Officials at Canada’s Southern Arc Minerals have announced results for 12 diamond drill holes at Mencanggah prospect of the West Lombok project – three at the Tibu Serai targets and nine at Bising Hill. The results demonstrate a wide mineralized body along Bising’s Hill’s 500-metre strike target while Tibu Serai also reveals high-grade zones within silica bodies and in other locales.  1

Southern Arc has now provided SRK Consulting (Canada) all drilling and exploration data for an NI 43-101 inferred estimate by mid-2013. This will include epithermal-gold mineralization from the Raja target (Pelangan prospect) and Bising and Tibu Serai targets as well as porphyry copper-gold mineralization from Selodong prospect.

The report will include recommendations for additional drilling for upgrade and expansion. “We have seen consistently strong results at West Lombok and look forward to the SRK report,” says Southern Arc’s CEO John Proust.

Tibu Serai highlights include 0.7 metres @ 13.50 grams/tonne gold and 2.3 grams/tonne silver from 3.20 metres; 18.7 metres @ 2.46 grams/tonne gold and 0.4 grams/tonne silver from 58.80 metres, including 1.10 metres from 76.40 metres @ 31.97 grams/tonne gold and 1.9 grams/tonne silver; 22.5 metres @ 1.60 grams/tonne gold and  1.5 grams/tonne silver from 60.30 metres; and 26.3 metres @ 1.22 grams/tonne gold and 0.2 grams/tonne silver from 96.50 metres.                                                             

The nine holes extended the dip and strike extent of previously reported mineralization. Eight holes intersected mineralization within a 220-metre strike length, with two holes drilled 40 metres northwest and southeast confirming high gold grades along an 80-metre strike length. Results support the contiguous nature of high-grade mineralization along one of the mineralized structures at Mencanggah, highlighting exploration potential in high-grade surface indications of epithermal gold mineralization awaiting testing at Mencanggah and Pelangan.

Three Bising holes infilled a 200-metre gap in previous drilling between and confirmed the continuous, wide nature of the mineralized body at Bising hill along a 500-metre strike zone. Best results are 52.7 metres @ 0.68 grams/tonne gold and 2.3 grams/tonne silver from 7.55 metres, including 27.15 metres @ 1.00 grams/tonne gold and 3.4 grams/tonne silver from 28.40 metres; and 41.4 metres @ 0.69 grams/tonne gold and 1.4 grams/tonne silver from 97.5 metres, including 13.7 metres @ 0.94 grams/tonne gold and 0.9 grams/tonne silver from 105 metres.    

Southern Arc also completed two drill holes testing porphyry copper-gold mineralization via deep targets beneath Mencanggah’s lithocap. Each hole targeted geophysical anomalies underlying Tibu Serai, and encountered magnetite rich diorite and volcanics.

The company is considering bringing in another partner to “accelerate West Lombok’s advancement,” John Proust says, “while reducing financial exposure to Southern Arc’s shareholders.”

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