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Torque fires up rig to follow up high grade gold hits

Torque Metals has locked down an RC drill rig and is back in the field to chase down previous exciting gold hits at its Paris project near Kambalda. Follow up drilling will target some cracking grades previously intersected at Paris including a 9m hit grading 11.52 grams per tonne gold and an intersection adjacent to Paris that gave up 24m going 10.7g/t gold including 6m at 34g/t gold.

The Paris gold project sits squarely on the richly endowed Boulder-Lefroy Fault Zone to the southeast of Kalgoorlie.

Approximately 5,000 metres of RC drilling is envisaged for the follow up program occurring in two phases.

The phase one RC program is planned to further test the Paris project area for high-grade gold and will consist of 20 to 30 holes aggregating an approximate 2,500m.

A second RC rig is set to join the action in early 2022 and will target the Observation and Strauss prospects adjacent to existing old pits in the Paris project area.

Phase two is designed to follow up on the deeper resource potential at Paris and will likely consist of 10 to 12 deeper drill holes for approximately 2,500m.

Previous drilling at the Observation prospect that lies approximately 900m north of the historically producing HHH pit previously gave up the cracking 9m hit going 11.52g/t from 63m and has similar geology to the existing HHH and Paris deposits, according to Torque.

The Strauss prospect was previously drilled out with 24 RC drillholes for a total of 1,722m. The drill program uncovered a new mineralised gold zone covering a minimum strike length of 150m and remains open to the north, south and at depth. Drill results included a 12m hit grading 1.21g/t gold from 57m.

Four drill holes for a total of 619m were drilled adjacent to the old Paris pit and three holes for a total 308m adjacent to the historic HHH pit to test for extensions to known mineralisation. The results confirmed a strong, broad zone of high-grade gold both up and down dip at Paris and HHH, demonstrating considerable potential for resource growth according to the company.

An auger based geochemical soil sampling program was undertaken to the south of the Paris pit aimed at extending the Paris gold corridor southwards. The survey was also designed to target a historical drill result at Paris South that snagged 13m grading 3.3g/t gold.

Geochemical sampling study results are anticipated before the end of the calendar year with future drill targeting around the Boulder-Lefroy Fault Zone contingent on results.

I am extremely pleased to have secured two RC rigs and to kick off this follow-up drilling program at these highly prospective gold discoveries at Observation, Strauss and Paris.

With the second RC rig contracted to begin early next year to follow-up on deeper intersections at the existing Paris mine, it is going to be an exciting start to 2022 for investors.

With a troupe of high-grade gold hits lining up across Torque’s very interesting tenure in the gold-endowed Boulder Lefroy Fault Corridor, results from the current drill campaign at the underexplored Paris project will likely be highly anticipated by the market.

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

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