Rockfire cashed up for new drilling campaigns
“A reverse circulation drilling rig is available in Charters Towers and the company plans to mobilise as quickly as possible to commence drilling at Copper Dome,” Rockfire chief executive David Price said.
“Our exploration manager is on site preparing the site for drilling and we anticipate a start within the next few weeks.”
The company’s Copper Dome and Copperhead porphyry projects had not been drilled for almost 50 years, Mr Price said.
“When drilled in 1972, significant copper (and gold) was encountered in each drill hole.”
New data from very high-resolution magnetic surveys recently flown there by Rockfire had identified specific targets expected to vector towards the central parts of the porphyries, he said.
Plateau gold ‘shaping up nicely’
The company also recently announced a 515 per cent increase in gold ounces at the Plateau gold deposit to more than 200,000 ounces of gold.
Results from a preliminary scoping study released last month were positive for a small-scale, open-pit mining operation at the site, south-east of Charters Towers.
“The Plateau gold deposit is shaping up nicely, having returned a material increase in resource ounces and positive indicators in early scoping work,” Mr Price said.
“It is prudent for the company to continue to drill this resource and to extend the gold envelope in areas which remain open along strike and at depth. Close to Plateau, new targets have been identified and our intention is to drill these too.”
The Rockfire capital raising will see a total of 121,429,200 shares issued at a price of 0.7 pence per share. Nicholas Walley, a non-executive director of the Company, has subscribed for 6,000,000 placing shares.
The company says the majority of the net proceeds of the £850,000 ($AU1,532,600) placing will be applied towards direct drilling expenses, with an amount of £200,000 (about $AU360,625) being allocated to working capital.
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