Company and Mining


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Looking northwest towards Quartz Zone- bull dozer completing access track


PERTH, WESTERN AUSTRALIA – White Cliff Minerals Limited (ASX: WCN) (“White Cliff” or the “Company”) is pleased to announce that it has finalized a drilling contract with mining contractor Geostandart LLC (“Geostandart”).


Geostandart and its predecessor company Geotechservices LLC have a 15 year history in the Kyrgyz Republic. Geostandart’s services includes diamond drilling, reverse circulation (RC) drilling, downhole surveying, directional drilling, mining related earthworks and road construction. They have become a substantial provider of drilling services to varied clients including several western domiciled exploration companies. Geostandart is one of only two drilling companies in the Kyrgyz Republic to conduct reverse circulation drilling.

The Company is also in negotiations with Quest Exploration Drilling (QED) to conduct diamond drilling which will test the deposit at depth later in the 2017 field season.

QED have a 30 year history and QED has grown their business to be an industry leader in the provision of drilling services to varied clients. QED’s services includes diamond drilling, reverse circulation (RC) drilling, RC grade control, geothermal, geotechnical drilling, water boring and slope stability solutions. QED acts as a drill contractor for multiple public and private companies around the world including major, mid-tier and exploration focused companies.

Drilling is expected to commence as soon as all the access tracks and drill pads are completed.

Exploration Program

Phase one of the exploration program has focussed on extensions to the Quartz Zone both along strike and at depth.

Once the access tracks are completed geologists will map and sample the outcropping mineralised zones. Assays from these zones will be available in approximately four week. Once Company geologists have determined the location and strike extent of the Quartz Zone the drill hole positions can be finalised. Most drill holes are sited on the access tracks and a small amount of additional clearing is required to make enough room for the rig to operate safely and efficiently.

The Quartz Zone appears to extend at least 200 metres further south east of the existing drilling. Outcropping mineralised shear zones occur in a track cutting 50 metres southeast of the existing drilling with channel sample assay results of 2 metres at 5.4 g/t and 1 metre at 0.7 g/t gold within sandstone. Quartz veins outcrop a further 100 metres southeast of the channel samples.

Phase one drilling at the Quartz Zone consists of 15 holes (1200 metres) of RC drilling. The drilling is targeting the Quartz Zone structure along strike from the existing drilling which defined an inferred resource of 244,000 tonnes at 9.5 g/t containing 75,000 ounces. Once the strike extent of the Quartz zone has been defined the company will drill a series of deeper holes to test the mineralisation at depth.

Subsequent drill programs (Phase 2-3) will be conducted at the north western end of the Lower Gold Zone where drilling identified 6 metres at 38 g/t gold in LGZ15-29a. This target is hosted in a quartz vein having the same orientation as the Quartz Zone. The vein has been mapped along strike for 250 metres. Several bulldozer tracks and drill pads need to be completed prior to drilling and these will be constructed once the Quartz Zone dozer program is completed.

For further information, please see the link below to today’s ASX announcement.

ASX Announcement