The Kochang Project consists of a number of historical mines, within ca. 1km of each other, which have exploited mesothermal style gold-silver-base metal bearing quartz veins. These historical mines are known as: Kochang Gold Mine, Kochang Silver Mine, SanPo Gold Mine (KCNW), and Kochang East (KCE).
At Kochang, the known vein system extends over a strike length of some two kilometres. The unexplored gap of 580 metres along strike between the Kochang Gold Mine and the Kochang Silver Mine presents an immediate target to be included in future assessments.
Underground sampling of the Kochang gold workings in 1990 gave a length weighted average value of 17.05 g/t gold over 0.2 metres from 104 samples. In addition, there is also evidence for the presence of higher grade ore shoots.
Although vein widths are relatively narrow at Kochang, gold grades and geological context are encouraging and Southern Gold can see the potential for additional higher grade shoots beneath the current mine workings. There is also some indications that more than one vein has been mined in the system and that other ‘blind’ veins may be found through reconnaissance mapping and drilling.
Southern Gold is highly encouraged by these results and outcomes, and looks forward to planning future work programs to further test the Kochang Project, including exploring between the Kochang Gold and Silver Mines and looking at opening up historical underground workings.