THREE new mineralised zones have been identified while bulldozing roads at White Cliff Minerals’ Aucu Gold Project in the Kyrgyz Republic. The new gold zones are approximately four, seven, and seventeen metres wide and visible gold was panned from a 1kg sample taken from the widest zone.
The yellowish area indicates a new mineralised shear zone identified in a bulldozer cutting at the Aucu project.
A diamond drill rig has arrived on site and was expected to start drilling by early June. It is initially targeting an area where the average grade intersected was 45 grams/tonne (g/t) gold in the company’s 2015 drill program.
White Cliff’s 2016 exploration program is focused on drilling out an 800 metre-long section of the eastern upper gold zone (UGZE) to a maximum vertical depth of 200 metres. The drilling campaign is set to run from May through to December and will consist of 4000 metres of reverse circulation drilling and 4000 metres of diamond drilling.
Drilling will initially be conducted in 100 metre spaced sections followed by 50 metre infill sections designed to generate an indicated and inferred JORC-compliant gold resource.
The company has a maiden resource at Aucu of 1.15 million tonnes grading 4.2 g/t gold for 156,000 ounces of contained gold at a 1 g/t cut-off. There is an upper end exploration target for the UGZE of 2 million tonnes at 30 g/t for 1.2 million ounces.
Additional mineralised zones are expected to be uncovered as the bulldozer continues to cut access tracks along an 800 metre section of the mineralised system. There have been 257 samples collected from the newly exposed zones and submitted for lab analysis.
Aucu was discovered in 2014 and since then White Cliff have identified a deposit with high grade gold outcropping at surface and recoveries of 99% from 182 samples.
The 89%-owned Aucu deposit is situated in a mountainous area of the western part of the Tien Shan Belt and is split into four major mineralised zones, designated by height - camp gold zone (lowest), south gold zone, lower gold zone and upper gold zone (highest).
In 2015, drilling identified exceptional gold mineralisation east of this resource in the UGZE over a strike length of at least 500 metres. Results included 8 metres at 55.2 g/t and 4 metres at 59.9 g/t. UGZE mineralisation outcrops at surface and remains open in both directions and at depth.