Great Western Exploration intersects 78m at 2.52% copper at Kazakhstan project
Great Western Exploration’s (ASX: GTE) drilling has returned results including 78 metres at 2.52% copper from surface at the Hadji Prospect of its Spasskaya Copper Project in Kazakhstan.
However, this was not an orphan, there were other significant widths and grades from the drilling.
The 14 hole diamond drilling program over a 200 metre strike length also returned 50 metres at 2.79% copper from surface, 37 metres at 3.54% copper from 33 metres and 71 metres at 2.05% copper from 49.1 metres.
Further results have yet to be received.
Diamond drilling will recommence once the new data has been reviewed and incorporated into a revised work program.
This will delineate the extent of copper (and silver) mineralisation and ultimately enable a JORC Resource estimation and subsequent economic mine studies.
Hadji is located within the 12,500 square kilometre Spasskaya Copper Project in central Kazakhstan, which the company is earning a 50% interest in partnership with national mining operator Tau-Ken Samruk.
In June 2013, an initial 14 hole reverse circulation drill program totalling 2,312 metres over an area of outcropping copper mineralisation previously identified by Russian explorers in the 1970’s, intersected three zones of steeply dipping disseminated copper and silver mineralisation over a strike length of 200 metres.
Preliminary interpretation of drill data to date indicates that primary disseminated copper and silver mineralisation is associated with a bornite, chalcopyrite, pyrite, chalcocite and possibly acanthite mineral assemblage within fractured volcanic host rocks.
The mineralised corridor contains several parallel shear zones, is currently interpreted to be at least 250 metres long and 60 metres wide and remains open along strike and at depth.
A more detailed geological deposit model, including true width ore body modelling will be completed once all the results have been received.
Hadji is located within a recognized copper belt and is close to local infrastructure.
The closest railway station is located 20 kilometres to the northeast of the deposit while a high voltage power line is located about 5 kilometres north of the deposit.
On the results from this program, the odds have increased that the Hadji Prospect is potentially able to support a high-grade and high-margin copper operation, particularly given likely low CAPEX and OPEX costs.
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