Brightstar is poised to start a drill program that will test northern extensions of the main Delta lode and the new Delta 2 target at its Cork Tree Well gold project. 

It follows last year’s extensional drilling program that while hugely successful, also underscored the need for further drilling to truly understand the scale of gold mineralisation at Cork Tree Well.

Brightstar Resources (ASX:BTR) is now getting ready to launch this follow-up drilling at the project in WA’s Laverton district with a rig already on site for work to start next week.

Drilling at the Delta lode is focused on growing the current JORC resource over 1,000m north of the current deposit while Delta 2 drilling is aimed at identifying primary mineralisation under strong aircore mineralisation.

Cork Tree Well currently has a resource of 3.86Mt at 1.9 grams per tonne (g/t) gold for 237,000oz of contained gold.

“An update of the MRE for Cork Tree Well is underway, however the consistent positive drill intersections from last year’s program have indicated a pressing need for further extensional drilling,” managing director William Hobba said.

He added that drilling at Delta 2 has the potential to create a second resource in the project area and open the way for more discoveries.

Drill plans

Brightstar plans to drill 50 reverse circulation holes totalling about 7,350m at Delta to investigate the opportunities for splay and parallel lodes which were identified in the previous program.

These are located north of the historical pits and will extend the effective drill coverage over the deposit by over 1,000m to the north to help determine the scale of this mineralised system.

Over at Delta 2, the company will drill 12 RC holes totalling 1,800m to determine the extent of primary mineralisation underlying the Delta 2 aircore anomaly.

Should this be successful, it will fast-track follow-up work and try to advance the prospect along the Delta lode.

Drilling is expected to take about two months to complete with assays expected to take several weeks to be returned after that.



This article was developed in collaboration with Brightstar Resources, a Stockhead advertiser at the time of publishing.


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