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Empire Metals provides update at its Pitfield and Eclipse-Gindalbie projects

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Global Mining Review,

Empire Metals Limited, the AIM-quoted resource exploration and development company, has announced that exploration field work is progressing well at the Pitfield Copper project, and that drilling has also recommenced at the Eclipse-Gindalbie project, both located in Western Australia.


  • Field work at Pitfield has been focused on under-explored areas of the project to generate new exploration data that will add significantly to the company’s understanding of the size and nature of this potential “giant” copper province.
  • Pitfield has the potential to contain multiple sediment-hosted stratabound copper (SSC) deposits across a 40 km N-S magnetic anomaly (as announced on 21 September 2022).
  • Empire’s exploration team has completed two field campaigns, collecting soil and rock samples as well as surface mapping of geological features.
  • Surface mapping has resulted in a number of rock samples being collected which have confirmed copper enrichment along with quartz and magnetite – all key elements of the SSC model.
  • A contract geophysical survey crew was mobilised in December to Pitfield and completed five traverses of Dipole – Dipole Induced Polarisation (DD-IP) for a total of 8450 Line metres.
  • The aim of the DD-IP survey is to resolve conceptual sediment-hosted strata bound copper (SSC) mineralisation targets supported by existing geological mapping and surface sampling results.
  • Further soil sampling and DD-IP surveying is expected to continue in 1Q23 with a view to expediting a maiden drill programme at Pitfield to evaluate the economic potential of SSC targets defined by the current work.
  • At Eclipse-Gindalbie a small reverse circulation (RC) drilling campaign was carried out, commencing 3 January, targeting a new area around the historical South Gippsland 3 mine, which to date has been under-explored.

Shaun Bunn, Managing Director, said:

“Great progress has been made on our two main exploration camps at Pitfield and Eclipse-Gindalbie over recent weeks as we set ourselves up for a major exploration push during 1H23. What is particularly exciting is that we have found a way to speed up our field activities at Pitfield, having been able to contract an IP surveying team that could mobilise to site in mid-December, well ahead of our previously announced exploration schedule.

“Our highly experienced exploration team has now completed two field campaigns and is currently undertaking a third campaign which completes this initial phase of geochemical mapping. Once the geophysical data from the DD-IP survey is interpreted, and the soil and rock sampling assays are received, we will be in an excellent position to identify potential copper sulphide targets beneath the surface soil anomalies for an initial drilling campaign at Pitfield.”

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