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Kalamazoo launches Pilbara gold hunt on Hemi doorstep

Gold explorer Kalamazoo Resources has launched a maiden 2500m RC drilling campaign at its Mallina West project, 100km from Port Hedland in Western Australia.

The venture sits along strike and within the same structural corridor that houses De Grey Mining’s revered Hemi discovery and success anywhere close to the 9-million-ounce asset could set the company up for a busy year ahead.

The venture was until recently known as the “Sister’s gold project” and management says the move to rebrand the operation is out of respect to the land’s traditional owners.

According to the company, its work at Mallina West will see it vector in on a trio of high-priority targets, including the Wattle Plains and Hockey prospects, along with a coincident geophysical and soil geochemical trend that is believed to be linked to a known intrusive formation to the south.

Kalamazoo also has had the drilling of three additional targets at Mallina West given the green light after getting its hands on the necessary permitting and cultural approvals.

The supplementary targets were defined through an exploration play that involved the interpretation of soil geochemistry, geophysics and ground traverse data.

The 240 square kilometre Mallina West gold project is considered highly prospective for ‘Hemi-style’ sanukitoid intrusion hosted gold mineralisation as well as other styles of mineralisation associated with the Wohler Shear Zone, a potential extension of the Tabba Tabba, Mallina, Withnell and Berghaus Shear Zone complex.

Although generally revered for its iron ore production, the Pilbara has seen a renewed focus on gold exploration following De Grey Mining’s recent discovery of the Hemi gold discovery.

Kalamazoo now joins a cohort of players taking part in the modern-day Pilbara gold rush, fuelled by De Grey Mining and its world-class Hemi discovery that highlighted the economic potential of gold sanukitoid intrusions.

Following the discovery about two years ago, De Grey’s share price soared from about $0.04 to a high of around $1.60 in September 2020.

A recently-completed scoping study suggested Hemi could churn out an average gold production figure of about 427,000 ounces per annum over a 10-year evaluation period – figures that no doubt crossed the minds of Kalamazoo’s management team when it sanctioned the campaign.

The Mallina West probe follows a recent announcement by the company it had received affirmative metallurgical test results from a stage 2 analysis of samples from its Mt Olympus sulphide deposit, housed within its larger 1.65-million-ounce Ashburton gold project in WA.

The results highlighted a superior silica elimination rate and an increase in concentrate grade from 39g/t gold to 45g/t gold with lower sulphide recovery.

With the drill rig now in full swing at Mallina West, Kalamazoo will be hopeful its probe can tap into the region’s “Hemi-style” gold mineralisation – if so, it could be off to the races for the explorer.

Is your ASX-listed company doing something interesting? Contact: matt.birney@wanews.com.au

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