Ballymore's Cu Project Qld

Ballymore uncovers ‘strong potential’ for Ruddygore Project to host a shallow copper deposit

Ballymore Resources (ASX:BMR) has completed a stage one drilling program at its Ruddygore Copper Project, with initial assay results showing ‘strong potential’ to host a shallow copper deposit around old workings.

The stage one drilling program at the project, located near Chillagoe in North Queensland, focused on testing around the Ruddygore mine and comprised six drill holes for 1,799.9m.

Ballymore reports drillhole BRURD002 at the Ruddygore prospect, which represents a bulk tonnage porphyry copper target, intersected significant shallow copper mineralisation.

The results show 86m @ 0.47% Cu and 11 g/t Ag from 4m depth with a number of ‘higher grade’ intervals including 14m @ 0.90% Cu & 21 g/t Ag from 22m and 17m @ 0.76% Cu & 16 g/t Ag from 58m.

Drillholes in the current program have targeted zones of mapped mineralisation with associated elevated soil and rock chip sample results as well as Induced Polarisation (IP) anomalies. Drilling has included a series of reverse circulation (RC) and diamond drill holes.

Addressing the results, Ballymore Technical Director David A-Izzeddin said: “This drilling program and assays received to date have identified broad zones of copper mineralisation.

The initial assay results for BRURD002 highlight the strong potential of the Ruddygore area to host a shallow copper deposit around the old workings.

“These are exceptional results for the first holes and will guide our next steps for the project”

These are exceptional results for the first holes and will guide our next steps for the project.

Work to date has focussed on the Ruddygore mine environs which is hosted in a highly prospective area for copper, gold, and other base metals. There are extensive shallow historic workings within the Ruddygore project area which lie along strike from and adjacent to significant mines including Red Dome and Mungana.

This project fits well into Ballymore’s strategy to identify and develop gold, copper, and other critical mineral projects in North Queensland.”

The Ruddygore Mine was mined from 1896 to 1909 and hosts extensive pits and shafts.

Mapping and soil sampling by Ballymore defined a large geochemical and alteration system in this area. An IP geophysics survey was subsequently conducted in October 2021 and defined a large, 1,000m long by up to 300m wide chargeability anomaly beneath the historic workings.

Only 26 shallow drillholes have been completed in the area for 1,631m, with most holes being less than 50m deep, with all of these drilled prior to 1990. An initial drilling program was designed to test around the mine environs.

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