RNI’s 1,343km2 copper-gold exploration portfolio in Western Australia’s Bryah Basin comprises five key project areas – Doolgunna, Morck’s Well, Forrest, Cashmans and Horseshoe Well.
The five projects are all well-defined and considered highly prospective for VMS copper-gold discoveries. Each project is supported by extensive geological data sets covering more than two decades of exploration activity.
In November 2015, RNI launched an extensive new drilling and exploration program focusing on priority targets across the Doolgunna, Morck’s Well and Forrest projects. These targets were identified from a systematic review of previous exploration data across the Bryah Basin portfolio and ranked in order of priority.
This program, which included ~24,000 metres of mainly aircore drilling, was successful in defining three high-priority VMS target areas at Cuba (Doolgunna Project), Orient-T10 (Cashmans Project) and Forrest-Wodger-Big Billy (Forrest Project).
This preliminary program included a 3 metre massive sulphide intersection at Orient containing visible chalcopyrite which has confirmed the existence of a VMS system and validated RNI’s exploration model.
Cuba, Orient-T10 and Forrest-Wodger-Big Billy will be the focus of a targeted follow-up exploration program which will include deeper drilling and down hole electromagnetic (DHEM) surveys to assist in vectoring in on VMS mineralisation.
This work is scheduled to commence in May 2016 with an eight-hole RC drilling and DHEM program at Cuba, which is proximal to the high-grade DeGrussa and Monty copper-gold discoveries.