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ECR Minerals #ECR – Proposed Acquisition of Placer Gold Pty Limited

ECR Minerals plc (LON: ECR), the exploration and development company focused on gold in Australia is pleased to announce it has today entered into a Binding Term Sheet pursuant to which it has been granted a conditional option to acquire the entire issued share capital of Placer Gold Pty Limited (“Placer Gold”) (the “Option”).

Placer Gold is the beneficial holder of three granted mining tenements (EPM 27518, EPM 25855 and EPM 19437) located in NE Queensland, together known as the Hurricane Project (“Hurricane Project” or “Hurricane”)) (see Figure 1 and Figure 3 below).

To secure the option ECR has to pay a A$200,000 (approximately £144k) option fee (“Option Fee”), which is to be satisfied by a contribution to costs, the implementation of a work programme over the assets (details below) and a balancing cash payment to the shareholders of Placer Gold (“Vendors”). Once the Option Fee has been fully satisfied ECR can then exercise the Option at any time prior to 30 September 2023, at its absolute discretion. On exercise of the Option, ECR will enter into the transaction documents necessary to effect the acquisition in accordance with the requirements set out in the term sheet. The key details of that agreement are set out below. ECR has today made an initial payment of A$39,500 to the Vendors (a total of approximately £22k) which will be counted towards ECR’s payment of the Option Fee.

If the Option Fee is fully satisfied and the Option is exercised, the total consideration for the acquisition of Placer Gold is A$6.9m (approximately £3.8m, including the Option Fee, a further cash payment of A$200,000 payable in the event of certain milestones being reached, and a 2% net smelter royalty payable in the event the Hurricane Project is taken into production in the future, capped at £3m).  However, the acquisition is subject to, inter alia, completion of due diligence to ECR’s satisfaction, all necessary consents, approvals and licence renewals being obtained, and the execution of formal transaction documentation (including a royalty deed and shareholders agreement). Accordingly, at this stage there can be no guarantee that ECR will obtain the Option or acquire Placer Gold. Nevertheless, the Directors have every expectation that the work programme will commence, due diligence enquiries will produce favourable results and that all necessary approvals and renewals will be received, such that the acquisition can proceed as intended.

A further update will be provided if and when ECR satisfies the Option Fee and another announcement will be made if ECR exercises the Option and begins the process of acquiring Placer Gold.

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Conditional option to acquire 100% of Placer Gold, which wholly owns the Hurricane Project located west of Cairns in the Hodgkinson Province, NE Queensland.
  • The Hodgkinson Province hosts several goldfields including Palmer River, West Normanby and Hodgkinson. Together these fields have produced more than 45 tonnes of gold from alluvial workings and mines.
  • The Hurricane Project has previously been the subject of intensive field work and sampling, and the Directors consider it to be a late-stage exploration project with three tenements all highly prospective for gold and antimony.
  • The Hurricane Project does not currently have a JORC-compliant resource, but the Directors believe the physical extent of the identified mineralisation, coupled with rock chip sampling results supports additional exploration and study work ultimately focussed on mine development.
  • Payment of a A$200,000 Option Fee to secure the Option (comprised of a A$39,553.25 cash payment on signing of the Binding Term Sheet and the balance amount to be spent on exploration activities over the 12 month Option Period expiring on 30 September 2023) – this will not be recoverable by ECR if the Option is not exercised.
  • The total proposed consideration for the acquisition of Placer Gold is A$6.9m (approximately £3.8m) comprised of the Option Fee, a cash payment upon completion of certain milestones and a capped royalty fee (more details below).

About the Hurricane Project

The Hurricane Project area is situated in the Hodgkinson Province of NE Queensland (see Figure 2 below) and located in the Tregoora Belt to the north-west of the Northcote District. The area hosts several goldfields such as the Palmer River, West Normanby and Hodgkinson. Together these fields have produced more than 45 tonnes of gold from alluvial workings and mines.

The Directors consider Hurricane to be a late-stage exploration project. Previously the area has been the subject of intensive field work and sampling with three tenements all highly prospective for gold and antimony, a pathfinder mineral often associated with the presence of gold, see ‘Background to Hurricane’ below.

The Hurricane Project is located approximately 400km due north of the Lolworth Range project, where ECR will shortly complete a soil sampling programme across its three exploration tenements.

ECR CEO Andrew Haythorpe commented: I am pleased and proud to announce that ECR has arranged this conditional option to acquire Placer Gold, which wholly owns the Hurricane Project in North Queensland. This is a project I have detailed knowledge of through work prior to joining ECR. It is also in an area I am very familiar with having worked as a geologist in Far North Queensland and studied at James Cook University. Historic mineral and rock chip samples are detailed in the raft of historical data on Hurricane compiled by Dr Harry Wilhelmij. Hurricane is a later stage gold and antimony property which I believe has exceptional near-term development potential.”

“I believe this potential acquisition could add a new dimension of value to the ECR offering, and on the signing of the associated transaction documents, we expect to be in a position to commence additional exploration and study work on the ground, with the aim of establishing a maiden JORC Resource for the project. We anticipate satisfying the Option Fee and exercising the Option towards the end of the Option Period, after an extensive period of due diligence and additional exploration, and we look forward to providing shareholders with updates as this potential acquisition progresses”

ECR Chairman David Tang added: “I speak for the ECR board when I say I am delighted that having appointed Andrew as CEO earlier this year, he is bringing his own vision and expertise to bear on our asset portfolio. The potential acquisition of the Hurricane Project is an exciting opportunity for ECR as it could bring in a relatively late-stage exploration asset that Andrew and the team can fast-track using our in-house expertise and resources. I look forward to seeing how this potential acquisition progresses”

A map showing the location of the Hurricane Project can be found at Figure 1 below:

https://www.ecrminerals.com/images/2022/ECR_Hurricane_fig1.png

Map showing the location of the Hurricane Project in the Tregoora Belt at Figure 1 below:

https://www.ecrminerals.com/images/2022/ECR_Hurricane_fig2.png

Map showing the location of the Hurricane Project exploration permits at Figure 3 below:

https://www.ecrminerals.com/images/2022/ECR_Hurricane_fig3.png

KEY AGREEMENT TERMS

The binding term sheet agreement provides ECR or its Nominee with a conditional option to acquire 100% of the fully paid ordinary shares in the capital of Placer Gold, a Company 100% owned by Bannister Group Pty Ltd (ACN 128 064 737) and Geoprospect Pty Ltd (ACN 139 704 993) (together, the Vendors).

This consideration for the acquisition is A$6.9m (approximately £3.8m) which comprises:

  • The A$200,000 Option fee comprised of an initial sum of $39,553.25 payable on signing of the agreement, with the balance to be spent on exploration activities in accordance with the Option Period Work Program (see below) (“Option Fee”).
  • If the balance of the Option Fee (i.e. other than the cash payment of $39,553.25) has not been spent on exploration activities by 31 July 2023, then ECR may elect to pay the remaining balance of the Option Fee to the Vendors in cash.
  • A$1,000,000 payable in cash and ECR Shares (comprising a minimum cash payment of AUD$250,000 and a maximum cash payment of AUD$750,000 as determined by ECR is its sole discretion). The ECR Shares to be issued at a price equivalent to the 60-day VWAP prior to Completion.
  • A deferred cash payment of A$200,000 (JORC Milestone Cash Payment), payable pro-rata to the Vendors, on the day ECR/Placer Gold announces a maiden mineral resource estimate in accordance with the JORC Code at any of the Tenements.
  • A royalty of 2% of the net smelter return on all minerals, mineral products and concentrates subject to a Royalty Cap and Royalty buy back right by ECR, produced and sold from the Tenements (capped at £3m).

ECR and the Vendors will work together to finalise and develop a work program to be implemented during the Option Period (“Option Period Work Program“) by 30 November 2022. The Option Fee (less the initial payment of $39,553.25) will be spent on exploration in accordance with the Option Period Work Program (or paid in cash as mentioned above).

ECR anticipates satisfying the Option Fee and exercising the Option to acquire Placer Gold before the expiry date of 31 October 2023, following:

  • an approximate ten month due diligence process including the ongoing satisfaction of the conditions set out below; and
  • the implementation of the Option Period Work Program set out above.

Completion of the Acquisition is conditional upon:

  • ECR receiving all necessary regulatory, government, shareholder and third-party consents and approvals required to complete the transaction contemplated, including any necessary authorisations and consents;
  • completion of due diligence by ECR to the absolute satisfaction of ECR;
  • renewal of EPM19437 and renewal of EPM25855, or the approval of such other mining tenement or tenements as may be granted over the relevant ground in lieu of EPM19437 and EPM25855;
  • completion of Cultural Heritage Clearance Survey and issue of the Inspection Report;
  • execution of Landholder Conduct and Compensation Agreement; and
  • the completion and execution of the formal Transaction Documentation (including a Share Sale Agreement, an Escrow Agreement for the ECR Shares and a Royalty Deed).

If the Conditions are not satisfied (or waived by ECR in writing) on or before 5.00pm 31 October 2023 (EST) (or such other date agreed by ECR and the Vendors, in writing), the agreement will be at an end and the parties will be released from their obligations to each other.

As set out above, there can be no assurance that this acquisition will complete but the Directors have every expectation that the transaction will proceed as intended.

BACKGROUND TO HURRICANE

The Hurricane Project area is situated in the Hodgkinson Province of NE Queensland (see Figure 1 and Figure 2 above) which forms the northernmost part of the Palaeozoic Tasman Fold Belt. The Hodgkinson Province hosts several goldfields such as the Palmer River, West Normanby and Hodgkinson. Together these fields have produced more than 45 tonnes of gold from alluvial workings and mines. Within the Hodgkinson Province there are several gold districts, including the Northcote, Tregoora, Atric and Reedy districts which host a total JORC 2004 resource of 11.4 million tonnes at 1.7g/t Au for 618,000oz Au (ASX releases by Bulletin Resources on 3 August 2018 and by Republic Gold Limited on 30 October 2009).

The Hurricane Project is located in the Tregoora Belt to the north-west of the Northcote District, (as shown in Figure 2 above) and consists of three mining tenements EPM 27518, EPM 25855 and EPM 19437, across which threemineralised vein systems are present. The Project does not currently have a JORC-compliant resource, however in the opinion of the Directors, the physical extent of the identified mineralisation, coupled with rock chip sampling results supports additional exploration and study work ultimately focussed on mine development.

ECR has been provided with certain historical data from previous exploratory activities at site. However, this data has not been verified by ECR, accordingly it is provided for guidance purposes only and should not be relied upon:

Historic rock chip samples from surface-oxidised quartz breccia veins appear to contain significant gold grades. Excluding samples collected from the wall rock, the average gold-in-rock chip values reported in historic results include:

  • 92 g/t Au from seven samples collected along the Typhoon Vein that is +500m long and +0.5m wide (with minimum/maximum grades of 0.08 and 163 g/t Au respectively)
  • 64 g/t Au from twenty four samples collected along the lenticular Holmes Vein that is +100m long and +60m wide (with minimum/maximum grades of 0.03 and 21.7 g/t Au respectively)
  • 33 g/t Au from fifty four samples collected along the Tornado Vein that is +700m long and +3.5m wide (with minimum/maximum grades of 0.01 and 17.6 g/t Au respectively)
  • 79 g/t Au from twenty four samples collected along the Monsoon Vein that is +600m long and +8m wide (with minimum/maximum grades of 0.01 and 3.96 g/t Au respectively) 1.57 g/t Au from the seventy samples collected along the Bouncer/Pederson Vein Systems (with minimum/maximum grades of 0.01 and 9.7 g/t Au respectively).
  • Certain of the rock chip samples from the quartz breccia veins contain significant antimony (Sb) grades. Average antimony-in-rock chip values include:
  • 1% Sb from 24 samples collected within the Holmes Vein with grades ranging from 0.005% to 20.8% Sb in 24 samples
  • 4% Sb from two samples collected within the Bouncer Vein System
  • Rock chip samples from other gold mineralised veins contained less than 0.2% Sb.

In addition, ECR has been provided with the additional information, which has also not been verified by ECR and therefore is provided for guidance purposes only and should not be relied upon, of a 60kg bulk metallurgical surface sample from the Tornado Vein which averaged 4.2 g/t Au.

BACKGROUND TO PLACER GOLD

For the financial period ended 30 June 2022 (unaudited) Placer Gold generated profits of A$35.5k (c.£20k), had a turnover of A$95.8k (c.£54.6k) and gross assets of A$32.5k (c.£18.5k).

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  
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Jon Belliss

     
       
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ABOUT ECR MINERALS PLC

ECR Minerals is a mineral exploration and development company. ECR’s wholly owned Australian subsidiary Mercator Gold Australia Pty Ltd (“MGA”) has 100% ownership of the Bailieston and Creswick gold projects in central Victoria, Australia, has six licence applications outstanding which includes one licence application lodged in eastern Victoria. (Tambo gold project). MGA is currently drilling at the Bailieston Blue Moon Project (EL5433) and undertaking geochemical exploration on the Creswick (EL6148) project and has an experienced exploration team with significant local knowledge in the Victoria Goldfields and wider region.

ECR also owns 100% of an Australian subsidiary LUX Exploration Pty Ltd (“LUX”) which has three approved exploration permits covering 946 km2 over a relatively unexplored area in Queensland, Australia.

Following the sale of the Avoca, Moormbool and Timor gold projects in Victoria, Australia to Fosterville South Exploration Ltd (TSX-V: FSX) and the subsequent spin-out of the Avoca and Timor projects to Leviathan Gold Ltd (TSX-V: LVX), Mercator Gold Australia Pty Limited has the right to receive up to A$2 million in payments subject to future resource estimation or production from projects sold to Fosterville South Exploration Limited.

ECR holds a 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 – Second ECR Drill Rig Update

ECR Minerals plc (LON: ECR), the exploration and development company focused on gold in Australia, is pleased to provide an update on the second drilling rig.

A contract announced on July 27 2021 (see RNS here) agreed the purchase of a new Cortech CMR1000 multi-purpose drilling rig for a total of US$402,957.

The Board subsequently made the decision to delay completion of the rig purchase to allow for the appointment of CEO Andrew Haythorpe and the completion of a new strategic plan announced on July 6 2022 (see RNS here).

The rig purchase has now been completed, following the agreement of a meaningful discount, on what the board consider to be competitive and attractive terms. Arrangements are currently being made for the rig to be loaded onto a ship for delivery to Melbourne Port.

ECR CEO Andrew Haythorpe commented: “I am delighted that we have now completed the purchase of our long awaited second drill rig, and on very attractive terms. Our MIDAS drill rig has proved its value in the field time and time again.’’

I believe the new Cortech, multi-purpose rig will significantly enhance our on-the-ground capabilities, offering both RC and diamond drilling systems. As Technical Director Adam Jones works on expanding our existing drill campaign plans, I look forward to announcing details of the rig’s maiden deployment once it arrives at Melbourne.”

ECR Chairman David Tang added: “I am pleased that we have finally secured our new Cortech rig on very preferential terms. Given the challenges that regional operators face in scheduling drill teams and equipment, the board considers that the new rig is a solid investment that will ramp up our operational capability and flexibility. In addition, this could also provide ECR with potential rig hire income should a suitable opportunity arise in the future.”

BACKGROUND

A contract for the purchase of a new Cortech CMR1000 multi-purpose drilling rig was initially signed for a total of US$402,957 in 2021. This followed the purchase of the Midas Drilling Rig (“MIDAS”) currently engaged in the diamond drilling programme currently underway at the Blue Moon project, Bailieston.

The Cortech CMR1000 is a high capacity, heavy duty multi-purpose drill rig which is highly effective in diamond coring, reverse circulation and rotary drilling techniques. It has been purchased complete with spares and all downhole equipment and is capable of drilling as deep as 2,000 metres*.

ECR has an experienced team of drilling personnel to operate the rig, and along with Midas, the addition of the new CMR1000 rig should increase the Company’s flexibility in the field. Owning and operating the two rigs is expected to accelerate future drilling schedules and enable drill programmes to be completed at lower cost, and should a suitable opportunity arise, provide ECR with rig rental income.

*Factory data sheet specification http://cortech.cn/product_show.asp?id=2&lan=en

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 – Drilling Commences at Blue Moon Prospect, Bailieston, Victoria

ECR Minerals plc (LON: ECR), the exploration and development company focused on gold in Australia, is pleased to announce that drilling has commenced at the Blue Moon prospect at Bailieston using the Company’s own ‘MIDAS’ drill rig.

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 and drilled by ECR’s Australian wholly owned subsidiary Mercator Gold Australia Pty Ltd (“MGA”).

ECR CEO Andrew Haythorpe commented: “As I stated in our drill plan announcement on 11 August 2022, the previous Blue Moon campaign in 2019 recorded consistent levels of mineralisation at hole BBM007 of 15m @ 3.81 g/t gold. It was considered then that these numbers could indicate a potentially commercial discovery, although of course this cannot be guaranteed. The four holes we are drilling now will ‘twin’ with the previous RC drill holes up to and west of the point at which the previous RC drill program ended in 2019 and will initially seek to confirm previous consistency and levels of mineralisation. A successful intersection could potentially double the strike extent of the prospect, although we cannot of course guarantee this will take place.”

“I look forward to reporting back as soon as possible with early results from the Blue Moon campaign.”

HIGHLIGHTS

  • MIDAS drill rig team commences diamond drilling an initial four holes covering 1000 metres.
  • The campaign will follow-up good results from the RC Drilling finished in 2019.
  • Plans are already in place to expand the drilling programme subject to results.

An overview plan of the planned drill sites can be found here:

Fig 1: https://www.ecrminerals.com/images/2022/fig1_BBM_DD_Planned_2022.png

BLUE MOON PROSPECT AND DRILL PLAN

The Blue Moon prospect is located 8.5km directly south of the currently drilled HR3 prospect. The mineralisation at Blue Moon is hosted within a massive sandstone body striking east to west which differs to the majority of other gold prospects within the region that usually strike north-south. In addition, quartz mineralisation is generally absent, which as a result means that historic prospectors do not appear to have discovered the outcrop. RC drilling in 2019 shows gold mineralisation to be associated with disseminated sulphide, present as arsenopyrite. The eastern end of the known outcrop has been cut by an interpreted cross fault.

As announced on 11 August 2022 (link here to announcement), drilling will be undertaken using ECR’s owned and operated diamond drill rig named ‘MIDAS’. Initial drillholes will be collared within the public track easement as shown in (fig 1 above). From these two locations, drilling will firstly investigate the possible strike extension of the Blue Moon prospect west of and at the point where the RC drill program in 2019 finished. Four initial holes are planned for an approximate total of 1000m, the outcome of which will determine further drilling. If the planned drilling successfully intersects mineralisation, this has potential to double the strike extent of the prospect.

Previous drilling at Blue Moon only covered a small section of the outcrop. The deposit is open at depth and also along strike to the west and east. Permissions from landholders are currently in progress to explore the potential strike further to the east where an interpretative cross fault ends the known current outcrop. Plans are already in place to expand the drilling programme subject to results from the initial four holes.

The style of the Blue Moon mineralisation also raises further questions over other potential opportunities within the region to discover another ‘Blue Moon’. ECR is well positioned in this regard, with adjacent exploration tenements to EL5433, covering similar regional geology awaiting approval

OVERVIEW OF PREVIOUS EXPLORATION WORK

Three diamond drillholes and twelve RC drillholes were completed during the 2018 and 2019 period. This drilling is broadly spaced over a strike length of 110m, and the deepest intercept isn’t more than 175m below surface. The RC drilling campaign during 2019 showed promise on the most westerly drill section where the best results have included 2m @ 17.87 g/t Au from 51m (RC hole BBM007) and 3m @ 3.88 g/t Au from 169m (RC hole BBM006). It is emphasised that both these intercepts are supported within part of a broader zone of lower grade mineralisation such as 15m @ 3.81 g/t Au (BBM007) and 11m @ 2.42 g/t Au (BBM007). As such, these increased widths could be supported by grades of potential economic interest, but it is not guaranteed. Drilling to date has not continued into and across the track easement to the west of the RC Drilling (see fig 1 above).

Results from the 2019 RC drill program can be found in the announcement dated 1 May 2019 “New Gold Discovery-Blue Moon Deposit, Victoria, Australia” here.

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.

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 – Planned Follow-up Drilling in early September at Blue Moon Prospect, Bailieston, Victoria

ECR Minerals plc (LON: ECR), the exploration and development company focused on gold in Australia, is pleased to release the upcoming plans and intentions for further drilling at the Blue Moon prospect in early September 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: “The style of mineralisation at Blue Moon is intriguing. Compared to the scale of mineralisation seen at HR3, where typically a result could be 50cm across, we are looking at potential widths of around 7m. The previous Blue Moon campaign in 2019 recorded consistent mineralisation at hole BBM007 of 15m @ 3.81 g/t gold, which could potentially contain commercial levels of mineralisation.”

“I look forward to reporting back on the upcoming 2022 drilling campaign at Blue Moon.”

ECR Chairman David Tang added: “Along with the ECR board, I am very much enthused by the potential opportunity on offer at Blue Moon. Our company has a portfolio of what we consider to be valuable gold exploration assets across Victoria, but I know Andrew and Adam view Blue Moon as an asset with significant potential, and as such are very keen to commence work there. I very much look forward to further progress updates in the coming weeks.”

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Permits in place for planned diamond drilling for an initial four holes over 1000 metres, anticipated to begin in early September 2022.
  • Drilling designed to follow-up good results from the RC Drilling finished in 2019.
  • Plans are already in place to expand the drilling programme subject to results.

An overview plan of the planned drill sites can be found here:

Fig 1: https://www.ecrminerals.com/images/2022/fig1_BBM_DD_Planned_2022.png

BLUE MOON PROSPECT

The Blue Moon prospect is located 8.5km directly south of the currently drilled HR3 prospect. The mineralisation at Blue Moon is hosted within a massive sandstone body striking east to west which differs to the majority of other gold prospects within the region that usually strike north-south. In addition, quartz mineralisation is generally absent, which as a result means that historic prospectors do not appear to have discovered the outcrop. RC drilling in 2019 shows gold mineralisation to be associated with disseminated sulphide, present as arsenopyrite. The eastern end of the known outcrop has been cut by an interpreted cross fault.

OVERVIEW OF PREVIOUS EXPLORATION WORK

Three diamond drillholes and twelve RC drillholes were completed during the 2018 and 2019 period. This drilling is broadly spaced over a strike length of 110m, and the deepest intercept isn’t more than 175m below surface. The RC drilling campaign during 2019 showed promise on the most westerly drill section where the best results have included 2m @ 17.87 g/t Au from 51m (RC hole BBM007) and 3m @ 3.88 g/t Au from 169m (RC hole BBM006). It is emphasised that both these intercepts are supported within part of a broader zone of lower grade mineralisation such as 15m @ 3.81 g/t Au (BBM007) and 11m @ 2.42 g/t Au (BBM007). As such, these increased widths could be supported by grades of potential economic interest, but it is not guaranteed. Drilling to date has not continued into and across the track easement to the west of the RC Drilling (see fig 1 above).

Results from the 2019 RC drill program can be found in the announcement dated 1 May 2019 “New Gold Discovery-Blue Moon Deposit, Victoria, Australia” here.

INITIAL DRILLING PROGRAM SEPTEMBER 2022

Drilling will be undertaken using ECR’s owned and operated diamond drill rig named ‘MIDAS’. Initial drillholes will be collared within the public track easement as shown in (fig 1). From these two locations, drilling will firstly investigate the possible strike extension of the Blue Moon prospect west of and at the point where the RC drill program in 2019 finished. Four initial holes are planned for an approximate total of 1000m, the outcome of which will determine further drilling. If the planned drilling successfully intersects mineralisation, this has potential to double the strike extent of the prospect.

NEXT STEPS

Previous drilling at Blue Moon only covered a small section of the outcrop. The deposit is open at depth and also along strike to the west and east. Permissions from landholders are currently in progress to explore the potential strike further to the east where an interpretative cross fault ends the known current outcrop. Plans are already in place to expand the drilling programme subject to results from the initial four holes.

The style of the Blue Moon mineralisation also raises further questions over other potential opportunities within the region to discover another ‘Blue Moon’. ECR is well positioned in this regard, with adjacent exploration tenements to EL5433, covering similar regional geology awaiting approval.

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.

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.

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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 – Two Mineralisation Corridors Identified from HR3 hole BH3DD032 at Bailieston, Victoria

ECR Minerals plc (LON: ECR), the exploration and development company focused on gold in Australia, is pleased to announce updated gold results from drill hole BH3DD032 at the HR3 prospect at Bailieston. These results link to previous results from the HR3 drilling programme (see announcements from 8 June 2022 here and 11 July here) and which now reveal two potential mineralised corridors within the Maori Anticline.

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

ECR CEO Andrew Haythorpe commented: “I am delighted to report to you the latest assay results from HR3. Despite the well documented delays in receiving these assays, and with results from a further seven drill holes still to come, I believe that Technical Director Adam Jones and his team are doing an outstanding job in uncovering an asset of increasing significance for ECR. The grades at hole BH3DD032 demonstrate potential cross-asset consistency, building on the previously reported grade continuity from holes BH3DD035, BH3DD012, BH3DD019 and BH3DD034, and establishing what we believe are two mineralised corridors within the Maori Anticline.”

“This is an exciting development for ECR. I look forward to reporting the results from the seven drill holes still to come, and on the upcoming Blue Moon drilling campaign.”

ECR Chairman David Tang added: “I commend this excellent work by Adam Jones and the team and reiterate my previous comments that myself, Andrew and the board are eager to see the true scale of the Bailieston asset.”

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Best results in BH3DD032 are 0.2m @ 4.81 g/t Au and 0.4m @ 6.11 g/t Au beginning from 154.1m downhole.
  • The results link to previously drilled holes revealing two potential mineralised corridors within the Maori Anticline (see announcements from 8 June 2022 here and 11 July here).

A generalised section of BH3DD032 referencing the following paragraphs can be found at the link below;

Fig 1: https://www.ecrminerals.com/images/2022/fig1_BH3DD032_Section_220808

BH3DD032

BH3DD032 was drilled at depth and on section underneath holes BH3DD019, BH3DD034, BH3DD035 and BH3DD033. The aim of drilling BH3DD032 was to test the continuity of mineralised structures identified in BH3DD019. This structure was drilled through at 118m with an anomalous result of 0.2m @ 0.59 g/t Au. Drilling continued to pass through the central core of the Maori Anticline at around 145m in depth. A narrow quartz-sulphide fault with associated tension veining at 154.1m downhole produced the best results with 0.2m @ 4.81 g/t Au from 154.1m and 0.4m @ 6.11 g/t Au from 154.3m. Fault movement indicators show a south plunging system, as predicted from earlier drilling. BH3DD032 also passed through a perpendicular vein system at 249.7m grading 0.4m @ 2.4 g/t Au from 249.7m and 0.9m @ 0.72 g/t Au from 250.1m and 0.2m @ 3.06 gt Au from 256.8m. Drilling ended at a depth of 260.6m.

TWO MINERALISED CORRIDORS

Plotting the location of gold intercepts from BH3DD032 and other adjacent drill holes in section view reveal the likelihood of two main corridors of mineralisation (see fig 1 above). Mineralisation is located respectively on each side of the Maori Anticline where anastomosing narrow gold and antimony (stibnite) veins propagate. The system is open at depth and along strike to the north.

Table 1. Summary of drill intercepts containing reportable levels of gold greater than 0.1 g/t Au for BH3DD032 (highlights in bold).

BH3DD032

From To Grade (g/t Au) Interval (m)
7 8 0.33 1
8 9 1.68 1
9 10 1.44 1
11 12 0.72 1
13 14 0.58 1
18 19 0.14 1
19 20 0.17 1
37.3 37.7 1.54 0.4
37.7 38 0.15 0.3
41 42 0.32 1
42 43 0.31 1
43 44 0.38 1
47 48 0.96 1
48 49 1.29 1
49 50 0.26 1
50 51 1.04 1
51 52 0.67 1
52 53 0.57 1
53 54 0.20 1
54 55 0.14 1
55 56 0.13 1
57 58 0.16 1
58 59.5 0.88 1.5
59.5 60.2 2.63 0.7
60.2 61 0.37 0.8
61 62 0.21 1
62 63 0.21 1
63 64 0.24 1
69 70 0.37 1
70 71 0.31 1
74.5 75 0.21 0.5
82.7 82.9 0.29 0.2
85.2 85.4 0.51 0.2
95 95.3 0.22 0.3
107.1 107.3 0.13 0.2
107.7 107.9 0.34 0.2
117.3 118 0.13 0.7
118 118.2 0.59 0.2
137.1 137.3 0.30 0.2
138.8 139 0.33 0.2
145.3 145.6 0.10 0.3
154.1 154.3 4.81 0.2
154.3 154.7 6.11 0.4
154.7 155.5 0.12 0.8
174.9 175.1 0.13 0.2
181 181.7 0.16 0.7
181.7 181.9 1.29 0.2
210 210.8 0.13 0.8
210.8 211.55 0.79 0.75
211.55 212.4 0.83 0.85
212.4 213.2 1.55 0.8
213.2 213.4 0.49 0.2
213.4 213.95 0.72 0.55
213.95 215 0.23 1.05
215 215.75 0.22 0.75
215.75 216.7 0.26 0.95
216.7 216.9 0.13 0.2
216.9 217.1 0.23 0.2
217.1 217.2 0.19 0.1
245.4 245.6 0.29 0.2
245.6 246.1 0.13 0.5
246.1 246.3 0.84 0.2
246.3 247 0.14 0.7
247 247.5 0.33 0.5
247.5 248 0.48 0.5
248 248.4 0.37 0.4
248.4 249 0.53 0.6
249 249.7 0.17 0.7
249.7 250.1 2.40 0.4
250.1 251 0.72 0.9
251 252 0.49 1
252 252.8 0.28 0.8
252.8 253 0.49 0.2
253 253.6 0.33 0.6
253.6 254.3 0.30 0.7
254.3 254.5 0.47 0.2
256.4 256.6 0.25 0.2
256.6 256.8 0.16 0.2
256.8 257 3.06 0.2

NEXT STEPS

The Company is awaiting the results from another 7 drill holes within the HR3 Goldfield. Three of these holes were drilled 200m along strike to the south of hole BH3DD032.

Drilling is also planned to commence at the Blue Moon prospect next month (September 2022). Initially drilled in 2019 (see announcement dated 14 March 2019 here and announcement dated 1 May 2019 here), Blue Moon is located approximately 10km to the south of HR3 and is hosted within a large sandstone body. The Directors consider Blue Moon to be highly prospective due to its width and initial indications of more consistent grades.

In regard to Creswick, groundwork is currently underway, with soil and rock chip sampling in progress along strike and parallel to the 2021 drilling sites.

Work is also planned to commence in September 2022 at ECR’s Lolworth tenements in North Queensland. Initial reconnaissance work is intended to confirm historic visible gold sampling with additional follow up sampling towards the creek headwaters to locate the source of any gold anomalies.

The Company will keep shareholders updated on the progress of the planned work.

REVIEW OF ANNOUNCEMENT BY QUALIFIED PERSON

This announcement has been reviewed by Adam Jones, Technical Director of Exploration at ECR Minerals plc. Adam Jones is a professional geologist and is a Member of the Australian Institute of Geoscientists (MAIG). He is a qualified person as that term is defined by the AIM Note for Mining, Oil and Gas Companies.

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.

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 – Drill Results from BH3DD035 Show Signs of Grade Continuity at Bailieston, Victoria

ECR Minerals plc (LON: ECR), the exploration and development company focused on gold in Australia, is pleased to announce the gold results from hole BH3DD035 from drilling at the HR3 prospect at Bailieston. Early stages of geological interpretation are linking the results from BH3DD035 to adjacent drillholes BH3DD012, BH3DD019 and BH3DD034.*

ECR Minerals 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”).

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Best result in BH3DD035 was 0.25m @ 16.15 g/t Au from 163.25m drilled depth.
  • Mineralised zones show continuity to adjacent previously drilled intercepts in holes BH3DD012, BH3DD019 and BH3DD034.

ECR CEO Andrew Haythorpe commented: “At last week’s investor presentation I outlined our commitment to continue the intensive drilling campaign into the second half of 2022. The assay results from hole BH3DD035 indicate signs of grade continuity in line with those already recorded at holes BH3DD012, BH3DD019 and BH3DD034, and from a technical standpoint provides our team with confidence in the Maori Anticline campaign outcome. I look forward to reporting the remaining assay results.”

“As I also indicated, along with Technical Director Adam Jones I am personally excited at the prospect of commencing our Blue Moon drilling campaign. With my geologist hat on, this asset presents an intriguing opportunity for us all.”

ECR Chairman David Tang added: “I am very excited by the opportunities that the assay results from Bailieston continue to reveal, and enthusiastic about the future of ECR under Andrew’s leadership.”

*References and links to these previous announcements can be found here:

  • BH3DD012: see RNS dated March 14th 2022 ‘Visible Gold Identified at HR3. Progress of Drilling Continues into the Maori Anticline Target’ Link here to view
  • BH3DD019: see RNS dated March 2nd 2022 ‘Drilling Continues to Extend Gold Mineralisation within the Maori Reef’. Link here to view
  • BH3DD034: see RNS dated June 8th 2022 ‘Multiple High Grade Gold Intercepts from hole BH3DD034 at HR3, Bailieston Victoria’ Link here to view

A link to an image of the holes referenced in this announcement can be found here;

Fig 1: https://www.ecrminerals.com/images/2022/fig1_BH3DD035_220708

BH3DD035

In response to the visible gold observed in BH3DD034 at 149.2m depth, BH3DD035 was drilled in the same direction as BH3DD034 but at a steeper dip with the expected vein target around 175m depth. A quartz vein with similar textures to the veining identified in BH3DD034 was drilled through at 163.25m depth in BH3DD035. Results from this vein revealed 0.25m @ 16.15 g/t Au and is the best intercept from this hole. Once mineralisation was passed the hole terminated at the final depth of 185.15m.

LINK TO ADJACENT DRILLHOLES

Observations show that mineralised zones within BH3DD035 link geologically to adjacent drillholes BH3DD012, BH3DD019 and BH3DD034. The best intercept in BH3DD035 at 163.25m correlates approximately 20m below a stibnite (antimony sulphide) vein in BH3DD019 which revealed an intercept of 0.3m @ 4.59 g/t Au (see RNS 2 March 2022 here). We anticipate that the long awaited assay results from hole BH3DD032, which targeted vein continuity another 20m below hole BH3DD035, and which are due from the assay laboratories shortly, will further add to our understanding of the size and structure of this target zone. We look forward to updating shareholders when those results are received. Quartz veining has been observed in hole BH3DD032 within the expected target zone

Table 1. Summary of drill intercepts containing reportable levels of gold greater than 0.1 g/t Au for BH3DD035 (*highlights in bold).

BH3DD035

From To Grade (g/t Au) Interval (m)
2.9 3.2 0.14 0.3
6.5 7 0.60 0.5
8 9 0.23 1
9 10 0.60 1
16 17 0.64 1
31.5 32.2 0.20 0.7
34.5 35 1.12 0.5
35 36 0.60 1
36 37 0.16 1
40 41 0.15 1
43 44 0.19 1
44 45 0.58 1
45 46 1.01 1
46 47 0.42 1
48 49 0.16 1
50 51 0.20 1
52 52.9 0.38 0.9
52.9 54.2 0.31 1.3
54.2 55 0.87 0.8
55 55.4 1.08 0.4
55.4 55.7 0.60 0.3
55.7 56 0.89 0.3
56 57 0.89 1
57 58 0.17 1
58 59.1 0.49 1.1
59.1 59.3 2.62 0.2
59.3 60 1.35 0.7
60 60.8 0.51 0.8
60.8 61.2 0.41 0.4
61.2 61.5 0.27 0.3
61.5 62 0.24 0.5
62 63 0.15 1
65 66 0.16 1
66 67 0.55 1
67 67.4 1.86 0.4
67.4 68 0.22 0.6
68 69 0.13 1
70 71 0.36 1
71 72 0.35 1
74 74.5 0.33 0.5
74.5 74.8 0.46 0.3
74.8 75 1.60 0.2
76 77 0.21 1
77 78 0.32 1
84 84.6 0.84 0.6
84.6 84.9 4.78 0.3
84.9 86 0.30 1.1
87 88 0.16 1
88 89 0.15 1
90.2 90.4 0.34 0.2
90.4 90.9 1.06 0.5
90.9 91.3 3.72 0.4
91.3 92 0.61 0.7
92 93 0.18 1
100.7 101.1 0.53 0.4
103 103.3 0.65 0.3
103.3 103.45 5.26 0.15
108.4 108.6 0.33 0.2
110.2 111.2 0.63 1
120.5 120.7 0.20 0.2
122.7 123 0.15 0.3
123 123.2 0.51 0.2
123.2 123.4 0.42 0.2
123.4 123.7 0.36 0.3
123.7 124.1 0.29 0.4
126.4 126.8 0.14 0.4
126.8 127.1 0.30 0.3
162.25 163.25 0.62 1
163.25 163.5 16.15 0.25

LOOKING FORWARD STATEMENTS

The Company has now completed spaced drilling along the down-dip extensions of the Maori Anticline within the HR3 Goldfield. Holes have been logged and sampled and we now await the results from the laboratory. At this stage we expect a flow of assay results throughout July, August and September 2022. Our drilling campaign continues to identify narrow veining deeper into the axis of the Maori Anticline over a strike length of approximately 300m, and once the final results are in, the board will determine the next steps for this project area. In addition, as outlined by our CEO Andrew Haythorpe at his presentation at the Proactive One2One event in London on 6 July 2022, the Company plans to commence drilling at its ‘Blue Moon’ prospect in August 2022.

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 – Half-yearly financial results for the six months ended 31 March 2022

LONDON: 30 JUNE 2022 – ECR Minerals plc, the gold exploration and development company, is pleased to announce unaudited half-yearly financial results for the six months ended 31 March 2022 for the Company as consolidated with its subsidiaries (the “Group”), along with a review of significant developments during the period and subsequently.

HIGHLIGHTS

  • The gold exploration boom in Victoria, Australia has continued, with material progress made at the Company’s flagship Creswick and Bailieston assets. ECR’s acquisition of the Brewing Lane and Nagambie-Rushworth Road properties has enhanced access and exploration opportunities at both projects.
  • In December 2022, the Company was notified it had been granted licence EL006907 linking Creswick to Ballarat East-Nerrina. The board views this as a key step in building our understanding of the Dimocks Main Shale anomaly and developing ECR’s Creswick project. Also granted was licence EL007484 in East Victoria, 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.
  • Despite severe delays in receiving assay results during the period due to the impact of COVID-19, the results we did receive from our ongoing drilling campaigns at Bailieston and HR3 delivered substantial progress in both gold grades and our understanding of the regional geology.
  • Drilling and subsequent 3D modelling of HR3 drillholes BH3DD005, BH3DD006 and BH3DD007 earlier in the year revealed a moderate south plunging fold underneath and along strike of the Maori Reef workings. In November 2022 we reported initial results from BH3DD009, the first hole completed, which returned 0.7m @ 28.06g/t Au from 52.7m depth from the Maori Reef. Holes BH3DD010 and BH3DD011 reported consistent gold grades in December 2022, while soil sampling results revealed a larger area of anomalies, supporting a dilational jog model theory developed by our head geologist Adam Jones. In March 2022 further data identified five mineralised zones, all correlated to the Maori Anticline (within the Maori Reef), plus consistent gold grades were identified in hole BH3DD012 and visible gold in hole BH3DD034 (see announcement dated 14 March 2022 for full details).
  • In February 2022, exploration licences EPM27901, EPM27902 and EPM27903 were granted to 100% owned subsidiary LUX Exploration Limited (“LUX”), in the Lolworth Region, North Queensland. The licences are located approximately 120km west of the historic Charters Towers Gold Mine in North Queensland and cover 964 km2. Historic stream sediment sampling indicates that the Lolworth Range area is prospective for gold, tungsten and tin.
  • During the period under review, Dr Trevor George Davenport was appointed as an Independent Non-Executive Director. Most recently Dr Davenport consulted for Kryso Resources Plc at the time of the takeover of control of the company by China Nonferrous International Mining Co. Ltd in 2011. In January 2022, Andrew Scott, a communications specialist and media professional was also appointed as a Non-Executive Director. The sad loss of former CEO Craig Brown presented a substantial challenge to the management team. Nonetheless, a committee was formed with Chairman David Tang, and Non-Exec Directors Dr Davenport and Adam Jones, to manage the company up to the appointment of a new CEO.
  • Post-period end, on 11 April 2022 Andrew Haythorpe was appointed as CEO (currently a non-board position). Andrew has more than 20 years of experience managing listed gold miners and explorers on the ASX and TSX as well as working as a mining analyst and actively exploring for gold as a geologist.
  • Post-period end, Ludevico Estacio, the Chairman of Philippines company Cordillera Tiger Gold Resources, Inc., (in which ECR had a 25% shareholding), agreed to sell his shares (1,499,996 in total) to ECR. The consideration of 1,499,996.00 Philippine pesos (approximately £22,000) was paid for in cash, and ECR now holds 2,333,329 Ordinary Shares in Cordillera representing 70% of its issued share capital (see announcement dated 27 April 2022 for full details).
  • Group comprehensive expenses of £324,333 are reported for the six months ended 31 March 2022 (£468,112 for the six months ended 31 March 2021) and net assets of £7,536,209 at 31 March 2022 (£6,442,465 at 31 March 2021).
  • A Group Operating Loss is reported for the six months ended 31 March 2022 of £552,202, compared with £403,079 for the six months ended 31 March 2021.
  • Despite the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic on the global economy, the board believes 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 2022 the unaudited financial statements of the Group recorded a total comprehensive expense of £324,333.

The Group’s total assets were £7,674,007 at 31 March 2022, compared with £6,522,307 at 31 March 2021. The increase in total assets has occurred largely due to the increase in exploration assets following the capitalisation of exploration expenditure during the period as a result of the current aggressive drilling programme.

The Group held £1,204,289 of cash and cash equivalents at 31 March 2022, compared with £3,928,905 at 31 March 2021.

REVIEW OF PRINCIPAL DEVELOPMENTS DURING THE PERIOD AND SUBSEQUENTLY

The six months to 31 March 2022 and the subsequent period since have been notable as a period of great progress, sadness and change. Former CEO Craig Brown died suddenly at the end of October 2021, and while a committee including Chairman David Tang, and non-exec directors Trevor Davenport and Adam Jones continued to run the Company without interruption, the shock of his sudden loss remains with us to this day. Nonetheless he would be pleased and proud with the operational progress to date, and we believe he would be delighted with the calibre of his recently appointed successor Andrew Haythorpe.

During the period under review, Dr Trevor Davenport was appointed as an Independent Non-Executive Director. Most recently Dr Davenport consulted for Kryso Resources Plc at the time of the takeover of control of the company by China Nonferrous International Mining Co. Ltd in 2011.

In January 2022, Andrew Scott, a communications specialist and media professional was also appointed as a Non-Executive Director. Andrew is well known in the UK and across Australia as a business and markets interviewer. He has worked at Sky News UK, Reuters and Proactive as well as in presenting and media roles at ITV and Television NZ (TVNZ).

Post-period end, on 11 April 2022 Andrew Haythorpe was appointed as Chief Executive Officer (currently a non-board position). Andrew has more than 20 years of experience managing listed gold miners and explorers on the ASX and TSX as well as working as a mining analyst and actively exploring for gold as a geologist. His board experience includes the role of Managing Director at TSX and ASX-listed Crescent Gold Limited, which started with a market capitalisation of $8 million and, under his leadership, reached $250 million within four years. He was also Managing Director of ASX-listed gold producer Michelago Resources and is currently the Managing Director of GoldOz Limited, a gold company seeking to relist on the ASX. As an analyst, Andrew was considered a global leader in the Industrial Minerals sector and rated 12th best gold analyst at Hartley Poynton Ltd.

Currently, through ECR’s wholly owned Australian subsidiary Mercator Gold Australia Pty Ltd (“MGA”), the board remains focused on the fast-paced drilling programme at Bailieston and Creswick. During the period, large quantities of drill core have been amassed for technical review, processing and assay testing. Although, the impact of intermittent COVID lockdowns on the region has resulted in delays to assay results, our geologist Adam Jones and his team continue to make solid progress. In particular, the ongoing drilling campaign at Bailieston and HR3 delivered substantial progress in both gold grades and our understanding of the regional geology.

Post-period end, Ludevico Estacio, the Chairman of Philippines company Cordillera Tiger Gold Resources, Inc., (in which ECR had a 25% shareholding), agreed to sell his shares (1,499,996 in total) to ECR. The consideration of 1,499,996.00 Philippine pesos (approximately £22,000) was paid for in cash, and ECR now holds 2,333,329 Ordinary Shares in Cordillera representing 70% of its issued share capital (see announcement dated 27 April 2022 for full details of this transaction).

Creswick

At Creswick, in December MGA was notified that license EL006907 linking Creswick to Ballarat East-Nerrina had been granted. The board views this as a key step in building our understanding of the Dimocks Main Shale anomaly and developing ECR’s Creswick asset. The Company has also applied to renew Creswick licence EL006184 for another five years and is awaiting final approval. As the current incumbent, we have first rights over the licence, and our geologist Adam Jones plans to develop the project with soil sampling programmes in the vicinity of the quartz mineralisation identified in the 2021 diamond drilling campaign and to test for sub-cropping gold shoots. The Brewing Lane property at Springmount contains numerous abandoned historical gold workings with some underground exposures that offer opportunities for mapping and sampling, followed up by drilling. The team will also commence evaluation of prospects in the recently approved EL006907 area using exploration techniques that proved successful on EL006184. 

Bailieston

Notwithstanding the delays in receiving assay results, MGA is continuing to progress with drilling at the Bailieston tenements (EL5433), focussing on the Maori Reef and parallel reef systems within the HR3 goldfield. The geology team is also making progress with near-term plans to re-enter and continue exploration on the Blue Moon prospect located on the southern extent of EL5433.  Drilling and subsequent 3D modelling of HR3 drillholes BH3DD005, BH3DD006 and BH3DD007 earlier in the year revealed a moderate south plunging fold underneath and along strike of the Maori Reef workings (see announcement dated 1 July 2022). In November 2022 we reported initial results from the first hole completed, (BH3DD009), which returned 0.7m @ 28.06g/t Au from 52.7m depth from the Maori Reef. Holes BH3DD010 and BH3DD011 reported consistent gold grades in December, while soil sampling results revealed a larger area of anomalies, supporting a dilational jog model theory developed by Adam Jones. In March 2022 further data received identified five mineralised zones, all correlated to the Maori Anticline (within the Maori Reef), plus consistent gold grades in hole BH3DD012 and visible gold in hole BH3DD034.

Post-period end, we reported the highest grade gold intercept yet at hole BH3DD027, HR3 with 0.2m @ 52.5 g/t Au from 126.3m depth. This was followed by HR3 drill hole BH3DD022, which returned a result of 0.5m @ 12.74 g/t Au (see announcements dated 22 April 2022 and 4 May 2022).

Lolworth District of North Queensland, Australia.

In February 2022, exploration licences EPM27901, EPM27902 and EPM27903 were granted to ECR’s 100% owned subsidiary LUX Exploration Limited, in the Lolworth Region, North Queensland. The area contains metamorphic rocks of the Charters Towers Province, that host large historical 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 plays host to intrusion-related breccia gold deposits in the region such as Mount Leyshon (>2.5M oz) and Mount Wright (>1M oz). Historic samples also highlighted tin-tungsten mineralisation in the western areas of EPM27902. Reports show no detailed follow-up work has been undertaken.

Exploration licence EL007484 in East Victoria was also granted in February 2022. This licence area 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.

The Directors believe exploration licence 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.

Outlook

After a challenging transition period, the directors of ECR Minerals plc are excited about the Company’s near-term and future prospects under the leadership of Chief Executive Officer Andrew Haythorpe. As eagerly anticipated assay results begin to arrive, our board, geologists, drilling team and wider staff at the Bendigo headquarters are enthused by the possibility of developing a resource at both the Bailieston and Creswick projects. We are equally encouraged about the prospectivity demonstrated by our new licences at Lolworth Range, North Queensland and our East Victoria exploration licence at Tambo.

These factors, together with the potential to realise shareholder value from our Danglay asset in the Philippines, could result in an exciting year ahead as ECR’s operations and opportunities evolve.

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 Tel: +44 (0)1483 413500
Broker
Nick Emerson
 
Novum Securities 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 one licence application 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.

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ECR Minerals #ECR – Technical Director Adam Jones Updates on Bumper Grades in Hole 34

Technical Director Adam Jones discusses the bumper gold grades in hole BH3DD034 at HR3, Bailieston. Adam talks through the gold grades discovered at different levels in zones 1-4, and outlines his conclusions for the collective data picture across the Maori Reef and Hard Up Reef. Alan asks whether there is a case for developing a mine on ECR’s land at Nagambie-Rushworth, and Adam discusses the the likely activities across the region. We then look at further developments at Creswick, technical target follow-ups and soil samples, before Adam outlines upcoming activities over the next few months, including drill rig movements, Blue Moon etc.

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 – Appointment of Adam Jones as Technical Director, Exploration

ECR Minerals plc (LON: ECR), the gold exploration and development company focused on Australia, is pleased to announce that Non-Executive Director Adam Jones will become an Executive Director with immediate effect. Adam’s new role will be Technical Director of Exploration across ECR’s portfolio of projects.

As previously announced on December 16th 2020, Adam Jones holds a Bachelor of Science degree from Ballarat University and First Class Honours from Adelaide University. Adam has over 12 years’ experience as a professional geologist in Australia, including significant experience and knowledge of regional gold exploration and production.

Adam is a member of the Australian Institute of Geoscientists (AIG) and has worked as an independent consulting geologist since 2015. His clients include or have included the A1 gold mine, Dart Mining, Nagambie Resources in Victoria and Vendetta Mining in Queensland.

Adam is a director of and has provided consultancy services to ECR’s Australian subsidiary Mercator Gold Australia Pty Ltd (“MGA”) since April 2018 and has been involved in the supervision of drilling programmes and has undertaken geochemical and rock chip sampling and geological mapping campaigns.

He has considerable experience in geological interpretation, geotechnical and fault modelling, geological mapping and sampling, turbidite sequence-structural interpretations, wireframing and 3D modelling using Vulcan Software.

Adam will assume technical responsibilities for all of ECR’s projects, including the Lolworth Range project in North Queensland owned by ECR’s 100% owned subsidiary LUX Exploration Limited (“LUX”). He lives in Victoria close to ECR’s Bailieston and Creswick gold projects.

ECR Chairman David Tang commented: “Adam has been a key member of the ECR team since the day he joined, and I am delighted that he is now assuming an executive director role. I know he impressed our CEO on his recent trip to Victoria, and, looking forward, the Company will now benefit from his guidance and input on a higher strategic level.

ECR CEO Andrew Haythorpe added: “My decision to join ECR was very much influenced by the manner in which Adam has managed the Company’s ongoing drilling campaigns in Victoria as well as the skillset and vision demonstrated in his assessment and acquisition of the Lolworth Range project. My recent trip served to confirm my early impressions, and I very much look forward to working closely with him and benefitting from his expertise as we develop our asset portfolio.”         

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.

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