The second diamond drill hole of White Cliff Minerals’ 2016 exploration program at the Aucu Gold Project in the Kyrgyz Republic has encountered four mineralized zones with substantial sulphides. These were intersected at depths consistent with the high grade zones encountered in an adjacent hole drilled in 2015.
The core from this hole has been cut and sampled, and delivered to the laboratory with results expected within two weeks.
The start of the company’s 2016 drilling program was temporarily interrupted owing to water supply servicing and with broken and fractured ground conditions.
White Cliff has secured an additional diamond drill rig and a water tanker which has accelerated drilling progress. It says that further rigs may be secured subject to drilling progress.
Drill Rig One is drilling a hole on Section 09 targeting mineralisation 50 metres above that encountered in 2015 in one hole which returned 4 metres @ 59.5 grams/tonne (g/t) gold and 1 metre @ 10 g/t.
Drill Rig Two is drilling a hole on Section 03 targeting mineralisation immediately below that encountered in 2015 in one hole of 8 metres @ 55 g/t.
In 2015 the company announced a maiden inferred resource for the Aucu deposit above a cut-off grade of 1.0 g/t of 1.15 million tonnes @ 4.2 g/t for 156,000 ounces of contained gold. Drilling has also defined a significant copper deposit at surface consisting of 10 million tonnes @ 0.41% copper containing 40,000 tonnes of copper.