Antipa Minerals Limited (ASX:AZY) has reported a broad range of ‘high-grade’ gold and copper intersections at the company’s Minyari Dome Project in Western Australia’s Paterson Province, along with the discovery of the “Minyari East” mineralisation which includes significant zones of gold-copper-silver-cobalt mineralisation outside of the existing mineral resource.
Assay results from eleven RC drill holes (including one partial hole) have been reported from the phase 1 drill programme (commenced in early May 2021), totalling 3,129m.
Significant results include:
The new Minyari East mineralisation includes intersections along 140m of strike and 150m of dip, and is located just 80m east of the existing Minyari Mineral Resource boundary. The mineralisation remains open in all directions, with Antipa reporting further potential for the project’s eastern region.
Minyari Dome project
Antipa’s 100% owned, 144km² Minyari Dome Project is located in Western Australia’s Paterson Province, within 35km of Newcrest’s Telfer gold–copper‐silver operation, and 54km along strike from Greatland Gold ‐ Newcrest’s Havieron gold‐copper development project.
Phase 1 drill programme
The company’s 2021 phase 1 drill programme commenced in early May at the Minyari Dome Project, and is comprised of 21,000m of drilling (15,000m RC plus 6,000m diamond core). The programme was designed to test extensions of the Minyari and WACA resources, explore new zones of mineralisation, elevate the existing MRE JORC classification via 25m infill drill sections, and provide a basis for project development studies.
To date, approximately 10,000m of RC and 3,000m of diamond core drilling has been completed.
Antipa reports that it is planning to add additional drilling to the phase 1 programme, with the objective of fast‐tracking evaluation of the Minyari East mineralisation and broader eastern Minyari target area. This includes adding diamond core extensions to a selection of the 2021 RC drill holes, additional RC holes up dip and up plunge to the south, and additional diamond core holes down dip and down plunge to the north.
“With nine rigs currently drilling across our four Paterson Province projects, we are in the middle of the most active drilling year in Antipa’s history”
Antipa Managing Director Roger Mason said: “With nine rigs currently drilling across our four Paterson Province projects, we are in the middle of the most active drilling year in Antipa’s history.
The first batch of Minyari deposit 2021 RC drill results confirm the potential for significant resource growth and a stand‐alone development opportunity based on an open pit and underground mining operation close to Telfer.
The newly discovered Minyari East mineralisation remains open in all directions, as do the existing Minyari and WACA resources which, when combined with several untested Minyari geophysical anomalies, demonstrates the potential for this year’s Minyari Dome Project exploration programme, which will be the largest programme we have ever undertaken at Minyari, to identify additional gold‐copper mineralisation that can materially enhance project economics.”
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