Hamelin rings in 2024 with fresh West Tanami gold

Junior explorer Hamelin Gold (ASX:HMG) has kicked off 2024 with some ‘significant’ shallow gold results from first-pass drilling at its West Tanami project on the border of Western Australia and the Northern Territory. 

The aircore results come from the Sultan West prospect in the project area, and Hamelin says the gold mineralisation covers 700m of strike across this geochemical anomaly. 

The results include 4m @ 0.58 grams per tonne (g/t) Au from 20m to end-of-hole and 8m @ 0.94 g/t Au from 16m, including 2m @ 2.6 g/t Au from 18m. 

Hamelin now plans to kick off reverse circulation (RC) drilling at Sultan West around March or April 2024. 

The company analysed the aircore samples using the Ultrafine technology developed by the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO), and Hamelin says the results validate the effectiveness of this soil analysis technique to define bedrock gold mineralisation under thin sand cover in the West Tanami region.

As such, Hamelin will now look to apply the Ultrafine method across other ‘poorly explored’ sand-covered terrains in the region. 

Hamelin Gold Managing Director Peter Bewick says identifying bedrock gold mineralisation at Sultan West is ‘highly significant’ for the company. 

“The aircore drill program has defined a coherent corridor of shallow gold mineralisation within a thin regolith profile. These initial results are very promising, and we are now planning to conduct RC drilling early in the 2024 field season to test for primary gold mineralisation at depth and along-strike.”

“These initial results are very promising…” 

The company’s recent aircore work in the region comprised a program of 160m-spaced, north-south drill traverses across the Sultan West and Central prospects to test for regolith-hosted gold anomalism beneath soil anomalies. 

Hamelin says the work highlighted a ‘highly variable’ regolith profile that is occasionally either very thin or completely stripped. This could suggest that the environment has a ‘leached’ or ‘limited’ lateral gold dispersion from a primary source, hinting at the potential significance of the gold mineralisation discovered from the area. 

The Sultans West prospect has been defined by a 1,000m-long coherent gold and bismuth soil anomaly, identified through the analysis of surface samples using Ultrafine technology. 

Hamelin’s wider belt-scale West Tanami project covers 2,277km-square of an ‘emerging’ and ‘underexplored’ gold province. 

The company had around $6.33 million cash and cash equivalents at hand as of 30 September 2023, according to its latest quarterly financial report. 

Write to Joshua Smith at Mining.com.au

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