Barton Gold completes 12,000m RC drilling program at Tunkillia ahead of planned MRE update

South Australia focused exploration company Barton Gold (ASX:BGD) reports that it has completed a major 12,000m reverse circulation (RC) drilling program at its Tunkillia Project in the Central Gawler Craton.

The company says the drilling program has been completed for a total 11,840m drilled across 45 holes, with the final component of the program including 10 holes for a total 2,188m RC drilling at the key regional Area 51 target, which returned a new 500m long gold zone in May last year.

Adding on, Barton notes it also completed 3 preliminary test holes totalling 510m RC drilling at its extensional ‘223 South’ target.

momentum is building with thick new gold zones confirmed at the 223 Deposit”

The company also notes the completion of drilling comes following the publishing of assay results from a total 9,212m of RC drilling at the 223 deposit, which identified multiple 20m+ thick depth extensions of known mineralisation, as well as new 20m+ thick gold zones in previously untested areas below.

Completion of drilling also comes following the finalisation of about 2,201m of diamond drilling (DD) at the 223 deposit and Area 51, with assays from both diamond drilling and Area 51 RC drilling expected to be received during February, March, April, and May this year, ahead of a planned updated Mineral Resource Estimate (MRE) for the 223 deposit.

Addressing the completion of drilling, Barton Gold Managing Director Alex Scanlon said: “Our team has done an excellent job on this program and momentum is building with thick new gold zones confirmed at the 223 Deposit.

We are looking forward to publishing an updated MRE and getting back into the field with ‘large-scale’ follow up programs targeting further growth during 2023 at the Tarcoola and Tunkillia Gold Projects.”

Map displaying Tunkillia's 223 deposit along with satellite gold zones
Map displaying Tunkillia’s 223 deposit along with satellite gold zones

Barton Gold is an ASX-listed exploration company that currently boasts a pipeline of advanced exploration projects and brownfield mines, as well as a total attributable 1.1 million ounce (Moz) JORC 2012 compliant Mineral Resource endowment.

The company’s Tunkillia project is located in proximity of its existing assets in South Australia, and is home to a host structure that extends 7km north and 7km south, as well as other ‘district-scale’ structures with advanced satellite targets.

Other assets included in the company’s South Australian-based exploration arsenal include its wholly owned Central Gawler Mill, and the Tarcoola Gold Project.

Images: Barton Gold Holdings Ltd
Author Image
Written By Adam Drought
Born and raised in the UK, Adam is a sports fanatic with an interest in Rugby League and UFC/MMA. When not training in Muay Thai and Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, Adam attends Griffith University where he is completing his final year of a Communication & Journalism degree.