Scorpio Gold Corporation has reported the start of an underground bulk sampling program and initial metallurgical testing at its wholly-owned Goldwedge Mine situated in Manhattan Nevada.
The program has been planned to offer extra information where 2020 drilling identified high-grade gold and silver mineralization close to underground workings as stated in the news release of the Company dated July 27th, 2020.
Scorpio Gold has hired Nevada Rand Mining LLC (NRM) to carry out the underground program, which commenced on October 7th, 2020. The focus of the sampling will be on an area where the 2020 underground drill hole GWUG20-001 identified 7.6 m at an average of 176.23 g/t silver and 12.47 g/t gold, including 0.15 m grading 3,960 g/t silver as well as 1.52 m grading 53.49 g/t gold.
Hole GWUG20-001 has been collared in the face of cross-cut “A” at the height of 2060 m (6760 ft) and drilled at 247 azimuth and -10 dip. The hole led to the identification of the high-grade mineralization from 25.3 to 32.9 m downhole.
A drift measuring 9 x 9 ft will be created from the cross-cut face via the mineralized zone intersected in hole GWUG20-001 for bulk sampling. As soon as this drift is completed, it will also be close to mineralization identified in 2020 drill holes—GWUG20-002 and GWUG20-003.
We are pleased to work with NRM to advance our understanding of the mineralization at the Goldwedge Mine, which in turn will assist in future drill planning, potential test mining and test milling at the Goldwedge mill facility.
Diane Zerga, General Manager, Mineral Ridge LLC & Goldwedge LLC
As stated in the news release of the Company dated July 27th, 2020, multiple samples from the 2020 drilling were presented for screen fire assay to identify any inconsistency of the assay findings in the fine and coarse fractions.
The test results denoted that a coarse component for both silver and gold has been present, and despite the fact that the gold results are quite repeatable than the original assays, there was a considerable increase in silver values in most of the results.
The bulk sample program will include muck and channel sampling to offer an improved representation of the silver and gold grade distribution inside the mineralized zone. Moreover, metallurgical testing will be carried out as an initial test to see how the material will react to conventional milling processes.
NRM will be making use of the present Goldwedge mining equipment to finish the program, which includes an MWS83 jack leg drill, a Wagner 3.5-yard scooptram, and a Tamrock EMCO 985 15-ton haul truck.