Kingston Resources Ltd (ASX:KSN) has identified several compelling, new highly prospective targets at its Livingstone Gold Project in Western Australia via regional analysis and rock chips that returned up to 11.4 g/t gold.
This follows the completion of a project-wide geological study of its tenement package that integrates all historical data, as well as new information gained during Kingston’s tenure.
The result – a compelling series of exploration targets across the tenement package requiring a whole-of-project-approach to exploration.
An "exciting exploration play"
Kingston managing director and Andrew Corbett said Livingstone continued to develop as an exciting exploration play for Kingston.
“Recent work has resolved a mineralisation model that has opened up the prospectivity of the entire tenement package outside of the focused exploration areas targeted by previous explorers."
Future work at Livingstone will follow a regional-scale exploration strategy where greenfields exploration techniques will be used to advance the project.
This work will comprise:
- Regional soil sampling across the untested portions of the project;
- Geophysical interpretation to develop a regional-scale structure framework;
- Structural and geological mapping combined with lithogeochemical sampling and spectral analysis to resolve detailed geology and structure of regions and targets;
- Generation of future targets for follow-up; and
- Drilling of Southern Contact target (EIS Program) in Q4 2021.
Corbett continued: “We are also very pleased, once again, to have been successful securing funding for drilling under the Exploration Incentive Scheme (EIS) in 2021," Corbett said.
“Our ongoing exploration activities at Livingstone continue to run in parallel with the work programs at our flagship Misima Gold Project in Papua New Guinea, where we recently commenced a Definitive Feasibility Study (DFS) and Environmental and Social Impact Assessment (ESIA) that are central to the PNG approvals process.”
Lvingstone gold project showing multiple gold prospects and major structure targets.
New untested target areas
Mapping and rock-chip sampling at the Livingstone North historical mining area relocated previously known workings and located what appeared to be unmapped workings that exploited steep dipping veins and structures.
Grab rock chip samples with notable gold grades at Livingstone North prospect include 2.17 g/t and 5.18 g/t as well as 2.93 g/t and 4.05 g/t.
Results at the Livingstone prospect include 3.70 g/t and 11.46 g/t, 3.54 g/t and 1.23 g/t, as well as 4.05 g/t.
Field observations and a review of the broader drill hole database also indicates that strike extensions of known mineralised structures at Kingsley and Homestead are not fully tested.
Results from this program demonstrate the potential to identify new mineralised zones with ongoing work and an extended rock-chip sampling and surface geochemistry program.
The purpose of the geological study was to place the numerous individual prospects in the Livingstone area into a wider geological context, enhance Kingston’s understanding of the relationship between mineralisation at the various deposits, incorporate them within amineral systems model, and identify and rank areas that are highly prospective at both a deposit and district scale.
Within highly prospective terrain
The Padbury Basin and Bryah sub-basin are recognised as highly prospective terrain hosting multiple >1-million-ounce gold deposits and numerous prospects and mineral occurrences.
Recognition of major through going structures as the key characteristic of the highly prospective Padbury basin and Bryah sub-basin and the capturing of the western extension of the Bryah Sub-basin by Kingston tenements E52/3403 and E52/3667, represents a compelling exploration target for the company.
Bryah sub basin geology and large scale structure architecture with tenement coverage, major gold deposits.
Kingston has secured funding for drill testing of interpreted major structures in the southern contact zone as part of round 23 of the 2021 Western Australian DIMRS Exploration Incentive Scheme (EIS), a co-funded government-industry drilling program.
Sandfire Resources Ltd recently launched a major exploration campaign in the Bryah Sub-basin targeting both copper and gold to feed the DeGrussa operation east of Livingstone.
Activity to date
Exploration activity by Kingston between 2019 and 2020 focused on localised areas comprising the Kingsley prospect, conceptual targets at Stanley Deeps, and confirmatory drilling at the Homestead and Winja prospects.
Results from drilling at Kingsley correlate well with previously reported results in 2020, which comprised thick zones of mineralisation containing narrower, high-grade intersections that remain open on several sections and along strike.
During 2020, Kingston extended the Livingstone Gold Project tenement holdings (E52/3903) to ensure complete coverage of geological units that comprise the western extension of Bryah basin and extensions of major regional scale structures that host and control gold mineralisation in the district.
The package encompasses around 13 kilometres of strike over the prospective faulted contact between the Archean Yilgarn Craton to the south and the mafic/ultramafic of the Trillbar Complex to the north.