Hamelin Gold (ASX:HMG) reports it has found ‘high-grade’ gold from a maiden reverse circulation (RC) drilling program at the Hutch’s Find Prospect in the West Tanami Gold Project, located in Western Australia.
‘High-grade’ mineralisation in TLR0001 interpreted as a new mineralised structure drilled 200m west in historical drillhole HFDD0004. Results from TLR0001 include 6m @ 8.10g/t Au from 8m, and 2m @ 1.45g/t Au from 16m.
Reverse circulation (RC) hole TLR0001 was collared 200m west of HFDD0004, and is interpreted to have intersected a new potentially steeply dipping mineralised structure.
The area immediately around TLR0001 was previously only drilled by 12m deep, 40m by 40m spaced vertical RAB holes. The historic RAB drilling outlined a subtle, discontinuous, northeast trending, 20 to 40ppb gold anomaly beneath 4m of transported sand cover.
The company reports that the discovery of ‘high-grade’ gold in TLR0001 and historical hole HFDD0004 indicates a potentially developing ‘high-grade’ gold system at Hutch’s Find.
Hamelin recently completed an orientation drill traverse at Hutch’s Find to determine the effectiveness of surface sampling techniques in areas of transported cover.
The company reports RC drilling was conducted to provide key geological information on the nature of the regolith and basement geology, and assess the stratigraphy to the east of the mineralised position.
A single east-west drill line was completed by Hamelin over the eastern edge of the 2.5km long gold anomaly defining the Hutch’s Find prospect.
The western 5 holes in the line (TLR0001 to TLR0005) were drilled at 100m spacing, with the remaining 5 holes on the line spaced at 200m increments to the east. The 5 western holes centred on an area where historical drilling had previously intersected ‘high-grade’ gold mineralisation, with a best intercept recorded of 10m @ 5.4g/t from 123m (HFDD0004).
The company reports the results confirm their belief that the systematic exploration of the belt scale West Tanami Project has the potential to deliver ‘high-grade’ gold discoveries in areas of ‘ineffective’ shallow drilling.
Hamelin Gold Managing Director Peter Bewick said the discovery of ‘shallow’, ‘high-grade’ gold mineralisation in the company’s first drill program at Hutch’s Find is an ‘outstanding’ result.
“The West Tanami Project contains a full-suite of multi-kilometre scale near surface gold anomalies that have seen limited deeper drilling”
The West Tanami Project contains a full-suite of multi-kilometre scale near surface gold anomalies that have seen limited deeper drilling.
“Hamelin has conducted a first pass program of diamond and RC drilling at 6 of our priority prospects in our first field season to understand the geological and structural setting associated with these large anomalies.
The high-grade gold intersected in TLR0001 is situated 200m west of an area of historical RC and diamond drilling that also intersected high-grade gold mineralisation and indicates the potential for an emerging high-grade gold system at Hutch’s Find.
A 2,000m RC drill program planned to follow-up on mineralisation at the Camel Prospect is due to commence by the end of October. This program has been expanded to include additional drilling at Hutch’s Find targeting extensions to the high-grade gold intersected in TLR0001.”
The Hutch’s Find gold prospect is defined by a 2.5km long regolith gold anomaly located 22km southwest of the Coyote Gold Mine, and historical exploration at the prospect is dominated by shallow RAB, aircore and RC drilling with very few localised deeper RC and diamond holes and a single wide spaced RC program completed in 2019.
Hamelin Gold is a Western Australia-based gold exploration company that has a landholding of 2,489km-square in the Tanami Gold Province.
The province is ‘prospective’ for ‘high-value’, ‘large-scale’ deposits and hosts Newmont’s Tier 1 Callie Operations in the Northern Territory.
Hamelin’s West Tanami Project is a ‘belt-scale’ greenfields opportunity hosting the same geology and key structures as Callie with minimal modern exploration completed across the company’s landholdings.
The company is also undertaking a systematic whole of project target generation activities in the West Tanami to support a drill program in 2022 targeting ‘world-class’ gold mineral systems.
Images: Hamelin Gold Ltd