Empire Resource’s (ASX:ERL) Progress at Yuinmery Project: 2020 in review


  • Empire Resources owns two very prospective projects and has been making consistent exploration efforts.
  • ERL had encountered major discoveries across its Yuinmery project and has indicated the potential for major discoveries.
  • ERL looks to continue its exploration programs and has planned various activities in the coming times to test geochemical and geophysical targets across prospects.

Gold and copper focussed mineral explorer Empire Resources Limited (ASX:ERL) has two highly prolific projects and is backed by a team of highly experienced professionals that specialise in exploration, development as well as finance.

ERL has made notable progress at its Yuinmery Copper-Gold Project with various activities undertaken throughout the year 2020.

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Reconnaissance Air-core Drilling Returns Impressive Results

The year 2020 kick-started with strongly anomalous copper-gold mineralisation returned from the reconnaissance air-core drilling. These results were reported across several prospects located at its Yuinmery project.

A new prospective horizon was highlighted by drilling, and the results indicated the likeliness to host several fresh zones of gold mineralisation.

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Yuinmery Copper-Gold Project Prospects (Source: ASX Announcement 24 January 2020)

At this point of time, ERL had added numerous prospective targets to its portfolio and had secured a significant level of information concerning the copper sulphide mineralisation. Further, historic high copper assays were confirmed at Marcus prospect.

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Fresh Cu-Au & Cu-Ni Prospects

In March 2020, an eleven (11) hole reverse circulation drill program tested five prospects and the Smith Well prospect's northern extension at the Yuinmery Project.

Smith Well Drillhole Locations (Source: ASX Announcement 29/10/2020)

Drilling intercepted broad zones of mineralisation and copper-gold mineralisation was confirmed in two holes at YT01 prospect and intercepts included the following:

  • 8m @ 1.09% Cu & 0.37g/t Au from 44m within 28m @ 0.60% Cu & 0.20g/t Au from 32m (YRC20-03)
  • 4m @ 0.89% Cu & 0.12g/t Au from 56m within 24m @ 0.54% Cu & 0.08g/t Au from 56m (YRC20-02)

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At the Smith Well, hole YRC20-10 returned 68m @ 0.37% Cu & 0.13% Ni from 50m, and some encouraging results included the following:

  • 1m @ 1.26% Cu from 60m
  • 3m @ 0.65% Cu & 0.15% Ni from 67m, including 1m @ 1.03% Cu & 0.23% Ni from 67m
  • 22m @ 0.51% Cu & 0.19% Ni from 79m, including 2m @ 1.22% Cu from 91m

The RC drilling at Yuinmery had remained on track to deliver excellent results that supported ERL’s belief in Yuinmery Project’s potential to host several copper-gold and copper-nickel deposits. The Company’s continued exploration efforts at the project indicated the potential for discovery of new copper-gold deposits.

Furthermore, Smith Well has also continued to highlight the prospectivity for more broad zones of sulphide mineralisation and the Company has been eager to advance further investigations.

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DHEM Survey Reveals Encouraging Results

During May 2020, ERL undertook Downhole electromagnetic (DHEM) geophysical surveys at both Smith Well and YT01 prospects to test off-hole sulphide mineralisation signatures. ERL surveyed seven RC holes and received very strong responses of up to 38,000S at Smith Well.

Yuinmery Copper-Gold Project Prospects (Source: ASX Announcement 03/06/2020)

The Company remained on track to systematically pursue identification and testing of copper-gold anomalism.

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Moreover, the results generated from the survey suggested the potential for detection of fresh copper-gold deposits.

Continued Encouraging Cu-Ni-PGM Mineralisation At Yuinmery

ERL continued its exploration efforts at the Yuinmery project and obtained excellent exploration results, including the occurrence of PGE not historically observed in high concentrations. Moreover, at the YT01 Prospect, ERL also identified the existence of a large zone of palladium and platinum metals that further provides an outstanding potential for the Company to make significant discoveries.

RC hole YRC20-28 at YT01 encountered broad zone of Cu-Ni-PGM mineralisation in June 2020 and returned best intercepts of 20m @ 0.39% Cu, 0.11% Ni, 0.02% Co, 0.21g/t Pd & 0.07g/t Pt from 143m. Overall results suggested the potential for substantial discovery of Cu-Ni-PGM mineralisation across YT01 prospect that remains majorly untested.

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Subsequent and Planned Activities

In September 2020, ERL had collected additional 126 soil samples over the YT01 area, and results are awaited for the same. The Company had also planned an air-core drilling in the YT01 area to test geochemical and geophysical targets for the December quarter. Moreover, ERL has planned a follow-up RC drilling to be undertaken at the YT01 Prospect as soon as an appropriate RC drill rig is available.

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At the Smith Well Prospect, ERL believes that there is a need for additional exploration for a definitive assessment.

On 12 February 2021, ERL share price quoted at $0.015 with a market capitalisation of $13.63 million.

*All financials are in AUD, unless specified.





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