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Project Review: Havilah Resources To Build Australia’s Next Gold Mine

Havilah Resources [ASX:HAV], based out of Adelaide in Australia, is in an enviable position. The hold a significant sized group of claims 120km northwest of Broken Hill in an area that is long associated with mining activity.

The claims cover ancient ground in the Curnamona Craton; where the land is regularly punctuated by granitic intrusions. In turn, this area has been subjected to tectonic pressures that created long, north to south trending fractures in the crust which acted as conduits for mineral-rich fluids. It is these mineralized fractures that Havilah Resources are now exploiting.

A New Mine

The Company just announced that they have been given the go ahead to start mining operations at their Portia site, one of the targets along a north-south trend known as the Benegerie Dome. They have paid a $1.9million (AUS) environmental bond and will complete a 50-person camp in the next few weeks. After this, stripping of overburden will begin sometime around mid-March.

The Portia Mine contains 67,000 ounces of gold (720 kilotons grading at 2.9g/t), and although this is not necessarily a huge amount, we have to look at the potential that their land position in the Curnamona Craton provides. By building their first mine, Havilah Resources will establish an income that can then be reinvested into the advancement of other targets. Along the Benergerie Dome alone, there are several other well defined mineral zones, including:

  • North Portia Zone (Copper-Gold-Molybdenum deposit, resource estimation in progress)
  • Lorenzo Zone (Zinc exploration target, with 23m at 0.9% Zn)
  • Croziers Zone (Gold exploration target, with 11m at 1g/t Au)

The Benegerie Zone passes almost seamlessly to the south into the Kalkaroo Dome, which contains even more potential mineral wealth:

  • Brooks Bay (Gold exploration target, 0.4g/t Au in outcrop)
  • Kalkaroo Zone (62million tons with 15% Cu, 0.44g.t Au; feasibility study in progress)
  • Deep Well Zone (Zinc exploration target, with 23m at 0.23% zinc)

In addition to Benegerie and Kalkaroo Domes, there are four other equally prospective structures within Havilah’s claim grouping.

Image Courtesy of Havilah Resources

Image Courtesy of Havilah Resources

This area has been explored in the past, and estimates of $80 million (AUS) has been spent across the area over a significant period. But exploration has been haphazard by these predecessors, often missing targets or being blinded by the overburden. Havilah turned this around by running large scale geophysical programs that highlighted both the intrusions and the regional structures, and then had a further advantage by having in-house drilling capacity, so were able to react quickly and cheaply to new targets as they were generated.

The Havilah strategy to exploration and development should be a model followed by other companies.

Firstly, acquiring a decent sized piece of ground (but having the budget to maintain the claims) is a wise start. It is easier to drop ground over time to reduce costs than add to it, because as soon as word gets out that prospects are decent, a ‘staking war’ begins and strangles the original company.

Secondly, they were wise in paying attention to previous work done on the site. Historical reviews often answer many of the questions you will have in an area as a geologist, and $80 million worth of work simply cannot be ignored. Even if those previous companies did not turn up anything significant, it helps you to not repeat fruitless efforts with your own exploration program.

Thirdly, running a geophysical survey and ground mapping was what really turn the page. We have to remember that exploration is not a game played in the big financial centres by men in suits, but it is a pure and logical science – a battle which is waged in the field.

About Andrew Randell

Andy is a Professional Geoscientist (PGeo) registered with the Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists in British Columbia (APEGBC). He has over a decade of experience across a multitude of mineral exploration and mining project types and commodities, specializing in geological mapping, design of exploration projects and drilling programs, geochemical targets, soil sampling, mineralogy and metallurgy. He is experienced with projects at every level, from grass roots to feasibility level properties. He is a geoscientific educator involved in outreach programs to support newly educated geologists and offers consulting services to mining companies.

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  • Joe C

    Auric ((Au, Aurum=roman, earliest language still used today. Back further is Sumerian, which is Hurasam. Which Genesis mentions like Verse 1:2 **the gold is good**, from Havilah. (Gold mixed with Chlorine) Chloride. If you test sample the soil and run a chlorine wash through the dirt, over time, the gold oxidizes from a halogen (salt producing). I’m trying to get involved with something like that! That would be amazing work. From a 5 view window. Seriously though, the non-bonding elements will wash away with most soap. Has to be a consistent amount of hydrophobic agents that strip dirt. It’s all about the elements in our core. If you could start a dig site on a volcano…hahah…those wont last. You get what I’m saying. right? Also, looking for lead was a smart idea to x-ray its content underground. Have you ever imagined x-ray technology?, It pinpoints bright-reflected dark matter debris, blocks out the “sun”***Our sources come from the sun but they have split through dark matter an consist of the same energy producing elements we have stirring in heat and velocity; colliding. On earth though, our small splatter of energy is being consumed by dark matter. Yet, when these energy’s cool, this traps and strips away the elements from each other. Mountains, would seem the best approach because our recent history is based off the same technology for survival. (Which I imagine is still being used today, but on an improved level. Henry Cavendish, Seperated Hydrogen from Oxygen, to show hydrogen was flammable. Also this technique mixed with a mash (dark matter debris, creates Distillation. Separates these elements, under heat, Warm liquids breed the life, too hot only elements exist, the products of energy.) when they condense to a liquid form. Ethanol!?! and heated That whole problem is finding the finance to pay for an operation. A huge risk, but if everything is correct, there’s math to know how much profit is involved. Easy math, one problem solved. Even to just live with the earth at that moment. What a fantastic opportunity. I need to finish welding before I try making new ways to gather sediment with. Use the easy metals to dig for more precious metals. Generating money for this cause is a great idea, except the people who are doing it now is who they got, because they can’t interrupt the working brain. Even dating this companies spell checker, we could learn their resources tell them the dates on the roman language and sumerian language. Don’t even get me started on Carbon! That is graphite to diamond as lead is to gold. What do you do with all the excess lead and graphite?, make pencils,!! hahahaha. Make them of other scraps too would be nice, oh wait they do…wood. Thats easy drill a very small hole, mix with solution that graphite bonds well with,… I got trailed off sorry. I came to this question, What stage is Carbon in before it condenses and is stripped or seeped at high speeds, by gravity away from the core? Tough question to be asking myself, Am I asking myself, to undertake this. I’m the guy who says yes, I want to know. Know what I can do to better humanity, come up with new technology that our space age society lives in with small metal microchips, screens, and physical mobile instruments. Lets make technology that pushes us forward like, the next scientist who worked on Cavendish’s experiment, The type of paper we use?? Kind of nice to share ideas with people who are on the same track as you, to get you to the trail. Imagine cross-hairs on a sphere, Well these points intercept a sample of our core. Measured in thirty seconds (strange this is the measurements all tape measures use). Oh, and the electrons most outermost shell loves to bind to create 8 right. What better way to split 32) Strange also that a free mason regards the 32nd degree a very different distinguishing number from the rest. Is the master of 32 better than the 33rd? Conquer your earth and make it the best possible place you can, then yes. I side-track easily, that’s why its best to have a team on the same track, pull you back into the core. Which is the whole “point” anyways. Transition Metals. Why named this? Think about it. Understand a closer look by studying the origin of the word noble. Noble Gases our just our outermost connection with dark force behind connected debris from the earth’s core. Which given a sphere theory, should either be the point on the other side or there should be an opposite or very similar element on the other side of the 32. Why did Jesus raise through heaven, he chose the 33rd degree. Anyways, I am a person who stills with the humans. I am interested in knowing all about ourselves before I pass a judgement. Our planet is amazing, although i feel like a billion years compared to infinity is nothing. Infinite or measured at more time decay rate compared to surrounding matter, or literally the tub where all the drops belong. *drops of our energy stirring at such mc squared proportions*. lol. Don’t want to explain that joke. Can i ask how old was Jesus when he was risen? Just curious who wrote that. Hard to write when the Red Wings are on. People are the best investment. The = means; two measurements of the point on the sphere if using cross-hairs. Some elements leave a trail at 2 4 18 32 18 4 2, Others measure at 2***32 32 18 8 2. Imagine the dividing line between and on 32. The cells of the eye. See whats between the light.

    • Joe C

      8 X 8 X 8 X 8

      • Joe C

        Fold the 8 on the cross-hairs
        X = Lead
        Y = Thallium

        • Joe C

          gold bound on both sides