Pajingo gold mine has 11 drill rigs on the ground, and another on the way, in an exploration and resource definition push.
It is hard evidence of Minjar Gold’s commitment to extending the mine life at the operation, 50km south of Charters Towers, and what general manager Dale Oram has dubbed ‘the year of the drill bit’ at the site.
The work includes two rigs drilling on the surface in the area of the Lynne ore body, soon to be opened up for mining through the development of a new decline.
Mr Oram said intercepts to date from surface drilling were expected to lead to an increase in the known ore reserve there.
He said Minjar Gold had been able to delineate two distinct areas – Lynne East and Lynne West, with intercepts indicating the ore bodies extended further to the east and to the west.
As the Lynne decline advances, further drilling will be able to be carried out from underground as well.
Open-pit potential on the radar
The other drilling work is centred on the existing Vera-Nancy underground operations and there has also been a focus on identifying areas which can be exploited with small open-pit mines.
“We’ve finished drilling out a number of the areas that we’d targeted, and we’re in the process now of interpreting that data and throwing economic shells around the modelled ore zones,” Mr Oram said.
While detailed mine planning and design is still to be completed, he expects some will translate into viable open pit operations by about mid-2021.
“The exploration and resource definition work completed year to date has been as planned with encouraging results in both areas, which is now looking like being able to result in a marked increase in resources and reserves at the Pajingo operation – a great result for the hard work put in by the team,” Mr Oram said.