Bushranger Copper/ Gold Project Drilling Programme – Further Update
The Board of Xtract Resources Plc (“Xtract” or the “Company”) is pleased to provide a further news update on progress of the first hole in the Phase One diamond drilling programme at the Racecourse Mineral Resource on the Bushranger copper-gold exploration project located in the Lachlan Fold Belt (“LFB”), New South Wales, Australia.
· Drilling of the first of three planned holes on the Phase One Drilling Programme at the Racecourse Mineral Resource on the Bushranger Project, has now traced the plunge of the deposit to a downhole depth of 1,047m in angled drill hole BRDD-20-001
· Copper mineralisation in the hole was first noted at a depth of 110m and the hole has been mineralised continuously to the current depth of 1,047m, 232m past the original planned finishing depth
· The hole continues to encounter strong visible copper mineralisation, and will be further extended until the zone is drilled through
· The copper mineralisation is predominantly disseminated chalcopyrite (copper sulphides) within a strongly altered quartz-feldspar porphyry intrusive body
Colin Bird, Executive Chairman said: “The hole is still continuing in strong mineralisation to the current depth, extending the potential scale of the porphyry system at Racecourse. We will continue to drill until we bottom out of the zone.”
Hole BRDD-20-001 Drilling Results to Date
The Phase One drilling programme commenced on 16 December 2020 with angled hole BRDD-20-001 laid out at -50 degrees to drill down the plunge of the copper-gold porphyry deposit to a planned finishing depth of 815m. Drilling has been advancing rapidly at a rate of 80-90m per 24-hour period. The hole has now reached a downhole depth of 1,047m and, as it continues to encounter strong potassic alteration and visible copper mineralisation well beyond the original projected hole depth, it will be extended until it passes out of the mineralised zone. Subsequent drillholes will focus on drilling across the deposit to establish the width of the deposit and to obtain further grade information.
Copper mineralisation occurs as disseminated chalcopyrite (copper sulphides) accompanied by pyrite and pyrrhotite within a strongly altered quartz-feldspar porphyry intrusive body. Mineralisation was first intersected at a downhole depth of 110m and has been evident in core continuously to the current depth, increasing in intensity in the lower part of the interval.
The Company is using a hand-held XRF Analyser to provide preliminary indications of copper content and samples for definitive geochemical assay will be submitted to the geochemical laboratory on a progressive basis. Accurate mineral content information will only be established by full laboratory analysis.
Further information is available from the Company’s website which details the company’s project portfolio as well as a copy of this announcement: www.xtractresources.com
This announcement contains inside information for the purposes of Article 7 of EU Regulation No. 596/2014 on market abuse. The person who arranged for the release of this announcement on behalf of the Company was Colin Bird, Director.
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