Norwest Minerals tests new gold zone in diamond drilling at Bulgera open pit
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A 10-hole diamond drilling program is underway at the Bulgera open pit to better understand the geology and controls on the gold mineralisation.
Norwest Minerals Limited plans to test a new high-grade gold lode within the Bulgera Gold Project, north of Meekatharra in Western Australia at around 400m and 700m down dip from the shallow Bulgera open-cut.
The drilling program includes 2,500m of reverse circulation (RC) pre-collars and 1,400m of diamond core tails designed to penetrate below RC drill intersections reported in May.
Norwest (ASX:NWM) has also conducted preliminary metallurgical tests on three gold bearing composite samples collected from RC holes drilled through the new zone.
Results have demonstrated high gravity leach recoveries, fast leach kinetics and low cyanide and lime consumption.
NWM chief executive officer Charles Schaus said the drilling program is expected to reveal an enormous amount of information concerning the lode-scale geology and controls on the gold mineralisation.
“Importantly, a deep diamond drill intersection similar to those encountered up-dip by RC drilling would be a significant step in understanding the magnitude of this high-grade gold discovery.
“In addition, the preliminary metallurgical work on Bulgera gold RC chips indicates potential for high gold recoveries from a simple low-cost processing circuit.”
RC pre-collar drilling for 10 HQ diamond core tails was completed this week with most of the RC pre-collar holes extended to within 100m of the gold zone target.
The diamond drill rig is now on site and will begin drilling from the base of the RC pre-collared holes down through the interpreted extension of the Bulgera high-grade gold zone.
Phase 1 consists of seven holes with the first two holes set to test the new gold zone close to where RC holes BRC21001, BRC21013 and BRC21015 reported wide, high-grade gold intersections.
The other five holes will test for gold mineralisation at around 400m down dip of the Bulgera open pit, well below any previous drilling undertaken across the project to date.
Phase 2 diamond drilling is designed to test the continuation of the gold zone a further 330m down dip from the phase 1 holes.
NWM said the decision to drill the phase 2 holes will ultimately depend on the geological information gathered from the core and gold intersections returned from phase 1 drilling.
Preliminary metallurgical testing on three Bulgera gold RC samples showed average gold grades of 1.74g/t, 4.43g/t, and 8.66g/t respectively.
Norwest Minerals believes the three samples returned promising flow sheet and processing characteristics, including:
This article was developed in collaboration with Norwest Minerals, a Stockhead advertiser at the time of publishing.
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