Extends Duchess Gold Deposit In WA
Apollo Consolidated (ASX:AOP) has received positive assay results in step-out RC drilling at the Duchess gold deposit, part of the Lake Rebecca Gold Project approximately 145km east of Kalgoorlie in Western Australia.
The results have defined an open southward extension with 18m @ 1.39g/t Au in hole RCLR0747 and 23m @ 1.33g/t Au in RCLR0748,
The 195,000oz Duchessdeposit sits 4km south of the company’s main Rebecca discovery and presents excellent potential for supplemental feed to any future mining operation. The deposit comprises several west-dipping mineralised structures with Mineral Resources reported within an optimised pit shell some 900m long and up to 800m wide
RC drilling on a step-out traverse south of the pit shell boundary has shown that a strongly mineralised structure remains open southward, with RCLR0747 hitting 18m @ 1.39g/t Au and RCLR0748 intersecting 23m @ 1.33g/t Au approximately 80m down-dip. The intercepts correspond to increased disseminated sulphides and define a west-dipping structure of 15-20m true width.
The results demonstrate the potential for resource growth around the margins of the Duchess deposit, and it is pleasing to locate mineralisation in the first follow-up work conducted since updating the MRE.
Several follow-up drillholes have been drilled on sections south of this point, with assay results yet to be returned from the laboratory.
First exploration drilling in an area 1.3km NW of Duchess has also returned a promising intercept, with 4m @ 1.60g/t Au from 46m in RCLR0743. Mineralisation reports to a zone of sulphides and alteration and has confirmed that gold anomalism in historical auger sampling has a local bedrock source.
The Target is coincident with a linear magnetic anomaly that is undrilled and open to strike. Follow- up exploration drilling will be carried out along this >1km long structural target.
Exploration drilling is continuing, focussing on targets that may provide high-value shallow mineralisation including footwall targets at the Rebecca deposit, additional resource definition drilling of unclassified in-pit Rebecca mineralisation, as well as infill drilling at Cleo to bring this discovery toward Resource status. A series of regional structural targets will also be tested with exploratory drilling.
An initial approved drilling programme of more than 25,000m will be extended as required as drilling progresses.