Gold exploration to resume at NQ Minerals' mine in Australia
UK and US-traded NQ Minerals reports that permission has been granted to start over 2 kilometres of surface trenching at its Beaconsfield Gold Mine in northern Tasmania.
The company will identify near surface gold deposits to add to the Beaconsfield’s estimated 483,000 ounces of JORC (2012) compliant Mineral Resources (1.454Mt at 10.3 grams per tonne).
David Lenigas, NQ Minerals' Chairman, said the approval marks an important milestone in bringing this historic gold-rich property back on stream.
"Having acquired Beaconsfield in June 2020, we see scope to identify new and significant shallow ounces of gold that will be incremental to the already known JORC compliant reserves of nearly half a million ounces.
"The resumption of gold exploration kick-starts an exciting new era at Beaconsfield, with the trenching programme being a precursor to a follow up RC (Reverse Circulation) drill programme, which the Company is aiming to start this quarter.”
Six costeans are to be progressed covering 2,100 metres. They will test for the surface expressions of the main Beaconsfield gold lodes - the main Tasmania Reef, the Moonlight-cum- Wonder line (to the northwest of the main Tasmania Reef) and the Olive Branch workings – where historically exploration efforts were focused on developing the deeper levels of the mine.
In addition, the company is completing the final stages of Metallurgical optimisation on the surface stockpiles material within the mining lease, which is now estimated to have 120,000 tonnes grading 3.2 g/t Au.
This optimisation work has been undertaken to provide specific detail for the Beaconsfield gold plant refurbishment design and engineering, and is expected to be completed by the end of this quarter.
In May 2017, NQ Minerals acquired the Hellyer Gold Mine in Tasmania which has substantial reserves of high-grade zinc, lead, copper, silver and gold.