Freegold Ventures Limited [FVL-TSX; FGOVF-OTC; FR4N-FSE] has announced the start of the 2019 exploration program at the Shorty Creek property 125 km northwest of Fairbanks, Alaska. The 2019 program is fully funded under the agreement with a wholly owned subsidiary of South32 Limited [SHTLF-OTC, LSE, ASX, Jo’burg] whereby South32 has the option to earn a 70% interest in the Shorty Creek property.
To maintain the option in good standing South32 must contribute minimum exploration funding of US $10 million over four years with minimum exploration expenditures of US $2million in Years 1 and 2 and US $3 million in Years 3 and 4 for an aggregate of US$10 million.
South32 may exercise its option to subscribe for 70% of the shares of a newly formed project company by committing US $30 million to the newly formed company, less the amount of exploration expenditure contributed by South32 during the option period following the completion of each annual program. Freegold shall act at as operator during the option period.
The 2019 program will consist of induced polarization surveys, geochemical surveys and a minimum 2,000-metre drill program designed to provide an initial test of the exploration targets outside of the Hill 1835 target area. Hole SC 15-03 at Hill 1835 intersected 91 metres grading 0.55% copper, 7.02 g/t silver and 0.14 g/t gold. Drilling is expected to commence in mid-July.
The Shorty Creek Project was identified as having significant porphyry potential by Freegold in late 2014. Shorty Creek hosts a cluster of magnetic anomalies commonly seen in porphyry districts. Drilling has been largely concentrated on the Hill 1835 area; however it is only one of the potentially significant targets within the property area. Twelve widely space holes with an average depth of 500 metres have expanded the mineralized zone to over a 750 x 400 metre area with each hole intersecting significant and consistent copper, gold, silver and tungsten mineralization over broad widths from base of oxide material (average ~ 90 metres). The target remains open both laterally and to depth.
Two km to the northwest of Hill 1835 is Hill 1710, which hosts a large copper and molybdenum geochemical anomaly coincident with a 6-km long broad magnetic anomaly. Initial drill testing in 2016 consisted of four holes spaced 400 metres apart testing 1.6 km of this magnetic feature. Drilling intersected porphyry style mineralization, with copper grades increasing to the northeast. The magnetic anomaly extends another 2.5 km to the northeast from the limits of the 2016 drilling.
Other exploration targets within this promising 100 km2 property include the Quarry target, where oxidized porphyritic rock with stockwork veining returned values of 500 ppm copper in rock samples. Quarry lies 3 km north northeast of Hill 1835 at the northern end of an 11 km long magnetic high. Sampling at Quarry has confirmed both the presence of copper mineralization and quartz feldspar porphyry outcrops.
Freegold is focused on exploration in Alaska and holds through leases the Golden Summit Gold Project, near Fairbanks as well the Shorty Creek copper-gold project near Livengood.