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14 November 2023
East Star Resources Plc
("East Star" or the "Company")
Verkhuba Copper Drill Results Update
High grade copper and zinc zones confirmed
East Star Resources Plc (LSE:EST), which is defining mineral resources in Kazakhstan for the energy revolution, is very pleased to provide an update on the assays from drilling at the Verkhuba Deposit on the Rudny Altai VMS belt.
Multiple zones of massive and disseminated sulphides identified in logging have now been confirmed to contain high-grade copper
62 samples contained grades above the 1% Cu and 1% Zn detection limits including Hole VU_23_DD_001 which contained an intersection of 10m @ >1% Cu and 7.95 g/t Ag from 30.4m
Mineralised zones confirm presence of high copper grades, as seen in historical drilling results
Presence of silver in mineralised zones demonstrates potential for precious metals to be a by-product
Results of re-assay of high-grade samples, including gold analysis, are expected in the next few weeks
Alex Walker, East Star CEO, commented:
"We are absolutely delighted with these initial results which not only demonstrate the Verkhuba Deposit contains relatively shallow high-grade copper but also provide credibility to the >42,000m of historical drill results used in our resource model - which provided a JORC Exploration Target of 19-23 Mt @ 1.4-1.9% CuEq.
"Although more work is required, the prospect of East Star being able to deliver a JORC compliant open pit copper resource right next to infrastructure and within trucking distance of third-party mills with excess capacity just got a whole lot closer. Also, having recently raised capital, the Company is fully funded for this next phase of delivering value to shareholders."
The Company has sent 62 of 385 samples for re-assay as results came back above detection limits of 1% for Cu or Zn. Samples sent for re-assay will also be tested for gold, based on high grade silver assays in several samples suggesting potential for precious metal by-products. The results of these assays are expected to be received in the next few weeks.
Once the final assays are returned and released to the market, the Company will need to undertake remodelling work using these results, as well as the data collected during the LIDAR survey, geological mapping, and borehole surveys, to update the geological model. A geostatistical analysis of the results against the historical results will be applied to understand what additional work is required to progress Verkhuba to a JORC compliant resource.
East Star Resources Plc
Alex Walker, Chief Executive Officer
Tel: +44 (0) 20 3918 8792
Peterhouse Capital Limited (Corporate Broker)
Tel: +44 (0) 20 7469 0930
SI Capital Ltd (Corporate Broker)
Tel: 01483 413500
About East Star Resources Plc
East Star Resources is focused on the discovery and development of strategic minerals required for the energy revolution. With an initial nine licences covering 1,321.5 km² in three mineral rich districts of Kazakhstan, East Star is undertaking an intensive exploration programme, applying modern geophysics to discover minerals in levels that were not previously explored. The Company also intends to further expand its licence portfolio in Kazakhstan. East Star's management are based permanently on the ground, supported by local expertise, and joint ventures with the state mining company.
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The person who arranged for the release of this announcement was Alex Walker, CEO of the Company.
Competent Persons Statement
The information in this release that relates to Exploration Results has been reviewed by Mr Mikhail Tsypukov. Mr Tsypukov is a Fellow of the Institute of Materials, Minerals and Mining (FIMMM, Reg. No 459707). He has a PhD in geology from A.P. Vinogradov Institute of Geochemistry Siberian Branch Russian Academy of Sciences with over 30 years of experience of gold and base metal exploration in Russia, Kazakhstan, Mongolia, Rwanda and Islamic Republic of Mauritania.
Mr Tsypukov has sufficient experience that is relevant to the style of mineralisation and type of deposit under consideration and the activity being undertaken to qualify as a Competent Person as defined in 2012 Edition of the "Australasian Code for Reporting of Exploration targets, Exploration Results, Mineral Resources and Ore Reserves", also known as the JORC code. The JORC code is a national reporting organisation that is aligned with CRIRSCO. Mr Tsypukov consents to the inclusion in the announcement of the matters based on his information in the form and context in which they appear.