West Australian explorer Berkut Minerals announced the commencement of a diamond drilling program at the Cairn Hill Project, located approximately 40km west-northwest of Paraburdoo in the Ashburton Region of WA.
The Cairn Hill Project area was intensively explored over the period 1998 to 2006 by JV partners Newcrest Sipa and Bacome. Newcrest’s exploration activities during the period 2000-2004 yielded the following assay results:
- CHR007 – 20m @ 29g/t Au from 30m;
- CHR010 – 6m @ 12g/t Au from 142m
“The work completed by Newcrest, whilst to a high standard, was not targeting the same style of mineralisation and these significant results have been left unexplained, providing an excellent opportunity for Berkut to potentially exploit,” Berkut told the ASX.
“The proposed program gas two facets; firstly to validate with diamond core the results from the RC drilling completed 16 years ago; and secondly to provide a physical sample of the mineralisation on which further geological, geophysical and metallurgical testwork can be undertaken.”
Berkut’s proposed program involves the drilling of four diamond core holes, two from each of the CHR007 and CHR010 drill pads.
“The first hole on each pad will be to verify the original RC work while the second hole from each pad will be drilled at a different azimuth and/or dip reflecting the interpreted geology and will be aimed at creating of intersections on the mineralised feature. This will provide Berkut geologists with a better insight into the nature of the mineralisation and allow effective drill targeting going forward.”
According to the company, the diamond drilling program will be completed within two weeks, with results expected to be available in December.