Substantial gold and copper mineralisation has been identified in new RC drill holes at the Quartz Zone within White Cliff Minerals’ Aucu Gold Project in the Kyrgyz Republic. One drill hole returned a 1 metre intersection @ 149.5 g/t gold and another 2 metre intersection @ 7.08% copper.

This hole intersected remarkable gold mineralisation both within the quartz reef and in the surrounding alteration halo. Assay results include 11 metres @ 15.2 g/t gold which included the 149.5 g/t intersection and 66 metres at 0.91% copper, including 18 metres @ 1.85% copper and the 7.08% intersection. The hole ended in +1% copper mineralisation.

Another hole intersected 3 metres @ 4.64 g/t gold, including 1 metre at 11.4 g/t gold and 6 metres at 0.46% copper.

Another intersected 13 metres @ 0.47% copper including 3 metres @ 1.2% copper from 51 metres depth and 1 metre at 2 g/t gold from 27 metres.

The new mineralised zones intersected in the first two holes extend the quartz zone a further 50 metres southeast of the initial drill line which identified exceptional mineralisation from surface to 65 metres depth while remaining open at depth.

Drill defined gold mineralisation has been identified along the quartz reef over a distance of 185 metres. Mineralised outcrop containing visible gold extends along the exposed quartz reef over a distance of 243 metres.

In addition to these results, drilling has been completed at a further two sections, 2970 and 2920, where the mineralised quartz vein has been intersected. The final holes to be drilled this year will be on section 2920 at the south-eastern end of the Quartz Zone.

Managing director Todd Hibberd said, “The exceptional gold assays confirm the visible gold panned from the quartz reef at surface. We have high expectations that drilling will continue to deliver more substantial gold intersections at depth and along strike. The company will endeavour to complete as much drilling as possible before autumn weather conditions make drilling too difficult to continue.”

The RC rig is currently drilling a hole at the bottom of the Quartz Zone while further roads are bulldozed at the bottom of the hill. White Cliff expects to complete another 130 metres of drilling in 2016.