Artemis Resources’ plan to launch an exploration program on the 47K Patch gold-bearing conglomerates in the Pilbara has been approved by the Western Australian mines department.
The gold explorer recently recovered 1.282kg of gold nuggets (pictured below) from 47K Patch during rehabilitation work on the previous prospector’s activities at the site.
Artemis recovered the nuggets from a small 20m by 6m by 1.5m deep area, which was the focus of the prospectors over the previous two years.
According to Artemis, the style of the mineralisation is yet to be determined, but is thought to be paleoplacer or eluvial. The company is researching the mineralisation style in a partnership with the CSIRO.
Artemis chairman David Lenigas said the company would start “serious exploration” on the gold-bearing 47K Patch with the approval.
“We can now get to work on taking and processing big tonnage bulk samples in the 100-1000t per sample range,” Lenigas said.
“This work will give us a much better understanding of gold grades and gold size distribution.”
The Western Australian Department of Mines, Industry Regulation and Safety (DMIRS) has also approved a 9600t excess tonnage permit for Artemis, allowing it to take 4500t to the company’s nearby Radio Hill plant site to process through the gravity plant.
Artemis’ bulk sampling and processing program will be managed by an independent group to report on recovered gold, tailings grade and overall head grade of the bulk samples.
The company has already mobilised earth-moving equipment at the 47K Patch and will start to identify bulk sample locations in the next week.
These approvals are the latest in a long succession that Artemis has been working towards being granted for its proposed activities in the Pilbara.
Artemis last month secured an exploration licence and finalised Native Title agreements for the 599-square-kilometre Balmoral tenement package, which covers a site where it planned to drill a 3300m super-deep hole.