Alkane’s Strong Copper-Gold Hit Re-Ignites Interest In NSW’s Porphyry Potential

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Alkane’s (ASX:ALK) big porphyry gold-copper hit at its Boda prospect in NSW’s central west continues to be the talk of mining investor circles.

The 502m intersection grading 0.48g/t gold and 0.2% copper has seen Alkane’s share price climb almost 80% to 67.5c since it was announced on September 9.

Alkane said the drilling results provided “clear evidence of Cadia-style mineralisation and grade over hundreds of metres”.

Cadia is of course the 3 billion tonne resource grading 0.36g/t gold and 0.26% copper being mined by Newcrest near Orange, with its gold production costs (after copper credits) coming in at a magical $US171/oz for the 912,000oz produced in FY2019.

Apart from the well-deserved share price spike for Alkane, the Boda find has served as a reminder that while NSW’s porphyry systems have already delivered world-class operations like Cadia and Northparkes (China’s CMOC), there could be plenty more to come.

That’s why interest in upcoming NSW porphyry drilling programs, particularly among the juniors where leverage to a big porphyry discovery is extreme, has taken off since Alkane released the Boda hit.

Plus Spotlight turns to Alkane’s highly leveraged neighbours DevEx and Alice Queen. Read more +

Barry Fitzgerald

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Barry Fitzgerald has covered the resources industry for 30 years. His column highlights the issues, opportunities and challenges for small and mid-cap resources stocks - most recently penned his column for The Australian newspaper and before that, The Age.

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