Greatland Gold plc (LON:GGP), the London Stock Exchange AIM listed precious and base metals exploration and development business, is pleased to announce that further analysis of samples from recent drilling confirms gold mineralisation at its Ernest Giles project in Western Australia.
· Higher grade results received from 1m re-sampling of recent RC drilling at Ernest Giles gold project in Western Australia (initial results from 4m composite samples reported on 12th January 2017);
· Many significant gold results returned, up to 2g/t Au, including 2m at 1.51g/t and 1m at 1.54g/t, and anomalous silver was also noted in many samples;
· Results confirm that gold mineralisation is present over a large area and suggest that Greatland has discovered a new gold province in this largely unexplored area;
· Greatland will be issuing an updated presentation on the 1,000 square kilometre Ernest Giles project within the next two weeks, which will provide a detailed overview of the project, including the Meadows, Empress and Wishbone targets.
Callum Baxter, Executive Director, commented: ‘We are very pleased to be able to report these results from our first systematic, wide-spaced drilling campaign at our 100% owned Ernest Giles gold project.
On 12th January 2017, Greatland reported that results from our recent ambitious drilling campaign at Ernest Giles had successfully identified two large zones of gold mineralisation, including a Western zone of 6km in length and 1.5km in width, and an Eastern zone of 2km in length and 1.5km in width. These results reported today provide support for the view that this large greenstone belt is highly prospective for gold and may contain similar multiple million ounce deposits as have been discovered in other large greenstone belts in Western Australia.
Greatland continues to explore several options to advance this exciting project. Significant results of the 1m sampling are presented in Table 1 at the end of this release.’
Summary of Results and Overview, Ernest Giles Project, Western Australia
The Ernest Giles project is located in central Western Australia, covering an area of 1,000 square kilometres that includes over 120km of strike of gold and nickel prospective rocks. The area is covered by desert sands and sediments, making it virtually unexplored. The region is home to several successful exploration discoveries such as Tropicana (AngloGold ASX:AGG), which contains over 7 million ounces, and Yamarna (Gold Road Resources ASX:GOR), with over 6 million ounces. The Company is targeting large +5m ounce deposits and clusters of several camp-type +1m ounce gold discoveries at Ernest Giles.
Earlier drill programmes by the Company at Ernest Giles intersected gold mineralisation and large alteration systems in wildcat drilling of blind structural targets defined by detailed airborne geophysics. This was considered a major achievement for such a large prospective area with virtually no historical work. To build on this the Company completed a comprehensive broad spaced RC drilling programme which tested several large areas based on work completed by the Company and earlier work by Western Mining Corporation.
The 2016 RC drill programme comprised 23 holes for 5,581m. Hole locations were based on a broad spaced grid pattern of 1,600m x 800m. Holes were designed to test basement lithologies for gold mineralisation and also test beneath surface geochemical anomalies.
Mineralisation was observed in 13 of the 23 holes. Initial 4m composite analysis of drill spoils shows gold anomalism between 5 and 95ppb in more than 10 holes peaking at 784ppb. Several holes exhibiting gold anomalous zones over tens of metres, for example ERC011 140-200m (60m) peaking at 0.78g/t gold with mineralisation at end of hole, and ERC014 224-278m (54m) peaking at 0.17g/t gold also with mineralisation at end of hole.
Additional 1m sampling of several zones of interest was undertaken to confirm preliminary results and better define mineralisation. Only holes ERC011, ERC013 and ERC014 were sampled with a total of 174 single metre samples collected. Many significant gold results were returned up to 2g/t, including 2m at 1.51g/t and 1m at 1.54g/t. Anomalous silver was also noted in many samples. Significant results of the 1m sampling are presented in Table 1. Results confirm mineralisation is present over a large area and suggest that Greatland has discovered a new gold province in this largely unexplored region.
The Company will continue with planning of additional drill hole locations and further surface geochemistry along with a review of previous work. It should be noted that the project area covers over 1,000 square kilometres and is host to a number of other high priority targets such as Empress and Wishbone, the former an unexplained +300ppb gold surface anomaly, and the latter an untested coincident geochemical and structural target.
Additional information on the Ernest Giles project can be found on the Company web site at www.greatlandgold.com/projects