Hamelin Gold identifies new camp-scale gold targets at West Tanami Project, WA

Mineral resource exploration company, Hamelin Gold (ASX:HMG) has identified a series of new camp-scale gold targets at the West Tanami Gold Project in Western Australia. 

The company reports the combination of new geochemical learnings, and the structural re-interpretation has delivered a suite of ‘high-quality’, camp-scale gold targets across the West Tanami. These new targets include the Newkirk, Sultan, Far Southwest Corridors, and the Olsen target. 

Hamelin recently reviewed available geochemical data demonstrating that arsenic correlates very poorly with gold mineralisation in the Tanami and does not offer a reliable or accurate indicator. Instead, the analysis of all multi-element geochemical data identified that primary gold mineralisation in the West Tanami has a ‘remarkably high’ correlation with bismuth. 

Commenting on the new camp scale targets, Managing Director Peter Bewick says: “Hamelin’s maiden exploration program in the West Tanami in 2022 delivered a high-grade gold discovery at Sultan and has resulted in a number of key learnings that significantly increased our understanding of the structural setting, the basement geology and the nature of the regolith. 

“These learnings have been incorporated into our targeting activities resulting in the identification of several new camp-scale gold targets”

These learnings have been incorporated into our targeting activities resulting in the identification of several new camp-scale gold targets. These targets exhibit the geophysical and geochemical footprints commonly associated with large-scale gold systems, and in areas, we consider previous exploration programs have been ineffective.”

Hamelin’s 2023 field program will begin in April initially with reverse circulation (RC) drilling and surface geochemical programs at Sultan and Fremlines prospects. Regional air core (AC) programs are planned for several of the new camp scale targets across the project. 

The Newkirk Gold Corridor program is expected to be completed between May and June 2023. 

The gold potential of the Sultan prospect was highlighted by a single diamond hole drilled in 2022. Drillhole TSD0007 returned ‘high-grade’ results with 7.6m @ 3.2g/t Au from 326.2m, including 1.1m @ 15.9g/t Au from 329.7m. 

Hamelin reports this initial program will be completed between April and May 2023.

The Far Southwest Corridor has not been subject to previous on-ground exploration, with no surface sampling or drilling completed. Hamelin reports initial surface sampling trials will be conducted to determine the amenability of the area to surface geochemical techniques. 

Pending the results of the surface sampling, the company will consider deployment of air core (AC) and/or reverse circulation (RC) drilling along the length of the corridor. 

The Olsen target is initially planned to be tested with a series of AC drill sections drilled to the top of fresh rock. Drilling is planned to be completed in May and June 2023. 

Hamelin Gold is an exploration company based in Perth, Western Australia. Hamelin has a landholding of about 2,500km-square in the Tanami Gold Province. The province is prospective for tier-one gold deposits and for rare earth elements (REE) deposits.

Images: Hamelin Gold Ltd
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