Empire Metals Limited, the AIM-quoted exploration and resource development company, is pleased to announce further assay results from the second phase of reverse circulation (‘RC’) drilling at the Eclipse Gold Project, located 55km north-east of Kalgoorlie, Western Australia (‘Eclipse’ or the ‘Project’).
· A final total of 4,589m of RC drilling was completed in this second phase, in 44 drillholes.
· Drilling has confirmed the existence of a number of parallel veins in addition to the main Eclipse vein, including a different stockwork style of near-surface mineralisation in the vicinity of the Jack’s Dream old workings, and including one intercept of 24m @ 1.44 g/t Au from 46m downhole (containing 2m @ 2.86 g/t Au; and 3m @ 5.08 g/t Au).
· Other significant intercepts include:
o 8m @ 2.83 g/t Au from 118m downhole
o 3m @ 2.61 g/t Au from 134m
o 8m @ 2.32 g/t Au from 70m
o 6m @ 5.52 g/t Au from 33m
o 5m @ 4.77 g/t Au from 49m
Table 1 summarises drill intercepts above 1.3 g/t Au from the current phase of drilling.
· Interpretation of the results is underway, and a further work programme will be announced shortly which is likely to include preparation of a JORC compliant resource and initial pit optimisation studies.
Mike Struthers, Director, said: “We have consistently received encouraging results from drilling at Eclipse and this latest suite of results are particularly important as they confirm our belief that there are multiple parallel vein systems present. It is also especially interesting to have identified what appears to be a stockwork style of mineralisation around and beyond the Jack’s Dream workings, extending the potential strike length and width of the multiple vein systems at Eclipse by over 300m and 250m respectively. Additional intersections of potentially economic mineralisation within 80m of surface further strengthens the Company’s view that there is clear potential for a profitable open pit operation at Eclipse, and the next phase of work will likely include preparation of a JORC compliant resource estimate and pit optimisation studies. We look forward to confirming the work programme and other details of the Company’s vision for the development of Eclipse in due course.”
Competent Person Statement
The information in this announcement that relates to drilling results is based on information reviewed by Mr. Mike Struthers, who is a Member of the Institute of Mining, Metallurgy and Materials (IOM3), a Chartered Engineer with the IOM3, and a Member of the Australian Institute of Mining and Metallurgy.
Mr. Struthers is an employee of Empire Metals Ltd. He has sufficient experience, relevant to the style of mineralisation and type of deposit under consideration and to the activity which he is undertaking, 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’ and as a qualified person as defined in the Note for Mining and Oil & Gas Companies which form part of the AIM Rules for Companies. Mike Struthers has reviewed this announcement and consents to the inclusion in the announcement of the matters based on his information in the form and context in which it appears.
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About Empire Metals Limited
Empire Metals’ primary focus is on the Eclipse Gold Project in Western Australia which produced 954 tonnes @ 24.6 g/t Au for 754.25 oz Au from the Eclipse shaft which operated up to 1910. In addition to the known mineralisation at and surrounding the Eclipse old workings, recent geophysics and geochemistry work has highlighted further potential mineralisation at two additional targets north-west of Eclipse, the Houdini and Easy prospects.
The Company also has a 50% joint venture in Georgia which covers an area of over 860 sq km and has a 30-year mining licence. The joint venture covers a variety of targets and projects ranging from greenfield exploration / target definition phase through intermediate target-testing phases to more advanced projects including Kvemo Bolnisi East which is due to advance to Feasibility Study.
The Board continues to evaluate opportunities through which to realise the value of its wider portfolio and reviews further assets which meet the Company’s investment criteria.