Located just 65km west of Launceston and 35km south of Devonport in northern Tasmania, the Firetower project consists of 62sq km of stratigraphically equivalent Mt. Read Volcanic Sequence rocks.
Firetower consists of one 100% owned tenement with gold and copper targets within approximately 12km of strike of prospective rocks throughout the area.
Its location provides excellent infrastructure and access to a skilled local labour force.
Gold mineralisation at Firetower was first located in the late 1970s with stream sediment samples up to 320g/t gold (+10 oz) but this was not followed up until the early 1990s with reconnaissance drilling. More modern exploration by Greatland and JV partners has included soil geochemistry to 4,450ppb gold, diamond drilling and detailed ground magnetics.
A detailed review of the Firetower project was undertaken including all historic and Company geophysics and drill data with reinterpretation and 3D modelling undertaken. This highlighted the presence of untested surface gold mineralisation immediately west of the main Firetower prospect with soil geochemistry results including 390ppb gold and 210ppb gold, and rock chip results up to 3.57g/t gold. This area has been overlooked in the past as scree cover largely masks bedrock geology. Early ground geophysics provides incomplete coverage over the Firetower prospect but shows an Induced Polarisation (IP) chargeability anomaly consistent with gold mineralisation intersected in existing drill holes. Extension of the IP coverage with modern geophysical equipment and processing techniques is considered a powerful tool to assist in significantly extending the strike potential of the gold mineralised system at Firetower.
Longitudinal Section Main Zone
Project Geology and Gold Prospects
2018 3DIP survey
- A comprehensive 3DIP survey for the Firetower prospect covering a strike length of 1.6km over the immediate mineralised zone at Firetower and high priority target areas to the immediate west and east was completed in 2018.
- Actual ground conditions and petrophysical parameters resulted in the collection of high quality IP data
- allowing the production of robust 3D chargeability, conductivity and resistivity models via modern inversion techniques.
- This resulted in the production of excellent 3D models which
- highlight a large gold target, approximately 1,000 metres long,
- traversing east-west across the Firetower prospect
- open to the east
- up to depths of 400 metres.
- Significantly, the results illustrate that the existing sub-surface gold mineralisation identified in drilling to date is spatially associated with the 3DIP chargeability anomaly.
- The 3D model of the chargeability anomaly highlights a potential plunge of mineralisation which allows the Company to focus on areas within the broader mineralised system which may potentially host higher grade gold and copper mineralisation.
- The chargeability anomaly is seen to depths of approximately 400m from surface.
Drilling and 3DIP has tested only a small portion of the targeted 4km strike length area.
The zone of gold mineralization identified to date is open in all directions.
Gold drill intercepts (historic and Greatland) include:
29m at 2.39g/t, 17m at 5.37g/t (incl 1m at 30g/t), 10m at 6.2g/t, 3m at 21.38g/t Au, 11m at 4.3g/t, 1.2m at 14.9g/t. Copper intercepts include 5m at 0.76% Cu, 1m at 1.44%, 3m at 0.62%, 2m at 0.84% and 0.5m at 3.72%. Drilling to date has, in general, tested approximately 250m of strike to a depth of around 100m from surface.
- systematic, grid-based drilling programme
- comprises approximately 15 diamond holes
- depths from 50m to 250m
- a total of approximately 2,000 metres.
- The programme is designed to test the main zone of mineralisation at Firetower
- additional holes will test a previously undrilled area at Firetower East where new targets were identified by last year’s 3D Induced Polarisation (“3DIP”) survey.
Analytical results have been received for the first six diamond holes at Firetower:
- Results received to date confirm the presence of broad widths of gold mineralisation at the Firetower prospect.
- Best initial results include:
- 54.5m at 1.36g/t Au from surface (0m) (2019FTD001), including
- 5m at 5.41g/t Au from 45m
- 29m at 0.78g/t Au from 78m (2019FTD003), including
- 5m at 2.54g/t Au from 92m
- 5m at 8.72g/t Au from 81m (2019FTD004), including
- 2m at 21.2g/t Au from 81m
- 27m at 0.46g/t Au from 43m (2019FTD005)
- 23m at 0.53g/t Au from 50m (2019FTD006)
- 54.5m at 1.36g/t Au from surface (0m) (2019FTD001), including
- Two drill holes (2019FTD001 and 2019FTD006) ended in or near mineralisation and these holes may be extended in order to test for additional mineralisation at depth.
- Drilling activities are ongoing and further assay results are awaited at Firetower as well as for drill holes designed to test the previously undrilled target at Firetower East.
The Company’s exploration target for the Firetower prospect is 1 million ounces of gold.
Geophysics and early ground reconnaissance has identified over 40km of strike to the east and west of the drilled area with potential for gold and copper deposits. These are yet to be fully tested.
Drill Hole Collar Plan
Firetower Section 446075mE
Firetower Section 446100mE
Firetower Section 446175mE
- Several other prospects are present within the project area
- Firetower West and Firetower East
- Firetower West
- soil geochemistry has delineated a large copper/arsenic/gold anomaly over an area of 800m x 300m,
- rock chips up to 3.3% copper.
- A 3DIP target approximately 800m x 400m was tested with a single core hole in 2014 returning 1m at 1.34% copper and 2.6g/t silver.
- This is considered significant as it highlights the prospectivity of Firetower West to potentially host polymetallic deposits such as Hellyer and Roseberry.
- Firetower East
- the eastern strike extensions of the main mineralised rocks at the Firetower prospect.
- This zone covers more than 2km of strike
- soil geochemistry up to 150ppb gold
- but little follow-up work has been completed here
Firetower hosts Fossey Mountain Trough sedimentary and volcaniclastic rocks which are stratigraphically equivalent to the Mt. Read Volcanic sequence (MRVS). MRVS is a highly mineralised system and hosts world class base metal (VHMS) deposits such as:
Mt. Lyell 311Mt at 0.97% Cu & 0.31g/t Au
Hellyer-Fossey 16.5Mt at 13.9% Zn, 7.2% Pb & 2.55g/t Au
Rosebery 32.7Mt at 0.59% Cu, 14.6% Zn, 4.5% Pb & 2.3g/t Au
Henty gold deposit 2.83Mt at 12.5g/t Au (+1mil oz Au)
Gold mineralisation is associated with widespread alteration of volcaniclastic rocks, within stockworks of fine quartz-carbonate veining & sulphide content, including chalcopyrite, of 2-5% with highs of 30%. Alteration is dominated by silica, carbonate and pyrite.
Local infrastructure is good with sealed and formed roads, power, water, accommodation, communications and numerous regional supply points. A skilled local workforce is accessible from the many nearby regional centres.