The first diamond hole TND-01 was completed at a depth of 152 metres at the Tonopah North Project and assays showed no significant gold or silver.
TND-01 was drilled at the southern end of the targeted structural corridor which is over 1.2 kilometres in total strike length and host to multiple structures with many old gold prospect pits along them.
The second hole TND-02 has been paused at 183 metres depth for the Christmas and New Year break with drilling set to resume on January 5 - the target depth of TND-02 is 300 metres.
Still early days for the drill program
Oakdale’s Nevada technical manager Geoff Balfe said: “We have definitely hit several of the key structures in our drilling that were identified at surface in the old workings.
“We would like to see more quartz veining and silicification in these next drill holes as this is the preferred host rock for gold mineralisation.
“It is still early in the Nevada program and TND-02 is yet to hit the main structural target zone.”
Assay turn-around expected to speed up
Geoff Balfe also commented that the 45-day assay turn-around had been slow because the laboratory had been bottle-necked at this time of year by many companies completing drilling programs prior to Christmas and flooding the laboratory with samples.
The turn-around for the second batch of samples was 31 days, including shipping the core, cutting it, photographing, and sampling the core prior to crushing and assaying.
It is expected that assay turn-around will continue to improve in the new year period.