A major drilling campaign is underway at Middle Island’s Sandstone gold project in central WA to upgrade existing open pit mineral resources.

The RC drilling campaign is to confirm, expand and/or test open pit gold targets within 4km of the company’s gold processing plant.

The drilling will be done prior to completing an updated pre-feasibility study in the June quarter, along with revisiting a project recommissioning decision.

Aircore drilling results, from a program completed late in January are pending, but the company said they are expected to be returned in sufficient time.

Additional RC and diamond drilling programs are planned for the late March quarter, if required, to upgrade and confirm findings.

Middle Island Managing Director Rick Yeates said it presented an opportunity to realise a long-held ambition to deploy significant drilling to areas that have remained untested or poorly tested due to prior funding constraints.

“The planned multi-phase drilling campaign has the potential to add significant open pit mineral resources to the Sandstone gold project,” he said.

“With the Australian dollar gold price near record levels, any additional mineral resources identified during the drilling campaign should significantly enhance the outcome of the current Sandstone updated PFS, which is planned to be completed in the June quarter of 2020, prior to reviewing a recommissioning decision.”