which includes mobilisation and setup time. Progress was initially hampered by water loss and broken ground within the first 100m of drilling.

Visible gold was reported at a depth of 149.2m, hosted within a narrow bedded laminated quartz vein. Gold specks up to a particle size of 2mm are present. This vein resulted in an intercept of 0.25m @ 45.0 g/t Au. The immediate wall rock either side of this vein is supported by low, sub-gram gold grades representing a mineralised drilled interval of 6.7m @ 2.13 g/t Au from 146.3m. Three other mineralised zones have been identified further up-hole including 0.3m @ 20.34 g/t Au from 18.2m, 0.65m @ 13.02 g/t Au from 54.2m and 0.3m @ 10.59 g/t Au from 97.9m. Each mineralised zone is approximately spaced throughout the drilled hole depth (see fig 1).

Arsenopyrite (sulphide) crystals in the shape of small lathes and needles were seen within the high-grade interval at 97.9m. Sulphides crystallised in this manner are known to be associated with good gold values, such as those at nearby deposits located at Nagambie and the Fosterville Fault zone.

ECR Geologists have linked some of the four mineralised zones in BH3DD034 to similar zones in hole BH3DD019. Intercepts in hole BH3DD019 are within 50m to the south of intercepts in BH3DD034. Details of the link between mineralised zones can be seen in fig 1. In particular, we have noted the continuity of grade between Zone 2 in BH3DD019 and Zone 3 in BH3DD034. Due to the broken nature of these intercepts, a clear understanding of the dip of mineralisation is not well understood at this stage. The laminated texture of the quartz and the relationship of the angle of quartz intercepts to bedding planes infers that the mineralised zone is likely to be bedding parallel in nature. The veins reside in the hanging-wall of a narrow fault where bedding dip angles change dramatically. This fault contains low gold mineralisation.

Table 1. Summary of drill intercepts containing reportable levels of gold greater than 0.1 g/t Au for BH3DD034 (*highlights in bold).

BH3DD034

From (m) To (m) Grade (g/t Au) Interval (m) Comment
3 3.5 0.39 0.5
11 11.3 0.26 0.3
18.2 18.5 20.34 0.3 Zone 1
18.5 19.5 0.21 1 Zone 1
20.5 21.5 0.18 1 Zone 1
25.5 26 0.17 0.5 Zone 1
26.5 27.5 3.46 1 Zone 1
33 34 0.79 1
34 35 0.39 1
35 36 0.35 1
36 36.6 0.50 0.6
36.6 37 0.31 0.4
37 37.3 0.46 0.3
37.3 38.1 0.57 0.8
38.1 39 0.21 0.9
39 39.5 1.66 0.5
39.5 40 0.53 0.5
46.1 46.6 0.28 0.5
46.6 47.2 0.30 0.6
50.7 51.3 0.14 0.6 Zone 2
51.6 52 0.17 0.4 Zone 2
52 53 0.15 1 Zone 2
53 53.5 0.30 0.5 Zone 2
53.5 54.2 0.24 0.7 Zone 2
54.2 54.85 13.02 0.65 Zone 2
56.5 57 0.19 0.5
58.2 58.7 0.18 0.5
71.6 72.25 0.98 0.65
72.8 73.4 0.16 0.6
80.2 81 0.22 0.8
81 81.6 0.41 0.6
97.2 97.5 0.50 0.3 Zone 3
97.5 97.9 0.60 0.4 Zone 3
97.9 98.2 10.59 0.3 Zone 3 (Arsenopyrite Needles)
98.2 98.75 0.26 0.55 Zone 3
99.4 100 0.13 0.6 Zone 3
105.5 106 0.34 0.5
146.3 146.6 0.62 0.3 Zone 4
146.6 147 0.46 0.4 Zone 4
147 147.8 0.17 0.8 Zone 4
147.8 148.2 0.58 0.4 Zone 4
148.2 148.6 1.92 0.4 Zone 4
148.6 149.2 0.49 0.6 Zone 4
149.2 149.45 45.0 0.25 Zone 4 (Visible Gold)
149.45 150 0.43 0.55 Zone 4
150 150.5 0.83 0.5 Zone 4
150.5 151 0.36 0.5 Zone 4
151 152 0.25 1 Zone 4
152 153 0.14 1 Zone 4

LOOKING FORWARD STATEMENTS

With the results of BH3DD034 now received, the board eagerly awaits the results of adjacent holes BH3DD032, BH3DD033 and BH3DD035. Despite the narrow nature of the reported mineralised zones, there is high optimism for continuity of mineralisation as seen currently by the correlating intercepts between hole BH3DD019 and BH3DD034.

It is becoming clear the fold hinge (termed the ‘Maori Anticline’) hosts multiple narrow faults and bedded veins that host gold-antimony (stibnite) mineralisation. Heading south from BH3DD034 toward the intersection of the Maori Reef with the Hard-Up Reef, drilling is now complete for hole BH3DD038. Logging is nearly complete, with samples already in waiting for completion of assays at the laboratory. Similar mineralised zones as seen in BH3DD034 have been identified in the latest drilling and the Company is looking forward to publishing these results in due course. The mineralised system is open immediately to the north of BH3DD034 and it is with this understanding that a complimentary drillhole will be undertaken within this vicinity.

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.

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

Andrew Haythorpe, CEO

Email:

info@ecrminerals.com

Website: www.ecrminerals.com
WH Ireland Ltd Tel: +44 (0) 207 220 1666
Nominated Adviser

Katy Mitchell / Andrew de Andrade

SI Capital Ltd Tel: +44 (0) 1483 413500
Broker
Nick Emerson
Novum Securities Limited  Tel: +44 (0) 20 7399 9425
Broker

Jon Belliss

BlytheRay Tel: +44 (0) 207 138 3204
Public Relations
Tim Blythe

 

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.

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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.

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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.

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.”      

HIGHLIGHTS:

  • 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;

https://www.ecrminerals.com/images/2022/Fig1_BH3DD022_Section.png

https://www.ecrminerals.com/images/2022/Fig2_BH3DD022_Location_Plan.png

BH3DD022

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).

BH3DD022

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

 

CURRENT DRILLING PROGRESS

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.

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.

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

Andrew Haythorpe, CEO

Email:

info@ecrminerals.com

Website: www.ecrminerals.com
WH Ireland Ltd Tel: +44 (0) 207 220 1666
Nominated Adviser

Katy Mitchell / Andrew de Andrade

SI Capital Ltd Tel: +44 (0) 1483 413500
Broker
Nick Emerson
Novum Securities Limited  Tel: +44 (0) 20 7399 9425
Broker

Jon Belliss

BlytheRay Tel: +44 (0) 207 138 3204
Public Relations
Tim Blythe

 

 

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.

 

https://mercatorgold.com.au/

 

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.

 

https://luxexploration.com/

 

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.

ECR Minerals #ECR – Highest grade Gold intercept yet revealed below Soil Anomaly at HR3, Bailieston

ECR Minerals plc (LON: ECR), the gold exploration and development company focussed on gold exploration in Australia, is pleased to provide an update on drilling at HR3 including the highest grade Gold intercept yet below the soil anomaly drilled by hole BH3DD027.

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: “A significant amount of work has gone into the drilling programme at HR3, and I am delighted that having seen encouraging and consistent gold grades in the assay results to date, today’s result has provided our best intercept yet. Our team hoped that the ground under Hard-Up Reef would reveal a solid result – and it didn’t disappoint!”

“I look forward to working with our new CEO Andrew Haythorpe and Geologist Adam Jones as we build the results from BH3DD027 into the Maori Anticline target model.”

ECR CEO Andrew Haythorpe added: “As the new CEO my work for the next few weeks entails getting my feet under the proverbial desk. Regardless, given my previous experience as geologist and mining company CEO, along with David and Adam I am very pleased to see the HR3 prospect return the best assay result to date. I look forward to speaking with shareholders as the year progresses.”    

HIGHLIGHTS:

  • ECR Minerals has received the highest single assay result to date from the drilling at Bailieston with 0.2m @ 52.5 g/t Au from 126.3m depth in hole BH3DD027 (reported drilled thickness).
  • Hole BH3DD027 represents assays received from the first of two holes initially drilled into the Hard-Up Reef underneath a previously identified soil anomaly.
  • Drilling continues in HR3 (Bailieston) strengthening the Maori Anticline target model with multiple narrow mineralised structures observed.

The following statements can be referenced to the following link, a plan showing the location of hole BH3DD027 and recently drilled targets awaiting results;

https://www.ecrminerals.com/images/2022/Fig1_220421

BH3DD027

ECR Minerals announced the identification of four soil anomalies respectively named (A, B, C and D) in the vicinity of the projected Scoulers and Hard-Up Reef lines (see RNS dated 23rd December 2021 “Bailieston (HR3) Soil Sampling Strengthens Mineralisation Model”). Two initial drillholes (BH3DD026 and BH3DD027) were drilled underneath soil anomaly ‘A’. Results for hole BH3DD027 have now been received with the results pending for BH3DD026.

ECR is both pleased and proud to report the best gold intercept to date at Bailieston with 0.2m @ 52.5 g/t Au from 126.3m depth (BH3DD027). This intercept is supported by lower grade foot-wall and hanging-wall mineralisation located between 124 metres and 127 metres drilled depth. Geological interpretation confirms this mineralisation coincides with the Hard-Up Reef. Visible Antimony sulphide (Stibnite) is also present within the shear zone. The best intercept of 52.5 g/t Au ties in with a laminated quartz vein with a stibnite-sulphide shear zone grading at 1.76 g/t Au. All anomalous grades are reported in Table 1 below.

Although mineralisation between 124 metres and 127 metres has a represented drilled width of 3 metres, the low-dip angle of mineralisation to the drill core represents the true width of mineralisation at approximately 0.79 metres, demonstrating that at least some of the mineralisation at HR3 will likely be of a high-grade, narrow-vein style gold deposit.

Table 1. Summary of drill intercepts containing reportable levels of gold greater than 0.1 g/t Au for BH3DD027 (*highlights in bold).

BH3DD027

From To Grade (g/t Au) Interval (m) Comment
35.7 36.4 0.41 0.7
49.8 50.8 0.19 1
65 65.75 0.23 0.75
88.2 89 0.43 0.8
124 124.6 0.13 0.6
124.6 125 0.58 0.4
125 125.6 0.51 0.6 Start of mineralised zone
125.6 125.9 0.47 0.3
125.9 126.3 1.76 0.5 Shear Zone with visible Stibnite
126.3 126.5 52.50 0.2 Visible Stibnite (Hard-Up Reef)
126.5 127 1.57 0.5 End of mineralised zone

 

CHANGE OF ASSAY METHOD

Visible Stibnite (Antimony Sulphide) has been observed to occur in some of the drillholes into the Maori Anticline. As gold has been the primary mineral of interest, earlier assay results from the drilling have not been analysed for the Antimony content. Until recently, the preferred assay method has been to leach the bulk 2 kg drill sample using a cyanide solution. This is followed by fire assay of the residual tails from the solution, thereby tracing any potential undissolved coarser gold particles. With the increasing importance of Stibnite, the Company has refined the assay method to include such metals as Antimony. Additionally, all samples will have an initial 50g fire assay with only bulk leaching amendable to samples that show trace gold levels. This will save costs and speed up results without compromising quality of the assay.

CURRENT DRILLING PROGRESS

Drilling has now been completed into selected zones of both the upper and north end of the known Maori Reef. Geological logging is confirming our understanding of the Maori Anticline and how the main Reef systems consist of narrow stibnite-sulphide veining propagating up through the fold. Recently drilled BH3DD034 suggests gold mineralisation is still open along strike to the north. Assay results from this drilling will assist in follow-up drilling as needed.

Currently, the drilling programme is designed to investigate Scoulers Reef and associated soil anomalies which run along strike, parallel to the Maori Anticline. Some of the drillholes will be extended to target the Maori Anticline at depth to aid geological interpretation.

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.

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

Andrew Haythorpe, CEO

Email:

info@ecrminerals.com

Website: www.ecrminerals.com
WH Ireland Ltd Tel: +44 (0) 207 220 1666
Nominated Adviser

Katy Mitchell / Andrew de Andrade

SI Capital Ltd Tel: +44 (0) 1483 413500
Broker
Nick Emerson
Novum Securities Limited  Tel: +44 (0) 20 7399 9425
Broker

Jon Belliss

Blytheweigh Tel: +44 (0) 207 138 3204
Public Relations
Tim Blythe

 

 

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.

 

https://mercatorgold.com.au/

 

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.

 

https://luxexploration.com/

 

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.

ECR Minerals #ECR – Visible Gold Identified at HR3. Progress of Drilling Continues into the Maori Anticline Target

ECR Minerals plc (LON: ECR), the gold exploration and development company focussed on gold exploration in Australia, is pleased to announce a current update on drilling at HR3 including results and geological interpretation completed for BH3DD012, current drilling activities and future drilling plans within EL5433.

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

ECR Chairman David Tang commented: ““A significant amount of work has gone into the drilling programme at HR3, and I am delighted to note that following on from the results at hole BH3DD019, we continue to see encouraging and consistent gold grades in BH3DD012 and visible gold in BH3DD034. Importantly we continue to build on our understanding of the Maori Anticline and the regional gold trend ahead of an infill drilling programme.”

“I know Adam and his team are excited by the potential at the Blue Moon prospect, and I look forward to reporting back to you once work commences there.”

“Finally, regarding our search for a new CEO, I am pleased to report we have shortlisted three candidates and we will provide updates to the market in due course, as required.”

HIGHLIGHTS:

  • Diamond drill hole BH3DD012 was drilled 100m south and parallel to the previously announced hole (BH3DD019). Five mineralised zones have been identified and correlated to the Maori Anticline.
  • The best intercepts within each of the five mineralised zones include 0.8m @ 3.81 g/t Au (Zone 1); 0.5m @ 3.87 g/t Au (Zone 2); 0.5m @ 4.26 g/t Au (Zone 3); 0.6m @ 2.25 g/t Au (Zone 4) and 1m @ 0.51 g/t Au (Zone 5).
  • Drilling and sampling of holes BH3DD032, BH3DD033, BH3DD034 and BH3DD035 are currently in progress to follow up best gold intercepts found in BH3DD019. Visible gold has been identified in BH3DD034 at 149.5m downhole.

 

This announcement is written to reference to the following three figures:

Fig 1: BH3DD012 geological section:

https://www.ecrminerals.com/images/2022/fig1_BH3DD012.png

 

Fig 2: Location and plan of recent drilling with current status, HR3:

https://www.ecrminerals.com/images/2022/fig2_Current_drillplan_HR3.png

 

Fig 3: BH3DD034 visible gold

https://www.ecrminerals.com/images/2022/fig3_BH3DD034_vg.png

 

OVERVIEW OF BH3DD012

On 30 February 2022, ECR announced that a series of four holes (BH3DD012, BH3DD014, BH3DD020 and BH3DD021) had been drilled perpendicular to the trend of reef lines within the HR3 Goldfield to aid interpretation of the main faults and folding with known mineralisation. The Company has now received gold results for hole BH3DD012.

BH3DD012 was collared in 100m to the south and drilled parallel to adjacent hole BH3DD019. Geological interpretation is now revealing the main rock-type groupings and the style of mineralised veins that are associated with the Maori Anticline. MGA’s geology team has correlated the veins identified in BH3DD012 to hole BH3DD019, giving further understanding to the structural architecture of the HR3 Goldfield.

Five zones of mineralisation have been identified from hole BH3DD012. (Fig 1)

Zone 1 features a quartz stockwork zone hosted within a massive brittle sandstone rock unit that has a drilled thicknes of 2.7 metres. Best intercepts were 0.8m @ 3.81 g/t Au (from 57.3m) and 0.7m @ 3.32 g/t Au (from 59.3m)

Zone 2 can be linked to the Scoulers Reef structure represented by orthogonal veining within a sheared zone. Mineralisation is broad at a drilled width of 9.3 metres. Two of the highest intercepts included 1m @ 3.75 g/t Au (from 72m) and 0.5m @ 3.87 g/t Au (from 73.8m)

Zone 3 is represented by narrow bedding-laminated sulphidic veins at a drilled depth of 175.5m which returned 0.5m @ 4.26 g/t Au. The veins are hosted with a planar-laminated siltstone which correlates well to the same lithology in hole BH3DD019. Given this good correlation, it is highly probable Zone 3 veins match to the best intercept of 0.5m @ 9.5 g/t Au in BH3DD019 at 99.9m.

Zone 4 consists of a fault with linking stockwork quartz veining. Best result was 0.6m @ 2.25 g/t Au (from 191m drilled depth).

Zone 5 is a minor occurrence of bedded laminated carbonate veining at 255.6m drilled depth. Traces of stibnite (antimony sulphide) were identified in adjacent veining. This zone has only elevated gold, the best result being 1m @ 0.51 g/t Au (from 255.6m).

BH3DD012 was drilled to a depth of 302.1m. The dip angle of bedding, sedimentary depositional indicators (called younging) have located the hinge zone of the Maori Anticline at an approximate depth of 220m down the drill hole. The geology team is currently interpreting the projection of this hinge to the earlier drilling (BH3DD009) near surface.

Table 1. Summary of drill intercepts containing reportable levels of gold greater than 0.1 g/t Au for BH3DD012 (*highlights in bold). Mineralised ‘Zones’ shown in Fig 1.

BH3DD012

From To Grade (g/t Au) Interval (m) Zone
38 39 0.18 1
41 41.5 0.11 0.5
41.5 42.5 0.41 1
44.5 45.5 0.18 1
48.5 49.5 0.14 1
49.5 50 0.62 0.5
50 50.5 1.54 0.5
50.5 51 0.8 0.5
51 52 0.74 1
52 53 0.33 1
53.7 54.2 1.16 0.5
54.2 54.5 1.38 0.3
54.5 55.5 0.15 1
55.5 56.5 0.28 1
56.5 57.3 0.53 0.8
57.3 58.1 3.81 0.8 ZONE 1
58.1 58.9 1.25 0.8 ZONE 1
58.9 59.3 0.32 0.4 ZONE 1
59.3 60 3.32 0.7 ZONE 1
65 66 0.16 1
66 67 0.82 1
67 68 1.22 1 ZONE 2 (Scoulers Reef)
68 69 1.77 1 ZONE 2 (Scoulers Reef)
69 70 2.28 1 ZONE 2 (Scoulers Reef)
70 71 1.32 1 ZONE 2 (Scoulers Reef)
71 72 1.39 1 ZONE 2 (Scoulers Reef)
72 73 3.75 1 ZONE 2 (Scoulers Reef)
73 73.8 1.24 0.8 ZONE 2 (Scoulers Reef)
73.8 74.3 3.87 0.5 ZONE 2 (Scoulers Reef)
74.3 74.8 1.14 0.5 ZONE 2 (Scoulers Reef)
74.8 75.3 0.73 0.5 ZONE 2 (Scoulers Reef)
75.3 76.3 0.45 1 ZONE 2 (Scoulers Reef)
76.3 76.9 0.15 0.6
76.9 77.4 0.31 0.5
77.4 78 1.02 0.6
78 79 0.98 1
79.5 80 0.28 0.5
80 81 0.24 1
81 81.7 0.74 0.7
81.7 82.3 1.06 0.6
82.3 83 0.77 0.7
126.8 127.3 0.26 0.5
128 129 0.13 1
133.25 134 0.14 0.75
134 135 0.24 1
136 137 0.29 1
138 139 0.19 1
139 140 0.24 1
144 145 0.13 1
145 146 0.17 1
151.1 151.9 0.15 0.8
151.9 152.3 0.13 0.4
175 175.5 0.13 0.5
175.5 176 4.26 0.5 ZONE 3
176 177 0.21 1
183.3 183.8 0.18 0.5
187.3 188.3 0.13 1
189.2 190 0.11 0.8
190 190.3 0.11 0.3
190.3 191 0.16 0.7
191 191.6 2.25 0.6 ZONE 4
191.6 192.2 0.82 0.6
192.2 193 0.7 0.8
193 194 0.38 1
213.5 214 0.17 0.5
215 216 0.18 1
219 220 0.69 1
241.3 242 0.2 0.7
242 242.7 0.27 0.7
248 248.5 0.13 0.5
248.5 249.1 0.14 0.6
249.1 249.8 0.28 0.7
250.5 251 0.14 0.5
251.7 252 0.14 0.3
252 252.8 0.24 0.8
252.8 253.8 0.11 1
253.8 254.6 0.22 0.8
254.6 255.6 0.23 1
255.6 256.6 0.51 1 ZONE 5
256.6 257.6 0.33 1

 

BH3DD034-VISIBLE GOLD IDENTIFIED

Drilling of BH3DD019 showed narrow arsenic-stibnite veining emanating from the Maori Anticline. ECR is currently following up these targets by drilling four additional supporting holes (BH3DD032, BH3DD033, BH3DD034 and BH3DD035). Hole BH3DD033 and BH3DD034 has been completed, now awaiting sampling. BH3DD034 has drilled through a narrow-laminated vein 50mm wide showing a visible speck of coarse gold around 1mm in diameter (Fig 3). This is a typical example of a narrow ‘nuggetty’ vein and shows the low probability of drilling such mineralisation. The vein is supported by a broad halo of hydrothermal sulphide. This hole is in the process of being geologically logged in detail and sampled and further updates will be provided in due course.

FUTURE PLANS

ECR is now starting to see the benefits of utilising its own diamond drill rig operated by an ‘in house’ drill team. The team have been drilling an average of c.35m of good quality core per day, reducing the drill meterage rate compared to contracting out the work.

Since the beginning of 2022, the Company has drilled holes into the northern limits of the Maori Reef and drilled two initial holes under the southernmost soil anomaly underneath the Hard-Up Reef. The geological team is also eagerly awaiting outstanding assay results for drilling completed into the Maori and Hard-Up Reef intersection, which will tie in with the results of this announcement.

Upon completion of the complimentary holes to BH3DD019, we plan to move the drill rig up on the low ridgeline to begin initial drilling into the Scoulers Reef and under the other soil anomalies identified along this ridge. Locations of the planned drilling along with recent drilling is shown in Fig 3. Ultimately, we expect that the outcome of the diamond drilling will provide a detailed understanding of the relationship of veining to structures and the possible control on gold deposition within the veins. This is all preparation work for infill RC drilling at a later date.

Additionally, planning is well under way to follow up the RC drilling completed in 2019 over the nearby “Blue Moon” prospect, also on EL5433.

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.

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
Email:

info@ecrminerals.com

Website: www.ecrminerals.com
WH Ireland Ltd Tel: +44 (0) 207 220 1666
Nominated Adviser

Katy Mitchell / Andrew de Andrade

SI Capital Ltd Tel: +44 (0) 1483 413500
Broker
Nick Emerson
Novum Securities Limited  Tel: +44 (0) 20 7399 9425
Broker

Jon Belliss

Blytheweigh Tel: +44 (0) 207 138 3204
Public Relations
Tim Blythe

 

 

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.

 

https://mercatorgold.com.au/

 

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.

 

https://luxexploration.com/

 

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

ECR Minerals #ECR – Drilling Continues to Extend Gold Mineralisation within the Maori Reef

ECR Minerals plc (LON: ECR), the gold exploration and development company focussed on gold exploration in Australia, is pleased to provide results from hole BH3DD019, drilled into the north end of the Maori Reef within HR3 at Bailieston, Victoria, Australia.

ECR Minerals plc has 100% ownership of the Bailieston Project (EL5433), which is operated under its Australian wholly owned subsidiary Mercator Gold Australia Pty Ltd (“MGA”).

ECR Chairman David Tang commented: “I am delighted to report that our team of geologists headed by Adam Jones are reporting some very encouraging gold grades at hole BH3DD019. Furthermore, the epizonal mineralisation identified through the drilling work and assay results correlates with nearby deposits at Costerfield, Nagambie and Whroo mine and this is assisting with our understanding of the regional gold trend as we work towards identifying a possible ore resource.”

“As outlined below, following COVID-19 delays the assay results are now starting to flow back to us, and I look forward to announcing further results in the coming weeks.” 

SUMMARY:

  • Assays from one drill hole (BH3DD019) now received. This is the deepest hole drilled under the north end of the Maori Reef and it has identified four mineralised zones. Best intercepts include 0.5m @ 9.5 g/t Au from 99.9m, 0.8m @ 4.96 g/t Au from 100.4m, 0.3m @ 4.59 g/t Au from 143.4m and 0.6m @ 6.15 g/t Au from 231.5m.
  • Geological logging of visible stibnite in holes drilled into the Maori Reef also correlates well with expectations of reportable gold.
  • Stibnite, arsenopyrite and gold mineralisation collectively identifies with an ‘epizonal’ style of mineralisation which is typical of the nearby deposits such as Costerfield, Nagambie and Whroo. 

BH3DD019

Hole BH3DD019, drilled into the Maori Reef at the northern limits of the historical gold workings was part of a series of 4 holes (including BH3DD012, BH3DD014, BH3DD020 and BH3DD021), designed to crosscut the HR3 goldfield to aid interpretation and identify the main faults and folding that is associated with gold mineralisation. Staffing issues at the laboratory due to COVID-19 outbreaks have resulted in slower than expected drilling reports and data over the new year period, but we are pleased to report that ECR is now starting to receive assay results from these overdue drillholes. To date BH3DD019 have been received, 3 holes are awaited.

A visual reference to the following geological notes regarding BH3DD019 is provided in figure 1:

https://www.ecrminerals.com/images/2022/Fig1.jpg

BH3DD019 was drilled due east at a dip of -58° from surface. Drilling ended at a depth of 279.5m. Geological logging of bedding has revealed a broad inclined hinge zone located around 120 metres down hole. The hinge correlates well to the inferred anticline zone which hosts the Maori Reef, and our hinge projections back up to the surface will become targeted in follow-up drilling. Two zones featuring an arsenic and antimony high within laminated quartz in faulted ground returned some of the best results including 0.5m @ 9.5 g/t Au from 99.9m followed by 0.8m @ 4.96 g.t Au from 100.4m depth. A similar zone was intersected on the east side of the hinge point where assays returned 0.3m @ 4.59 g/t Au from 143.4m. This last interval also included a visible solid stibnite vein with a drilled thickness of approximately 10cm wide.

A parasitic flexure causing two smaller hinges within the steeply east dipping bedding at 220m hosts perpendicular massive quartz veins ‘PMQ’ with interconnecting quartz stockworks. The PMQ veins form a fan pattern around the first hinge zone. Unfortunately, this hinge only carries low reportable levels of gold. Between the two parasitic hinges, a bedding laminated vein ‘BLQ’ carrying visible stibnite returned 0.6m @ 6.15 g/t Au from 231.5m downhole. The up-dip projection of this vein is not revealed at the surface and will be followed up with future drilling.

EPIZONAL MINERALISATION

Mineralisation formed at temperatures below 300°C often with associated arsenic and antimony sulphides visibly presented in drill core as arsenopyrite and stibnite is defined as ‘Epizonal’. MGA geologists are frequently recording such sulphides below the oxide level within the Maori Reef, a phenomenon that has also prompted the team to investigate how nearby gold deposits are mineralised. This investigation has shown that narrow stibnite veins with arsenopyrite have also been identified by adjacent tenement holders at the Costerfield Mine, the historic Nagambie Mine open pits and more recently at the historic Whroo Mine by ‘Mawson Gold’.

FUTURE PLANS

Geological interpretation of BH3DD019 is now providing an insight into the bigger picture of mineralisation within the HR3 Goldfield. With the assay results now flowing in more regularly, we are anticipating more targets to follow up. Although the drilling work undertaken to date is still very much in its infancy, the Directors note that no drilling campaign of this complexity and detail has ever been undertaken in this area previously. The Company’s objective is to identify the trends of gold mineralisation or ‘shoots’ and once completed, ECR expect to be able to complete an accurate assessment in regard to a possible ore resource.

ECR also recently reported that drilling into the Maori Anticline at the intersection of the Hard-Up Reef was continuing. These holes have been recently completed and assay results are awaited. Again, once completed the Directors anticipate these results will help towards identifying the gold trend.

The Company has also drilled two holes (BH3DD026 and BH3DD027) to investigate the ground underneath soil ‘anomaly A’ that was reported from soil sampling results in December 2021. Assays are also pending for these drillholes. The soil sampling also revealed three other anomalies associated with the central reef known as ‘Scoulers’ that are still to be followed up with drilling once the initial Maori Reef drilling is completed.

Table 1. Summary of drill intercepts containing reportable levels of gold greater than 0.1 g/t Au for BH3DD019 (*highlights in bold). Mineralised ‘Zones’ shown in figure 1.

BH3DD019

From To Grade (g/t Au) Interval (m) Zone
5.6 6.4 0.22 0.8
22.3 22.7 0.2 0.4
26.3 27 0.17 0.7
38.3 39.4 0.31 1.1 ZONE 1
39.4 39.9 0.39 0.5 ZONE 1
39.9 40.3 0.74 0.4 ZONE 1
47 48 0.12 1
48 49 0.49 1
49 50 0.14 1
51.8 52.3 0.17 0.5
52.3 52.9 0.26 0.6
54 55 0.14 1
55 56 0.27 1
56 56.8 0.28 0.8
56.8 57.5 0.15 0.7
57.5 58 0.11 0.5
58 58.7 0.2 0.7
58.7 59.2 0.16 0.5
60 61 0.11 1
61 61.5 0.23 0.5
61.5 62 0.23 0.5
76.3 76.6 0.11 0.3
90.5 90.9 0.12 0.4
92.7 93.4 0.12 0.7
93.4 94.3 0.2 0.9
95.3 96.2 0.14 0.9
96.2 96.7 0.25 0.5
96.7 97.5 0.22 0.8
97.5 98.4 0.76 0.9 ZONE 2
98.4 98.7 2.46 0.3 ZONE 2
98.7 99.2 3.16 0.5 ZONE 2
99.2 99.9 1.66 0.7 ZONE 2
99.9 100.4 9.5 0.5 ZONE 2
100.4 101.2 4.96 0.8 ZONE 2
101.2 101.7 0.64 0.5 ZONE 2
101.7 102.7 0.43 1 ZONE 2
102.7 103.4 0.13 0.7
103.4 104.4 0.18 1
105.4 106.4 0.11 1
107.4 108.4 0.12 1
116.2 116.7 0.32 0.5
124.1 124.9 0.11 0.8
131.6 132.3 0.2 0.7
132.7 133.4 0.19 0.7
137.1 137.8 0.11 0.7
142.7 143.4 0.22 0.7 ZONE 3
143.4 143.7 4.59 0.3 STIBNITE VEIN
143.7 144.5 0.2 0.8
164.1 164.4 0.19 0.3
165 165.6 0.13 0.6
165.6 166.2 0.76 0.6
166.2 167 0.14 0.8
173.4 174 0.46 0.6
197.6 198.4 0.13 0.8
215.8 216.4 0.15 0.6
222.1 223 0.18 0.9 Hinge Stockwork
223 224 0.11 1 Hinge Stockwork
224 225 0.14 1 Hinge Stockwork
225 226 0.29 1 Hinge Stockwork
226 227 0.38 1 Hinge Stockwork
227 228 0.35 1 Hinge Stockwork
228 229 0.21 1 Hinge Stockwork
231.5 232.1 6.15 0.6 ZONE 4
232.1 232.5 0.2 0.4 ZONE 4
232.5 232.9 0.94 0.4 ZONE 4
232.9 233.4 0.12 0.5
234 234.6 0.13 0.6
234.6 235.5 0.15 0.9
241 241.7 0.11 0.7

 

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.

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
Email:

info@ecrminerals.com

Website: www.ecrminerals.com
WH Ireland Ltd   Tel: +44 (0) 207 220 1666
Nominated Adviser

Katy Mitchell / Andrew de Andrade

SI Capital Ltd Tel: +44 (0) 1483 413500
Broker
Nick Emerson
Novum Securities Limited  Tel: +44 (0) 20 7399 9425
Broker

Jon Belliss

Blytheweigh Tel: +44 (0) 207 138 3204
Public Relations
Tim Blythe

 

 

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.

 

https://mercatorgold.com.au/

 

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.

 

https://luxexploration.com/

 

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.

ECR Minerals #ECR – Three Exploration licences granted in the Lolworth Region, North Queensland

ECR Minerals plc (LON: ECR), the gold exploration and development company focussed on gold exploration in Australia, is pleased to announce that exploration licences EPM27901, EPM27902 and EPM27903 have been granted to its subsidiary LUX Exploration Limited (“LUX”), in the Lolworth Region, North Queensland.

LUX  is a wholly owned subsidiary of ECR with a specific focus on exploration projects in the North Queensland region in Australia.

ECR Chairman David Tang commented: “I am delighted to announce that the Lolworth Range license applications have been granted. Once again, along with our Head Geologist Adam Jones, our former CEO Craig Brown was instrumental in bringing LUX and the Lolworth Range tenements into the ECR Minerals asset portfolio, and all the indications are that Adam and the team could unlock significant additional value from these three new license areas.”

“I look forward to deploying our team for a reconnaissance survey in the Lolworth Range region this year, and reporting progress back to our shareholders.”

SUMMARY:

  • LUX EXPLORATION HAS BEEN GRANTED THREE EXPLORATION LICENSES COVERING A TOTAL OF 964 KM2
  • HISTORIC STREAM SEDIMENT SAMPLING INDICATES THAT THE LOLWORTH RANGE IS PROSPECTIVE FOR GOLD, TUNGSTEN AND TIN.

Exploration licenses for tenements EPM27901, EPM27902 and EPM27903 were applied for in May 2021, and we are pleased to report that these were granted to LUX on 1 February 2022. The tenements will expire in 5 years (on 31 January 2027) and, while they will be available for renewal after the initial 5-year term, the area available for renewal will be reduced by 50%, which is a standard term of exploration licences to encourage companies to focus their exploration activities. LUX has a commitment expenditure of AUD$650,000 for the first three years across the three licence areas, which is expected to be funded from ECR’s existing cash resources.

The exploration licences are located approximately 120km west of the historic Charters Towers Gold Mine in North Queensland, Australia and cover an area of 964 km2.

PROSPECTIVITY OF THE AREA

The directors of ECR believe the Lolworth Range is under explored. The area has been closely monitored by ECR’s Head Geologist Adam Jones for at least eight years.

Historical documentation of exploration undertaken within the area, which has not been verified by ECR, reveals that a (pan concentrate) stream sediment campaign was undertaken in 1987-1988 within the granted tenements under the old tenement permit number AP4855M. This work revealed seven gold anomalous drainage sites within the mountain range, including visible gold in pan concentrates. Research has found these anomalies have not been followed up as they were interpreted as sourced from possible terrace alluvial deposits upon the sides of the drainage sites. It is the Directors current belief that even if this was the case, the terrace deposits must still have their source within the Lolworth Range. Tin and tungsten anomalies were also recorded in streams within license area EPM27901. The metamorphic rocks of the range are still not well understood, however rhyolitic rock chips from historic exploration reports within the range were noted to be elevated in gold. These factors have led the Directors to conclude that the Lolworth licence areas have the potential to develop into a valuable asset for ECR Minerals plc. An initial reconnaissance survey of the area is planned for this coming year, and we look forward to updating on progress in due course..

(Figure 1) The location of the tenements in a regional context can be viewed within the link below:

https://www.ecrminerals.com/images/2022/fig1_Lux_Granted.png

(Figure 2) A summary of the anomalous drainage areas and the granted tenements can be viewed with the following link:

https://www.ecrminerals.com/images/2022/fig2_Lux_Granted.png 

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.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION, PLEASE CONTACT:

 

ECR Minerals plc Tel: +44 (0) 20 7929 1010
David Tang, Non-Executive Chairman
Email:

info@ecrminerals.com

Website: www.ecrminerals.com
WH Ireland Ltd Tel: +44 (0) 207 220 1666
Nominated Adviser

Katy Mitchell / Andrew de Andrade

SI Capital Ltd Tel: +44 (0) 1483 413500
Broker
Nick Emerson
Novum Securities Limited  Tel: +44 (0) 20 7399 9425
Broker

Jon Belliss

Blytheweigh Tel: +44 (0) 207 138 3204
Public Relations
Tim Blythe

 

 

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.

 

https://mercatorgold.com.au/

 

ECR also owns 100% of an Australian subsidiary LUX Exploration Pty Ltd (“LUX”) which has two granted exploration licences of approximately 964 km2 and one licence application of 300km2 covering a relatively unexplored area in the Lolworth region of Queensland, Australia.

 

https://luxexploration.com/

 

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.

ECR Minerals #ECR – Bailieston (HR3) Soil Sampling Strengthens Mineralisation Model

ECR Minerals plc (LON: ECR), the gold exploration and development company focussed on gold exploration in Australia, is pleased to announce that further to the HR3 drilling update announced on December 22nd, soil sample results from HR3 have identified further gold anomalies, giving further confidence in our previous geological interpretations for dilational jog zones within the HR3 goldfield at Bailieston, Victoria, Australia.

ECR Minerals plc has 100% ownership of the Bailieston Project (EL5433), which is operated under its Australian wholly owned subsidiary Mercator Gold Australia Pty Ltd (“MGA”).

ECR Chairman David Tang commented: “I said yesterday that our understanding of the Maori Anticline and HR3 had grown exponentially: this understanding has taken a further step forward today with soil sampling results that not only show a growing and extending area of anomalies, but that also support the dilational jog model outlined by our head geologist Adam Jones at holes BH3DD009, BH3DD010 and BH3DD011.”

“Along with our geologists, the board are genuinely excited at the scale and development potential of HR3. I look forward to reporting further assay results to you as they become available.”

SUMMARY:

  • Gold assays from further soil sampling reveal four gold anomalies along strike of the Scoulers-Dan Genders Reef lines, with two of the anomalies within an area of limited to no historic gold workings.
  • One anomaly in association with the convergent of two Reef lines fits in with the dilational jog mineralisation model recently identified in BH3DD009, BH3DD010 and BH3DD011.

Soil analysis results for an additional 160 soil samples taken across the central portion of the HR3 goldfield have been received, resulting in the identification of four gold anomalies. Samples are spatially related to the strike extents of the NW striking Scoulers and Dan Genders Reefs and the NNE striking Hard Up Reef.

Six of the 160 samples returned gold values above 0.1 g/t Au. The majority of these samples are affiliated with moderate arsenic levels (As) and high antimony levels (Sb)

The locations referred to in the following paragraphs can be found at the following link (figure 1):

https://www.ecrminerals.com/images/2021/XXXXX

Table 1. Best results for 160 soil assays (above 0.1 g/t Au) in descending order. Also showing related levels of arsenic (As) and antimony (Sb).

 

Sample Number Au (g/t) As (ppm) Sb (ppm)
SC_092 0.79 158.5 789
SC_118 0.2 93.3 445
SC_142 0.145 67.5 306
SC_108 0.125 84.4 144
SC_098 0.122 104.5 41
SC_072 0.118 119 60

 

INTERPRETATION OF SOIL RESULTS

Anomaly A

Gold results have highlighted an anomaly associated with the south projection of the Hard Up Reef and its convergence with the Dan Genders Reef. Recent drilling of BH3DD009, BH3DD010 and BH3DD011 identified high grade gold formed within a dilational jog zone where the Hard Up Reef converges with the Maori Reef. Anomaly A has potential to be related to a similar mineralisation style. Drilling is planned to confirm this.

Anomaly B

This anomaly is situated central to the Scoulers and Dan Genders Reef lines. Ground truthing evidence shows this anomaly to be located within an area of very few historic gold workings. The company will follow up this anomaly with rock chip samples of quartz float on the sub-surface. Outcome of these results will decide on the best plan to test this location by drilling.

Anomaly C

Earlier this year (June 2020), the first soil results were released and revealed a spot anomaly of 3.75 g/t Au. This earlier best result is located at the north-east end of the trail of Anomaly C (refer to figure 1). With the additional results now received, the source of this trail can be traced back to the Scoulers Reef. There are the remains of a backfilled shallow historic shaft at the source area that by judgement of the size of the remnant mullock dump, appears to be less than 4 metres deep. There is potential to drill underneath the historic shaft.

Anomaly D

Anomaly D is located at the north end of the Scoulers Reef line. The Reef dips into deeper soils to the north as it approaches a local watercourse. As with Anomaly C, there are limited shallow historic workings at this location. Some of the highest results have been obtained in ground that has no influence from the historic workings, thereby indicating the possibility of shallow sub-cropping mineralisation. ECR has current drill permits to test this location, and it is our intention to drill Anomaly D as part of the current drilling campaign.

FORWARD LOOKING STATEMENTS

Planning soil sampling in areas of previous mining will always present challenges in regard to the interpretation of results. To minimise contamination of samples from disturbance at surface by previous mining, ECR geologists take care in offsetting samples to minimise these errors. Although prospecting has taken place in the area for over 100 years by miners during the gold rush era, the technology and methodology at our disposal today can deliver worthwhile anomalous results that in some cases can revive and create value from a previously dormant goldfield.

There is a palpable sense of excitement among our team of geologists as interpretation of the extensive exploration work achieved this year is now slowly revealing the area mineralisation and considerable potential for development.

The supporting Australian team is now on a brief holiday period, returning to full working capacity on the 4th and 5th of January 2022. We will still be receiving assay results from recent drilling surrounding BH3DD009, 010 and 011 over the holiday period. On our return to work, the team will prioritise to drill through Anomaly A to reveal if mineralisation is similar to BH3DD009, 010 and 011. Pending results for current drilling, the rig will then finish off testing the upper end of the Maori Reef Anticline before proceeding to test Anomalies B, C and D.

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.

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
Email:

info@ecrminerals.com

Website: www.ecrminerals.com
WH Ireland Ltd Tel: +44 (0) 20 7220 1666
Nominated Adviser
Katy Mitchell, Andrew de Andrade
SI Capital Ltd Tel: +44 (0) 1483 413500
Broker
Nick Emerson
Novum Securities Limited  Tel: +44 (0) 20 7399 9425
Broker

Jon Belliss

Blytheweigh Tel: +44 (0) 207 138 3204
Public Relations
Tim Blythe

 

 

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.

 

https://mercatorgold.com.au/

 

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.

 

https://luxexploration.com/

 

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.

ECR Minerals #ECR – Bailieston Drilling Update For Holes BH3DD010 and BH3DD011

ECR Minerals plc (LON: ECR), the gold exploration and development company focussed on gold exploration in Australia, is pleased to provide updated results from the initial first drill section across the ‘Maori’ Anticline target within HR3 at Bailieston, Victoria, Australia.

ECR Minerals plc has 100% ownership of the Bailieston Project (EL5433), which is operated under its Australian wholly owned subsidiary Mercator Gold Australia Pty Ltd (“MGA”).

ECR Chairman David Tang commented: “We are pleased with the follow-up results for holes BH3DD010 and BH3DD011 at HR3. Our understanding of the Maori Anticline, along with the extent and types of mineralisation, has grown exponentially, and our team on the ground continues to work to a tight schedule and maintain our aggressive drilling programmes. Further assay results and data are due very shortly, and I look forward to sharing those with our shareholders as they become available.”

“As our search for a new CEO continues, our committee of directors, including myself, Trevor Davenport and Adam Jones continue to drive the business forward. I would also like to stress that we are all easily contactable should shareholders and investors have any queries during this transition period”

SUMMARY:

  • Assay results now received for holes BH3DD010 and BH3DD011, completing the first diamond drill section across the upper part of the ‘Maori’ Anticline.
  • Highest results are from hole BH3DD011 with 0.4m @ 4.65 g/t Au from 39.8m and 0.5m @ 6.97 g/t Au from 68m down-hole.
  • Three mineralised zones within each drill hole identified.
  • Structural observations from drill core show how dilational gold / antimony mineralised zones form at favourable intersections between NW and NE striking veins.

Assay results for a further two diamond holes across the first drilled section of the upper part of the ‘Maori Anticline’ target have now been received. These results follow-up ECR’s previous announcement released on the 29/11/2021 in regards to hole BH3DD009 where an initial successful result of 0.7m @ 28.06 g/t Au from 52.7m was recorded. Holes BH3DD010 and BH3DD011 were subsequently drilled on the same azimuth, but at two different angles to test the up and down dip continuance of the grade in BH3DD009.

The following link to the interpreted geological section for holes BH3DD009, BH3DD010 and BH3DD011 relates to the detailed information in the paragraphs below.

https://www.ecrminerals.com/images/2021/ECRsection.jpg

BH3DD010

Hole BH3DD010 was collared with a dip of -67 degrees. Three mineralised ‘zones’ have been drilled through with the best intercept of 0.9m @ 1.18 g/t Au from 64.4m down-hole. This intersection is part of a broader anomalous halo as shown as ‘Zone 2’ on the accompanying figure 1. Drilling passed through the Maori Anticline where drilling ended at a depth of 111.2m.

BH3DD011

BH3DD011 was drilled with a dip of -50.5 degrees from horizontal to a final depth of 102.2m. Three mineralised zones were also passed. The upper ‘Zone 4’ is a hanging-wall system to the Maori Reef. Interpretations from orientated drill core show this to be a linking quartz-splay system between the Hard Up and Maori Reef. Best intersection in Zone 4 was 0.4m @ 4.65 g/t Au from 39.8m depth.

The Maori Reef was intercepted as expected around 55m depth where a fault zone with complex folding on the immediate hanging wall was identified. This zone contained no significant intercepts. A broad quartz mineralised ‘Zone 5’ was encountered at 60.1m depth. Best intersection within Zone 5 was 0.5m @ 6.97 g/t Au from 68m depth. This intercept is supported by a lower grade halo with other results of 1m @ 2.68 g/t from 65.4m and 0.7m @ 2.05 g/t Aufrom 69m. Structural logging of veining through this zone shows the vein to strike NNE with a dip direction to the NW which correlates well to the cross-vein known as the Hard Up Reef. Further drilling passed a faulted system ‘Zone 6’ which returned a best grade of 0.5m @ 1.09 g/t Au. Drilling ended at 102.2m depth on the eastern dipping sediments of the anticline.

MINERALISATION MODEL REVEALED

Drilling of BH3DD009, BH3DD010 and BH3DD011 shows three broad mineralised zones that are accompanied by visual evidence of stibnite (a sulphide of Antimony). Relating to figure 1, orientated drill core shows that quartz mineralisation is bedding parallel in Zone 1 and Zone 2, oblique to bedding in Zone 5 and hosted in brittle faults between Zone 3 and Zone 6. Best intercepts from all three holes suggests the best gold developments have formed where structures are favourable to dilate adjacent to structures that compress and pinch as seen at 55m depth in BH3DD011. Stockwork veining and oblique structures to bedding also relate spatially to elevated gold values as seen in Zone 5 in BH3DD011 and the stockwork veining in BH3DD009. At the goldfield level of scale, there is a close spatial development of such structures within the acute angle of intersecting NNW and NE striking veining where a ‘wrench’ or dilational ‘jog’ develops. This pattern is also observable and outlined in plan view by the numerous historic mined trenches and pits across the HR3 goldfield. Information gleaned from drilling this first drill section may also apply to other similar lineation trends across the field.

Table 1. Summary of drill intercepts containing reportable levels of gold greater than 0.1 g/t Au for BH3DD010 and BH3DD011 (*highlights in bold)

BH3DD010

From (m) To (m) Grade (g/t Au) Interval (m) ‘Zone’
51.05 51.6 0.14 0.55 Zone 1
52.8 53.8 0.37 1 Zone 1
53.8 54.7 0.16 0.9 Zone 1
57.5 58.5 0.15 1 Zone 1
63.6 64.4 0.2 0.8 Zone 2
64.4 65.3 1.18 0.9 Zone 2
66.8 67.7 0.31 0.9 Zone 2
69.1 70 0.2 0.9 Zone 2
70 70.9 0.15 0.9 Zone 2
71.9 72 0.13 0.1 Zone 2
100 101 0.22 1 Zone 3
103.8 104.6 0.16 0.8 Zone 3

 

BH3DD011

From (m) To (m) Grade (g/t Au) Interval (m) ‘Zone’
2.5 2.8 0.11 0.3
35.2 36.2 0.37 1
39.8 40.2 4.65 0.4 Zone 4
40.2 41.2 0.39 1 Zone 4
55.5 56 0.13 0.5
56 56.5 0.19 0.5
57.7 58.2 0.11 0.5
60.1 61.1 0.11 1 Zone 5
61.1 62.1 0.11 1 Zone 5
62.1 62.7 0.12 0.6 Zone 5
62.7 63.7 0.17 1 Zone 5
63.7 64.7 0.13 1 Zone 5
64.7 65.4 0.24 0.7 Zone 5
65.4 66.4 2.68 1 Zone 5
66.4 67.2 0.91 0.8 Zone 5
67.2 68 1.81 0.8 Zone 5
68 68.5 6.97 0.5 Zone 5
68.5 69 0.96 0.5 Zone 5
69 69.7 2.05 0.7 Zone 5
69.7 70 0.86 0.3 Zone 5
73 74 0.11 1
82.5 83.5 0.11 1
88.4 89.1 0.16 0.7 Zone 6
89.1 90 0.21 0.9 Zone 6
90 90.7 0.71 0.7 Zone 6
90.7 91.2 1.09 0.5 Zone 6
91.2 91.6 0.35 0.4 Zone 6
94 95 0.13 1
95 95.8 0.67 0.8

 

FORWARD LOOKING STATEMENTS

With these results logged, MGA continues to drill the upper end of the Maori Reef system towards the north. First impressions of drill core continue to show visual indicators of mineralisation of pyrite, stibnite and to a lesser extent arsenopyrite. We will continue to report these results to the markets in the coming weeks.

As stated on the previous HR3 drilling update on November 29th 2021, MGA continued to engage the services of the same contract rig that completed drilling at Creswick at hole EL006148. MGA also decided to utilise its larger rig to complete orientated drill core over the broader HR3 goldfield. The contract drilling is now complete. Logging is still in progress for this drilling campaign, with initial results scheduled for release shortly. Follow-up drilling will commence using ECR’s owned and operated ‘Midas’ drill rig where appropriate.

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.

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
Email:

info@ecrminerals.com

Website: www.ecrminerals.com
WH Ireland Ltd Tel: +44 (0) 161 832 2174
Nominated Adviser
SI Capital Ltd Tel: +44 (0) 1483 413500
Broker
Nick Emerson
Novum Securities Limited  Tel: +44 (0) 20 7399 9425
Broker

Jon Belliss

Blytheweigh Tel: +44 (0) 207 138 3204
Public Relations
Tim Blythe

 

 

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.

 

https://mercatorgold.com.au/

 

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.

 

https://luxexploration.com/

 

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.

ECR Minerals #ECR – Approval of Two New Exploration Tenements in Victoria, Australia

ECR Minerals plc (LON: ECR), the gold exploration and development company focussed on gold exploration in Australia, is pleased to announce the granting of two gold exploration tenements in Victoria, Australia.

ECR Minerals plc has 100% ownership of the Bailieston Project (EL5433) and the Creswick Project (EL006184), both of which are currently undergoing intense exploration by ECR’s wholly owned Australian subsidiary Mercator Gold Australia Pty Ltd (“MGA”).

ECR Chairman David Tang commented: “On behalf of the board and our team on the ground in Victoria, I am very pleased to announce that we can confirm the award of exploration licenses EL006907 and EL007484. In particular, the granting of license EL006907 linking Creswick to Ballarat East-Nerrina goldfield was something our former CEO Craig Brown always viewed as a key step in developing our Creswick interests and our understanding of the Dimocks Main Shale. With the data and knowledge base we have amassed now, I know our team on the ground, headed by Adam Jones are very keen to start work in the new area and bring Craig’s vision to fruition.

Licence EL007484 is an important addition to our enlarged footprint to the east of Victoria in the Tambo region. With a second drilling machine due to arrive any day now, I look forward to reporting further exploration progress as our intensive exploration and drilling campaigns expand and develop.

Our board are actively engaged in a search for a new CEO, and I look forward to reporting back with developments here in the near term.”  

SUMMARY:

  • Two new tenements recently granted for undertaking exploration work within Victoria, Australia. ‘MGA’ now has a total of 523 km2 of ground granted for exploration for gold within Victoria.
  • One tenement (EL006907) is strategically placed between the historical rich Ballarat East-Nerrina goldfield and the current exploration licence ‘EL006148’. This tenement is host to the continued strike of the Dimocks Main Shale (“DMS”) horizon, believed to host the source veining for much of the alluvial gold within the Creswick deep lead alluvial system.
  • The second tenement (EL007484) is situated 50km north of Bairnsdale in the east of the state of Victoria encompassing the alluvial fields of Swifts Creek and the Mid to Upper reaches of the Tambo River.

EL006907 (Creswick)

MGA is pleased to report that Exploration licence 006907 was granted on 26/11/2021 for a period of five years, with the added possibility of an extension, provided expenditure requirements, (a minimum of $160,050 AUD over the five-year term), are met. The licence lies midway between the current Creswick lease of EL006184 and the Ballarat East and Nerrina goldfields, with a total ground area of 81km2.

EL006907 contains the southern strike extension of the DMS horizon believed to host the source rocks to the abundant historical alluvial gold production within the region. Although the true figures of alluvial gold produced are not known, the Geological Survey of Victoria estimates the region has produced in excess of one million ounces of gold, with most of the production occurring between the period of 1852-1930. Around 4km of DMS strike length is believed to be within this tenement.

Records of past exploration show that no known extensive drilling or geochemical surveys have been undertaken within the tenement.

EL007484 (Tambo North)

Licence EL007484 was also granted on 26/11/2021 for a five-year term. The total land area covers 374 km2, and covers the historic alluvial goldfields of the Tambo River and Swifts Creek. Exploration work for both precious metals and base metals has been undertaken previously, added to which the region is known for intrusives that may offer opportunity for discovering new deposits.

The figure showing location of both tenements are shown in the link below;

https://www.ecrminerals.com/images/fig1_mga_new_tenements_12_21.jpg

FORWARD LOOKING STATEMENTS

We are delighted that the long-awaited license grants for these two tenements have been awarded to MGA. MGA is still awaiting the final grant of EL006713 (Creswick) and EL007486 (Tambo South), which are both adjacent to the newly approved tenements. If approved, MGA will have exploration licenses covering the majority of the ground linking Ballarat and Creswick – an exciting and challenging prospect given the historical abundance of alluvial gold and under-explored nature of the region. Initially, the company intends to define geochemical patterns related to known alluvial gold dispersion to help define the optimum method to locate the ‘blind’ gold ‘shoots’ the central Victorian region is known for. Best outcomes will be followed up by drilling using MGA owned and operated equipment. The MGA team are very well aware that many of the gold deposits at Creswick are ‘spotty’ and coarse in nature, but this consideration is always in balance with the potential rewards.

MGA will continue to prioritise EL5433 (Bailieston) into the new year as this tenement is reaching maturity. Staff will be transitioning into exploration within the Creswick area which will include follow-up work on the recently drilled EL006184. Exploration opportunities are also available on the companies owned land also within EL006184.

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.

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
Email:

info@ecrminerals.com

Website: www.ecrminerals.com
WH Ireland Ltd Tel: +44 (0) 161 832 2174
Nominated Adviser
SI Capital Ltd Tel: +44 (0) 1483 413500
Broker
Nick Emerson
Novum Securities Limited  Tel: +44 (0) 20 7399 9425
Broker

Jon Belliss

Blytheweigh Tel: +44 (0) 207 138 3204
Public Relations
Tim Blythe

 

 

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 including one licence application lodged in eastern Victoria. (Tambo gold project). MGA is currently exploring 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.

 

https://mercatorgold.com.au/

 

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.

 

https://luxexploration.com/

 

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.

ECR Minerals #ECR – Initial Success of ‘Phase two’ Drilling at HR3

ECR Minerals plc (LON: ECR), the gold exploration and development company focussed on gold exploration in Australia, is pleased to update shareholders on its initial successful results from recently commenced ‘phase 2 drilling’ within HR3 at Bailieston, Victoria, Australia.

ECR Minerals plc has 100% ownership of the Bailieston Project (EL5433), which is operated under its Australian wholly owned subsidiary Mercator Gold Australia Pty Ltd (“MGA”).

ECR Chairman David Tang commented: “We are pleased with the excellent results from hole BH3DD009 at HR3. As this intensive drilling campaign continues, so our understanding of the Maori Anticline continues to grow. With a clear picture of the HR3 goldfield structure starting to emerge, it is tragic that Craig Brown is no longer with us to see these latest developments. I do know that all employees and directors at ECR and Mercator Gold are working hard to ensure that Craig’s vision for ECR’s flagship projects come to fruition. We look forward to sharing further assay results and data with shareholders as they are released by the labs.”

“It is our intention to appoint a new CEO in due course, and in this regard our search has already begun. In the interim a committee of directors, including myself, Trevor Davenport and Adam Jones will continue to drive the business forward.”     

SUMMARY:

  • Following receipt of the necessary permissions, drilling has re-commenced within the HR3 Goldfields utilising two diamond drill rigs.
  • Initial results have been received with the first hole completed, (BH3DD009) returning 0.7m @ 28.06g/t Au from 52.7m depth from the Maori Reef.
  • Gold values correlate well to high arsenic and antimony (stibnite) pXRF values – proof of their importance as pathfinder elements within the Bailieston area.
  • Drilling highlights the importance of the Maori Anticline as an important up-coming target.

 

PHASE TWO DRILLING HR3

Whilst drilling at Creswick and Cherry Tree ‘HR4’ mid-year, MGA submitted plans to government authorities requesting permission to drill from additional sites within the HR3 goldfield area. After meeting regulatory requirements, permission was granted early October 2021. Once drilling at nearby Cherry Tree and at the Creswick tenements had completed, drill rigs were mobilised to HR3 to commence phase two drilling. Drilling is being undertaken by two diamond drill rigs, one by a contractor and the second rig being MGA’s owned and operated ‘Midas’ drill rig. The contract rig is currently drilling broad holes perpendicular to the strike of the main mineralised systems throughout the HR3 goldfield and has approximately 250m of drilling to complete. Follow-up drilling is being undertaken by the ‘Midas’ drill rig and will continue to the end of the year.

A total of twelve drill sites have been approved across HR3. The sites have been well planned to ensure optimum drill coverage across the remainder of the goldfield. Particular focus will be directed at gathering structural data by use of diamond drilling to reconstruct the central and eastern mineralised systems known as the Scoulers and Maori Reefs. Extensions to the north and south of the goldfield boundaries will also be drilled. Drilling will also delineate structures drilled by previous historic percussion drilling during the 1980’s period.

To date, a total of 1478m of ‘phase two’ drilling has been completed at HR3. Between the two drill rigs, good meterage has been drilled (up to 80m per shift). Geological logging and interpretation will continue to the end of the year. A summary of drilling locations and their progression is shown in the link below;

Figure 1

BH3DD009

Phase two drilling commenced with BH3DD009 across the central portion of the Maori Reef. Drilling was targeted to follow up the down-dip of an historical Reverse Circulation drillhole intersection which returned 1m @ 11 g/t Au. BH3DD009 was successful in drilling mineralisation between 47m and 56.7m depth and the best intersection was 0.7m @ 28.06 g/t Au from 52.7m depth.

Drill core is routinely analysed for pathfinder elements during geological logging using an in-house pXRF unit to trace pathfinder elements associated with gold mineralisation. pXRF results are not used for reporting resources, only for tracing the pathways for gold mineralisation fluids. Plotting of antimony (Sb) and arsenic (As) pXRF results correlates spatially with the initial high-grade gold intercepts. A similar zone of high Sb and As has been identified in other drillholes on the same section as BH3DD009 and on the projection of the Maori Reef structure (see fig 2). Gold assay are pending for these drillholes (BH3DD010 and BH3DD011) and whilst the XRF results can not be relied upon, we are anticipating good results.

The following is a link to a section sketch showing the main geological features of BH3DD009 and the spatial association of antimony and arsenic.

Figure 2

MAORI ANTICLINE

Drilling and subsequent 3D modelling of drillholes BH3DD005, BH3DD006 and BH3DD007 earlier this year revealed a moderate south plunging fold to exist underneath and along strike of the Maori Reef workings. This has been termed the Maori anticline. Observations show the historic mined portion of the Maori Reef coincides with the projected up-dip of the anticline near surface. The Maori Reef has been intersected midway between BH3DD009 and the historical workings by an historic percussion drill hole named BLP136.  BH3DD009 intercepted 1m @ 34 g/t Au from 44m depth. These observations show the significance of the anticline. The drill rig is currently being set up to test this unexplored gap of the Maori anticline.

A long-section looking east through the anticline is shown in the link below;

Figure 3

Table 1. Summary of initial drill intercepts containing reportable levels of gold greater than 1 g/t Au for BH3DD009

BH3DD009

From (m) To (m) Grade (g/t Au) Interval (m)
47 48 0.6 1
48.2 48.8 0.40 0.6
48.8 49.1 1.70 0.3
49.1 49.6 2.49 0.5
50.5 51.5 0.61 1
51.5 52.4 1.08 0.9
52.4 52.7 1.90 0.3
52.7 53.4 28.06 0.7
53.4 54.2 1.14 0.8
54.2 54.6 0.93 0.4
54.6 55.1 0.46 0.5
55.1 55.7 0.77 0.6
55.7 56.7 0.25 1
57.7 58.7 0.17 1
58.7 59.2 0.14 0.5
59.2 60.2 0.43 1

 

 

FUTURE WORK

The initial results for drill holes BH3DD010 and BH3DD011 are due shortly. Samples from these two holes are currently being processed at the laboratory, and we expect to deliver regular drilling updates in the run up to the Christmas period. While these results are still early in the campaign, the identification of the Maori anticline and its association with high-grade gold mineralisation will now be the main focus for the next drilling campaign.

Early observations of HR3 drill cores are revealing exciting structures that appear to correlate across the HR3 goldfield. Re-construction will be key to identifying gold mineralisation patterns. A 10cm solid antimony vein was observed in recently drilled BH3DD019 around 143m depth, and is on trend to be on the northerly strike of the Maori Reef at depth. MGA’s Bendigo-based geology department will continue to gather and assimilate project data.

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.

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
Email:

info@ecrminerals.com

Website: www.ecrminerals.com
WH Ireland Ltd Tel: +44 (0) 161 832 2174
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SI Capital Ltd Tel: +44 (0) 1483 413500
Broker
Nick Emerson
Novum Securities Limited  Tel: +44 (0) 20 7399 9425
Broker

Jon Belliss

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Public Relations
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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.

 

https://mercatorgold.com.au/

 

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.

 

https://luxexploration.com/

 

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 has earned 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.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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