A few days late, but we got the initial resource calculations for Alpala (link), in summary:
So we should see the report released around mid-February. I'm sorry I haven't posted an article sooner, I've been rebuilding the drill-hole database and being a bit I'm lazy.
You can get the model from here (link).
Back in November I put on this blog a 'guesstimate' resource outline, which is below:
Compared to the office resources, I can say is:
Yup, I was terrible! This level of incompetence is normally only seen in British politics, and as I can't accept that I'm truly incompetent (just partially, when among friends), I wanted to see why I was so shite (excluding the obvious disabilities).
Go to the end of this section to see numbers and the like.
Fortunately, I can use my stoat-like intelligence and use the plan maps and sections provided and show that there is a strong trend both the geology and mineralization.
Alpala Trends - Plan view
Alpala Trends - Sections
You can see that the highest grades are related to the certain rock types (D10, QD10 and QD15), these units are generally quite thin, but appear to be quite continuous along strike.
So, I've used this info to update the model, and for the geologists among you, I got:
For the range (highlighted), I measured the distance (radius) from the drill-holes to the inferred resource limit outlines, and doubled it to get the base range.
You plug those numbers into leapfrog and you get:
That's more like it! Now, I'm not a resource geologist, but is a 300m base range reasonable for a porphyry deposit?
- Vizcachitas (Los Andes): base range = 400m
- Constancia = 100-300m (depending on the direction)
- Rio Grade (Regulus) = 120m
So, it looks to be quite generous, you get the impression that SolGold wanted a billions tonnes of resource come hell or high water.
Comments and observationsWhy don't we look at the data in a bit more detail.
The mineralization is deep, the high-grade core starts at ~800m depth and it is surrounded by a large low-grade halo with several small, isolated high-grade zones, which are often defined by a single hole.
So, off the bat, if it is ever mined, it will be from underground, but is it good enough? Let's plot Alpala's resources on Macquarie's ore value chart.
|Yellow star = global resources; Magenta = high-grade core|
I want to see if there is any upside, but virtually all of the holes passed through mineralization and stopped in barren rock on the other side.
At the edges of the deposit, drilling only cut a couple of narrow, inconsistent high-grade zones. So the upside appears to be limited.
These resources are a start, a good foundation, but I was disappointed that SolGold insisted in calculating as large a resource as possible when it was obvious that the vast majority would be uneconomic.
I'm also disappointed that they are going to drill a metric-fuck-tonne of holes at Alpala this year. I think the story at Alpala is done, the upside seems to be small, with no obvious areas to expand the high-grade zones.
We've seen press releases on some fecking rock samples from other prospects, but where are any announcements on planned drill programs for some of the other targets, if they could find a second deposit, close to surface at the same grades as the Alpala global resource (>0.5% Cu), then someone will look very closely at acquiring SolGold.