White Cliff Minerals has commenced its 2014 exploration program at the Chanach project targeting the Aucu high grade copper-gold discovery. Last week White Cliff stated that earthworks to establish access tracks and drill pads were under way.
The company also stated that the exploration field crew had mobilized to the project site, established the field season camp and expected to commence trenching activities by the end of the week.
The exploration program will initially consist of 2000 metres of trenching surrounding the high grade zones discovered in the 2013 trenching program that produced results which included 7 metres @ 3.83% copper and 30.1 grams/tonne gold; 10 metres @ 1.73% copper including 1 metre @ 106 grams/tonne gold; and 9 metres @ 6.03 grams/tonne gold.
The initial program will focus on defining the length, width, orientation and dip of the mineralized zones. It will consist of a series of trenches spaced 50 to 100 metres apart along the strike length of the interpreted fault system, either side of the three mineralized zones already identified.
The aim is for the trenching to define the strike and dip of the mineralized zones so targeted follow-up drilling can be conducted. It is anticipated that at least 3000-5000 metres of reverse circulation drilling will be required to define the nature and scale of the mineralization. Drilling is anticipated to commence in early August.
White Cliff’s managing director Todd Hibberd says, “We are very pleased to have commenced the highly anticipated 2014 exploration program which will focus on the high grade Aucu copper-gold discovery.
“Results from the 2013 exploration campaign provided great encouragement, demonstrating the potential of the project to host multiple large-scale copper-gold resources. The 2014 program will build on the work completed in 2013, testing the potential for a high grade epithermal copper-gold deposit, extending from surface.” www.wcminerals.com.au