Moonshine Magnetite Resource Upgrade
RCR Mining Technologies (subsidiary of NRW Holdings ASX: NRH) appointed to examine rail unloading infrastructure solution at Esperance PortMacarthur Minerals announces a resource upgrade for the Moonshine magnetite deposit at Lake GilesMeasured Mineral Resource of approximately 53.9 Mt and Indicated Mineral Resources of 218.7 MtMacarthur now has sufficient resources in the appropriate categories to progress its Feasibility StudyResource upgrade follows recently announced Proposal for development of a Commercial Track Access Agreement received from Arc Infrastructure and the announcement of plans to develop haul road and rail siding infrastructure near Lake GilesVANCOUVER, British Columbia, Aug. 11, 2020 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Macarthur Minerals Limited (TSX-V: MMS) (ASX: MIO) (the “Company” or “Macarthur”) is pleased to present the updated Mineral Resource estimate for the magnetite deposits at its Lake Giles Iron Project in Western Australia, which has been completed by CSA Global Pty Ltd (CSA Global).The previous Mineral Resource estimates presented to the market between 20091 and 20192 consisted entirely of Inferred resources, including 710 million tonnes (“Mt”) at the Moonshine deposits. During 2019 the Company completed a program of infill drilling across some of the Moonshine deposit to upgrade the Mineral Resource category to include Indicated and Measured resources. The Mineral Resource upgrade has delivered sufficient resources in the appropriate categories to underpin the current Lake Giles Iron Project Feasibility Study.The updated Mineral Resource estimates incorporate the recent drill assays and has resulted in an increase in the size of the Moonshine mineral resources including resource category upgrades to now include Measured and Indicated resources. Approximately 30% of the Moonshine resource is now classified as Indicated with approximately 7.5% classified in the Measured category.Highlights of Mineral Resource estimates:Measured resources of 53.9 Mt at 30.8% Fe head grade and 66.0% Fe DTR concentrate gradeIndicated resources of 218.7 Mt at 27.5% Fe head grade and 66.1% Fe DTR concentrate gradeInferred resources of 997.0 Mt at 28.4% Fe head grade and 64.6% Fe DTR concentrate gradeCameron McCall, President and Executive Chairman of Macarthur Minerals commented:“The completion of the updated Mineral Resource estimate for Macarthur’s magnetite deposits at its Lake Giles Iron Project is a major milestone for the Company as it progresses its Feasibility Study. The updated estimate includes an increase in the size of the Moonshine and Moonshine North Mineral Resource, with category upgrades including Measured and Indicated resources. With a Measured Mineral Resource totalling 53.9 Mt and Indicated Mineral Resources of 218.7 Mt, Macarthur now has sufficient resources in the appropriate categories to progress its Feasibility Study.Recent announcements concerning the Company’s applications to develop haul road and rail siding infrastructure near Lake Giles and the announcement that the Company has received a Proposal for development of a Commercial Track Access Agreement from Arc Infrastructure means that the Company is now edging closer than ever to making this Project real for shareholders. The Company’s Board and Management are singularly focused on progressing through the key gateways to deliver the Project to maximise the opportunities presented in the current commodity cycle. With our focus now on the many more successes which need to follow, we have committed to a pathway of responsible, respectful and sustainable development. These are the principles and points of difference upon which the Company will focus as an emerging Australian iron ore producer. This is a great outcome for Macarthur and its shareholders.”Mineral Resource UpdateThe Lake Giles Mineral Resource estimates have been updated by CSA Global and reported in accordance with the Canadian Institute of Mining, Metallurgy and Petroleum (“CIM”) Definition Standards.The Mineral Resource estimate includes recent infill drilling conducted at the Moonshine deposits as previously disclosed on May 5, 2020 (see full release here).Figures 1 and 2 show the distribution of the Mineral Resource categories within the domains hosting the Measured and Indicated Mineral Resources for the Moonshine deposits. Macarthur’s infill drilling program concentrated on just a portion of the previously reported Mineral Resource2 to establish Measured and Indicated Mineral Resources to underpin the Feasibility Study of the Lake Giles Iron Project. Further drilling beyond the Measured Mineral Resource will be conducted as required however, the Company is confident it has established sufficient Mineral Resources to support its Feasibility Study.The Inferred Mineral Resources in Moonshine North (western domains) are extended to beyond 200 m below the depth of drilling, with geological continuity at these depths implied based upon results from aeromagnetic surveys. The results from the aeromagnetic surveys covering Moonshine are less clear and there is therefore less confidence in the interpreted depth extension of the host Banded Iron Formation (BIF) unit where there is no drill hole support.Figure 1 Longitudinal section of Moonshine (west) domain, showing Mineral Resource classification (green=Measured, cyan=Indicated, yellow=Inferred, red=unclassified), and drill hole intercepts (black traces). Grid square 100 m. View to east is available at https://www.globenewswire.com/NewsRoom/AttachmentNg/4340320e-8357-4fd3-9983-2f46c95eda25 Figure 2 Longitudinal section of Moonshine North (west) domain, showing Mineral Resource classification (green=Measured, cyan=Indicated, yellow=Inferred), and drill hole intercepts (black traces). Grid square 100 m. View to east is available at https://www.globenewswire.com/NewsRoom/AttachmentNg/1c5501ac-7afa-4e7e-97e5-3110fdc0c9ec______________________________________________________________________________________________________
1 NI 43-101 Technical Report filed December 17, 2009, titled “NI 43-101 Technical Report on Lake Giles Iron Ore Project: Western Australia.”
2 NI 43-101 Technical Report filed June 13, 2019, titled “NI43-101 Technical report, Macarthur Minerals Limited, Preliminary Economic Assessment Lake Giles Iron Project.