Arrow Minerals confident ahead of drill program next month at Strickland VMS project

Arrow Minerals confident ahead of drill program next month at Strickland VMS project


Arrow Minerals Ltd's (ASX:AMD) Howard Golden caught up with Proactive's Andrew Scott soon after announcing they'll start reverse circulation drilling at its Strickland volcanogenic massive sulphide project in Western Australia next month. The company has identified five high-quality copper-gold VMS drill targets using historical surface and drilling geochemical data followed up with field mapping and airborne electromagnetic surveys.

Arrow Minerals about to start drilling copper-gold VMS targets at Stricklands

Arrow Minerals about to start drilling copper-gold VMS targets at StricklandsArrow Minerals Ltd - Arrow Minerals about to start drilling copper-gold VMS targets at Stricklands
Arrow has received all approvals from governmental agencies and traditional owners of the land.


Arrow Minerals Ltd (ASX:AMD) will start reverse circulation (RC) drilling at its Strickland volcanogenic massive sulphide (VMS) project in Western Australia in April 2021.

The company has identified five high-quality copper-gold VMS drill targets using historical surface and drilling geochemical data followed up with field mapping and airborne electromagnetic surveys.

All targets exhibit highly anomalous geochemistry and EM signatures typical of VMS copper-gold deposits such as the Golden Grove deposit also in Western Australia.

Five “high-quality targets”

Arrow’s managing director Howard Golden said: “We have five exciting drill targets at Strickland.

“The strong discrete geophysical anomalies along with the coincident high-grade copper, gold, silver and pathfinder elements in the right geological setting have generated high-quality targets.”

Strickland drilling program

The Strickland VMS Project was historically explored by Arrow Minerals’ geologists for gold.

In 2020, geologists undertook a re-analysis of all the historical data at Strickland and recognised the geological and geochemical signatures typical of VMS copper-gold mineralisation.

Based on those findings and subsequent field visits, SkyTEM airborne electromagnetic surveys were completed over five anomalous areas.

The results yielded five drill-ready targets that exhibit coincident geophysical, geochemical and geological anomalism consistent with VMS copper and gold-bearing massive sulphides.

Previous historical work at Strickland comprised iron ore exploration and until 2020 has included regional airborne geophysics, surface sampling and shallow drilling, all exclusively focused on the search for orogenic gold.

Golden said: “We have planned a high-impact drilling program, followed by borehole electromagnetic surveys that will efficiently and effectively test the copper-gold targets within the boreholes and in the surrounding rocks.

First base metals drilling

The planned program will be the first drilling ever undertaken for base metals in this area of Western Australia.

Arrow has now received all approvals from the appropriate governmental agencies as well as the traditional owners of the land.

These approvals have enabled the company to finalise arrangements to mobilise a drill rig to the Strickland site in the first half of April to complete an initial drilling program.

The drilling will be followed by borehole electromagnetic surveys that will allow the detection of conductive sulphide mineralisation lateral to or below the boreholes to ensure that all mineralised zones are defined for further testing.

Golden said: “The Strickland tenement is situated in a province that hosts several VMS deposits, and represents a fertile environment for further discoveries.”

Arrow Minerals talks upcoming drill plans following positive RC results at Dassa gold deposit

Arrow Minerals talks upcoming drill plans following positive RC results at Dassa gold deposit


Arrow Minerals Ltd’s (ASX:AMD) Howard Golden tells Proactive's Andrew Scott that a reverse circulation drilling program at the Dassa gold deposit on the Divole West exploration permit in Burkina Faso has expanded gold mineralisation to a strike length of more than 900 metres. New broad, high-grade results confirm that the shallow, mostly oxide-hosted gold mineralisation is continuous along strike and to a depth of more than 150 metres.

Arrow Minerals’ broad, high-grade results continue to grow Dassa gold discovery in Burkina Faso

Arrow Minerals' broad, high-grade results continue to grow Dassa gold discovery in Burkina FasoArrow Minerals Ltd - Arrow Minerals’ drilling at Dassa gold deposit in Burkina Faso confirm increased size and continuity of gold mineralisation
The shallow, mostly oxide-hosted gold mineralisation is continuous along strike and to a depth of more than 150 metres


Arrow Minerals Ltd’s (ASX:AMD) reverse circulation (RC) drilling program at Dassa gold deposit on the Divole West exploration permit in Burkina Faso has expanded gold mineralisation to a strike length of more than 900 metres.

New broad, high-grade results confirm that the shallow, mostly oxide-hosted gold mineralisation is continuous along strike and to a depth of more than 150 metres.

Best results are 6 metres at 4.04 g/t gold from 43 metres and 14 metres at 3.24 g/t from 23 metres.

Expanding Dassa

Arrow managing director Howard Golden said: “These very positive results at Dassa give us confidence that the Dassa gold deposit has the continuity, grade and thickness that we were hoping for.

“This puts us in a position where we can continue to expand Dassa while advancing several nearby advanced and early-stage projects to realise an emerging gold district in western Burkina Faso.

“Confirming the mineralisation potential at Dassa is particularly significant in light of the recently signed agreement to explore on a contiguous permit block held by Trevali Minerals."

Trevali exploration to start next quarter

Golden said: “The resulting exploration area holds high potential for additional gold mineralisation along more than 80 kilometres of the same prospective Boromo Greenstone Belt that hosts the Dassa discovery.

“Arrow intends to commence exploration programs on the Trevali tenements in the second quarter of 2021.”

Drilling results

The recent drill program was focussed on the northern Dassa mineralised zone at Divole West permit in Burkina Faso and was undertaken exclusively in the northern of two gold-bearing zones.

Work completed comprised infill RC drilling between existing widely spaced RC profiles as well as drilling to extend the gold mineralisation to the north, south and down-dip to the east.

The latest program has tightened the drill section spacing on the northern Dassa zone to 80 metres and successfully defined a 900-metre-long zone of near-surface gold mineralisation locally exceeding 20 metres, but more typically 5-15 metres in thickness.

Mineralisation has a shallow east-dip and occurs along the sheared contact between sedimentary rocks and an underlying granitic intrusion.

Dassa remains open downdip and to the north, with scope to expand shallow, potentially open-pittable mineralisation.

Weathering typically extends down to around 50 metres depth, and many of the existing intersections sit in oxide material.

Emerging gold district

The drilling in the northern Dassa zone, plus the additional mineralisation in the southern zone, bodes well for a substantial volume of gold mineralisation on the Divole West permit.

Auger sampling extended significant gold anomalism a further 2 kilometres south of the current southern Dassa zone drilling and represents a further high priority target.

With the Arrow footprint expanded to include a significant portion of the Boromo Belt, the highly encouraging results from Dassa provide the confidence and understanding of the mineralisation to unlock the potential of this emerging gold district.

The upcoming quarter will see an expanded program to grow Dassa and the known mineralisation at nearby Divole East, as well as accessing the huge potential of the 80 kilometres long Trevali block provided by the recent agreement.

Arrow’s strategy of highest quality targeting and value-adding cooperation with partners continues to bear fruit.

Arrow Minerals in “transformative” agreement with Trevali Mining for exploration rights in Burkino Faso

Arrow Minerals in "transformative" agreement with Trevali Mining for exploration rights in Burkino Faso The agreement provides significant upside for Arrow as it continues to consolidate its significant gold footprint surrounding the Dassa gold discovery on its Divole West permit.
The agreement provides upside for Arrow as it consolidates a large gold footprint surrounding the Dassa discovery on its Divole West permit.


Arrow Minerals Ltd (ASX:AMD) has signed a binding term sheet that sets out terms for an exploration joint venture with Trevali Mining Corp (TSE:TV) (OTCMKTS:TREVF) wherein both parties receive reciprocal exploration rights to their exploration permits in a highly prospective gold belt in Burkina Faso, West Africa.

The agreement covers eight exploration licences – Kikio, Kordie, Pilimpikou, Semapoun, and Viveo (100% Trevali); and Divole East, Divole West and Dyapya (100% Arrow) and allows Arrow to perform gold exploration over the Trevali permits.

It also includes a reciprocal arrangement for Trevali to undertake base metals exploration on Arrow’s permits.

“Transformative arrangement”

Chief executive officer Howard Golden said: “This arrangement is transformative for Arrow Minerals and gives us access to more than 80 kilometres of strike length along the highly prospective gold-bearing Boromo Greenstone Belt.

“This expanded exploration space greatly increases the probability of delivering significant additional gold to the developing Arrow portfolio of discoveries including Dassa and Divole East.

“Our new cooperative arrangement is truly mutually beneficial, exposing both parties to highly prospective exploration ground to advance their respective commodity focuses.

“At the same time, both companies retain exposure to exploration success in non-core minerals."

Arrow-Trevali joint exploration permit area

Within the 1,024-square-kilometre combined permit package known gold mineralisation includes the Dassa, Divole East, Poa and Guido advanced prospects.

The agreement will provide significant upside for Arrow as it continues to consolidate its significant gold footprint surrounding the Dassa gold discovery on its Divole West permit.

It will also allow Arrow to expand its exploration activities as follows:

  • Arrow receives the right to explore on Trevali permits in return for a 51% interest in any gold resource that is defined on Trevali’s permits;
  • Trevali receives the right to explore on Arrow permits in return for a 51% interest in any base metals mineral resource that is defined on Arrow’s exploration permits;
  • If Arrow discovers base metals on a Trevali permit, Trevali will pay to reimburse Arrow an amount that is two times the amount of Arrow’s exploration costs and Trevali will grant a 2% NSR royalty to Arrow when mined;
  • If Trevali discovers gold on an Arrow permit, Arrow will pay to reimburse Trevali an amount that is two times the amount of Arrow’s exploration costs and grant to Trevali a 2% NSR royalty when mined; and
  • Exploration data will be shared by Arrow and Trevali.

Golden added: “Previous work by Trevali and others along the length of the permits has highlighted areas of elevated prospectivity that Arrow intends to aggressively explore, commencing with a program of regional stream sediment sampling to start in March 2021.”

Arrow exploration update

A 4,000-metre reverse circulation drilling program has been completed by Arrow at the Dassa gold discovery in Burkina Faso.

Drilling data is being compiled and analysed with results from the program expected to be announced in the next 10 days.

At the Strickland Copper-Gold VMS Project in Western Australia, work continues to complete regulatory and logistical preparations to test targets developed from geochemical and geophysical results.

About Trevali

Trevali is a global base-metals mining company, headquartered in Vancouver, Canada.

The bulk of Trevali’s revenue is generated from base-metals mining at its three operational assets: the 90%-owned Perkoa Mine in Burkina Faso, the 90%-owned Rosh Pinah Mine in Namibia, and the wholly-owned Santander Mine in Peru.

In addition, Trevali owns the Caribou Mine, Halfmile and Stratmat properties and the Restigouche deposit in New Brunswick, Canada, and the past-producing Ruttan Mine in northern Manitoba, Canada.

Trevali also owns an effective 44%-interest in the Gergarub Project in Namibia, as well as an option to acquire a 100% interest in the Heath Steele deposit in New Brunswick, Canada.

Arrow Minerals halted with news of Burkina Faso exploration JV pending

Arrow Minerals halted with news of Burkina Faso exploration JV pendingArrow Minerals Ltd - Arrow Minerals halted with news of Burkina Faso exploration JV pending
The halt is in place until March 1 or when an announcement is released to the market.


Arrow Minerals Ltd (ASX:AMD) has been granted a trading halt by the ASX with news pending in respect of consideration and execution of a binding term sheet relating to an exploration joint venture in Burkina Faso.

The securities will remain halted until earlier of the start of normal ASX trading on Monday, March 1, 2021, or when an announcement is released to the market.

RC drilling at Dassa discovery

Recently, the company started a 3,100-metre reverse circulation (RC) drilling program at Dassa gold discovery on the Divole West exploration permit in Burkina Faso, West Africa.

The drilling aims to confirm the continuity of gold mineralisation between existing widely-spaced drilling profiles as well as to extend the known mineralisation from the previous RC drilling.

Infill and extensional drilling

To date, Arrow has completed 8,669 metres of RC drilling on Divole West, which resulted in the discovery of continuous gold mineralisation in two zones at Dassa.

This program is focused on the principal northern Dassa zone that extends for more than 500 metres along strike and is open to the north, south and down-dip.

Managing director Howard Golden said: “Arrow will be looking to better define the second gold zone to the south as well as define other gold-bearing targets on the exploration permit to the north and south along strike.”

Arrow Minerals begins RC drilling with aim to confirm and extend Dassa gold discovery in Burkina Faso

Arrow Minerals begins RC drilling with aim to confirm and extend Dassa gold discovery in Burkina Faso Arrow Minerals Ltd -
A reverse circulation drilling program is underway at Arrow’s Dassa gold discovery in Burkina Faso


Arrow Minerals Ltd (ASX:AMD) has started a 3,100-metre reverse circulation (RC) drilling program at Dassa gold discovery on the Divole West exploration permit in Burkina Faso, West Africa.

The intention is to confirm the continuity of gold mineralisation between existing widely-spaced drilling profiles as well as to extend the known mineralisation from the previous RC drilling at Dassa.

One of two mineralised zones

Managing director Howard Golden said: “With the arrival of the dry season in Burkina Faso we are once again on the ground aggressively exploring, working to expand the shallow, continuous gold mineralisation at Dassa.

“The mineralised zone is one of two that have been discovered at Dassa.

“In the new year, Arrow will be looking to better define the second gold zone to the south as well as define other gold-bearing targets on the exploration permit to the north and south along strike.

“Exploration is also ongoing to define new targets on four other 100% Arrow permits in Burkina Faso.

“At the same time, final clearances are being obtained to do maiden copper-gold VMS drilling at the Strickland project in Western Australia.”

Infill and extensional drilling

To date, Arrow has completed 8,669 metres of RC drilling on the Divole West permit, which resulted in the discovery of continuous gold mineralisation in two zones at Dassa.

This program is focused on the principal northern Dassa zone that extends for more than 500 metres along strike and is open to the north, south and down-dip.

RC drilling that has started comprises infill between existing widely spaced RC profiles as well as drilling to extend the gold mineralisation to the north, south and down-dip to the east.

Results from all the Burkina Faso greenfields exploration work at Boulsa, Dyapya, Divole, Nako and Hounde South are expected to be available in the first quarter of 2021.

Arrow Minerals begins RC drilling with aim to confirm and extend Dassa gold discovery in Burkina Faso

Arrow Minerals begins RC drilling with aim to confirm and extend Dassa gold discovery in Burkina Faso Arrow Minerals Ltd -
A reverse circulation drilling program is underway at Arrow’s Dassa gold discovery in Burkina Faso


Arrow Minerals Ltd (ASX:AMD) has started a 3,100-metre reverse circulation (RC) drilling program at Dassa gold discovery on the Divole West exploration permit in Burkina Faso, West Africa.

The intention is to confirm the continuity of gold mineralisation between existing widely-spaced drilling profiles as well as to extend the known mineralisation from the previous RC drilling at Dassa.

One of two mineralised zones

Managing director Howard Golden said: “With the arrival of the dry season in Burkina Faso we are once again on the ground aggressively exploring, working to expand the shallow, continuous gold mineralisation at Dassa.

“The mineralised zone is one of two that have been discovered at Dassa.

“In the new year, Arrow will be looking to better define the second gold zone to the south as well as define other gold-bearing targets on the exploration permit to the north and south along strike.

“Exploration is also ongoing to define new targets on four other 100% Arrow permits in Burkina Faso.

“At the same time, final clearances are being obtained to do maiden copper-gold VMS drilling at the Strickland project in Western Australia.”

Infill and extensional drilling

To date, Arrow has completed 8,669 metres of RC drilling on the Divole West permit, which resulted in the discovery of continuous gold mineralisation in two zones at Dassa.

This program is focused on the principal northern Dassa zone that extends for more than 500 metres along strike and is open to the north, south and down-dip.

RC drilling that has started comprises infill between existing widely spaced RC profiles as well as drilling to extend the gold mineralisation to the north, south and down-dip to the east.

Results from all the Burkina Faso greenfields exploration work at Boulsa, Dyapya, Divole, Nako and Hounde South are expected to be available in the first quarter of 2021.

Arrow Minerals identifies strong conductors at Strickland VMS project

Arrow Minerals identifies strong conductors at Strickland VMS projectArrow Minerals Ltd - Arrow Minerals identifies strong conductors at Strickland VMS project
Arrow completed a helicopter-borne 680 kilometres linear survey at the project


Arrow Minerals Ltd (ASX:AMD) has identified seven large discrete conductors in an airborne electromagnetic survey at the Strickland Copper-Gold Project in Western Australia.

The conductors are coincident with strong copper and gold anomalism of up to 2.2% copper and 9.6 g/t gold in historical drilling.

All seven conductive anomalies are shallow and correspond with geochemical and geological environments favourable for volcanogenic massive sulphide (VMS) mineralisation.

Prioritising new targets

Arrow’s managing director Howard Golden said: “These conductors, with the coincident copper-gold-silver-zinc-bismuth anomalism and their geological settings, are typical of the VMS environment as seen at the Golden Grove and Perrinvale VMS deposits.

“We are now prioritising these exciting new targets for follow-up drill testing.”

Electromagnetic survey

Arrow completed a 680 kilometres linear survey using the SkyTEM helicopter-borne transient electromagnetic (TEM) system in late September 2020.

The survey comprised of five blocks distributed throughout the Strickland licences in Western Australia covering an area of 131 square kilometres.

The survey was designed to test strong geochemical signatures consistent with volcanogenic massive sulphide (VMS) copper-gold mineralisation identified in the analysis of historical data.

Geochemical anomalism

Base metals geochemical anomalism was detected in geochemical samples from previous aircore and reverse circulation drilling that focused exclusively on orogenic gold exploration.

Recent studies of this historical data highlighted the potential for VMS copper and gold mineralisation at five high-quality target areas in the Strickland tenement block.

Next steps

The conductors detected in the TEM survey at Strickland provide drill targets with geological and geochemical support for VMS copper-gold mineralisation.

Arrow will undertake a program to ground-truth the anomalies in the field followed by drill testing on all anomalies that are shown to be prospective.

In parallel with Strickland, Arrow continues to explore for gold in Burkina Faso, focusing on the recent Dassa discovery in the west of the country.

These projects in Western Australia and Burkina Faso allow Arrow year-round access to projects during their respective field seasons.

Arrow Minerals identifies strong conductors at Strickland VMS project

Arrow Minerals identifies strong conductors at Strickland VMS projectArrow Minerals Ltd - Arrow Minerals identifies strong conductors at Strickland VMS project
Arrow completed a helicopter-borne 680 kilometres linear survey at the project


Arrow Minerals Ltd (ASX:AMD) has identified seven large discrete conductors in an airborne electromagnetic survey at the Strickland Copper-Gold Project in Western Australia.

The conductors are coincident with strong copper and gold anomalism of up to 2.2% copper and 9.6 g/t gold in historical drilling.

All seven conductive anomalies are shallow and correspond with geochemical and geological environments favourable for volcanogenic massive sulphide (VMS) mineralisation.

Prioritising new targets

Arrow’s managing director Howard Golden said: “These conductors, with the coincident copper-gold-silver-zinc-bismuth anomalism and their geological settings, are typical of the VMS environment as seen at the Golden Grove and Perrinvale VMS deposits.

“We are now prioritising these exciting new targets for follow-up drill testing.”

Electromagnetic survey

Arrow completed a 680 kilometres linear survey using the SkyTEM helicopter-borne transient electromagnetic (TEM) system in late September 2020.

The survey comprised of five blocks distributed throughout the Strickland licences in Western Australia covering an area of 131 square kilometres.

The survey was designed to test strong geochemical signatures consistent with volcanogenic massive sulphide (VMS) copper-gold mineralisation identified in the analysis of historical data.

Geochemical anomalism

Base metals geochemical anomalism was detected in geochemical samples from previous aircore and reverse circulation drilling that focused exclusively on orogenic gold exploration.

Recent studies of this historical data highlighted the potential for VMS copper and gold mineralisation at five high-quality target areas in the Strickland tenement block.

Next steps

The conductors detected in the TEM survey at Strickland provide drill targets with geological and geochemical support for VMS copper-gold mineralisation.

Arrow will undertake a program to ground-truth the anomalies in the field followed by drill testing on all anomalies that are shown to be prospective.

In parallel with Strickland, Arrow continues to explore for gold in Burkina Faso, focusing on the recent Dassa discovery in the west of the country.

These projects in Western Australia and Burkina Faso allow Arrow year-round access to projects during their respective field seasons.

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