Great to speak to Craig today, we have been following Cobra with interest following your works programme onsite, can you give our listeners an overview of the Wudinna project and recent activity/news?
We know It was originally a Newcrest project, so has the pedigree to interest one of the world’s largest gold miners.
Cobra (LSE: COBR), an exploration, development and mining company.
Following feedback from potential and current investors, the Company has adjusted its programme of work, staging the exploration programme at Wudinna into three phases, consisting of smaller, more focused inputs and outputs. This approach will de-risk the project as Cobra progresses through these stages, while reducing the initial spend on the exploration programme as originally designed.
· Initially, the Company had planned a geochemical sampling programme followed immediately by a drilling programme at the Wudinna project. The Company has adjusted its approach into a three-staged geochemical programme, with the aim of improving the definition of the drilling targets prior to drilling, reducing spend and improving target definition.
· Phase 1 of the geochemical programme will focus on calibrating new geochemical sampling with existing mineralisation to establish baseline relations across a broader suite of 49 elements. This programme has resulted from the last few months of desktop analysis, and could deliver other chemical pathfinders such as copper, zinc, nickel and magnesium.
· Phase 2 of the geochemical programme will define/refine targets that are proximal (or extensions) to mineralisation at Barns, Baggy Green and White Tank. With a refined toolset calibrated from Phase 1, the Company will seek to optimise the sampling grid, and differentiate between higher priority targets. As well as identifying new anomalies, these results should increase the resolution of existing targets, and better define the geometry and orientation of mineralisation.
· Phase 3 will begin with a review of all regional (i.e. outside of the existing JORC resource) targets, incorporating the learnings from the previous programmes, followed by infill multi-element sampling at the highest priority targets. This programme is arguably the most significant as it should provide drill-ready, high-probability targets that can facilitate a significant increase in scale. In parallel, Cobra aims to assess the IOCG (e.g. Olympic Dam Cu-Au style) potential within the region by incorporation the results of the new geochemistry with existing high-resolution magnetics and gravity data.
The cost of the programme is significantly reduced from the previous outlined programme of work and will substantially improve the quality of the targets the Company has defined, thus delivering a more focused drilling programme down the line.
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