Alba Mineral Resources annonnces that the Company’s drilling contractors have mobilised to site at the Clogau Gold Mine in north Wales. What is believed to be the first ever exploration diamond drilling programme at the historic Clogau Gold Mine will therefore commence imminently.
- Alba is about to commence the first ever exploration diamond drilling campaign at the Clogau-St David’s Gold Mine, to the best of the Company’s knowledge.
- Historic mining at Clogau-St David’s was limited to the mining of visible gold.
- Alba is employing modern exploration techniques at Clogau, designed to maximise the prospects for unearthing new zones of economic gold mineralisation and extensions to existing mine workings.
- This first drilling campaign will focus on one of the high priority gold targets, being the Llechfraith Mine area where mining last occurred in the 1980s and where three potential gold shoots and areas of visible gold were reported.
- Given the anticline fold structure present at Llechfraith, the Clogau shale within this area is potentially up to 200m thick and is considered a high priority target area for future mining activities.
- The primary drilling objective is to test for structure at Llechfraith, in order to confirm the geological model and provide support for follow-up infill drilling and future mining activities targeting these gold-bearing structures.
George Frangeskides, Executive Chairman, commented:
“I am very pleased to announce the start of a diamond drilling programme at the Clogau Gold Mine, which to the best of our knowledge is the first such programme in the long and illustrious history of the Mine.”
“During the previous periods of operation, the Clogau Mine owners limited their efforts to chasing and mining out visible gold-bearing quartz veins within the host Clogau shales. By contrast, Alba’s approach is multi-faceted, and the Llechfraith Mine area is a prime example of this. It was last mined in the 1980s, and visible gold has been reported in two out of three ore shoots within the Mine area. This, when added to the results of our soil sampling programme which confirmed a strong gold anomaly above the Llechfraith workings, marks out Llechfraith as a strong prospect for the discovery of unexploited gold zones.”