Historical drilling results and acquisition of geophysics data fast tracks the development of a geological database for the Central Menzies Gold Project
Empire Metals Limited, the AIM-quoted resource exploration and development company, is pleased to announce the commencement of exploration activities covering the four exploration licences which comprise the Central Menzies Gold project (‘Central Menzies’ or the ‘Project’), including verification of historical reverse circulation (“RC”) drilling and the acquisition of airborne geophysical survey data.
· Central Menzies lies within a classic granite-greenstone belt, with mineralisation associated with the regional Menzies Shear Zone. Gold-bearing quartz veins occur along the contact between basalts and sediments.
· A series of structurally controlled high-grade gold deposits have been historically mined and display extensive exploration potential for high-grade extensions.
· The locality is under-explored and is directly south along strike of the 15km-long First Hit – Yunndaga line of workings which had a total metal inventory of 1.1Moz of gold.
· Historically, 777m of reverse circulation drilling has been completed at the property by the current owner, Mel Dalla-Costa, with several high-grade intercepts reported:
· MCD02: 5m @ 19.59 g/t Au from 30 metres
· MCD04: 3m @ 5.15 g/t Au from 35 metres
· MCD10: 2m @ 5.51 g/t Au from 30 metres
· MCD11: 1m @ 14.18 g/t Au from 48 metres
· Empire has purchased close-spaced airborne magnetic and radiometric data over the four exploration licences comprising the Project from Kingwest Resources Ltd which commissioned an airborne geophysical survey across the adjacent tenements in Q4 2019.
Shaun Bunn, Managing Director, said: “We have now commenced our exploration campaign for the Central Menzies Gold Project and are currently compiling a robust geological database, utilising both historical reports and the results from the recent RC drilling programme carried out by the owner of the tenements, Mel Dalla-Costa. In addition, we have also been able to purchase recent aeromagnetic and radiometric survey data from Kingwest Resources Ltd, our immediate northern neighbour, which will greatly assist us in building a detailed geophysical map of our licence area and help fast track our proposed drilling campaign.
“As previously announced, we are continuing to build momentum at our Eclipse Gold Project, where the focus now is on bringing the Eclipse resource into JORC compliance ahead of mine optimisation and planning and evaluating the resource potential at the adjacent Jack’s Dream deposit. It is pleasing to note that Empire remains in a strong financial position given the recent sale of its 50% holding in Georgian Copper & Gold JSC and receipt of the cash consideration totalling US$3.3 million.”
The Central Menzies Gold Project
The Project is located in the Menzies Shire, approximately 115km north of the city of Kalgoorlie-Boulder and 10km south of the township of Menzies. The prospect is accessible from Kalgoorlie-Boulder via the sealed Goldfields Highway and then by a 2km unsealed road.
Central Menzies is wholly located within a north-north-west trending greenstone belt, with basalts as the dominant hosts together with interbedded shales and magnetite-rich banded iron formations (“BIF”), with mineralisation hosted within the Menzies Shear Zone, or associated fault splays. Gold-bearing quartz veins occur along the contact between basalts and sediments. A series of structurally controlled high-grade gold deposits have been historically mined and display extensive exploration potential for high-grade extensions.
The Project comprises four tenement blocks, all 100% owned by Mel Dalla-Costa, a well-known and successful local prospector. The licence area is largely surrounded by tenements held by Kingwest Resources Ltd (refer Figure 2) and occurs along a lineament of historical mine workings.
Historical RC Drilling at the Menzies Central Gold Project
A series of RC drill holes have been drilled by Mel Dalla-Costa on P26/2361 during his period of ownership. A total of 14 holes has been drilled for a total of 777 metres. This has identified a strike length of mineralisation of up to 750 metres. Significant intercepts include:
Airborne Geophysics Survey
Empire has purchased invaluable geomagnetic and radiometric data over the four exploration licences comprising the Menzies Central Gold Project from Kingwest Resources Ltd who commissioned an airborne geophysical survey across their adjacent tenements. This data, once analysed, will enable detailed geophysical maps to be prepared for the license area and assist with the prioritizing of drilling targets as part of the proposed exploration campaign to be commenced in the next few months.
Competent Person Statement
The technical information in this report that relates to the Central Menzies Gold Project has been compiled by Mr Andrew Bewsher, a full-time employee of BM Geological Services. Mr Bewsher is a Member of the Australian Institute of Geoscientists. Mr Bewsher has been engaged as a consultant by Empire Metals Limited. Mr Bewsher has sufficient experience that is relevant to the style of mineralisation and type of deposit under consideration and to the activity being undertaken to qualify as a Competent Person as defined in the 2012 Edition of the ‘Australasian Code for Reporting of Exploration Results, Mineral Resources and Ore Reserves’. Mr Bewsher consents to the inclusion in this release of the matters based on his information in the form and context in which it appears.
Market Abuse Regulation (MAR) Disclosure
Certain information contained in this announcement would have been deemed inside information for the purposes of Article 7 of Regulation (EU) No 596/2014, as incorporated into UK law by the European Union (Withdrawal) Act 2018, until the release of this announcement.
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