Kingwest Resources Ltd (ASX:KWR) will begin its inaugural field exploration and drilling at Goongarrie Gold Project (GGP) in Western Australia next month following a comprehensive review of the geological setting and historical exploration.
A 5,000-metre RAB and aircore drilling program is set to test primary targets on the northern sector of the Bardoc Tectonic Zone (BDZ), an intensely gold-mineralised shear zone that runs from Kalgoorlie in the south to Menzies in the north.
This section has been notably overlooked by previous explorers but as with the Boulder Lefroy Fault (BLF) at Kambalda, it may be equally well-mineralised.
The GGP is Kingwest’s second major project after Menzies, which is at a more advanced stage of exploration and development.
Gold targets “remarkably underexplored”
Chief executive officer Ed Turner said: “Our review of historic exploration and gold prospectivity at our Goongarrie project has identified many high-priority gold targets that deserve immediate attention.
“Despite its obvious gold endowment, the GGP is remarkably underexplored compared to most of the Eastern Goldfields because most of the area lies under shallow lake sediments which have inhibited previous exploration.
“Modern, cost-effective lake drilling rigs are now readily available to perform this work.
“Kingwest has tens of kilometres of gold mineralised structures to test along strike from major gold deposits and we look forward to announcing results as we receive them over the coming months.”
Three mineralised structures
The company holds 125 square kilometres of the prolific gold mineralised Goongarrie greenstone belt, 80% of which lies under thin salt-lake cover.
Three regionally significant gold-mineralised structures run into the GGP which will be targeted, including an 18-kilometre section of the alluvium-covered and virtually unexplored, gold mineralised Victorious Basalt and Black Flag beds contact.
This contact hosts Bardoc Gold Ltd’s (ASX:BDC) 1.7 million-ounce Aphrodite gold deposit just 7 kilometres south of Kingwest’s leases and a further 75 kilometres south at Kalgoorlie the same gold-mineralised contact becomes the Golden Mile Dolerite and Black Flag beds contact.