Joint venture (JV) partners Newcrest Mining and Encounter Resources have completed the first phase of RC drilling at Hutch’s Find in the Tanami region of Western Australia.
The JV completed 17 RC drill holes for 4930 metres of drilling at Hutch’s Find, with assay results expected next month.
This Newcrest-funded drilling program has also moved to the Afghan prospect, where the down dip extension of a broad, near surface gold anomaly is being targeted.
The JV expects assay results from the Afghan drilling to be released in December this year.
“The Newcrest operated RC drill program in the Tanami has started well, with the first phase of drilling successfully completed at Hutch’s Find,” Encounter managing director Will Robinson said.
“The rig has now moved to the Afghan prospect to complete a planned 12 hole program of 300 metre deep RC holes.
“This program is targeting down dip and plunge extensions of known mineralisation within a broad anomalous gold halo defined in previous shallow drilling.”
Newcrest is also the sole funder of exploration activities across multiple JVs with Encounter in the West Arunta regions of Western Australia.
Three of the companies’ JVs – Watts, Selby and Lewis – cover over 100 kilometres of strike along the Trans-Tanami Structure that extends through the Tanami region.