Barton on track to drill 20,000m before end of 2023

Barton Gold (ASX:BGD) is poised to drill some 20,000m before the end of 2023, with an updated 223 deposit analysis running in parallel as work across its portfolio including the Tunkillia Gold Project ramps up.

The company has now completed priority extensional reverse circulation (RC) and diamond drilling on the cornerstone 223 deposit within the Tunkillia Project.

About 12,500m RC and 1,400m DD drilling has now been completed on the 223 deposit extensions, satellite gold zones 223 North, Area 191, and Area 51, and a new target southeast of 223.

These assays have been prioritised for a potential JORC resources update.

DD drilling has now started at the Area 51 gold zone, and RC drilling has started on the new shear zone ‘offset’ target southeast of the 223 deposit.

Some 4,000m of RC drilling is planned for the ‘offset’ target. The RC rig will then move to Area 51 for a further 1,500m to complete the current Tunkillia drilling program.

“We are targeting 223 deposit extensions, new deposits, and new discoveries as we grow Tunkillia’s large-scale footprint

Commenting on Tunkillia drilling, Barton MD Alex Scanlon says he expects to drill more than 20,000m before the end of 2023, with updated 223 deposit analysis running in parallel.

“We are targeting 223 deposit extensions, new deposits, and new discoveries as we grow Tunkillia’s large-scale footprint.”

Scanlon recently exclusively told Mining.com.au that at a very high level, Barton Gold is a pure-play gold, pure-play South Australian developer with a narrow focus ‘because capital is scarce and the mining industry is hard enough’.

“If you have a split focus on different metals and different project areas in different countries, you have to divide your time and your team and your capital resources between multiple objectives.

That may suit somebody who believes it’s their objective just to identify something and then sell it along to someone else who’s going to drill it out, but our motivation is development.”

Based in Adelaide, Barton owns some 5,000km-square of land in South Australia’s Gawler Craton, including the Tarcoola, Tunkillia and Challenger gold projects, the latter of which is currently on care and maintenance but features the fully licensed, 650,000-tonnes-per-year Central Gawler Mill.

The company is ASX, OTCQB (OTCQB:BGDFF), and Frankfurt stock exchange (FRA:BGD3) listed with a total attributable 1.3Moz Au JORC mineral resources endowment and a pipeline of advanced exploration projects and brownfield mines.

Write to Adam Orlando at Mining.com.au

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