AN extensive new near-mine and regional copper exploration program at Syndicated Metals’ key copper-gold projects in North Queensland has identified a series of new exploration targets which represent priority drilling opportunities. The program is consistent with Syndicated’s objective of growing its copper inventory within economic distance of the Barbara Copper-Gold Project.

Syndicated completed an extensive regional airborne VTEM survey across its Northern Hub project, north of Barbara, together with follow-up soil sampling over identified VTEM anomalies to verify drill targets. Drilling was expected to begin in September.

The aim of the regional exploration programs is to delineate additional copper resources within a 10-25km radius of the Barbara project, where a feasibility study is being carried out by Barbara joint venture partner CopperChem.

Surveys were flown over the Ballara Saddle, Blue Star and Neptune prospects, 10-25km southeast of Barbara designed to firm up potential drill targets identified during previous regional soil sampling which yielded multiple copper-in-soil anomalies.

There have been more than 7700 soil samples taken at 50 metre intervals and 400 metre line spacings at these locations and at Mt Remarkable. The sampling program covers the corridor of mineralization which is believed to flank, and originate from, a number of regional scale faults including the Mt Remarkable, Trey Bit and Wonga faults.

Numerous old workings are located around the faults where Syndicated has mapped prospective locations for both Barbara-style high-grade shear and vein (SAV) copper mineralization as well as larger iron oxide copper gold (IOCG) style alteration zones.

Detailed, closer spaced (50 metre by 25 metre) soil sampling programs have been undertaken over conductors highlighted in the VTEM surveys to confirm that copper-in-soil anomalism lies above or adjacent to the conductors as a tool for prioritizing further exploration including initial RC drilling.

The Barbara JV recently completed a single deep diamond drill hole at Barbara deposit targeting a modelled EM plate to the north of and below the proposed outline of the Barbara open pit. The hole was designed to evaluate the potential for future underground mining below the known open pit resource.

The hole intersected low-grade mineralization which has downgraded the potential for future underground development at Barbara with the drill rig to be redeployed to test the new regional targets once archaeological surveys are completed.

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