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Askari hits high-grade gold at Burracoppin as Phase III RC to launch

Wed 18 May 22, 1:19pm (AEST)
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Key Points

  • Askari Metals has reported assay results including 8.5m @ 4.8g/t onsite WA Burracoppin project
  • Phase II RC drill results precede Phase III drilling set to commence this month
  • Company is targeting regions associated with historical mine shafts from successful early-mid 20th century workings

Askari Metals (ASX:AS2) has intersected high-grade gold at shallow depths onsite its Burracoppin Gold Project in the WA's eastern Wheatbelt, finding 8.5m @ 4.88 grams per tonne of gold in its strongest core result. 

Askari shares are up 9% to 54cps as the eastern states heads towards 1PM.

Askari Metals notes the cores were retrieved from drill holes located along strike of Ramelius Resources' (ASX:RMS) Edna May Gold Mine. 

The Phase II drilling assay results, which turned up the 8m core @ 4.88g/t in ABRC027, are to be followed by a second RC campaign for a further 3,000m of drilling. 

A map showing the location of Askari's WA Burracoppin acreage
A map showing the location of Askari's WA Burracoppin acreage

Historical workings of interest 

The first drilling already conducted targeted mineralised zones on site associated with historic workings and proximity to shafts dating back to the 1930s. 

Burracoppin is located some 20km to the east of Merredin. Phase II of the RC drill run was completed in late February 2022 and comprised 13 holes for 1,300m. 

Interestingly, the company is optimistic on the accuracy of newspaper reports from the 1930s that suggested gold produced at Burracoppin returned grades over 10g/t, though the exact quantity of such mineralisation remains unclear. 

Phase III to launch in late May 

Phase III drilling will commence later this month with results expected early in H2 of 2022. 

The Phase III drill campaign will test the validity of a 3D mineralisation model the company retains on the cards to inform the progress of future exploration. 

Other core results pulled from Phase II drilling include 2.5m @ 11.2g/t and 2.5m @ 5.67g/t.

The shape of Askari's three month chart versus the materials index
The shape of Askari's three month chart versus the materials index

 

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Jonathon Davidson

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Jonathon is a journalism graduate and avid market watcher with exposure to governance, NGO and mining environments. He was most recently hired as an oil and gas specialist for a trade publication.

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