Morning News Bites – September 10

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Mid‐tier gold producer and exploration company Gold Road Resources Limited reports on its exploration results and the ongoing strategy to make a meaningful gold discovery that supports a standalone operation. The first eight months of 2020 has seen positive progress with a number of high quality targets emerging. Gold Road’s strategy is to discover a significant gold deposit to support a standalone operation.  2020 drilling to date totals 77,264 metres of aircore, 11,575 metres of RC and 6,985 metres of diamond drilling. Exploration activity has advanced several high-quality targets through our Project Pipeline in the Southern Project Area including Kingston, with the first diamond hole drilled on the prospect intersected 1 metre at 10.39 g/t Au from 181.1 metres associated with high-grade quartz veining in the hanging wall of a highly favourable structural contact.

Estrella Resources Ltd is pleased to provide shareholders with an update on the sale of the Munda Gold Project at Widgiemooltha to Widgie Gold Pty Ltd, a wholly owned subsidiary of Auric Mining Limited, as announced on 13 July 2020. The parties have now executed a formal tenement sale agreement. As part of signing the TSA, the Company and Auric have agreed to increase the upfront purchase consideration to $1,237,000 cash (ex GST) (previously $1,090,000 (ex GST)) to reflect added value since executing the Offer Letter because of the termination of an existing third-party royalty at the Munda Gold Project.

Zenith Minerals report that it has secured a new gold project, Jackadgery in New South Wales. The project with a “walk-up” drill target is highly complementary to the company’s existing gold exploration project portfolio. As previously advised, recent strong investor support in the July capital raising has allowed Zenith to accelerate its planned exploration activities including multiple drill programs over the coming months at its Red Mountain gold and Split Rocks gold projects, located in Queensland and Western Australia respectively. The Company continues to have an active project generation program to ensure it has a fertile pipeline of new gold and copper project opportunities. CEO Comments Commenting on the new project, Zenith Managing Director, Mick Clifford said, “Adding another advanced gold play to the project portfolio is a testament to the Company’s project generation skills, providing investors with further firstrate gold exploration exposure in a region with proven gold endowment”.

Havieron mineralisation extended for Newcrest, with expansion of the northern breccia which includes higher grade sulphide zones. Initial inferred resource for Havieron planned for delivery in the December 2020 quarter. Red Chris drill results confirms the presence of multiple discrete high grade pods in the East Zone reporting 394m @ 1.6 g/t Au & 0.86% Cu from 650m including 166m @ 3.0 g/t Au & 1.5% Cu from 806m. Newcrest Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer, Sandeep Biswas, said “Havieron has continued to expand its mineralisation with further high grade intercepts including 1m @ 100 g/t gold. Drilling results at Red Chris have returned 166m @ 3.0 g/t gold and 1.5% copper, which is significantly higher than we would expect to find in porphyry systems. Red Chris’ results also confirm the presence of multiple discrete high grade pods of mineralisation within the East Zone. We remain on track to commence declines at both projects by the end of this year or early next calendar year which will enable us to accelerate definition and development of these exciting growth options.”

Drilling to commence at Comet Gold Project to follow up high grade historical results for Accelerate Resources near Cue, Western Australia. A reverse circulation (RC) drilling program to commence next week will target high priority mineralised gold trends at the company’s Antarctica and Comet East prospects. The program will consist of approximately 1,200m of drilling to further investigate and extend shallow, high-grade, oxide gold intersections in historical reconnaissance RAB and RC drilling. Drilling to target high grade BIF-hosted gold deposits across several prospective gold trends identified from historical drilling. Past RC and RAB drill results across several targets include highlights of 4m at 7.08 g/t gold from 27m, 3m at 4.53 g/t gold from 60m, 0.4 g/t gold from 27m (ending in mineralisation) and 3m at 2.02 g/t gold from 10m. Cue District is the focus of renewed interest following recent high grade discoveries at Musgrave Resources’ nearby Break of Day (Starlight).




Morning News Bites – August 24

In Today’s Morning News Bites for August 24. Fortescue Metals report 49% increase in net profit to a record $US4.7bn. QLD reports one new COVID-19 case overnight. Liberal call for branch clean-out. 

Fortescue Metals report strong results from FY20, exceeding production guidance with 178.2 million shipments of iron ore for the full year. Costs remain low: C1 costs came in at US$12.94 per wet metric tonne in FY20. The company achieved average revenue of US$79 per dry metric tonne in fiscal 2020, up 21% YoY and has guided for FY21 iron ore shipments of between 175-180 million tonnes. Former CEO, and current non-executive chairman Andrew Forrest said, ”Fortescue’s success allows Minderoo Foundation the capacity and the flexibility to continue its work and tackle new challenges as they arise for many years to come.”

Saturn Metals announce further results from ongoing RC drilling at the Apollo Hill deposit within its Apollo Hill Gold Project, 60km southeast of Leonora in the Western Australian goldfields. This drilling at Apollo Hill is a key part of the Company’s strategy to grow the Project’s 781,000oz Mineral Resource. A further resource upgrade is targeted for late 2020, incorporating results from drilling conducted since November 2019. All 13 holes reported intercepts above the Apollo Hill resource cut-off grade and all but one intersected mineralisation above the average resource grade. Other strong intersections include: 21m @ 0.94g/t Au from 184m – , 9m @ 1.0g/t Au from 179m and 14m @ 0.84g/t Au from 329m.

Kin Mining NL significant new assay results received from recent air-core drilling at the East Lynne prospect, located 3km north east of the proposed plant site at its Cardinia Gold Project near Leonora in Western Australia. The drilling commenced at East Lynne in early July as part of the extensive and ongoing Phase 3 Exploration Program. Significant widths and grades encountered in 400m line spaced AC drilling, with in-fill drilling to 200m line spacing underway. Results include 20m at 1.36g/t from 20m and 4m at 1.29g/t from 32m.

St Barbara reports its Mineral Resources and Ore Reserves positions for FY20. Group Ore Reserves increased year on year from 4.1 Moz of contained gold to 6.0 Moz, and Group Mineral Resources increased from 9.6 Moz of contained gold to 11.6 Moz. The increase in Resources and Reserves is due to the Atlantic Gold acquisition concluded in July 2019 and Simberi sulphide drilling completed in December 2019.

Zenith Minerals Wide mineralised gold zone confirmed at the Red Mountain Gold Project for Zenith Minerals. New gold assay results from the first 7 follow up RC holes of an ongoing drill program, confirm near surface, wide, mineralised gold zone at Red Mountain Gold Project in Queensland. This includes highlights of 12m @ 2.2 g/t Au from surface, including 8m @ 3.1 g/t Au and 5m @ 1.7 g/t Au from 25m, including 3m @ 2.6 g/t Au