Drilling has confirmed the high-grade gold mineralisation remains open with the four diamond drill rigs having moved from resource drilling at Bellevue Surrounds to focus on step-out drilling at Viago and Tribune.
Bellevue Gold managing director Steve Parsons said: “Since the latest resource estimate upgrade at the Bellevue Surrounds in January the drill rigs have moved from Bellevue Surrounds resource area and have commenced step-out extensional drilling at the Viago, Tribune and Bellevue lodes.
“We are extremely excited by this latest round of first pass step-out drill holes that confirm both Viago and Tribune lodes extend a significant distance both north and south and that the high-grade mineralisation remains open.
“The discovery of the Viago Lode continuing to the north is extremely encouraging and we are looking forward to the next phase of drilling that will infill and target the high priority downhole electromagnetic (DHEM) conductors in this new mineralised area.
“There is a startling resemblance of the Viago North drilling to the initial drilling at the Viago discovery prior to the later infill drilling and drill testing of high tenor DHEM conductors.”
Best drill results at the Tribune Extension include 6 metres at 24.9 g/t gold and 6.5 metres at 22.2 g/t gold.
Results at Viago North new discovery returned 2.6 metres at 15.4 g/t and 2.4 metres at 15.5 g/t and the Viago extension recorded 4 metres at 14.8 g/t and 1.7 metres at 34.6 g/t.
Parsons added: “We are continuing with four diamond core drill rigs at site to target high priority DHEM targets at Viago North, resource definition as well as further step-out extension drilling at the Tribune, Viago and Bellevue lodes.
“The company expects to update the Bellevue project resource estimate in the second quarter this year with ongoing drill results continuing to confirm that the Bellevue Gold Project is a globally significant high-grade gold discovery.”
Four diamond drill rigs are operating on double shift at the project and is focused on drilling out the multiple new lodes as well as the continuation of the Viago and Tribune lodes in the Bellevue hanging wall.
The company has planned about 20,000 metres of drilling in the near term to update the resource estimate in this area using three of the rigs.
The other drill rig will be dedicated to further step-out extension drilling to the south and north of Viago following up new high priority targets identified by DHEM surveys and the updated geological structural targeting.