Alice Queen Ltd (ASX:AQX) has received consistent gold results in resource extension drilling at the 100%-owned component of Horn Island Gold Project in Torres Strait, Queensland, with potential to increase the current inferred resource.
Six diamond drill holes for 1,356 metres were completed to test a strike length of around 230 metres, with all holes returning zones of greater than 0.5 g/t gold mineralisation.
The furthest intercept is about 100 metres south and down dip from the previous drilling which informs the current Horn Island inferred resource of around 500,000 ounces.
This resource and adjacent area is excluded from the company’s joint venture with St Barbara Ltd (ASX:SBM), is retained solely by Alice Queen and is able to be further progressed independently from the JV.
The drilling tested a section of the Tatooine Dipole Dipole Induced Polarisation (DDIP) chargeability target and indicates this anomaly is associated with mineralised gold-bearing sheeted and stockwork veining.
Alice Queen managing director Andrew Buxton said: “It is very encouraging that our recent drilling to test the extensions to our existing resource continues to deliver consistent results and we are hopeful that this may potentially add further tonnes and ounces to our resource in the future.
“The extension drilling confirms that the mineralisation remains open towards the south and northwest.
“This is coincidental with the overall trend of the Tatooine anomaly that extends into the St Barbara JV area.”
Mineralisation remains open towards the south and northwest, coincidental with the overall trend of the Tatooine DDIP CHG anomaly and covers a total area of around 1 square kilometre.
Best gold intercepts from recent diamond drilling.
Ongoing exploration programs
The St Barbara JV diamond drilling program is in progress across the section of the Tatooine DDIP anomaly contained within the JV and will shortly begin at the Naboo DDIP target.
Buxton said: “Simultaneously to Alice Queen carrying out drilling in the excluded areas of the JV, St Barbara has also commenced drilling, so we are effectively hitting this target from both sides.
“With future RC infill drilling planned, it is key to remember that the existing Horn Island inferred resource could be increased both by volume and ounces from either or both of the two (the exclusive Alice Queen and the St Barbara JV) programs currently being carried out.”
Infill RC drilling at the current Horn Island inferred resource excluded area will commence in late November to progress resource definition activity.