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Central Iron Ore Ltd.: Drill results of 1.6m at 124.4g/t Au at South Darlot Gold Project






Central Iron Ore Ltd. (TSX-V:CIO) is pleased to announce that significant gold intercepts have been intersected through the Company’s latest drilling program at the Endeavour Prospect at its South Darlot Gold Project.  The results from the 20 hole drill program, which included 17 reverse circulation and 3 diamond core holes, include a suite of narrow vein, high gold grades of up to 124.4 grams per tonne which supports historical and earlier work conducted on the prospect. 




Significant gold intercepts


  • ENDD20-002: 1.6m (1.28m true width) at 124.4 g/t Au from 37.3m.
  • ENRC20-009: 2m (1.6m true width) at 88.08 g/t Au from 27m.
  • ENRC20-010: 2m (1.6m true width) at 77 g/t Au from 37m.
  • ENRC20-011: 2m (1.6m true width) at 74.5 g/t Au from 42m.
  • ENDD20-003: 1.6m (1.28m true width) at 38.2 g/t Au from 53.2m.
  • ENRC20-013: 2m (1.6m true width) at 36.4 g/t Au from 47m.


Endeavour Prospect


  • 17 reverse circulation drill holes for 706 metres.
  • 3 diamond core drill holes for 141.8 metres.





The Company’s South Darlot Gold Project area is located approximately 320km northwest of Kalgoorlie in Western Australia and includes:


  • The British King Mine which is 49% owned by the Company. The British King Mine is 5km southwest of Red 5 Limited’s Darlot Mine.  The British King Mine is currently in care and maintenance.
  • A number of tenements which are subject to a joint venture with a subsidiary of Red 5 Limited (“Red 5”), details of which are set out below.


Figure 1 is available at


Red 5 JV Project (Formerly Barrick Joint Venture Project)


These tenements are situated southwest of Red 5’s Darlot gold mine.  The Red 5 JV Project Tenements are detailed below.



Project Tenement Status Area (ha)
Barrick JV M37/421 Granted 381
Barrick JV M37/552 Granted 200
Barrick JV M37/631 Granted 776
Barrick JV M37/632 Granted 595
Barrick JV M37/709 Granted 98
Barrick JV M37/1045 Granted 90


Figure 2 is available at




As at the date of this release the Company is of the view was that it has earned in excess of a 70% interest in the Red 5 JV Project Tenements having incurred the required expenditure.  This is disputed by Red 5 together with other aspects of the operation of the Red 5 JV.  The parties are in discussions to resolve this matter.


Endeavour Prospect


The drilling at the Endeavour Prospect included 20 holes for resource definition.  A total 17 RC holes for 706 metres and 3 diamond core holes for 141.8 metres for a total of 757.8 metres were drilled at the Endeavour Prospect as part of this program.  Twelve holes drilled into the Endeavour Prospect returned significant assays hosted in a planar, laminated quartz vein.  The width of the vein ranges from 0.7 to 4.2 metres and has an average width of 1.9 metres.  The strike length of the mineralisation is approximately 40 metres and is open down plunge and to the west.


The mineralisation is characterised by a planar, laminated quartz vein with minor sulphides including pyrite, galena and traces of chalcopyrite.  Enveloping this is stringer mineralisation over 1 – 3 metres with grades between 0.5 – 2.0 g/t Au.  This laminated vein and halo mineralisation is hosted in a highly weathered felsic volcanic.  Preliminary petrology suggests the gold is secondary in nature and present as small blebs of electrum or particulate grains associated with pyrite.


Figure 3 is available at


Figure 4 is available at


Figure 5 is available at


Future drilling programs at the Endeavour Prospect


A program of RC drilling comprising 20 holes for 1,024 metres has been designed at the Endeavour Prospect, targeting the laminated vein both down plunge and to the west.  The purpose of the drilling is to extend the mineralisation which is open to the west and trace the down plunge depths of this high grade quartz lode.


Figure 6 is available at


Summary of Drill Results



Hole_ID mE mN mRL Dip Azimith Depth_from Depth_to interval True_thickness Au_ppm Ag_ppm
ENRC20_001 328143.26 6905847.658 441.162 -60 0         NSI  
ENRC20_002 328133.183 6905848.257 441.006 -60 0 2 7 5 4 6.75 2.3
ENRC20_003 328123.276 6905852.508 432.913 -60 0         NSI  
ENRC20_004 328114.491 6905853.894 428.944 -60 0         NSI  
ENRC20_005 328143.78 6905840.721 434.461 -60 0         NSI  
ENRC20_006 328133.251 6905843.034 430.167 -60 0 17 20 3 2.4 7.04 15.8
ENRC20_007 328123.384 6905845.98 423.79 -60 0         NSI  
ENRC20_008 328114.321 6905849.007 417.482 -60 0 33 34 1 0.8 7.91 6.3
ENRC20_009 328139.078 6905835.564 422.036 -60 0 27 29 2 1.6 88.08 24.7
ENRC20_010 328119.501 6905841.524 413.667 -60 0 37 39 2 1.6 77 47.0
ENRC20_011 328110.819 6905843.56 409.317 -60 0 42 44 2 1.6 74.5 45.1
ENRC20_012 328113.474 6905836.077 403.064 -60 0 50 51 1 0.8 9.68 4.6
ENRC20_013 328124.142 6905830.904 404.049 -60 0 47 52 5 4 36.4 19.2
ENRC20_014 328140.339 6905825.698 411.09 -60 0 40 42 2 1.6 16.63 33.3
ENRC20_015 328148.56 6905822.635 412.439 -60 0         NSI  
ENRC20_016 328104.695 6905854.041 429.059 -60 0         NSI  
ENRC20_017 328104.091 6905851.303 414.553 -60 0 36 37 1 0.8 9.42 5.29
END20_001 328125.667 6905849.545 433.135 -60 0         NSI  
END20_002 328131.74 6905834.019 413.255 -60 0 37.3 38.9 1.6 1.28 124.4 146.7
END20_003 328141.274 6905817.239 399.368 -60 0 53.2 54.8 1.6 1.28 38.2 38


Quality Control and Analytical Procedures


The Company has a rigorous QA/QC program in place to ensure best practices in sampling and analysis of drill samples.  Commercial standards, blanks and duplicates were inserted in every batch of samples submitted for analysis in accordance with industry practice.  Gold analysis was carried out by ALS in Kalgoorlie, Western Australia, with a 50 g charge by Fire Assay with Atomic Absorption finish method.  ALS are certified and registered in each region with global application of standard procedures and audits to maintain standard practice throughout the laboratory network.


Qualified Person


Mr Darryl Mapleson who is a Fellow of Australasian Institute of Mining and Metallurgy has compiled the information within this report relating to mineralisation. Mr Mapleson has sufficient experience relevant to the style of mineralisation and type of deposit under consideration and to the activity currently being undertaken to qualify as a Qualified Person as defined in National Instrument 43-101 – Standards of Disclosure for Mineral Projects.




The drilling program was carried out on mining lease 37/631. The importance of the status of this being a granted mining lease should not be underestimated in a development context as it gives CIO a significant cost and time advantage of the order of 18 to 24 months.


Mr Brett Hodgins, President and CEO, said, “We are encouraged with the results from the recent drilling program at our South Darlot Gold Project.  Endeavour is shaping up as a very important prospect for CIO.  The high grade gold results, combined with the prospect being on a granted mining lease, allow CIO to add value to this asset.


I believe this to be an important moment for CIO with high grade gold discovered close to surface, the identification of a structure which can be extended along strike.  This combined with our 24 targets provides CIO with the platform to grow our gold resources.”


Posted June 10, 2020

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