Empire Metals Ltd (LON:EEE) has set out a programme for further work at its Eclipse gold project, located 55km north-east of Kalgoorlie, in Western Australia.
The plans include undertaking additional structural interpretations to support updated vein wireframes and modelling, resource modelling and estimation, and preliminary open pit optimisations.
A further 1700 metres of reverse circulation drilling will also take place in 17 holes, mainly focussed on infill drilling adjacent to wide intersections of mineralisation and high-grade intercepts around the Jack’s Dream workings, north-west of the Eclipse shaft.
An additional 200 metres of diamond drilling in three holes will be undertaken to duplicate selected recent RC drillholes for resource estimation purposes, to enable initial geotechnical core logging as input to a preliminary pit design, and to provide samples for metallurgical testing.
Metallurgical testwork will also take place.
“The boom in activity in the Western Australian minerals industry continues, meaning there is high demand for equipment, especially in the gold sector, but we are delighted to have been fortunate to secure drill rigs for the next phase of work, said Mike Struthers, director of Empire Metals.
“Field geologists are also in high demand and we are very grateful to be working with an excellent geological services company out of Kalgoorlie, BMGS, who have a long association with the Eclipse property. This next phase for Eclipse will generate an initial estimate of a pit-constrained resource at the Eclipse shaft, which will give us our first assessment of the scale and economics of a potential open pit operation, together with further expansions of the mineralisation around the old workings at Jack’s Dream along strike from Eclipse.”
He also pointed out that this area is the location of a recent 24 metre intercept that graded 1.44 grams per tonne gold.