Metal Hawk Limited (ASX: MHK) has received promising assay results from its maiden reverse circulation (RC) drilling programme at the Kanowna East project, located eight kilometres northeast of Northern Star’s Kanowna Belle gold mine (+5 Moz Au) in the West Australian goldfields.
The programme, consisting of 12 RC holes for a total of 1,325m, was designed to bedrock-test a number of broad gold anomalies from Metal Hawk’s recent aircore (AC) drilling at the Little Lake and Western Tiger prospects.
At Little Lake, six RC holes were drilled for a total of 602m, with significant new gold intercepts returned, including: 4m @ 17.8g/t Au from 75m; 1m @ 42.7g/t Au from 76m and 1m @ 2.90g/t Au from 66m and 5m @ 0.52g/t Au from 100m
Additionally, five RC holes were completed at the Western Tiger prospect, following-up high- grade gold intersected in AC drilling in April 2021 (which included 8m @ 4.5g/t Au from 75m in KEAC373).
Our first RC drilling programme at Kanowna East has further highlighted the potential of this gold project,” Managing Director, Will Belbin, said.
“Following the company’s nickel sulphide discovery at Berehaven and the successful capital raising in October, the company is very well positioned to continue delivering exploration success across its highly prospective gold and nickel projects.”
The RC drilling at Kanowna East provided Metal Hawk’s geologists their first look at the bedrock geology at both the Little Lake and Western Tiger prospects. Importantly, a number of significant bedrock-hosted gold intersections were returned including 5m @ 1.59g/t Au from 80m in KERC003, and 5m @ 0.52g/t Au from 100m in KERC010.
KERC012 was designed to bedrock-test high grade gold intersected in KEAC180, which intersected 4m @ 7.11g/t Au from 55m in coarse quartz sand and gravel at the base of the Little Lake paleochannel. The interval of high-grade gold intersected in KEAC012 (4m @ 17.8g/t Au from 75m)is located approximately 25m from KEAC180.
The next stage of RC drilling will follow up the new gold intercepts at Little Lake and Western Tiger and will further explore the poorly tested Archaean bedrock for gold mineralisation.
Kanowna East Nickel Exploration
Western Areas Limited is currently earning-in to the nickel rights at Kanowna East and have commenced a circa 4,000m RC programme. This drilling is targeting the buried western margin of the strike-extensive ultramafic unit located approximately 12km south and along strike from the world class Silver Swan nickel sulphide deposit. RC drilling is designed to test the basal contact position beneath the shallow cover sequence of sand and lake clay. Following completion of this drilling downhole electromagnetic surveys (DHEM) will be carried out on selected drillholes.