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Empire Metals provides drilling update

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Empire Metals Ltd, an AIM-quoted resource exploration and development company, has announced further reverse circulation (RC) drilling results at the Eclipse Gold Project, located 55 km north-east of Kalgoorlie, Western Australia.

To date, a total of 2178 m have been drilled of a total planned 44-hole, 2600 m programme. Drilling to date has focused on the Eclipse target within the licence, specifically the area to the immediate north and south of the Eclipse shaft, which historically produced 954 t at 24.6 g/t gold (Au) for 754.25 oz Au.

Further significant results received include:

  • Drillhole ECRC20009: 3 m at 21.96 g/t Au from 45 m (including 1 m at 56.9 g/t Au) – this is 30 m along strike of existing historical workings and represents a previously unidentified extension to the main high-grade lode.
  • Drillhole ECRC20037: 8 m at 3.2 g/t Au from 133 m (including 3 m at 4.45 g/t Au) – the deepest hole drilled to date and approximately 40 m below the previously reported result of 11 m at 3.04g/t, indicating the mineralised structure remains open at depth and along strike.
  • Drillhole ECRC20039 includes 4 m at 4.98 g/t Au.
  • Drillhole ECRC20005: 8 m at 2.14 g/t Au from 42 m.

The results provide confirmation of extensions to previously defined mineralisation both along strike from the old workings, and at depth. Grade-thickness contours and other interpretations of the data will be updated as more information becomes available.

Downhole surveys are in progress, including optical televiewer surveys which provide a digital image of the drillhole walls that can be used in subsequent geological interpretations. Drilling has also now commenced at the second target, Houdini, which is approximately 1.2 km north-west of the Eclipse target.

Mike Struthers, CEO, said: “Confirmation that the Eclipse mineralisation remains open at depth and along strike is very encouraging, and the high-grade intersection in drillhole ECRC20009 supports extensions to the high-grade vein exploited in the old workings. The geological interpretation of the Eclipse mineralisation is still in its early stages, and the company continues to interpret the data as it becomes available. I look forward to providing more updates in due course.”

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