Drilling Begins at Mt Stirling Gold Project
The approximately 15,000m drilling campaign kicked off today at the Diorite East prospect on the Diorite Block. 9 holes comprising of approximately 1,000m of drilling (Figure 2b*) have been planned for this prospect to follow up on a number of historical gold-in-soil anomalies which were recently uncovered.
This will be followed by drilling on the main section of the Diorite Block where excellent highgrade gold results have been returned from soils and rock chip samples (refer to ASX announcement 27 July 2020), and the Mt Stirling Block which hosts two JORC inferred resources.
Torian Executive Director Mr Peretz Schapiro said, "Today's announcement ushers in an exciting phase for our company and our shareholders as we embark on one of our largest and most comprehensive drilling campaigns in recent times. I would like to thank our geological team and fellow Directors for all their hard work over the last couple of months to ensure that the program goes ahead and that it is given the greatest opportunity to succeed.
Our primary objectives for the coming campaign will be to further increase the size of our two resources on the Stirling Block (Mt Stirling and Stirling Well) and to follow up on some of the high grade rock chip and soil samples encountered on the Diorite Block, particularly those found near the historical high grade gold mines such as the Diorite King mine which had a mined grade of 73 g/t Au.
With almost 13 Moz in resource located within the immediate neighbourhood of our Mt Stirling Gold Project including Red 5's King of the Hills mine (Figure 1*), St Barbara's Gwalia mine and Saracen's Thunderbox mine, we are confident that this region is a great location to be pursuing new major discoveries.
We look forward to keeping the market updated on our progress."
Diorite Block - East
The Company's is finalising plans for an initial drilling campaign at Diorite East tenement P37/8857 to commence in the coming days. The Diorite Block is located approximately 5km to the west of the 4Moz King of the Hills mine. All necessary permits have now been secured.
Three zones have initially been identified with several historical gold-in-soil anomalies and favourable geological features.
Drilling will follow on at the remaining part of the Diorite Block, where the recent June 2020 rock chip and soil sampling programme revealed excellent high grade gold results including rock chips of 21 g/t gold, 9.04 g/t gold and 9.59 g/t silver collected in-situ adjacent to the historical producing Kiora and Meteor mines. A total of 89 soil samples returned anomalous gold values > 5 ppb (refer ASX release 27/2/20) (Figure 3*).
Mt Stirling and Mt Stirling Well
Drilling is expected to resume at Mt Stirling in early Q4 2020 following drilling on the Diorite Block.
The Phase 1 drilling program increased the Company's understanding of the mineralisation and provided further pathfinders to follow up on. It has now been demonstrated that the existing resource continues at depth at good grade and remains open along strike. The upcoming drilling campaign will focus around the existing resource, which the Company is seeking to expand.
Torian's hypothesis is that this resource may run to a depth similar to the mineralisation at the Gwalia Mine (Figure 4*).
Analysis of the Phase 1 drilling data using a Grade x Width contouring technique has determined that the Main Zone mineralisation has a very steep plunge to the northwest. Insufficient holes were drilled at depth during Phase 1 to define the plunge line of the mineralisation. Additional drilling will be completed to the northwest to further define the plunge of the mineralization during the Phase 2 drilling program (see Figure 5*).
The Phase 1 drilling program also demonstrated that there appears to be a high grade splay (1.0 m @ 33.10 g/t Au) off the Main Zone sitting in the hanging wall (Figure 5 and 6*) (refer ASX release 9/6/20). This high grade splay seems to correlate with the heart of the resource (ASX 22 February 2019) contained within the oxides facies of the deposit. Future drilling will focus on following this splay to depth in an attempt to define a high grade underground shoot for future exploitation.
In addition to the Mt Stirling Trend, during Phase 2 drilling a number of holes will be drilled in and around another one of the Company's existing resources on the Mt Stirling Gold Project; the 'Stirling Well' deposit. The objective is to define extensions to this mineralisation and to determine if there are any satellite deposits outlying of the Stirling Well deposit (see Figure 7*).
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About Torian Resources Limited
Torian Resources Ltd (ASX:TNR) is a gold exploration and development company with an extensive and strategic land holding comprising eight projects and over 400km2 of tenure in the Goldfields Region of Western Australia.
Torian's flagship project, Zuleika, is located along the world-class Zuleika Shear. The Zuleika Shear is the fourth largest gold producing region in Australia and consistently produces some of the country's highest grade and lowest cost gold mines. Torian's Zuleika project lies north and partly along strike of several major gold deposits including Northern Star's (ASX:NST) 7.0Moz East Kundana Joint Venture and Evolutions (ASX:EVN) 1.8Moz Frogs Legs and White Foil deposits.
Torian's other projects include the strategically located Mt Stirling and Malcolm Projects in the Leonora region (near Red 5's King of the Hills Project), where it recently completed updated Mineral Resource Estimates and preliminary scoping studies, and a suite of other projects in the Kalgoorlie region including Credo Well JV Zuleika JV, Bonnie Vale, Gibraltar and Mount Monger/Wombola.
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