Exploration Endeavours of Horizon Minerals Climb Up a Ladder, Largest-Ever Drilling Program Commences

  • Aug 19, 2020 AEST
  • Team Kalkine
Exploration Endeavours of Horizon Minerals Climb Up a Ladder, Largest-Ever Drilling Program Commences


  • Horizon would commence the Company’s most extensive ever drilling program in Western Australia’s world-class Goldfields region totalling over 70,000 metres within over $7 million budget.
  • The FY 2021 program will encompass Reserve Conversion drilling, resource growth drilling, new resource drilling and new discovery drilling. 
  • Horizon indicated it is well funded for pursuing the program, underpinned by successful first stage milling campaign at Boorara, generating $2.93 million in revenue.  

Staying ahead of the curve, the Australian explorer, Horizon Minerals Limited (ASX: HRZ) continues to make a pitch for next milestones while its recent undertakings churned out impressive results. Significantly, the latest news on ASX indicating the commencement of the Company’s largest-ever drilling program has been garnering substantial attention. 

Post the significant announcement, HRZ stock edged up by ~3.5% to close at $0.15 on 18 August 2020. 

The FY 2021 program will commence across a range of targets, all within 75 kilometres of Kalgoorlie-Boulder in Western Australia’s world-class Goldfields region. The drilling program will comprise of resource growth, reserve conversion as well as new discovery drilling through the 850 square kilometres of the Company’s wholly owned tenure. Notably, the program totals over 70,000 metres within over $7 million budget. 

The recently planned exploration follows the completing of the first milling campaign, which produced a total 1,050 ounces of gold generating $2.93 million in revenue. Meanwhile, the Company also received bidding commitments from new and existing Australian and international institutional and sophisticated investors to raise $16.1 million before costs. Horizon indicated that it is now well funded and is assessing a more massive scale production profile along with pursuing exploration for growth and new discoveries.

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With Horizon making headway for opening further prospects, let us explore what the upcoming exploration program holds for the Company

Reserve Conversion Drilling Summary (18,000m)

Horizon’s planned drilling program consists of infill, metallurgical, geotechnical, environmental and near mine extensional drilling to ensure the enablement of conversion of current Measured and Indicated Resources to Ore Reserves.

The Company will complete the drilling at the core Boorara, Teal, Rose Hill, Brilliant North and Binduli gold project for enabling the assessment of minimum 4 to 5 years initial production profile with Boorara offering 70% of the mill feed bolstered by satellite open cut and underground projects. 

Kalkine Image (Data Source: HRZ ASX Update)

Kalkine Image (Data Source: HRZ ASX Update)

Resource Growth Drilling Summary (15,000m)

Horizon has planned a 15,000 metres program for growing resources at key advanced exploration projects which would support the Reserve Conversion program along with ensuring a robust projects pipeline to replace reserves over time. 

The resource growth drilling will target strike and depth extensions beyond the current mineralised envelopes, test for repeat structures and new targets for near-mine resource growth

Notably, the strike and depth extensions beyond the current mineralised envelopes would be targeted during the resource growth drilling, with testing to be carried out for repeat structures and new targets for mine resource growth. 

Kalkine Image (Data Source: HRZ ASX Update)

Kalkine Image (Data Source: HRZ ASX Update)

New Resource Drilling Summary (15,000m)

Horizon during 2019 tested three historical prospects with encouraging results witnessed at Coote, Baden Powell and Capricorn.

The Coote prospect, part of the Binduli project area, is located 800 metres to Crake’s west. Meanwhile, Baden Powell prospect (M24/959) is stationed approximately 60 kilometres to Kalgoorlie’s north in the Bardoc Tectonic Zone. Horizon Minerals has planned resource style drilling at Baden Powell and the northern extension.

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Deeper drilling during 2019 at the historic Capricorn prospect of the Windanya project area returned significantly promising results from 20 metres depth. Furthermore, the prospect has been drilled along 400 metres of a strike on a 40-metre grid pattern and has mineralisation open in all directions and require follow-up. 

At the Silverstar prospect, over an area of ~100m length, complex mineralisation has been identified while impressive gold intervals were recorded at several drill holes, requiring follow-up drilling.

New Discovery Drilling Summary (22,000m)

Horizon within major geological structures and prospective greenstone belt has consolidated a number of large, strategic landholdings in the Kalgoorlie-Coolgardie district. The priority project areas include Black Flag, Yarmany, Lakewood and the Kanowna South - Balagundi area north of Boorara. 

Additional project areas targeted for new discovery drilling comprise of the greater Binduli-Teal area, Gunga Regional and Golden Ridge.

  • Horizon Minerals at the Lakewood prospect intends to conduct a scout RC program to better test the more prospective targets. 
  • The Company has proposed several targets and models at the Kanowna South-Balagundi, including targeting the southern termination of the Kanowna anticline structure, testing for buried porphyry intrusives as indicated by detailed gravity and magnetics and following up anomalous mineralisation from historic holes.
  • The Boorara Shear corridor, which is one of the more proven and prospective structures on Horizon’s tenure remains a priority target area. 
  • Follow up drilling is planned in response to the 2019 exploration results at the Honeyeater prospects and Binduli Darter. 
  • In the Gunga regional area, aircore drilling is planned at several well-defined gold soil anomalies to commence in late August testing the anomalies and targets at Windanya and Baden Powell

Horizon indicated that the drilling would be completed systematically with up to three rigs cycling through the program and the results from each round would be collated, reviewed, and informing the next round of drilling.

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