Coolgardie Minerals floats and starts mining
Gold miner Coolgardie Minerals may have unicorn blood gushing through its corporate veins, having commenced open pit mining yesterday at its Geko gold project near Kalgoorlie on the same day that it formally listed on the ASX.
Unlike most other new listings that hit the boards with a view to seeking out, proving up and eventually mining a mineral deposit, Coolgardie Minerals will look to rake in early cash flows at the project via toll treating to fund ongoing exploration.
Geko is located 30km northwest of Coolgardie in the heart of the Goldfields region of Western Australia.
The deposit has an existing ore reserve of just under 92,000 ounces grading 1.81 grams per tonne, within a larger mineral resource estimate of 136,000 gold ounces grading 1.6g/t gold.
The company was established in 2010 and holds over 549 square kilometres of highly prospective ground surrounding the historical Bullabulling gold project in the historical Coolgardie mining district, west of Kalgoorlie.
The high-quality ground position is composed of the existing Geko gold operation and at least 5 other prospects with varying amounts of historical exploration activity that has not really determined the true extent of the mineralisation to any significant depth.
Coolgardie Minerals Non-Executive Chairman and mining veteran Neil Warburton said: “This is a very exciting milestone that Coolgardie Minerals Limited has achieved on the road to building the company’s success story. We look forward to providing shareholders with further updates and thank shareholders for their support to date.”
The company’s ASX listing took place yesterday after it closed out an over-subscribed IPO last month, that put over $4m in the coffers.
Most of the funds will be thrown at exploration and resource development over the next 2 years, with the aim of steadily increasing ore reserves.
Coolgardie Minerals is a little bit rare as a newly listed ASX company, having already ploughed $9m of private money into the project pre-IPO.
The gold mineralisation at Geko starts from just 15m deep in a high-grade oxide zone and is defined to about 140m depth, limited only by a lack of drilling at this stage.
The historical Bullabulling series of open cut pits owned by Norton Goldfields located just south of Geko on the same mineralised zone, contain over 3 million ounces of remnant JORC-compliant gold resources, which augers well for Coolgardie Minerals.
There is no shortage of drill targets in and around Coolgardie Mineral’s leases, however the current standouts are at the First Find and Endeavour prospects.
Both areas have delivered some very encouraging historical exploration drilling results.
First Find previously produced a 15 metre intersection grading 13.5g/t gold, 5m @ 26.1g/t gold and a 3m intercept at just over an ounce to the tonne gold.
The Endeavour prospect is interpreted to have considerable blue sky potential for the company and is located on the southern continuation of Norton’s Bullabulling project.
Endeavour has produced some impressive narrow, high-grade drilling results in the past, including 2m @ 21.2g/t from 43m down-hole and 5m @ 5.14g/t gold from 40m down-hole.
The Goldfields region is rich with potential toll treatment options too and if one can be found, Coolgardie Minerals could potentially be in the rare position of self-funding its own exploration activities into the future.
The company awarded the open pit mining contract to the highly-regarded, W.A. based SMS Innovative Mining Solutions and under extended payment terms with that group, Coolgardie is able to fully fund the initial mining activity at the project.
First ore from Geko is expected on the mine stockpiles in October.