Great Western Exploration a step closer to ‘creating deposit of global significance’ with Firebird Gold Project

Great Western Exploration (ASX:GTE) has confirmed the extension of gold anomalism following an ultrafine+ soil sampling program at its Firebird Gold Project in Western Australia. 

The results, returned from an ultrafine+ soil sampling program, have confirmed broad gold anomalous zones within the project are up to 3.7km long and 450m wide, and have also delineated several strong contrasting and discrete higher tenor anomalies within the broader anomalism.

Great Western reports these anomalies are coincident with north-northwest, and south-southeast structural trends that are consistent with Archean Gold Lode Deposits of the region, representing priority areas of interest.

Speaking to Mining.com.au, company Chief Executive Officer (CEO) and Managing Director Shane Pike says the results bring the company a step closer to developing a globally ‘significant’ deposit.  

Pike adds that these results match those discovered within the neighbouring Gold Duke Project, which is wholly owned by exploration company Western Gold Resources (ASX:WGR), and indicate that the higher anomalism zones line up with modelled geology. 

The CEO told this news service the company is closely observing events occurring within the Duke project, and that both companies could potentially be sitting on a gold camp, which could lead to a much bigger and commercially viable operation. 

“Not only did it extend but it was also coincident with the geology and structure that have been mapped and modelled in the area, and right next door to us is Western Gold Resources Duke Project where they are drilling out several different ounces in similar geology to what we are looking at with no drilling at all. 

[Western Gold] have been quite handy for us, they have helped us with access and so forth but as far as sharing geology resources not so much. They are watching what we are doing and we are watching what they are doing and sort of getting ideas from one another.

“One of the things I think that some people don’t do so well is recognising, not so much gold deposits, but gold camps where you have groups of deposits”

One of the things I think that some people don’t do so well is recognising, not so much gold deposits, but gold camps where you have groups of deposits. Even if it’s not on your ground, sometimes combining these things can turn something that are orphans into something much bigger commercially viable.”

Pike adds that while the company wants nothing more than to begin a reverse circulation (RC) and diamond drilling (DD) program on the ‘large’ Firebird anomaly, it will approach further exploration with a scientific discipline. 

“We would like to park an RC or diamond rig straight on it, however because of the size of the anomaly you can eat up quite a lot of cash just drilling and using expensive drilling techniques which may not target the right area. We will be doing some lower cost drilling, either RAB or aircore plus some more mapping to move the project forward and to really define these targets for drilling to really give us a chance of making a big discovery.  

However, one of the things I want for our company is to approach everything with a bit of scientific discipline and we believe that taking this disciplined approach gives us the best chance of increasing the odds for a discovery. We have very low cap admin costs and we want to put all of it in the ground in a disciplined way.

“one of the things I want for our company is to approach everything with a bit of scientific discipline”

We want to make a discovery and we will do whatever we can to make sure that that happens. Part of this next piece of work is to do the work and to get to a decision point quickly on where to drill and find several million ounces, that’s the dream. 

We are in the right geology, we have the right anomalism now, and we have something nearby to tell us we are not dreaming so it’s all lining up nicely, and we believe that we are at the right address in order to give something of ‘significant’ value to our shareholders.”  

The ultrafine+ soil sampling program was conducted to confirm and extend anomalism hosted within a defined large zone of gold anomalism, which was defined from previous soil sampling prior to Great Western’s project interest. 

Meanwhile, Great Western has enough cash at hand to undertake further exploration.

The company is also drilling at its Harris’ Find deposit at the Yandal West Project in Western Australia, which Pike says has yielded “really nice” intercepts during the September quarter. The project is similar, in some regards, to Firebird, and is host to a long forgotten historical prospect that has delivered intercepts of 7m @ 4g/t that have not been followed up.

Drilling has been conducted underneath these intercepts and has delivered similar results, with drilling now being spaced out to understand what this target looks like. The structure that hosts this mineralisation extends a further 3km to the north and is completely untested. 

Great Western Exploration is an ASX-listed copper, gold, and nickel explorer that currently boasts a world-class, large land position in prolific regions of Western Australia.

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