Doris drilling a drawcard for Duketon 

Duketon Mining (ASX:DKM) is gearing up for a range of exploration activities at its Doris Uranium Project about 120km north-northwest of Meekatharra in Western Australia. 

The $20.16 million market capitalisation company says further reconnaissance to determine access to other prospects and tenements, soil geochemistry and rock chip sampling, mapping, target identification, reverse circulation drilling, and extensional drilling of historical holes, will all be undertaken. 

Duketon has held tenure in the areas for over 2 years, however, no effective on ground exploration has occurred in these areas for over a decade. 

The company also announces it completed a reconnaissance trip to the project in late 2023.  

Sampling of drill spoils and rock outcrops was completed in line with the site visit and sent for assay. According to Duketon, the maximum triuranium octoxide (U3O8) value was 223 parts per million (ppm). 

The tenements cover uranium mineralisation within the Despair Granite that was first identified in 1978 and also cover a ‘large’ thorium drainage anomaly over the Yarlaweelor Gneiss Complex to the west of the Despair Granite. 

‘Significant’ historical drill intercepts have demonstrated grades up to 773ppm, 588ppm (including 1,380ppm), and 560ppm U3O8. 

Anomalous rare earth elements (REEs) have also been identified in historic rotary air blast drilling within the thorium drainage anomaly.

Managing Director Stuart Fogarty says Doris is a “technically interesting uranium play” at a time of positive uranium sentiments.  

“It has high grade historical drill intercepts, significant exploration potential as evidenced in the rock chip data and radiometric data and favourable historical metallurgical work. With uranium prices at their highest since 2007 and recently trading at over US$100 a pound, there is a platform to reassess and re-evaluate the Doris Uranium Project.”

The Doris Project was originally identified by private company Agip Australia in 1978, which completed magnetic and radiometric surveys, mapping, rock sampling, and petrology, leading to the identification of the Doris, Doris North, Kangaroo Valley, and Kangaroo Ridge prospects. 

Drilling to date at Kangaroo Ridge, Kangaroo Valley, and the Doris prospects has returned ‘significant’ mineralisation within the bedrock. 

The project comprises 2 granted tenements and one application for a total land area of 168km-square. 

Duketon Mining has a portfolio of tenements considered prospective for nickel. 

As of 30 December 2023, Duketon had $13.6 million cash and cash equivalents at hand, according to its latest quarterly report.

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Kalgoorlie Gold locks in drilling date

Kalgoorlie Gold Mining (ASX:KAL) is scheduled to begin drilling on or around 5 September 2023 at both the Kirgella Gift and Providence prospects within its Pinjin Project in the Eastern Goldfields of Western Australia.

Drilling will start following consultation with Aboriginal stakeholders in which no heritage sites were identified within the target areas. 

Both Kirgella and Providence are believed to be part of the one mineralised system. The company plans to test for gold mineralisation continuity over about 1,000m of strike with subsequent drill programs.  

Drilling will comprise 12 reverse circulation (RC) holes for around 1,840m and has been designed to extend ‘thick’, shear-hosted gold mineralisation down-dip and down-plunge at Kirgella, as well as to confirm mineralisation in historic holes at Providence.  

KalGold notes that drillhole collar locations have already been pegged and drill pad preparation will begin later this week. 

Once all applications are granted, Kalgoorlie Gold will meet its heritage obligations by performing detailed due diligence and undertaking a new project area-wide heritage survey to streamline exploration programs.  

Addressing the upcoming drilling program, Kalgoorlie Gold Mining Managing Director Matt Painter says: 

“We are following up on the thick, shear-hosted gold intercepts of our initial confirmatory drilling at Kirgella Gift, aiming to extend down-plunge and along strike to the south towards the Providence prospect. 

This program is the first step in our assessment of the highly prospective Pinjin project

This program is the first step in our assessment of the highly prospective Pinjin project. The project area is host to a swag of targets located on a 20km long segment of the highly prolific Laverton Tectonic Zone, between Hawthorn Resources’ Anglo Saxon gold mine and Ramelius Resources’ Rebecca gold project located 20km along strike to our south.” 

The Pinjin Project is located within the 30-million-ounce Laverton Tectonic Zone about 25km from Ramelius Resources’ (ASX:RMS) Rebecca Gold Project. 

Kalgoorlie Gold Mining had $2.65 million in cash and no debt as of 31 July 2023 following a recent $1.4 million placement, a $730,000 share purchase plan, and transfer of funds for the Pinjin acquisition and farm-in, according to its latest quarterly report.

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