ASSAY results from the 2015 reverse circulation (RC) drilling program at White Cliff Minerals Aucu Gold Project in the Kyrgyz Republic continue to deliver exceptional high grade gold mineralization. The best recent result was 8 metres @ 55.2 grams/tonne (g/t) gold with this hole extending the Upper Gold Zone (UGZ) by a further 300 metres along strike.
Another hole returned 4 metres @ 59.9 g/t including 1 metre @ 189 g/t, an additional 2 metres @ 43.5 g/t, and 1 metre @ 103.4 g/t. It also extended the UGZ zone.
White Cliff managing director Todd Hibberd says these results have extended the UGZ a further 400 metres along strike to the east and high grade gold mineralization has now been confirmed over 1300 metres of strike.
“The gold grades are exceptional. High grade gold results greater than one ounce per tonne (31 g/t) have been identified in multiple locations along the 1300 metres of strike of the Upper Gold Zone. The UGZ remains open at depth and along strike.
“High grade mineralization starts at surface and in addition to being identified in these outstanding drill results, has been identified repeatedly in trench and bulldozer cuts. With results like these we are confident that the 2016 drill program will produce a significant resource upgrade,” he said.
A portion of White Cliff’s 2016 drill program will comprise infill resource definition holes aimed to grow the defined resource well towards the company’s existing medium term exploration target of between approximately 15 to 20 million tonnes grading between 4-5 g/t being approximately 2 to 3 million ounces.
Todd Hibberd said the results from White Cliff’s 2015 drilling campaign provided confidence in the company’s exploration target.
Results were also received for another hole which was not drilled deep enough to intersect the main gold lode. It intersected minor low-grade mineralization and will be re-drilled with a diamond tail to test the main target during the 2016 drilling program.
The Aucu project contains extensive porphyry related gold and copper mineralization starting at surface and extending over several kilometres. Drilling in 2014 defined a gold discovery with an initial inferred resource of 1.15 million tonnes @ 4.2 grams/tonne containing 156,000 ounces. Drilling has also defined a significant copper deposit at surface consisting of 10 million tonnes @ 0.41% copper containing 40,000 tonnes of copper.