The fifth prospect to be drilled at Highlands Pacific’s Star Mountains project in Papua New Guinea’s western province has confirmed high grade copper-gold zones.
Kum Kom is one of six prospects within the project site being explored by the company, with five returning primary copper grades greater than 0.2%. Kum Kom is the first with skarn-style alteration confirmed.
The most recent assay results show anomalous gold and copper with the best intersection being 16 metres @ 0.28% copper and 0.1 gram/tonne gold from 48 metres downhole. Further down the same 475 metre hole, another intersection of 8 metres @ 0.40% copper and 0.29 grams/tonne gold was returned.
The first hole completed in late 2012 returned assays of 22 metres @ 1.42% copper and 0.57 grams/tonne gold from 146 metres and 68 metres @ 0.97% copper and 0.37 grams/tonne gold from 280 metres.
Highlands Pacific managing director John Gooding says, “Kum Kom is a very large magnetic and geochemical and a priority target. As we chase the primary source of mineralization not every hole will have high grades, but we remain very encouraged by the district potential.”
The Star Mountains tenements are about 20km north of the Ok Tedi mine within the highly prospective New Guinean orogenic belt which hosts the Grasberg, Ok Tedi, Porgera and Hidden Valley mines as well as the Frieda deposit.
Kum Kom is now a high priority drill target with a second drill pad being prepared. Since December 2012 access to the supply town of Tabubil has been restricted due to low seasonal rains and low river levels which have affected fuel availability for drilling operations.