GTD 58 was drilled within the central portion of Zone B on an azimuth of 270 degrees. The hole was collared near historical hole GTD 5, which was drilled on azimuth 180 degrees (see diagrams below).
Results have also been received from 3 other holes drilled at Zone B — GTD 54, 55, and 57. Results from holes 59 and 60 are expected within the next few weeks. Drilling is continuing. Data review to plan additional drilling at Zone B south is also in progress.
Zone B is located 1 kilometre southeast of Zones A and C where an aggregate inferred oxide resource of 2.57 million ounces gold equivalent (gold + silver) has been estimated.
In addition to the near surface oxide gold-silver mineralisation the drill holes at Zone B have intersected high sulphidation copper-gold-silver mineralisation below approximately 200 metres from surface (see figure below). This is significant and provides encouragement for future deeper drilling at Zone B to define high sulphidation and porphyry related copper-gold-silver mineralisation similar to that intersected in deep drilling near zones A and C.
The high grade oxide gold-silver results from hole GTD 58 are consistent with intercepts from the historical hole GTD 5 –
Also of interest are anomalous results in historical holes 7 and 13 located approximately 400 metres to the northwest of holes GTD 58 and 5. Anomalous gold and silver values in the oxide zone of these holes suggest that the margins of the Zone B oxide mineralisation may locally extend beyond the limits suggested by surface gold anomalism in soil samples, thus further expanding potential target areas.
This initial drilling in Zone B is highly encouraging, both for the definition of near surface high grade oxide gold–silver domains and for the encouraging indications of high sulphidation gold-silver-copper mineralisation comparable to that seen at Zones A and C. Mineralisation has now been defined over a strike length of 3 kilometres from the outcropping mineralisation on Pulah Merah island to Zone B.
The Indonesian Forestry Law restricts non forestry activities within protection forests and prohibits mining using an open pit method in protection forest areas. Accordingly, Intrepid’s Alliance partner, PT IMN, is working with relevant Indonesian authorities to allow for a review of forest land status.
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Statements relating to gold resource estimates are expressions of judgment, based on knowledge and experience and may require revision based on actual production experience. Such estimates are necessarily imprecise and depend to some extent on statistical inferences and other assumptions, such as gold prices, cut-off grades and operating costs, which may prove to be inaccurate. The drill programme at Tujuh Bukit is insufficiently advanced to define a resource estimate and it is uncertain if further drilling will result in the determination of a resource statement at the project.
The information in this announcement that relates to exploration results is based on information compiled by or under the supervision of Malcolm Norris, who is a full-time employee of Intrepid Mines Limited. Mr. Norris has sufficient experience which is relevant to the style of mineralisation and type of deposit under consideration and to the activity which he is undertaking to qualify as a Competent Person as defined in the 2004 Edition of the “Australasian Code for Reporting of Exploration Results, Mineral Resources and Ore Reserves” and a Qualified Person as defined in the Canadian National Instrument 43-101 (standards of Disclosure for Mineral Projects). Mr. Norris consents to the inclusion in the report of the matters based on his information in the form and context in which it appears.
Intrepid exercises a strict chain of sample custody in its drilling program at Tujuh Bukit. Joint Venture personnel remove core from the drill rig and deliver it to a project geologist who logs the core and marks the core into two metre sample intervals. Intrepid and Joint Venture personnel supervise the immediate splitting, sawing and bagging of samples, and packaging of groups of samples for dispatch to the laboratory. The remainder of the split core remains on site.
Samples are securely packaged, batched, and then transported under supervision to Intertek’s laboratory facility in Jakarta. At the laboratory, the samples are prepared by crushing and pulverizing and a 30 gram charge is assayed for gold by conventional fire assay and/or atomic absorption methods. Multi-element ICP analysis is carried out using a multi-acid digestion process. All samples that contain silver and/or copper, lead, and zinc values that exceed the upper detection limits for ICP are re-analysed by conventional atomic absorption methods to determine the absolute values of these metals.
The gold equivalent ratio for silver has been set at 65:1 based on US$650/oz gold and US$10/oz silver. Historical bottle roll tests have shown recoveries of 83% Au and 84.5% Ag, supporting a 65:1 ratio. Recently received CIL metallurgical testing results from Zone C achieved recoveries of approximately 90% for both Au and Ag at a grind of 80% passing 75 um. Comparable recoveries for both gold and silver in the recent tests from 4 composite samples from Zone C oxide material also support the 65:1 gold equivalence ratio.
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