Dalradian Resources has announced preliminary results from two test stopes at its Curraghinalt gold project in Northern Ireland.
Stope 1 attained an average width of 1.40 metres, with estimated dilution to the designed stope of 29% and removal of an estimated 439 ounces of gold at a grade of 13.27 g/t from 1,029 tonnes of material.
Stope 2 achieved an average width of 1.33 metres, with estimated dilution of 10% to the designed stope and removal of an estimated 973 ounces of gold at a grade of 24.34 g/t from 1,244 tonnes of material.
These results are based on extensive muck sampling.
The quantity of gold in stope 1 was 36% above the resource model estimation, while stope 2 exceeded the resource model estimation by 73%.
The test stoping results validate the selection of long-hole open stoping as the primary mining method at Curraghinalt and demonstrate that narrow mining widths can be achieved using mechanized methods.
These results will contribute to the feasibility study that is nearing completion.