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ECR Minerals #ECR Geologist Adam Jones sees huge potential at Creswick as aggressive drill program advances

ECR Minerals PLC’s #ECR geologist Adam Jones speaks to Proactive soon after the explorer announced drilling at its Creswick project in the Victoria Goldfields, Australia has identified more gold mineralisation along the strike zone in a southerly direction from the first drill hole.

To date, seven holes have been completed, with four holes fully assayed and all hitting multiple and significant zones of quartz and all intercepting gold, with the best results so far from CSD003 where there were no historic workings.

ECR Minerals #ECR – Ongoing Drilling Success at Creswick Gold Project Provides a Deeper Understanding of Dimocks Main Shale Prospectivity

ECR Minerals plc (LON: ECR), the gold exploration and development company focused on Australia, is pleased to announce a drilling update from the Creswick Gold project (the “Project”), in the Victoria Goldfields, Australia. The Project is 100%-owned by ECR’s wholly owned Australian subsidiary Mercator Gold Australia Pty Ltd (“MGA”).

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Diamond drilling along the Dimock Main Shales (DMS) trend has continued to delineate gold mineralisation along the strike zone in a southerly direction from the first drill hole at CSD001. This is outlined in detail under ‘Technical Information’ and at Figure 1 and Figure 2 below.
  • To date six holes have been completed, four holes have been fully assayed, with final gold assays now received for holes (CSD001, CSD002, CSD003 and CSD004).
  • Drill holes have tested near the centre and near the southern end of the tenement to gain a full overview of the prospectivity of the trend across the whole tenement. The drilling in the centre of the tenement (CSD003 & CSD004) tested a portion of the system with no historic mining.
  • All holes drilled to date have hit multiple and significant zones of quartz and all holes with assays returned have intercepted gold, with the best results from CSD003 drilled where there were no historic workings.
  • Assay results received include; 1m @ 4.78 g/t Au from hole (CSD002) and 0.95m @ 9.93 g/t and 0.95m @ 23.58 g/t Au both respectively from (CSD003).
  • Diamond drilling has just been completed for holes CJD001 and CSD005, confirming structures hosting quartz, parallel to and within the Dimocks Main Shales, are persistent along strike to the south of CSD001 and CSD002. Assays results will be provided following receipt and interpretation.

Craig Brown, Chief Executive Officer, commented:

“I am pleased to report continued positive progress for the Creswick drill programme. The aggressive drilling campaign undertaken by our contractors at Creswick continues apace, and the consequential raft of core data and intelligence processed by the core shed in Bendigo is now providing our geological team with a much deeper understanding of the prospectivity of the trend across our license areas.

I am also pleased to report that assay results from hole CSD001, the first drill hole of the campaign, show we have intersected gold, a factor that is particularly significant considering that CSD001 is the first diamond hole into the DMS in the entire tenement. 

We are delighted with Holes CSD003 and CSD004, which have provided our best gold intersections yet on this 2021 diamond drilling programme of 9.93g/t and 23.58g/t gold. The work undertaken in the current campaign has enabled us to locate and confirm the position of the DMS, and increase our understanding of the types of folding and faulting within the system to assist with ongoing drill targeting.

To date 6 drill holes have been completed successfully and safely at the Project, with 4 holes now assayed and all containing gold. 

Overall, the assay results to date have delivered the outcome we were all hoping for, and I would like to put on record my thanks to Adam Jones, Dr. Rod Boucher and the drilling and core shed teams for their hard work that has delivered a considerable amount of data and information in a very short space of time. I look forward to reporting to the market with regard to further assay results, and their geological significance following analysis.”

TECHNICAL INFORMATION

Note: Quartz develops in the thicker shales, particularly where intercepted by east-dipping faults.  As previously hypothesised by the company, the geology is complex and some work is needed to fully understand the faulting and folding.

Preliminary interpretations of the latest three holes are provided below.

All quartz zones show variable sericite-carbonate-chlorite alteration but are low in sulphides.

CSD002

Following on from the success of CSD001, hole CSD002 was drilled from the same site, but at a steeper dip to CSD001. CSD002 was collared 10m to the west of CSD001 and drilled to test projected parasitic folding and an interpreted low angle fault hosting gold mineralisation as seen at 131.9m in CSD001. CSD002 drilled through the projected fault with associated significant quartz mineralisation at a depth of 108.5m. Assay results show this section of quartz to contain no significant gold mineralisation despite visual similarities to the gold-bearing quartz in the first hole. Drilling passed through further quartz and pyrite at a depth of 173.2m. Gold is present within this structure, with assays returning 1m @ 4.78 g/t Au from 173.1m. CSD002 was drilled to a final length of 215.2m.

Geological correlation between CSD001 and CSD002 shows gold mineralisation to have some spatial interplay between sub-vertical quartz veining and the offset of the low angle fault. The faulting and folding in the holes is complex and work is ongoing to fully map these out and better define targets.

Figure 1 showing the preliminary geological interpretation between CSD001 and CSD002:

https://mercatorgold.com.au/images/fig1_CSD002_210713c.jpg 

CSD003 and CSD004

CSD003 and CSD004 were drilled 900m on strike to the south from CSD001 and CSD002. This drill location has no known historical gold workings nearby, the closest workings being over 200m to the north.

CSD003 was collared in at a dip of -65 and drilled towards the east. The drillhole passed through multiple parasitic folds on a larger west dipping fold similar as noted in CSD001 and CSD002. Bedding parallel quartz with associated carbonate bleaching was passed through at a depth of 83.2m. A second, parallel zone of quartz was passed through at 89.05m depth. These two quartz intersections returned 0.95m @ 9.93 g/t Au from 84.2m and 0.95m @ 23.58 g/t Au from 89.05m. Drilling continued to a depth of 191.9m. These intersections represent the true width of the gold quartz veins.

CSD004 was collared as a scissor hole to CSD003 to test for the westward continuation of the main structural zone and to drill beneath veins outcropping down the adjacent hillslope. Structures hosting quartz mineralisation were drilled through at 114m and at 124.7m depth. Veining was found to have widths of up to 1 metre and consisted of chlorite and carbonate bleaching. Only one assay returned anomalous gold; 1m @ 0.18 g/t Au from 125.7m. CSD004 ended at 207.1m

With the success of CSD003, there are plans for additional drillholes to follow the continuity of the high gold mineralisation.

Figure 2 showing geological interpretation section through CSD003 and CSD004:https://mercatorgold.com.au/images/fig2_CSD003_004_210714.jpg

 

Table 1 Intercepts from holes CSD002, CSD003 and CSD004

HOLE ID EASTING       (GDA Zone 54) NORTHING (GDA Zone 54) Dip AZIMUTH (True North) TOTAL DEPTH (metres) AVERAGE GRADES OF MINERALISATION*
CSD002 759261 5854636 -65 101 215.2 -1m @ 4.78 g/t Au from 173.1m

-0.6m @ 0.22 g/t Au from 65.9m

-0.35m @ 0.39 g/t Au from 179.85m

CSD003 759244 5853704 -65 096 191.9 -0.95m @ 23.58 g/t Au from 89.05m

-0.95m @ 9.93 g/t from 84.2m

 

CSD004 759253 5853702 -67 281 207.1 1m @ 0.18 g/t Au from 125.7m

*no other intercepts returned significant levels of gold.

FURTHER INFORMATION 

A total of 6 drillholes have been completed to date on the Creswick gold project. Out of these, assays have been returned from 4 of the holes and each of these contain gold, including the scissor hole (CSD004) that was drilled in the opposing direction away from the main structural zone to test peripheral structures. In particular two of these show high-grades (CSD001 CSD003). Current drilling activity is focussing on assessing the strike extent of quartz mineralisation associated with a series of shallow historical gold workings along the Dimocks Main Shale trend between sites CSD001-CSD002 and CSD003-004. There is a strike length of 900m between these two initial drill sites that has not been drilled before. The Directors believe Mercator Gold Australia (MGA) is the first company in history to undertake such mineral exploration in this region to such a high level, and plans are underway to cover the shallow, up-dip extensions of drilled quartz reefs by soil geochemistry.

 

Results are pending for recently drilled CJD001, which is our most southerly drilled hole along strike to date (2km south of CSD001-CSD002). Significant quartz veining has been intersected within this hole.

Visual evidence of the limited extent of hard-rock gold workings and the mapped extent of eroded alluvial gold workings leading up to the Dimocks Main Shale area provide a practical demonstration to show the potential strike length of this gold system (see announcement 25/9/18). Furthermore, (as announced on 23/03/21), MGA has applied for additional licenses EL006713 and EL006907 on the southern extension of this vein system to the south.

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 (AIG). 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.

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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 and Creswick 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 Queesnland, 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 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 resources. 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 – DoR & EA Approve LUX Exploration Work Programmes at North Queensland

DEPARTMENT OF RESOURCES & ENVIRONMENTAL AUTHORITY APPROVE LUX EXPLORATION WORK PROGRAMMES FOR THREE TERRITORIES WEST OF CHARTERS TOWERS IN THE LOLWORTH DISTRICT OF NORTH QUEENSLAND, AUSTRALIA

ECR Minerals plc (LON: ECR), the gold exploration and development company focused on Australia, is pleased to announce that the Department of Resources (DoR) and Environmental Authority have approved work programmes for three Exploration Permits (“EPM”) at its Lolworth District licence territories in North Queensland, Australia.

The EPM licenses have yet to be approved but now that the work programmes have been approved, the EPM’s will be advertised, following which there will be a 4-month consultation period. The Directors believe the licences should be granted in approximately 6 months time, and further announcements will be made at that time. Once approved, all three are valid for an initial period of 5 years to enable the Group to complete the planned exploration program, with a right to apply for permit extensions for up to a total of 15 years. The licenses will be held in the name of LUX Exploration Pty Ltd (“LUX”) which is a 100%-owned Australian subsidiary of ECR Minerals.

Craig Brown, Chief Executive Officer, commented:

“I am pleased to report that following our application for three strategic licenses in the Lolworth district announced on 27 May 2021, we have received work programme approval back in record time to complete the EPM application process.

Historical data* from the area shows that regional deposits, including Charters Towers have produced over 24m Oz in total gold production over the years, so naturally our team are very keen to get on the ground and start work.

Our strong cash position has enabled us to maintain aggressive drilling programmes, operating two diamond drill rigs at the Bailieston and Creswick projects in Victoria. While our team at Bendigo continue to assess the core and drill data, under the leadership of Geologist Adam Jones, we now have the capacity to aggressively pursue and develop this new opportunity.”

I am confident that our ongoing drilling operations across multiple high-profile gold targets will expose ECR to potential new gold discoveries, and I look forward to updating shareholders again in the near term.”

THE LOLWORTH RANGE AREA

Exploration Permits (EPM 27901, 27902 and 27903) represent 300 sub-blocks covering a total 900 km2 of highly prospective ground located within the Lolworth Range, 200km WSW of Townsville and 30km north from Pentlands, North Queensland Australia.

EXPLORATION POTENTIAL

The application area contains metamorphic rocks of the Charters Towers Province, that host historical large gold producing centres such as Charters Tower (6.6M Oz Au) *** and Ravenswood (3.5M Oz Au)****; although these numbers have not been independently validated by ECR and so are provided for guidance purposes only. The structural and basement geology is poorly understood in the area, which suggests it is possible to find new deposits.

The area also contains reported rhyolitic volcanics which play host to intrusion-related breccia gold deposits in the region such as Mount Leyshon (>2.5M oz) and Mount Wright (>1M oz). **

Desktop study of historic exploration data from the late 1980’s revealed anomalous gold stream sediment sample results within the applied areas.

The application area is encompassed on the southern boundary by rich alluvial gold deposits of the Cape River and Gorge Creek area, which drain the southern Lolworth Range.

The east boundary of EPM27902 and EPM27903 is bordered by current exploration permits exploring the Lolworth dyke swarm; a north-west trending system of rhyolitic dykes and small breccia pipes containing gold, copper and molybdenum.

Historic sample data also highlighted tin-tungsten mineralisation in the western areas of EPM27902 (see Figure 1). Reports show no detailed follow-up work has been undertaken.

Figure 1: Plan of EPM27901, 27902 and 27903 areas and historic anomalous pan stream sediments.

https://www.ecrminerals.com/images/figure1_210706.jpg

(Internally produced using data from sources set out at the end of this announcement)

EXPLORATION OUTLINE

Research suggests that  little mineral exploration work has been done within the Lolworth Range. While historical ore-deposit reports and metal prices have provided some context and background to the opportunity, the ECR board believe that the most relevant exploration work undertaken within the application area was under AP4855M (by A.R.I Limited) during the 1987-88 period. The work this company undertook is one of the main reasons for the current application area. A.R.I Limited undertook a major stream sediment program within the drainage of the Lolworth Range via helicopter access. This work highlighted seven gold anomalous areas worth following up. Historical rock chip samples also demonstrate the prospectivity of the region with elevated gold in association with rhyolites and breccias. Eleven watersheds showed visible gold in pan concentrates.

Initial exploration is likely to include confirmation of existing stream sampling anomalies to potential watersheds, followed up by soil and rock chip sampling of ridgelines that are above these anomalous watersheds. The outcome of this work will delineate worthy drill targets.

Figure 2: Planned focus of exploration activities for EPM27901, 27902 and 27903.

https://www.ecrminerals.com/images/figure2_210706.jpg

Once the EPM licence applications have been approved, LUX Exploration Pty Ltd. will have initially 5 years to complete the planned exploration program, with right to apply for permit extensions for up to a total of 15 years. LUX Exploration will need to relinquish 50% of the initial application area after 5 years.

The work programmes and forecast expenditure for licenses EPM27901, 27902 and 27903 are expected to total £1.8m over 5 years (Figure 3). NB: These forecasts and projections represent the board’s assumptions and expectations in light of currently available information, and are based on industry trends, costs and other factors that are subject to change.

Figure 3: https://www.ecrminerals.com/images/lux-work-programme.jpg

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
David Tang, Non-Executive Chairman
Craig Brown, Director & CEO
Email:
info@ecrminerals.com
Website: www.ecrminerals.com
Tel: +44 (0)20 7929 1010
WH Ireland Ltd
Nominated Adviser
Tel: +44 (0)161 832 2174

 

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

Brand Communications
Public & Investor Relations
Alan Green

 

Tel: +44 (0) 7976 431608

 

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 and Creswick 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 Queesnland, 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), MGA has the right to receive up to A$2 million in payments subject to future resource estimation or production at any of those projects.

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, and holds a royalty on the SLM gold project in La Rioja Province, Argentina.

*: Which has not been validated by ECR and so is provided for guidance purposes only

**: https://smedg.org.au/wp-content/uploads/2020/07/Nik_Breccias_NQ_M&W2013_Lisowiec_FINAL.pptx

***: https://www.mining-technology.com/projects/charterstowersgoldmi/

****: Open file exploration reports from licence ATP4855 (authority to prospect)

 

ECR Minerals #ECR – Unaudited half-yearly financial results for six months ending 31 March 2021 & Update

LONDON: 29 JUNE 2021 – ECR Minerals plc, the gold exploration and development company, is pleased to announce unaudited half-yearly financial results for the six months ending 31 March 2021 for the Company as consolidated with its subsidiaries (the “Group”), along with a review of significant developments during the period and subsequently.

HIGHLIGHTS 

  • Victoria, Australia continues to enjoy a gold exploration boom, with continued third-party interest in ECR’s Creswick project in Victoria. Discussions are ongoing in respect to a potential commercial transaction in relation to our Creswick project.
  • Late in 2020, the Company took delivery of its new Cortech CSD1300G diamond drill rig and at the same time established a new operational base at Bendigo in the Central Victoria Goldfields.
  • The Company announced three new strategic licence applications, adding new exploration opportunities in North Queensland, Australia. Three applications for Exploration Permits – Minerals (“EPM”) licences have been submitted by LUX Exploration Pty Ltd, ECR’s 100% owned subsidiary.
  • In January 2021, ECR’s 100% owned Australian subsidiary MGA commenced drilling operations at the Byron Prospect in the HR3 area of the Bailieston Project. The Company’s newly acquired ‘Midas’ drill rig was utilised to undertake the first of numerous planned drilling campaigns, all of which are being coordinated from ECR’s central exploration facility compound at Bendigo.
  • Announced results from exploration activity in Victoria included immediate success at the first drill hole at Creswick, intersecting 1m @ 9.68 g/t and confirming high gold anomalies (up to 3.75 g/t Au) along with spatially associated antimony which is thought to be from the mineral stibnite which forms a close association with gold mineralisation. Furthermore, a total of 720 B-horizon soil samples were taken across the central and eastern part of the Bailieston Historic Reserve #3 (HR3) between February and March 2021.
  • Post-period end, the Company’s cash position was strengthened by a £2,000,000 equity financing by Novum Securities in April 2021 to ramp-up drilling and exploration activities on ECR’s gold exploration projects.
  • During the period, the Company issued an aggregate of 11,800,000 share options from the management and consultant option pool to certain key consultants and staff, and also issued an additional 235,420,387 shares from the exercise of warrants and options, receiving a total of £3,289,520.
  • Group total comprehensive expenses of £468,112 are reported for the six months ended 31 March 2021 (£1,846,202 for the six months ended 31 March 2020) and net assets of £6,442,465 at 31 March 2021 (£2,206,211 at 31 March 2020).
  • A Group Operating Loss is reported for the six months ended 31 March 2021 of £403,079, compared with £369,102 for the six months ended 31 March 2020.
  • Adam Jones appointed as a Non-Executive Director.
  • Despite the effect of the COVID-19 pandemic on the global economy, ECR is in a robust financial position and continues to provide shareholders with exposure to an exciting range of gold projects.

FINANCIAL RESULTS

For the six months ended 31 March 2021 the unaudited financial statements of the Group record a total comprehensive expense of £468,112.

The Group’s total assets were £6,522,307 at 31 March 2021, compared with £2,275,479 at 31 March 2020. The increase in total assets has occurred largely due to the increase in purchase of property, plant and equipment and exercise of warrants during the period.

The Group held £3,928,905 of cash and cash equivalents at 31 March 2021, compared with £166,852 at 31 March 2020.  Post the period end, the Group’s cash position benefited from a £2,000,000 equity financing completed by the Company in April 2021.  Cash at 23 June 2021 is £5,242,081.

REVIEW OF PRINCIPAL DEVELOPMENTS DURING THE PERIOD AND SUBSEQUENTLY

The six months to 31 March 2021 and the subsequent period since have been marked by a series of exciting developments for ECR, all of which are related to the Group’s primary strategic activity, of exploration and development in Australia through ECR’s wholly owned Australian subsidiary Mercator Gold Australia Pty Ltd (“MGA”).

Currently, the Company is focused on an aggressive drilling programme at Bailieston and Creswick properties in Victoria, with two diamond drill rigs working every day to deliver large quantities of drill core for technical review, processing and assay testing. The ongoing pace and sheer volume of core and data recovered, along with the EPM applications in N Queensland is expected to expose ECR to potential new gold discoveries.

Application for 300 Sub-Blocks West of Charters Towers in the Lolworth District of North Queensland, Australia.

In May 2021, ECR Minerals announced three new strategic licence applications with a view to adding new exploration opportunities in Queensland, Australia. These were submitted by LUX Exploration Pty Ltd which is a 100%-owned Australian subsidiary of ECR Minerals.

The three Exploration Permits – Minerals (EPM) in application (27901, 27902 and 27903) represent 300 sub-blocks covering a total 900 km2 of highly prospective ground located within the Lolworth Range, 200km WSW of Townsville and 30km north from Pentlands, North Queensland Australia.

The application area contains metamorphic rocks of the Charters Towers Province, that host historical large gold producing centres such as Charters Tower (6.6M Oz Au) and Ravenswood (>1M Oz Au). The structural and basement geology is poorly understood in the area, suggesting numerous opportunities to find new deposits. The area also contains reported rhyolitic volcanism, which play host to intrusion-related breccia gold deposits in the region such as Mount Leyshon (>2.5M oz) and Mount Wright (>1M oz).

The application area is encompassed on the southern boundary by rich alluvial gold deposits of the Cape River and Gorge Creek area, which drain the southern Lolworth Range.

The east boundary of EPM27902 and EPM27903 is bordered by current exploration permits across the Lolworth dyke swarm; a north-west trending system of rhyolitic dykes and small breccia pipes containing gold, copper and molybdenum.

Historic samples also highlighted tin-tungsten mineralisation in the western areas of EPM27902. Reports show no detailed follow-up work has been undertaken.

ECR considers EPM27901, 27902 and 27903 offer significant potential for precious and base metal discoveries in an area of Australia where multiple large-scale discoveries have already been made.

Soil Sampling – HR3 Bailieston Project

In May 2021, MGA carried out soil sampling generated within the Historic Reserve #3, (HR3) Bailieston in Victoria, Australia. The results of the study were announced on 15 June 2021, and revealed high gold anomalies (up to 3.75 g/t Au) along with spatially associated antimony, which is thought to be from the mineral stibnite, which forms a close association with gold mineralisation. A total of 720 B-horizon soil samples were taken across the central and eastern part of the Bailieston Historic Reserve # 3 (HR3) between February and March 2021.

These findings mean we have now submitted a request for consent to undertake additional exploration drilling at the location, which is over and above initial planned drill holes in the area. The collected samples were tested by portable X-ray fluorescence (“pXRF”) for anomalous pathfinder elements for gold and a selected sub-set of 229 samples have been sent for trace element analysis (TL) for Au, Ag, As, Sb, Zn, Cu and Pb. Results of this work show a strong spatial relationship between Au (gold), Sb (antimony) and to a lesser extent As (arsenic). Plotting of spatial Au-Sb elemental maps reveals trends that may correspond to the weathering of high-grade gold shoots under shallow cover.

Field mapping shows sub-cropping quartz with little to no historical workings associated with these anomalies. Plans have been submitted for approval to drill along strike to test these quartz reefs at depth.

Soils grids were designed over known and possible strike extensions of gold-bearing quartz reefs. A 10m x 10m spaced grid was chosen as it is known that narrow high-grade gold reefs will erode over a small spatial area into the adjacent soil. Soils have been taken from the B-horizon, often at the gravel-clay interface at a depth around 10cm. This is where the gravels have not transported too far from their source rocks. Soils located within gullies and adjacent mullock dumps were removed due to contamination. All soils were sieved on site to < 2mm and bagged, producing a sample around 300g in weight. A total of 720 samples have been taken to date (June 2021).

All soils were systematically analysed in-house using ECR’s owned Olympus pXRF. Analysis is undertaken using three sequential beams with a 15 second count attributing to each beam. Results are evaluated for traditional pathfinder elements such as As, Ag, Pb, Zn, Cu and Sb.

Soil with moderate arsenic content (generally > 40 ppm) and soils spatially close to extensions to known reef lines were selected for further trace elemental analysis for Au, Ag, As, Pb, Zn, Cu and Sb. A total of 229 sub-samples have been selected and sent to ALS laboratories, Adelaide, South Australia. Method Au-TL44/ME-ICP44 was chosen for analysis.

A detection limit in ppm is sufficient given the proximity to possible gold sources. Any Au-TL44 results greater than 1 ppm was analysed by Au-AROR44, which is used for ‘ore grade’ analysis. A 50g charge from a 95% passing 75µm pulverise was chosen due to the likely presence of coarse gold.

Thirteen samples returned gold values above 0.1 g/t Au. Silver, Copper, Lead and Zinc results are low within the soils.

Arsenic is traditionally used as a pathfinder element for gold mineralisation and occurs at moderate levels within soils at HR3 and is fairly distributed, masking blind gold deposits.

Antimony (Sb) results are variable with high results correlating spatially with high gold assays.

Rock chips taken during 2018 along strike of the main soil anomaly showed a visible speck of coarse gold. Assays for these rock chips were analysed using a small charge fire assay resulting in variable results (up to 0.32 g/t Au) reflecting how coarse gold can be missed using traditional assay methods. Furthermore, non-executive director (Adam Jones) in February 2019 has found coarse gold by using a metal detector within the shallow soils in the vicinity of the reported soil anomalies.

Early Successful RC Diamond Drilling at Creswick Project

MGA has made great progress to date with the completion of the four diamond holes at Creswick and 909.2m of diamond drilling has been undertaken efficiently at the Creswick Project.  So far, the Company has received assay results from hole CSD001, with gold intersected in the first drill hole.

The first hole, CSD001 has been completed to 295m. This hole is an orientation hole to establish the position of the Dimocks Main Shale (DMS) and associated structures. As previously reported (21 June 2019) data from the RC drilling conducted in 2019 showed a lack of geological continuity indicating faulting and folding of the DMS. CSD001 intersected quartz zones within the DMS in addition to multiple reefs above and below it. Drilling of CSD001 has demonstrated that much of the 2019 RC drilling was done into the minor reefs above the DMS.

CSD001 revealed three parallel reef systems above the DMS that have been folded by small and large parasitic folds. The DMS was reached at 72m down the hole and continued to 93m and intersected two 2m quartz zones at the upper contact and at 86m with minor veining throughout the shale. The hole continued to 295m to test the folding and faulting beneath the DMS and encountered an additional 8 reef zones that mostly related to east-dipping faults and minor shales. 76 of the 108 samples sent for laboratory testing from CSD001 have been reported from the lab with the best result 1 m @ 9.68 g/t from an east-dipping fault beneath the DMS. Results from the final 32 samples are awaiting laboratory analysis.

CSD002 was collared 10 m to the west of CSD001 and drilled steeper to target where projected parasitic folding and the mineralised east-dipping fault intersect the DMS. The previously reported result from 2019 from CSR005 of 1m @ 81.0 g/t came from quartz in the parasitic folds. Drilling of CSD001 intersected an 8m quartz zone where the DMS and these structures intersect plus minor veining throughout the shale. The core from CSD002 has been logged, sampled and sent to the laboratory for analysis.

Work to better understand the nugget effect at Creswick is ongoing. As described in the release dated 5 November 2019 grade variability due to the nugget effect was demonstrated at Creswick with some of the initial samples under-reported and others over-reported.

Outlook, Future Prospects and COVID 19

The Board of ECR Minerals plc is very positive in regard to the outlook for the Company and for sustained demand for Gold over the longer term. We remain enthused over the potential and prospectively of the Company’s projects in Victoria, Australia.

As a consequence of COVID 19, governments around the world have imposed restrictions on

international travel, and in particular extensive restrictions have been imposed on domestic travel within Australia. These restrictions have meant that until May 2021, the board have been unable to visit the assets. However, the team on the ground in Victoria have continued the work at site without interruption, and as a result there has been no significant negative impact on the Company from the coronavirus.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION, PLEASE CONTACT:

 

ECR Minerals plc

 

Tel: +44 (0)20 7929 1010

David Tang, Non-Executive Chairman
Craig Brown, Director & CEO
Email:  info@ecrminerals.com
Website:  www.ecrminerals.com
WH Ireland Ltd Tel: +44 (0)161 832 2174
Nominated Adviser
Katy Mitchell/James Sinclair-Ford
Novum Securities Tel: +44 (0)20 7399 9425
Broker
Jon Belliss
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Broker
Nick Emerson
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Alan Green

 

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 and Creswick 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 Queesnland, 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), MGA has the right to receive up to A$2 million in payments subject to future resource estimation or production at any of those projects.

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, and holds a royalty on the SLM gold project in La Rioja Province, Argentina.

FORWARD LOOKING STATEMENTS

This announcement may include forward-looking statements. Such statements may be subject to a number of known and unknown risks, uncertainties and other factors that could cause actual results or events to differ materially from current expectations. There can be no assurance that such statements will prove to be accurate and therefore actual results and future events could differ materially from those anticipated in such statements. Accordingly, readers should not place undue reliance on forward looking statements. Any forward looking statements contained herein speak only as of the date hereof (unless stated otherwise) and, except as may be required by applicable laws or regulations (including the AIM Rules for Companies), the Company disclaims any obligation to update or modify such forward looking statements as a result of new information, future events or for any other reason.

 

Please find the full financial statements here

ECR Minerals #ECR – CEO and geologist upbeat as first Creswick hole hits gold

ECR Minerals PLC’s (LON:ECR) CEO Craig Brown and director and geologist Adam Jones update Proactive on drilling at its Creswick and Bailieston gold projects in Victoria, Australia.

ECR’s this week announced it has intersected gold with the first hole drilled into the Dimocks Main Shale (DMS) at Creswick. The first four drill holes at the project are now complete.

Adam Jones comments on the quality of both prospects, and says Creswick is coming up fast behind Bailieston for prospectivity… ‘a mine at both places’

ECR Minerals #ECR – Early Success at Creswick Gold Project, Victoria, Australia

ECR Minerals plc (LON: ECR), the gold exploration and development company focused on Australia, is pleased to announce a drilling update from the Creswick Gold project (the “Project”), in the Victoria Goldfields, Australia. The Project is 100%-owned by ECR’s wholly owned Australian subsidiary Mercator Gold Australia Pty Ltd (“MGA”).

The programme is designed to establish the position of the Dimocks Main Shale (“DMS`’) and associated structures within the Project, and target the main geological structures considered to be gold bearing at Creswick.

Craig Brown, Chief Executive Officer, commented:

“We have made great progress to date, with the first four holes at Creswick now complete and approaching 1,000m of diamond drilling undertaken efficiently and safely at the Project.

The Company has now received assay results from hole CSD001 and I am delighted to confirm we have intersected gold in this, the first drill hole, in our Creswick campaign.  This is highly encouraging and particularly significant considering that CSD001 is the first diamond hole into the DMS in the entire tenement. 

With CSD001 we have located the position of the DMS and are building our understanding of the types of folding and faulting within the system which will assist with ongoing drill targeting.

Overall, the hole one assay result has delivered the outcome we were all hoping for. This has been very much a team effort, and I would like to put on record my thanks to Dr. Rod Boucher, Adam Jones, the drilling team and the core shed staff for their hard work that has delivered a raft of data and information in record time. I look forward to reporting to the market with regard to further assay results, and their geological significance, as they become available.”

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Four diamond holes completed to date for 909.2m completed (CSD001 – CSD004).
  • Currently drilling the fifth hole CJD001. At the date of release this hole was at 220m.
  • Assay testing has now been undertaken on the first Creswick hole, CSD001 and the assay results confirm immediate success intersecting gold, with 1m @9.68 g/t confirmed.
  • Drilling continues with diamond hole CSD005 now underway, and assay results are awaited in respect of holes CSD002 – CSD004.
  • Following receipt of additional assay results and our in-house geological interpretation, our findings will be provided in further announcements.

TECHNICAL INFORMATION

The first diamond hole drilled at Creswick has immediate success intersecting 1 m @ 9.68 g/t.

The first hole, CSD001 has been completed to 295m.  This hole is an orientation hole to establish the position of the Dimocks Main Shale (DMS) and associated structures.  As previously reported (21/6/19) data from the RC drilling conducted in 2019 showed a lack of geological continuity indicating faulting and folding of the DMS.  CSD001 intersected quartz zones within the DMS in addition to multiple reefs above and below it.  Drilling of CSD001 has demonstrated that much of the 2019 RC drilling was done into the minor reefs above the DMS

CSD001 revealed three parallel reef systems above the DMS that have been folded by small and large parasitic folds.  The DMS was reached at 72m down the hole and continued to 93 m and intersected two 2 m quartz zones at the upper contact and at 86m with minor veining throughout the shale.  The hole continued to 295m to test the folding and faulting beneath the DMS and encountered an additional 8 reef zones that mostly related to east-dipping faults and minor shales.  76 of the 108 samples sent for laboratory testing from CSD001 have be reported from the lab with the best result 1 m @ 9.68 g/t from an east-dipping fault beneath the DMS.  Results from the final 32 samples are awaiting laboratory analysis.

CSD002 was collared 10 m to the west of CSD001 and drilled steeper to target where projected parasitic folding and the mineralised east-dipping fault intersect the DMS.  The previously reported result from 2019 from CSR005 of 1 m @ 81.0 g/t came from quartz in the parasitic folds.  Drilling of CSD001 intersected an 8 m quartz zone where the DMS and these structures intersect plus minor veining throughout the shale.  The core from CSD002 has been logged, sampled and sent to the laboratory for analysis.

Figure 1 shows the best quartz zone intercepted in the DMS in CSD002: https://www.ecrminerals.com/images/CSD002_DMS_quartz.jpg

Work to better understand the nugget effect at Creswick is ongoing.  As described in the release dated 5/11/19 grade variability due to the nugget effect was demonstrated at Creswick with some of the initial samples under-reported and other over-reported.

ASSAY RESULTS – CSD001

See TABLE 1 below for initial results:

Table 1 Best intercepts from the first 76 to 108 assays results from CSD001

HOLE ID EASTING       (GDA Zone 54) NORTHING (GDA Zone 54) Dip AZIMUTH (True North) TOTAL DEPTH (metres) SIGNIFICANT INTERCEPTS
CSD001 759,271 5,854,636 -58.0 101.0 295 1.0 m @ 9.68 g/t from 131.9 m, 0.9 m @ 0.88 g/t from 58.2 m,  1.0 m @ 0.21 g/t from 147.7 m

REVIEW OF ANNOUNCEMENT BY QUALIFIED PERSON

This announcement has been reviewed by Dr Rodney Boucher of Linex Pty Ltd. Linex Pty Ltd provides geological services to Mercator Gold Australia Pty Ltd, including the services of Dr Boucher, who has a PhD in geology, is a Member and RPGeo of the Australian Institute of Geoscientists and is a Member of the Australasian Institute of Mining and Metallurgy. Dr Boucher 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
Craig Brown, Director & CEO
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

Broker

Jon Belliss

Tel: +44 (0)20 7399 9425

 

Brand Communications

Public Relations                                                            Tel: +44 (0) 7976 431608

Alan Green

 

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 and Creswick 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), MGA has the right to receive up to A$2 million in payments subject to future resource estimation or production at any of those projects.

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, and holds a royalty on the SLM gold project in La Rioja Province, Argentina.

The rise and fall – or should we say, fall and rise – of the gold market in 2021

by Hannah Howes

Gold investment demand fell early this year, largely attributed to outflows in gold-backed ETFs as growing expectations of higher interest rates influenced investor attitude, according to the most recent World Gold Council (WGC) report (Gold outlook for 2021 positive, despite uncertainty – World Gold Council (miningweekly.com). When analysing this trend more closely, it has been noted that investment demand actually saw positive growth in the retail market with ETF outflows negatively impacting the overall picture. The WGC market intelligence manager Krishan Gopaul notes that the “The overall picture of investment falling in the quarter really hides two different stories – we see the ETF outflows but there is still the more positive growth story on the bar and coin side”.There has also been an increase in consumer demand which has been further enhanced by low gold prices, one of the major buyers of such commodities being China and other emerging markets. The catalysed global economic recovery, bolstered by swift vaccination efforts, has also boosted consumer confidence in the technology sector raising demand by 11% year on year.

The cyclical elements of gold demand have been heightened by the 10% decrease in gold price in the first quarter, in combination with the global economic recovery in response to positive Covid-19 outlooks. Senior Market Analyst Louise Street at WGC has observed that “having seen investors take shelter in gold from the initial impacts of Covid-19, the first quarter saw a sell-off in the gold price as confidence in economic recovery grew and US interest rates rose sharply,”adding that, notwithstanding this, gold holds a strong position in the most well-balanced portfolios. This is particularly so given the repeatedly reported fears of inflation. In previous years where records show inflation rates of over 3%, the price of gold increased 15% on average (https://www.gold.org/goldhub/research/outlook-2021). When looking ahead to the next few less-tumultuous years, Louise sees “reasons to be optimistic about the gold market”due to the resilience of the markets main drivers, low interest rates and increasing yields.

History ready to repeat itself?

The only certain thing to come from the past year is uncertainty in abundance. That said, when it comes to gold mining, we can remain confident in the fact that the Victoria goldfields, southern Australia, continues to stand as a reputable and reliable source of precious metals. This follows decades of mining in the region, in the wake of a glimmering spotlight launched by the 19thcentury gold rush. Testament to this fact is the nugget of gold rested assertively on my mantel, panned by myself during a trip to the Sovereign Hill attraction at the Ballarat Gold Mine.

AIM listed ECR Minerals (AIM: ECR) is a company on the brink of a gold fest from current drilling in the territory, focused on delivering the next multi-million ounce gold resource. ECR outright owns the Bailieston and Creswick projects located in Central Victoria, Australia, and with an operational HQ at Bendigo, is able to process and fast track core samples and assay results.

As well as holding financial interests in the Avoca, Moormbool and Timor projects, following the sale of those licenses to TSX-V listed Fosterville South Exploration Ltd for up to £1.3 million. Further retaining a 25% interest in the Danglay epithermal gold project located in Northern Philippines and a net smelter royalty agreement from the sale of the SLM gold project in Argentina.

Creswick

The Dimocks Main Shale, a geological feature believed to be have great gold potential, is home to Creswick and extends some 15km from the aforementioned mining centre of Ballarat.

Drill sites for the current programme are 2.2km south from those used in the previous drill programme in 2019, individual samples of which returned assays as high as 80.97 g/t gold over one metre. A study by pre-eminent consulting geochemist Dr Dennis Arne, whose experience includes extensive consultancy at the exceedingly successful Fosterville gold mine in Central Victoria, emphasized the significant gold exploration potential at Creswick, and ‘nuggety gold mineralisation’.

Bailieston

Also located in the sought-after central Victoria region, Bailieston is not far from the renowned Fosterville mine owned by Kirkland Lake Gold. Bailieston is base to ongoing drilling in the HR3 area, undertaken using ECR’s own diamond drill rig, with prospects also including Cherry Tree, Red Moon and Yellow Moon. Assay results have been announced for four holes in the HR3 area, with a further four holes awaiting final geological interpretation. What has been reported is that BH3DD005 holes 6 and 7 indicate the hypothesized central anticline does exist and represents a favourable target for gold mineralisation. Quality samples have been recorded from drilling by ECR at the Blue Moon prospect in 2019, including a 17.8g/t sample from a 2 metre interval. Making Blue Moon a noteworthy new discovery.

Through previously selling three Victoria licences (Avoca, Moormbool and Timor gold exploration projects) for cash and royalties to TSX-V listed Fosterville South Exploration Ltd, and a number of warrant exercises, the company is fully funded to continue drilling at its 100% owned Creswick and Bailieston projects through to into 2022. This strong cash position has given the company desirable footing moving forward, enabling them to push for the launch of further drilling programmes across existing property and acquire new opportunities.

In the recent Proactive Investors interview, ECR Minerals CEO Craig Brown spoke to Andrew Scott, highlighting the recent news of application for three new licenses in north-east Queensland, Australia. These permits are to cover a total of 900sq km of highly prospective ground within the Lolworth Range. Historical mining in the region totals 24.4mil ounces, equivalent to $48 billion worth of gold. Despite this, the area is relatively unexplored, offering “huge potential” according to Craig. As well as emphasising that he expects the gold price to only gain strength, with the precious metal being the hedge against inflation concerns.

Despite the recent retreat in share price, dropping from 4.25p in January, to 1.89p in May 2021, ECR’s strong cash position attributed to the aforementioned license sales and warrant exercises puts the company in an enviable industry spot. This, in combination with the fact the company owns a diamond drilling rig, currently operational at Bailieston while a contractor’s rig is active at Creswick, means ECR Minerals is set for a prosperous 2021/22 as demand for gold remains bullish. Making the current share price a bargain investment.

Proactive’s Andrew Scott talks to ECR Minerals #ECR CEO Craig Brown about Bailieston, Creswick and Queensland

ECR Minerals PLC‘s (LON:ECR) Craig Brown speaks to Proactive following the news it’s applied for three new licences in the north of Queensland, Australia. The permits cover a total 900sq km of highly prospective ground located within the Lolworth Range, 200km WSW of Townsville and 30km north from Pentlands. Brown also updates on drill programs which are progressing at its Bailieston and Creswick gold exploration projects in the Victoria Goldfields, Australia. They are 100%-owned by ECR’s wholly owned Australian subsidiary Mercator Gold Australia.

ECR Minerals #ECR – Additional Strategic License Applications in Australia

APPLICATION FOR 300 SUB-BLOCKS WEST OF CHARTERS TOWERS IN THE LOLWORTH DISTRICT OF NORTH QUEENSLAND, AUSTRALIA

ECR Minerals plc (LON: ECR), the gold exploration and development company focussed on Australia, is pleased to announce strategic licence applications with a view to adding new exploration opportunities in Queensland, Australia.

Three Exploration Permits in Application (“EPM”) licences have been submitted in North Queensland, Australia with all three EPM licences are held under LUX Exploration Pty Ltd “LUX” which is a 100%-owned Australian subsidiary of ECR Minerals.

Craig Brown, Chief Executive Officer, commented:

“The strong cash position enjoyed by ECR Minerals has not only enabled us to launch aggressive drilling programmes across our existing properties, but has also facilitated full utilisation of in-house and advisory resources to identify, investigate and acquire new opportunities to expand our Australian exploration portfolio.  Today’s announcement manifestly demonstrates that capability. 

We are currently operating two diamond drill rigs at the Bailieston and Creswick projects in Victoria, Australia, both of which are delivering considerable amounts of drill core for technical review, processing and assay testing.   

We believe the ongoing drilling operations and the upcoming implementation of drilling across multiple high-profile gold targets will expose ECR to potential new gold discoveries. 

We also look forward to providing further information from the new Queensland Australia licence applications, which we believe offer significant potential for precious and base metal discoveries in an area of Australia where multiple large-scale discoveries have already been made.

Exploration work across Australia continues apace and we expect to provide further operational updates in the near term

THE APPLICATION AREA

  • Three Exploration Permits in application (EPM 27901, 27902 and 27903); representing 300 sub-blocks covering a total 900 km2of highly prospective ground located within the Lolworth Range, 200km WSW of Townsville and 30km north from Pentlands, North Queensland Australia. 

EXPLORATION POTENTIAL

  • The application area contains metamorphic rocks of the Charters Towers Province, that host historical large gold producing centres such as Charters Tower (6.6M Oz Au) and Ravenswood (>1M Oz Au). The structural and basement geology is poorly understood in the area suggesting finding new deposits are possible.
  • The area also contains reported rhyolitic volcanics which play host to intrusion-related breccia gold deposits in the region such as Mount Leyshon (>2.5M oz) and Mount Wright (>1M oz). (see Figure 1 below).
  • Desktop study of historic exploration data from the late 1980’s revealed highly anomalous gold stream sediment sample results within the applied areas. 
  • The application area is encompassed on the southern boundary by rich alluvial gold deposits of the Cape River and Gorge Creek area, which drain the southern Lolworth Range.
  • The east boundary of EPM27902 and EPM27903 is bordered by current exploration permits exploring the Lolworth dyke swarm; a north-west trending system of rhyolitic dykes and small breccia pipes containing gold, copper and molybdenum.
  • Historic samples also highlighted tin-tungsten mineralisation in the western areas of EPM27902 (see Figure 2). Reports show no detailed follow-up work has been undertaken.

Figure 1: Location of EPM27901, 27902 and 27903 and nearby gold deposits and towns.

https://www.ecrminerals.com/images/figure1_Lux.jpg

EXPLORATION OUTLINE

  • Research reveals little mineral exploration work has been done within the Lolworth Range. Access, company specific targeted ore-deposit styles and price of metals reflect the efforts of past exploration. The most detailed exploration work undertaken within the application area would have been under AP4855M (A.R.I Limited) during the 1987-88 period. The work this company undertook is one of the main reasons for the current application area. A.R.I undertook a major stream sediment program within the drainage of the Lolworth Range via helicopter access. This work highlighted seven gold anomalous areas worth following up. Rock chips also demonstrated the perspectivity of the region with elevated gold in association with rhyolites and breccias. Eleven watersheds showed visible gold in pan concentrates. Highlights from this historic exploration work are shown on (Figure 2).

Figure 2: Plan of EPM application area showing historic stream sediment sampling results.

https://www.ecrminerals.com/images/figure2_Lux.jpg

  • Initial exploration likely to include confirmation of existing stream sampling anomalies to potential watersheds, followed up by soil and rock chip sampling of ridgelines that are above these anomalous watersheds. The outcome of this work will delineate worthy drill targets.
  • Once licence applications have been approved, LUX Exploration Pty Ltd. will have initially 5 years to complete the planned exploration program, with right to apply for permit extensions for up to a total of 15 years. LUX Exploration will need to extinguish 50% of the initial application area after 5 years.

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
Craig Brown, Director & CEO
Email:

info@ecrminerals.com

Website: www.ecrminerals.com
WH Ireland Ltd Tel: +44 (0)207 220 1666
Nominated Adviser
Katy Mitchell / James Sinclair-Ford

 

Novum Securities Limited

Broker

Jon Belliss

Tel: +44 (0)20 7399 9425
SI Capital Ltd Tel: +44 (0)1483 413500
Broker

Nick Emerson

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, and two licence applications lodged in eastern Victoria for the Tambo gold project.

 

MGA is currently drilling at both the Bailieston and Creswick projects and has an experienced exploration team with significant local knowledge in the Victoria Goldfields and wider region.

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), MGA has the right to receive up to A$2 million in payments subject to future resource estimation or production at any of those projects.

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, and holds a royalty on the SLM gold project in La Rioja Province, Argentina

 

ECR Minerals #ECR – Commencement of Drilling at Creswick and Bailieston Gold Project Update

ECR Minerals plc (LON: ECR), the gold exploration and development company focussed on Australia, is pleased to provide an exploration update for shareholders covering drilling and related activities underway across the Bailieston and Creswick gold exploration projects.

Both projects are located in the Victoria Goldfields, Australia and are 100%-owned by ECR’s wholly owned Australian subsidiary Mercator Gold Australia Pty Ltd (“MGA”).

Craig Brown, Chief Executive Officer, commented:

“We are pleased to now have drilling underway at two gold projects in the Victoria Goldfields, and we look forward to updating the market with assay results in due course.

Our drilling at Bailieston continues successfully using our in-house diamond drill rig and we look forward to assay results of recent holes, particularly following the initial geological review of the drill core.  Additionally, soil sampling from the HR3 area (see below) has identified very high gold grades in soils, further supporting the geological modelling and drill targeting.

With our strong cash position we have been able to expand drilling operations and have now commenced drilling at Creswick using external contractors.   We are very excited by the potential scale of the opportunity at Creswick and a larger scale drill programme at the project is something we have been eager to undertake.

We look forward to providing further updates in due course.”

COMMENCEMENT OF DRILLING AT CRESWICK GOLD PROJECT

In 2019 exploration drilling was undertaken at Creswick targeting gold mineralisation associated with quartz veins hosted in the Dimocks Main Shale (DMS).

The DMS is the hard-rock source of much alluvial and deep lead gold, with historical alluvial and deep lead production estimated at up to 2.5 million ounces in the Creswick/Berry lead system, and up to 11 million ounces in the entire Ballarat area, of which the DMS is a significant contributor.

A 2019 drill programme conducted by the Company tested circa 300 metres of the DMS trend, which extends over approximately 15 kilometres, 7 kilometres of which is covered by MGA’s granted exploration licence and two exploration licence applications.

MGA has engaged a contractor for a minimum of 1,200 metres of diamond drilling at Creswick, and the first drill hole in this programme is now underway.  It is planned to drill around 10 holes from drill sites located on State Forest land within exploration licence EL006184.

The drill sites for the current programme are approximately 2.2 km south along the DMS-trend from those used in MGA’s previous drilling programme at Creswick in 2019, individual samples from which returned assays as high as 80.97 g/t gold over one metre (announced on 5 November 2019).

PROGRESS AT BAILIESTON GOLD PROJECT

As previously announced, drilling is ongoing in the Historic Reserve #3 (HR3) area of the Bailieston project using ECR’s own diamond drill rig.  Assay results from the first four holes (BH3DD001 to 4) were announced on 20 April 2021.  Assay results and final geological interpretations are currently awaited in respect of four further holes (BH3DD005 to 8).

Hole BH3DD005 has targeted the Maori Reef, and holes BH3DD006 and 7 have targeted a hypothesised central anticline (as discussed in the Company’s announcement dated 20 April 2021). Hole BH3DD006 was also drilled to test the Dan Genders Reef. Initial geological interpretation of holes BH3DD005, 6 and 7 indicates that the hypothesised central anticline does exist and represents a favourable target for hosting gold mineralisation such as limb-thrust type vein systems.

SOIL SAMPLING

MGA has received the results from laboratory analysis of 229 soil samples taken across the central and eastern part of the HR3 area. These results are currently being plotted and analysed in comparison with results from portable X-Ray Fluorescence (“XRF”) analysis. The laboratory results include gold values up to 3.75 parts per million (equivalent to grams per tonne). The results will help identify potential extensions of and potential undiscovered veins running parallel to known reef systems and further updates will be provided in due course as 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
Craig Brown, Director & CEO
Email:

info@ecrminerals.com

Website: www.ecrminerals.com
WH Ireland Ltd Tel: +44 (0)161 832 2174
Nominated Adviser
 

Novum Securities Limited

Broker

Jon Belliss

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

 

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, and two licence applications lodged in eastern Victoria for the Tambo gold project. MGA is currently drilling at both the Bailieston and Creswick projects and has an experienced exploration team with significant local knowledge in the Victoria Goldfields and wider region.

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), MGA has the right to receive up to A$2 million in payments subject to future resource estimation or production at any of those projects.

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, and holds a royalty on the SLM gold project in La Rioja Province, Argentina.

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