29 Jan Bushranger Drilling Programme Progress Update
Xtract Resources Plc
(“Xtract” or the “Company”)
Bushranger Copper/ Gold Project Drilling Programme – Progress Update
The Board of Xtract Resources Plc (“Xtract” or the “Company”) is pleased to provide a further update regarding progress of the second hole in the Phase One diamond drilling programme at the Racecourse Mineral Resource on the Bushranger porphyry copper-gold exploration project located in the Lachlan Fold Belt (“LFB”), New South Wales, Australia.
- Hole BRDD-21-002, the second hole of the Phase One Drilling Programme at the Racecourse Mineral Resource on the Bushranger Project, is collared over 300m from the previous hole, angled at -80 degrees and is offset from strike with the aim of crossing through the down-plunge extension of the deposit at depth
- Drilling has continued to a depth of 492.5m, having passed through the outer layers of the porphyry alteration system and entered the central potassic alteration zone at about 450m
- Copper mineralisation becomes more pronounced with depth since it was first observed at approximately 130m downhole, and especially since 340m depth, occurring as chalcopyrite, accompanied by pyrite and lesser pyrrhotite in the form of disseminations and fracture-fill.
Colin Bird, Executive Chairman said: “The current hole is a significant step-out of more than 300m from the previous Xtract hole and 200m from any historic hole. It has passed through a wide outer alteration zone typical of such porphyry-style deposits as it progresses towards the core of the mineralised system. We are encouraged by the extent of the alteration zone and mineralisation which has been observed for the last 150m of the hole, with sporadic mineralisation over a wide interval prior to that.”
Further information is available from the Company’s website which details the company’s project portfolio as well as a copy of this announcement: www.xtractresources.com
This announcement contains inside information for the purposes of Article 7 of EU Regulation No. 596/2014 on market abuse. The person who arranged for the release of this announcement on behalf of the Company was Colin Bird, Director.
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Information in this announcement relating to the exploration works has been reviewed by Edward (Ed) Slowey, BSc, PGeo, a consultant to Xtract. Mr Slowey is a graduate geologist with more than 40 years’ relevant experience in mineral exploration and mining, a founder member of the Institute of Geologists of Ireland and is a Qualified Person under the AIM rules. Mr Slowey has reviewed and approved the geological content of this announcement.
In accordance with AIM Note for Mining and Oil & Gas Companies, June 2009 (“Guidance Note”), Colin Bird, CC.ENG, FIMMM, South African and UK Certified Mine Manager and Director of Xtract Resources plc, with more than 40 years’ experience mainly in hard rock mining, is the qualified person as defined in the Guidance Note of the London Stock Exchange, who has reviewed the technical information contained in this press release.
The following is a summary of technical terms:
|A zone exhibiting change in mineralogical composition of a rock commonly brought about by reactions with hydrothermal solutions|
|“chalcopyrite”||A copper-iron sulphide mineral, CuFeS2, often found in copper ores|
|“disseminated”||Mineralization distributed throughout a rock|
|“exploration”||Method by which ore deposits are evaluated
|“Inferred Mineral Resource”||That part of a Mineral Resource for which quantity and grade (or quality) are estimated on the basis of limited geological evidence and sampling. Geological evidence is sufficient to imply but not verify geological and grade (or quality) continuity. It is based on exploration, sampling and testing information gathered through appropriate techniques from locations such as outcrops, trenches, pits, workings and drill holes|
|“JORC Code”||Australasian Institute of Mining and Metallurgy Joint Ore Reserves Committee code on mineral resources and ore reserves|
|“mineralisation”||Process of formation and concentration of elements and their chemical compounds within a mass or body of rock|
|“porphyry”||A deposit of disseminated copper minerals in or around a large body of intrusive rock