Westgold Resources Limited (ASX:WGX) will begin reverse circulation (RC) drilling at the Forrest Deposit in the Bryah Basin thanks to golds and base metals explorer Auris Minerals Limited’s (ASX: AUR) recently completed the survey over the deposit area.
A total of 36 RC holes for 2,640 metres will be drilled at the Forrest Deposit to infill previous RC and diamond drilling to a maximum drill spacing of 20m x 20m.
The drilling will also provide copper assay in certain areas which have only been studied for gold mineralisation.
Meanwhile, three additional 440-metre RC drill holes are in the works to infill the copper resources underlying the gold cap.
Auris discovered Forrest’s gold and copper-rich resource after an IP survey over the main 4.5km strike extent of anomalism within the Forrest and Wodger areas.
The exploration company previously reported a total mineral estimate of 2.4Mt at 1.7% copper for 41,500t Cu.
Westgold owns all the gold rights, and 20% of all other mineral rights, within Forrest Project tenements.
Future drilling plans with Auris
“Auris is working very close to Westgold as they work towards potential development of the gold cap overlying the Forrest copper deposit,” Mike Hendriks, Auris Managing Director, stated.
“The extra drilling and copper assaying to be undertaken will enhance our knowledge and understanding of the nature of the shallow copper mineralisation in the near surface at Forrest,” Hendriks continued.
According to Hendriks, the data generated from the IP survey is being finalised by the team. Once finalised, the exploration company will refine its diamond drilling program scheduled for February.
The managing director added that any future Westgold mine developments at Forrest would expose underlying resource – a favourable situation for future projects with the existing copper mineralisation.