White Cliff Minerals has completed the access road between its exploration camp and next drill target, the high-grade Quartz Zone at the Aucu Gold Project in Kyrgyz Republic. Heavy spring flooding and snow melt hampered project access during May.
The company is completing drill rig access tracks at 50-metre intervals along the untested 200+ metre strike extension of the Quartz Zone.
The tracks are expected to be completed in the next few weeks, after which the bulldozer will then clear multiple drill pads in preparation for drilling.
The Quartz Zone appears to extend at least 200 metres further southeast of the existing drilling. Outcropping mineralised shear zones occur in a track cutting 50 metres southeast of the existing drilling with channel sample assay results of 2 metres at 5.4 g/t and 1 metre at 0.7 g/t gold within sandstone. Quartz veins outcrop a further 100 metres southeast of the channel samples.
Phase one drilling at the Quartz Zone consists of 15 holes for about 1200 metres of RC drilling between 70 and 130 metres deep. This will target the zone structure along strike from the existing drilling, which defined an inferred resource of 244,000 tonnes at 9.5 g/t containing 75,000 ounces. It is anticipated that drilling will commence as soon as sufficient drill pads have been constructed.
Once the strike extent of the Quartz zone has been defined, the company will drill a series of deeper holes to test the mineralisation at depth.
The company is finalising a drilling contract with contractor Geostandart LLC, which has a 15-year history in the Kyrgyz Republic and is a substantial provider of drilling services to varied clients including several western domiciled exploration companies.
Geostandart’s services includes diamond drilling, reverse circulation (RC) drilling, downhole surveying, directional drilling, mining related earthworks and road construction for multiple public and private companies in the Kyrgyz Republic. Geostandart is one of only two drilling companies in the Kyrgyz Republic able to conduct reverse circulation drilling.
Subsequent drill programs will be at the northwestern end of the Lower Gold Zone. This target is in a quartz vein having the same orientation as the Quartz Zone. The vein has been mapped along strike for 250 metres.
Several bulldozer tracks and drill pads need to be completed prior to drilling and these will be constructed once the Quartz Zone dozer program is completed.
The heavy spring flooding washed away a section of the main access road to the Chanach valley from the Chatkal. An alternative access road from the north was established to allow bulldozer and excavator access. The access track into the Aucu gold deposit is 23km-long and runs along the bottom of Chanach valley.
Unusually deep snow, up to 4 metres high in some drifts, had to be cleared from the Chanach access track. There is a partially completed elevated access road into the Chanach valley that was built in Soviet times. As the project advances, the road will be re-established to provide all season access to the project.
Further up the Chanach valley the track crosses the Chanach River several times and flooding from snowmelt had washed away parts of the track and altered the river crossings. The bulldozer and excavator have repaired the track to allow project access.