Hamelin lines up further West Tanami drilling

Hamelin Gold (ASX:HMG) is lining up further reverse circulation (RC) and aircore (AC) drilling for various prospects within its West Tanami Project in Western Australia after uncovering new basement gold mineralisation. 

The $12.28 million market capitalisation company says follow-up drilling will take place at the Fremlins South, Olsen, and Newkirk prospects in the 2024 field season.

Hamelin will initially assess the Sultan Main and Sultan West prospects with drilling scheduled to begin in March or April to test for primary gold mineralisation at depth and along strike.  

Follow-up drilling is being designed after infill AC drilling at Fremlins confirmed a coherent regolith gold anomaly which appears to be open and improving to the south. 

First pass AC drilling beneath historical gold-in-lag anomalies at Olsen and Newkirk has also identified continuous regolith gold mineralisation, therefore highlighting the ineffective nature of historical shallow vacuum and rotary air blast (RAB) drilling in areas with strongly leached regolith. 

‘High-grade’ gold mineralisation intersected at Olsen includes grades up to 2.04 grams per tonne. 

Managing Director Peter Bewick says results from drilling confirm ‘coherent zones’ of gold anomalism for follow-up drilling. 

“The aircore drilling completed by Hamelin across the West Tanami project has confirmed the importance of drilling through the entire regolith sequence with assessing gold prospects. At Fremlins South, Newkirk and OIsen previous shallow auger and RAB drilling of geochemical anomalies had failed to define the source of the gold anomalism because holes were terminated within the leached zone. 

Drilling to refusal with the aircore rig has successfully defined coherent zones of gold anomalism and bedrock gold intersections that provide focus for follow up RC drilling. Initial RC drilling of these prospects will commence early in the 2024 field season.”

Hamelin Gold is a gold explorer based in Perth with a landholding of 2,489km-square in the Tanami Gold Province, which is prospective for ‘high-value’, large-scale gold deposits and hosts Newmont’s (ASX:NEM) tier one Callie Operations in the Northern Territory. 

The West Tanami project is a belt-scale greenfields opportunity hosting the same geology and key structures as Callie with minimal modern exploration completed across the Hamelin landholdings. 

As of 30 September 2023, Hamelin Gold had $6.3 million cash at hand, according to its latest quarterly report.

Write to Adam Drought at Mining.com.au

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