Bralorne, Avala, Riverstone and Oromin go for gold
by Greg Klein
Among the gold exploration news reported October 1, we look at a small producer in British Columbia, a 250-square-kilometre project in Serbia, an expanding Burkina Faso deposit and a Senegal resource update.
Bralorne Gold Mines TSXV:BPM reported short intervals but high grades from its project near Gold Bridge, B.C., 240 kilometres north of Vancouver. The 2,490-hectare Bralorne property of today includes the historic King, Bralorne and Pioneer mines, which produced 4.1 million gold ounces up to 1972. Current production began in April 2011, reaching about 7,642 ounces so far.
The October 1 assays come from the BK gap area between the former Bralorne and King mines. Some highlights include
- 385.57 grams per tonne gold over 1.2 metres
- 114 g/t over 0.3 metres
- 63.6 g/t over 0.2 metres
- 4.1 g/t over 1.3 metres
- 6.88 g/t over 1 metre
- 12.6 g/t over 0.4 metres
Intercepts are true widths. No topcut was applied to grades. The underground drilling reached depths extending to 166 metres.
The first result given above comes from a quartz vein just west of underground development underway on the project’s BK-3 Zone. Last June the company reported 67 sample traverses over 160 metres taken from a drift at the zone’s 1,159-metre elevation. The assays showed an average grade of 68.7 g/t gold (uncut) over 0.8 metres (true thickness). With a topcut applied, the average grade came to 27.1 g/t over 0.8 metres.
The company’s share price opened September 28 at $0.70 before climbing to $0.79. On October 1 it closed a penny lower, at $0.78. Bralorne’s 52-week high and low were $1.19 and $0.68.
Bralorne IR Manager Johnathon Smith tells ResourceClips, “We have a new preliminary economic assessment coming out in about a week or a week and a half. Right now we’re producing about 100 tonnes a day and this new economic study is going to look at upgrading the operations to 250 tonnes per day. Being a micro-producer, we have quite a bit of blue sky ahead of us.”
From eastern Serbia, Avala Resources TSXV:AVZ announced drill results for the Kraku Pester area, part of the company’s Timok Gold Project. Assays include
- 3.07 grams per tonne gold over 76 metres
- 1.63 g/t over 137 metres
- 1.8 g/t over 93 metres
- 1.16 g/t over 128 metres
- 1.41 g/t over 104 metres
- 1.35 g/t over 105 metres
- 1.46 g/t over 81 metres
Depths extend to 178 metres. True widths were not provided.
Along with the Kraku Pester target, the 250-square-kilometre Timok Project comprises the Bigar Hill and Korkan areas. Bigar Hill has a July 2012 inferred resource estimate of 38 million tonnes grading 1.3 g/t gold for 1.5 million ounces, using a 0.4 g/t cutoff. Resource drilling for Korkan and Kraku Pester has been completed and their initial resource calculations are underway.
Last February Avala President/CEO Jim Crombie told ResourceClips, “The infrastructure is terrific. We’re 25 kilometres outside of Bor, which is a major copper mining and smelting town. Power lines run adjacent to all of these properties, and there’s a road that runs alongside them. This is as good as it gets.”
The company states it has over eight years’ experience working in Serbia.
Avala held steady at $0.55 on September 28, opened October 1 at $0.56, then slipped back to $0.55. The share’s 52-week high and low were $1.25 and $0.52.
Riverstone Resources TSXV:RVS (Update: on February 25, 2013, Riverstone Resources Inc began trading as True Gold Mining Inc TSXV:TGM) announced more news from Burkina Faso on October 1, stating it found a new mineralized zone on the Kao Deposit of its Karma Gold Project. Some highlights from 71 reverse circulation holes include
- 16 grams per tonne gold over 2 metres
- 1.2 g/t over 26 metres
- 0.5 g/t over 34 metres
- 1.58 g/t over 10 metres
- 1.15 g/t over 10 metres
- 2.56 g/t over 4 metres
True widths were estimated between 90% and 100%. Depths extend to 206 metres.
Recent drilling has expanded the Kao Deposit by about 100 metres, the company stated. The deposit now extends over 1,500 metres in a northeast-southwest direction, at least 900 metres down-dip to the east and remains open in all directions.
Right now we’re producing about 100 tonnes a day and this new economic study is going to look at upgrading the operations to 250 tonnes per day. Being a micro-producer, we have quite a bit of blue sky ahead of us.—Johnathon Smith,
Bralorne IR Manager
In a statement issued with the results, Riverstone President/CEO Dwayne L. Melrose said, “There is very good potential to expand the mineralization to the north, as the gold-in-soil anomaly extends four kilometres further to the north. We expect to have these results reflected in the upcoming resource update, slated to be available for release this quarter.”
Riverstone’s share price opened September 28 at $0.64, rising to a $0.70 close that day. It opened and closed October 1 at $0.71. The share’s 52-week high hit $0.77 while the 52-week low fell to $0.30.
Among the resource estimates announced October 1, Oromin Explorations TSX:OLE reported a 49% increase in the indicated category for the Oromin Joint Venture Group Gold Project in eastern Senegal. The indicated total for all deposits comes to 75.21 million tonnes grading 1.56 g/t gold for 3.78 million gold ounces, while the inferred total shows 17.33 million tonnes grading 1.73 g/t for 963,000 ounces.
The company categorizes the deposits in three groups: Golouma, consisting of three large, high-grade deposits; Masato, the largest single deposit; and 10 widely distributed heap leach deposits. The Golouma and Masato deposits will form the basis of a carbon-in-leach feasibility study update while the heap leach deposits will form the basis for a heap leach PEA update. Both reports are scheduled for completion in Q4 2012.
Oromin holds a 43.5% interest in the JV and acts as project operator. Bendon International and Badr Investment and Finance hold 43.5% and 13% respectively. Oromin’s shares began and ended September 28 at $0.70 and $0.69, with an October 1 start and finish at $0.69 and $0.71. The company’s 52-week high and low were $1.20 and $0.435.