Viking Mines Limited (ASX: VKA) announced that Diamond Drilling has commenced at the First Hit Gold Project in WA and the first DD core in more than 18 years has been retrieved.
The company reported that the Phase 1 programme includes 11 drillholes for 2,508m DD and 6,000m AC drilling. VKA said that the Phase 2 DD programme planning has been completed and includes 7 drillholes for 2,152m. Viking said that all ground clearing activities were completed for DD and AC programmes.
Site preparation works completed
The company reported that all site preparation works were completed for the Phase 1 drilling programmes incorporating 2,508m of Diamond Drilling (DD) and 6,000m of Air Core (AC) drilling. VKA said that the supporting infrastructure were advanced with the establishment of field camp operations, core yard, and fuel supplies for the full phase 1 drill programme.
Drill program at First Hit project
The company said that the objectives of the drill programme are to test for extensions of mineralisation along strike and down plunge; drill in-between existing mined stopes to test for remnant mineralisation; test the structural and lode model which has been developed; test the hanging wall geology to gain an understanding of the mineralisation controls; and determine geochemical fingerprint of mineralisation to assist in regional Air Core programme interpretation to identify the mineralised structures.
Diamond drilling commenced
The company said that diamond drilling commenced on 24th February with hole VDD001 to test down plunge extensions of mineralisation. Viking said that in total, 18 drillholes for 4,660m have been planned and been separated in to Phase 1 (11 holes for 2,508m) and Phase 2 (7 holes for 2,152m). VKA said that Topdrive Drillers Australia (TDA) have been engaged for the Phase 1 DD programme.
VKA said that HQ diameter diamond core is being retrieved and drilling is progressing towards the potential mineralised target. This is the first diamond drill core in >18 years and was retrieved from hole VDD001 testing for extensions of mineralisation along strike and down plunge. The company said that Phase 1 is estimated to take approximately ~50 days to complete. Viking said that subject to positive results being received from Phase 1, Phase 2 has been planned to be undertaken consecutively.
Air Core drilling planned
The company announced that Gyro Australia has been engaged to complete the Phase 1 AC programme and is scheduled to arrive at the First Hit project by mid-March.
The AC programme is estimated to drill 6,000m and will cover the extents of the First Hit contiguous tenements using a range of 400m and 200m spaced lines. The company said that the hole locations will vary along the lines and are being finalised to allow for key geological targets, geochemical anomalies identified from soil sampling, and geological interpretation of the Airborne Magnetic geophysics.
Updates and next steps
The company said that sampling will take place once all geological logging and photographing have been completed on a hole-by-hole basis. Viking said that the assay results are expected to be available approximately 5 weeks after a drillhole is completed.
VKA said that additional data collection, technical studies, interpretation, and permitting are underway. These works will contribute to the rapid development of the Project as results are obtained.
Viking’s CEO Julian Woodcock said: “In the 4 weeks since the acquisition of the First Hit Project, Viking have acted swiftly and have commenced on an aggressive Diamond Drill programme to test the potential of the First Hit mineralised system. This coupled with the impending start of the Air Core programme will allow us to rapidly advance the opportunity to extend from the known mineralisation and give the potential to discover new mineralised shoots.”
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