White Cliff Minerals has mobilised a second diamond drill rig to its Aucu Gold Project in the Kyrgyz Republic. The rig, which will focus on testing the Quartz Zone of the Aucu deposit to a depth of 300 metres, complements the two RC rigs and one diamond rig that are drilling.
Its deployment to the site in the country’s northwest follows encouraging results from the ongoing drill program.
Both diamond drill rigs are drilling deeper holes at the Quartz Zone while both RC rigs are testing new quartz veins identified from recent trenching and rock chip sampling.
White Cliff has completed 42 holes for 4720 metres with 15 holes drilled at the Quartz Zone, five holes at the Eastern Gold Zone, seven holes at the Lower Gold Zone (LGZ), eight holes at the Chanach Porphyry Zone and two holes at the Camp Gold Zone.
The company expects to complete around 6200 metres of drilling in 2017 prior to winter weather conditions halting exploration for the 2017 field season.
At LGZ drilling was planned to follow up an intersection of 6 metres @ 38 g/t gold at the western extension. Drilling along strike intersected 1 metre @ 11.53 g/t, 1 metre @ 2.8 g/t, 1 metre @ 2.52 g/t and 1 metre @ 1.04 g/t in quartz veins.
The high-grade mineralisation appears to form along the intersection of a thick sandstone unit dipping north and the sub-vertical shear zone striking NW. This forms a shallow ESE plunging shoot of high-grade mineralisation along the intersection plane effectively forming a pipe of high grade mineralisation that extends a further 100 metres to the west. Further drilling will target extensions of the shoot within the shear zone.
Drilling at the Quartz Zone has intersected wider zones of lower grade copper and gold mineralisation including 9 metres @ 1.7 g/t and 0.32% copper from 118 metres and 27 metres @ 0.41% copper and 0.24 g/t gold from 119 metres. Further drilling has been planned further to the northeast.
The company has a further four holes to complete at the Quartz Zone targeting the deeper sections of the quartz veins.
White Cliff also plans to drill test new regional targets where rock chips grading up to 102.3 g/t gold have been recorded.