Auroch Minerals

Operator : Auroch Minerals ltd (“Auroch”)

Ownership (30/08/2018) : 6.6% interest

Location

Western Australia

 

Development Stage:

Early Exploration

Background

Auroch is an Australia-based company with a focus in the development of the high-grade zinc, Bonaventura Project and the Arden zinc, copper-cobalt project. Drilling has commenced at both of these highly prospective projects, both of which are expected to take between six and eight weeks to complete.

The Bonaventura Project contains several historic artisanal mines for zinc, lead, copper, gold and silver that were worked at various times up to the 1920’s. Soil-sampling over the Bonaventura Project has been completed with zinc anomalism following the strike of the regional Cygnet-Snelling Fault.

The Vinco Target, which is situated 1,500m along strike from Grainger target, has previously been surveyed using high-resolution aeromagnetics, including induced polarisation (IP) and gravity surveys.

The IP survey interpretation over the Dewrang target identified two-highly chargeable anomalies at approximately 200m depth over a strike length of over 400m. Anomalies indicate the potential for the presence of high-grade base-metal sulphides, making Dewrang a high-priority area for exploration.

In addition to the base metal targets, the Kohinoor target remains highly prospective for gold mineralisation, with historic composite samples taken from the first level of the main historic workings.

The Arden project consists of a Sedex type potential deposit. The Sedex potential was initially discovered by Kennecott (Rio Tinto Group) between 1966 and 1972, identifying anomalous Sedex-style zinc mineralisation up to 40m wide and with a potential for over 10km of the strike. However, since 1980 the area has been the focus of regional diamond exploration, and as such the Sedex horizon at the Ragless Range Target had not been explored.

Auroch has moved quickly to realise the project potential, undertaking reconnaissance field mapping, rock-chip sampling,a reinterpretation of historical data and an Aeromagnetic survey before initiating its maiden drill programme in August 2018. Arden enjoys access to world-class infrastructure including the railway to Port Augusta, which passes just to the south of the tenement.