- King River Resources is set to commence its 2020 exploration programmes next month, targeting gold-related projects including Mt Remarkable Project and Treasure Creek Project.
- KRR amid the COVID-19 restrictions advanced the completion of its Prefeasibility Study on Speewah Specialty Metals Project with notable accomplishments concerning HPA production.
- Its 2020 exploration plan at Mt Remarkable includes a 2,500m RC programme targeting the Trudi vein high-grade extensions and other shallow gold targets near the main project area.
- At Tennant Creek, RC drill programme at Lonestar Trend, Commitment and BIF Hill along with reconnaissance exploration of Tennant Creek East and Kurundi is planned.
Stepping up exploration efforts to a new horizon, King River Resources Limited (ASX: KRR) is all set to boost its ongoing strategic activities targeting its gold-centric projects. In a significant update, the Australian explorer reported that next month, it would start gold exploration and drilling programmes for 2020, with a relaxation of the COVID-19 restrictions.
Post the significant announcement, KRR stock traded at a day high of $ 0.036, while settling the day’s trade at $ 0.033, up by 10% from its previous close.
Meanwhile, the Company has continued to work remotely with its consultants, laboratories and advisors, targeting the completion of Prefeasibility Study at flagship Speewah Specialty Metals (SSM) Project. The consistent efforts yielded the production of >4N (99.99% Al2O3) High Purity Alumina (HPA) along with significant progress in the PFS-related testworks.
The upcoming exploration programme would target both of KRR’s high-grade gold projects, Mount Remarkable Project in Western Australia and Tennant Creek Project in the Northern Territory.
Notably, multiple high-grade gold results have been returned at Mount Remarkable, while at Tennant Creek, the Company holds tenements in strategic positions targeting high-grade Iron Oxide Copper Gold deposits.
Proposed Exploration Outline at Mt Remarkable Project
KRR, as part of its 2020 exploration, has planned a 2,500-metre Reverse Circulation (RC) drill programme at the main Mount Remarkable project, which reported high-grade gold mineralisation including best result of 4 metres @ 113.29 grams per tonne Au including 1 metre @ 346 grams per tonne Au. The Company believes in the discovery potential for further high-grade deposits along with the licences over 2,300 square kilometres covering the Whitewater Volcanics that have sparsely explored trend.
Mt Remarkable Main Zone
KRR has planned the 2,500 metres RC drill programme for high-grade gold mineralisation. It would target several epithermal quartz-adularia vein positions. The target includes the Trudi offset target, easternmost extents of the Trudi vein, Jeniffer North prospect, and a new target where the Catherine Vein intersects the Grahame Vein under interpreted cover units.
Notably, the Company at the Trudi offset target discovered a new mineralised zone 150 metres east of the main Trudi deposit, while initial drilling at the Jeniffer North prospect returned grades up to 0.64g/t Au in a newly discovered vein set.
Mt Remarkable – Regional
KRR has planned reconnaissance exploration along the prospective Whitewater Volcanic rocks that extend 200 kilometres along a Northeast-Southwest strike south of the Speewah Dome and host high-grade gold mineralisation. The sparseness of the past exploration along this prospective trend and between the high-grade gold exploration projects offers an excellent opportunity for further high-grade gold discoveries within the Whitewater unit.
Exploration Plans for Tennant Creek
Commencement of exploration early next month is planned at KRR’s Treasure Creek Project situated in the Tennant Creek Region. The plan includes a 2,000-metre RC drill programme building on positive geophysical results from ground magnetics and gravity surveys of 2019. Reconnaissance exploration, along with ground and airborne geophysical surveys, would be carried out post the drilling for progressing other priority targets for drilling.
Iron oxide copper gold (IOCG) style mineralisation characterised by gold and copper mineralisation associated with ironstone bodies would be targeted by the exploration. The Company believes in the prospective for significant gold discoveries with the application of systematic exploration and advanced or new geophysical techniques.
Tennant Creek East
In the Tennant Creek East area, the Lonestar Trend and Commitment Prospects would be initially targeted under the drilling programme. The strength of the targets’ magnetic and gravity anomalism defined by 2019 geophysical surveys is comparable to other known IOCG deposits in the area.
It is to be noted that the Lonestar target is ~700 metres along strike from the Emmerson Resources Mauretania deposit where 20 metres @ 38.5 grams per tonne Au was returned in 2019.
Exploration planned for 2020 will also incorporate reconnaissance of the Tennant Creek East area. In this area, the Company this year intends to test the best of the known magnetic anomalies and reconnaissance discoveries with ground magnetics or gravity surveys.
KRR, in the Tennant East/Barkley area, has been awarded a funding grant under Round 13 of the Geophysics and Drilling collaborations program, which was administered by the Northern Territory Geological Survey (NTGS). The co-funded programme covering 50% of survey costs for testing and defining significant magnetic anomalies and depth of cover in a previously unexplored area incorporates:
- A ground geophysical and a detailed airborne magnetics survey over EL31633
- A ground geophysical survey over EL31634
The new survey covering some prognosed extensions to the IOCG belt in the Eastern Tennant Creek area had been gaining traction amongst major exploration firms such as Newcrest Mining Limited (ASX: NCM) and Rio Tinto (ASX: RIO).
The detailed airborne magnetic survey covering a 25-kilometre strike length magnetic anomaly will define the existing targets while also identifying new targets that allow prioritisation for subsequent drill programmes.
The Kurundi Project has four exploration licences over part of the Kurundi Anticline, covering the Kurundi historic gold mine and the Whistle Duck prospects. KRR plans to commence reconnaissance exploration at these prospects concurrently with its other 2020 programmes intended for the Tennant Creek region.