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Shallow gold, quartz-sulphide zones shine for Torque

Updated: May 20

Mineralised drill core from Torque Metals’ Paris prospect. Credit: File

Torque Metals has identified multiple quartz-sulphide mineralised zones prospective for gold at its Paris project in the renowned Boulder-Lefroy Fault Zone, about 50km south of the WA Goldfields town of Kambalda.

The Paris gold project is in a highly-altered fault zone with at least 2.5km of strike containing the Observation, HHH, Paris and Paris South prospects. Torque says its Paris prospect has highly-altered broad fault zones with abundant sulphides and quartz veining seen in three diamond drill holes with respective widths of 30m, 32m and 23m.

At Observation, a 7m section of drill core showed a gold prospective pyrite-pyrrhotite mineralised breccia adjacent to a strongly-sheared dolerite rock unit.

Diamond drilling of six holes for 988 metres at Paris and Observation has been completed with multiple potential gold mineralised zones being found. After assays are returned, metallurgical testwork will be conducted on the drill core.

Torque says its drilling intersected multiple highly-altered fault zones with abundant sulphide mineralisation, albite alteration and quartz veining through significant visible widths. It has provided promising opportunities to try and locate additional gold mineralisation.

The company has started a 43-hole RC drilling program, which is anticipated to cover 5000m of extensional and infill drilling at Observation, Paris and HHH. A second round of diamond drilling will start at Paris project, after the RC work, to provide 600m of core from three holes, aimed at testing for extensions to the mineralisation below existing intersections.

Torque will recommence drilling today with 5,000m of RC at the Paris gold camp, with the aim of extending the known existing mineralised zones, discovering new mineralised structures, identifying additional parallel mineralised targets, and establishing connectivity between Paris, HHH, and Observation prospects. Torque Metals managing director Cristian Moreno

Pre-collar RC drilling at Paris discovered a new shallow gold zone with 15m grading 1.22 grams per tonne gold from 51m, including a higher-grade section of 6m at 2.27g/t gold from 60m. Torque says the new shallow mineralised zone was unexpected and is a significant development that demonstrates the potential to contribute to a gold resource at shallow depth. The discovery was viewed as highly-significant because it has the potential to intersect shallow high-grade structures towards the west.

Torque’s diamond drilling at Observation revealed an interval of potentially gold mineralised breccia of at least 7m downhole. The company says that if assays confirm the presence of gold mineralisation it will provide significant opportunities for expansion and growth at Observation as the company tests for extensions to the breccia to the south.

The diamond drilling core will be used for metallurgical testing to be undertaken by Bureau Veritas to analyse the ore characteristics, including gold recovery. The tests will assist with the project going forward and will help guide Torque in its pre-resource exploration phase.

Torque’s Paris project is 12km south-east of the multi-million-ounce St. Ives gold mine complex in the heavily gold-endowed Boulder-Lefroy Fault Zone, which also includes the Kalgoorlie goldfield to the north. The company says its project area remains vastly underexplored, with past drilling generally restricted to the top 50 metres, highlighting significant opportunities for discovery of additional gold mineralisation.

Management is now targeting open-pit and underground gold mine opportunities. Previous intersections at the Paris prospect include 27m at 10.7g/t gold from 177m, 12m grading 19.7g/t gold from 177m and 27m going 8.16g/t gold from 156m. With wide zones of highly-prospective core from the current drilling, Torque is eagerly awaiting its next assays.

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