Meeka has more JORC-changing assays for St. Anne’s prospect: latest results promising

Thu 01 Sep 22, 10:53am (AEDT)
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Key Points

  • Meeka Metals has finally received assay results for drilling at its St. Anne’s prospect at the WA Murchison gold project
  • Company has hit two significant thick intersections at relative high grades
  • Assays for a further 28 drill holes are pending

After raising $8.8m to fund the drilling, and reminding shareholders to hang on for weeks, Meeka Metals (ASX:MEK) has finally reported the first assay results for drilling at its St. Anne’s prospect; currently absent from the JORC estimate at Murchison. 

Between January and August this year, the company revealed much about St. Anne’s to be excited for, including one thick section over 15m that approached bonanza grade (but fell short of that cut off). 

Let’s take a look at today’s results. 

What has Meeka found? 

Investor information provider Undervalued Equity notes gold in concentrations of over five grams per tonne (5g/t) is considered high grade. Many Australian projects boasting 4g/t are also considered high grade. 

Compare that to the following: 

  • 24m @ 4.73g/t gold from 52m depth, including: 

    • 08m @ 11.7g/t gold 

  • 36m @ 3.61g/t gold from 44m depth, including: 

    • 08m @ 11.0g/t gold 

  • 20m @ 1.66g/t gold from 36m depth 

Today’s St. Anne’s assay results lack the high-impact appeal previous cores pulled between January and August boasted. 

However, thick intersections of consistent mineralisation do support the company’s thesis St. Anne’s will significantly upgrade the total resource. 

Previous core results included: 

  • 32m @ 16.0 g/t gold from 48m depth, including: 

    • 16m @ 28.5 g/t gold 

  • 20m @ 20.7g/t gold from 48m depth (different drillhole) 

Footprint expansion ongoing

“The ongoing shallow drilling at St. Anne’s continues to expand the footprint of high-grade mineralisation within this large gold system,” Meeka MD Tim Davidson said. 

“RC drilling targeting fresh rock has also commenced at St. Anne’s and diamond drilling will commence in early October 2022…[providing] information for the initial St. Anne’s mineral resource, targeted for release in the December quarter.” 

“Drilling is also affording the team an improved understanding of controls and highlighting excellent drill targets to the north where no follow up work has ever been completed.” 

St. Anne’s on company radar 

The October drillwork at St. Anne’s was the subject of a recent capital raising by the company, with over $8.8m secured to get exploration underway. 

Previous announcements reporting assays from St. Anne’s have previously pushed the company’s share price up 40%

As of mid-August, Meeka was waiting on 3.6km worth of drillcore assay data from St. Anne’s, so shareholders would be wise to keep an eye out. 

With these first assays received, the company is waiting for another 28 drillholes of assays to come. Worth noting here is the company hasn’t even started diamond drilling yet. 

In July, the company also found middle-upper grade gold in aircore drilling at St. Anne’s, occurring at depths less than 50m, suggesting that St. Anne’s could be what is targeted first, in the event open pit operations proceed.

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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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