Barton Gold in triple threat move at Tunkillia

Barton Gold (ASX:BGD) confirms that a second reverse circulation (RC) drill rig has started drilling at the Tunkillia Gold Project to bolster its recently started RC and diamond drilling program.

Barton now has 2 RC and a single DD drill rig on site at Tunkillia, bringing the total to 3 rigs now operating on site.

The company is targeting further JORC mineral resources growth at the 1.15Moz gold 223 deposit (38Mt @ 0.94g/t Au) and surrounding satellite gold zones.

The second RC drill will allow Egan Drilling’s track mounted RC rig, which is ideal for accessing sandy terrain, to move to a priority regional exploration target southeast of the 223 deposit.

Barton says this target is located along the western margin of the Yarlbrinda Shear Zone, across another structure which intersects the Shear south of the 223 deposit, offsetting it to the northeast.

Barton’s geophysical modeling indicates the potential to host mineralisation similar to that identified in the 223 deposit and its satellite gold zones.

Commenting on the expansion of Tunkillia RC drilling, Barton MD Alex Scanlon says: “We are excited to get a third rig on site to test the southeast offset target this year. This has been a high priority since identifying the new gold zones at areas 223N, 191, and 51.

We are hoping to generate multiple near-term resource updates at Tunkillia, and also to open the next several kilometres of the shear zone for potential repeats of this large-scale open pit mineralisation.”

Barton is focused on exploration in two large-scale mineral systems at the Tarcoola Project and the Tunkillia Project, where the company’s latest technical work demonstrates significant new upside opportunities in historically under-invested assets.

Write to Adam Orlando at Mining.com.au

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