Final assays from Besra’s 2022 drill program have provided further evidence to its belief that the Bekajang prospect could add substantial gold ounces to its Bau project in Sarawak, Malaysia.

The final assays of 6.7m grading 6.5 grams per tonne (g/t) gold from a down-hole depth of 11m including 1m at 28.6g/t gold from 15m (BKDDH-28) and 9m at 1.9g/t gold from 26m including 2m at 6.5g/t gold from 28m (BKDDH-29) strengthens the gold mineralisation potential of Bekajang across the Bau Limestone – Pedawan Shale Contact (LSC).

Importantly, it also fuels speculation that an underlying high-grade feeder conduit system is present, which could add even more to the already significant 3Moz resource at Besra Gold’s (ASX:BEZ) Bau project.

“The consistency and extent of the shallow LSC associated gold mineralisation is not only significant of itself but begs the question of the mechanism for its endowment,” chief executive officer Dr Ray Shaw said.

“Exceptional gold grade intercepts in BKDDH-27 below the LSC are currently being followed up and may lead to a fundamental revision and upgrade of Bekajang’s overall potential.”

Consistent drill results

The 2022 Bekajang drill program consisted of 21 fully-cored holes totalling 1,402m which focused on the northern flank and southwest flank of the historical Bekajang tailings dam.

It was designed to provide the first comprehensive cored drilling of three distinct mineralisation targets.

Drill results confirmed consistent, extensive gold mineralisation associated with the LSC, which typically occurs within 5m to 30m from surface, and is in line with results from historical shallow RC drilling.

They have also encountered evidence of polymetallic mineralisation with BKRC107 encountering 9m at 60g/t silver from 9m depth, within an interval that also contains 2.7% zinc and 3.1% lead, that is again consistent with historical assay data.

Additionally, the results also trend west-northwest to east-southeast – subparallel to a surface fault system that may, at depth, form part of a conduit or feeder system that enabled preferential flow of mineral charged hydrothermal fluids upwards to endow the overlying LSC.

Should the intercept of 12.6m at 22.9g/t gold from 58.4m below the LSC at BKDDH-27 be representative of the gold tenor within a feeder system, Besra believes it could unlock very significant upside potential at this deeper Bekajang target.

Current activity

Current follow-up drilling at Bekajang is pursuing extensions and correlatives of the exceptional grade mineralisation intercepted at BKDDH-27 in order to ascertain feeder geometries and their ultimate potential.




This article was developed in collaboration with Besra Gold (ASX:BEZ), a Stockhead advertiser at the time of publishing.


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