Briggs, Mannersley and Fig Tree Hill Porphyry Copper Project
Briggs, Mannersley and Fig Tree Hill Porphyry Copper Project (“Project”) comprises three exploration permits for minerals (EPM’s) covering a total area of approximately 241 km2 and contains a JORC compliant Inferred Mineral Resource estimate of 143Mt @ 0.29% copper at a 0.2% copper cut-off grade in the Central Porphyry zone of the Briggs Copper Project.
The Project is located close to key infrastructure, including sealed roads, rail, grid power, gas pipelines and a deep-water port at Gladstone which lies approximately 50km to the east.
|Figure 1. Location Map of the Briggs and Mannersley Copper Project, SE Queensland|
The Project lies within the Yarrol Province of the northern New England Orogen containing Silurian to Permian volcanic, volcanoclastic and sedimentary rocks of island arc origin. These are intruded by the late Permian to Triassic Galloway Plains Intrusive Complex (Figure 2). Porphyry copper mineralisation at Briggs and at Mannersley is associated with multi-phase phyllic and potassic altered granodiorite to tonalitic stocks which form part of the Galloway Plains Intrusive Complex, intruded into Silurian to Devonian aged sediments and volcanic rocks.
|Regional geological setting of the Briggs and Mannersley Project in SE Queensland|
The Project has been explored over a long period, but only 32 drill holes have been drilled at Briggs, of which only nine have been deeper than 150m, with only one hole drilled at Mannersley. Previous exploration campaigns are summarised below (for details refer to Canterbury’s ASX release 10 June 2020):
- Noranda (1969-1972)
- Briggs discovery through stream sediment survey and geological mapping
- Ground geophysics (Induced Polarisation (“IP”)) and limited drilling (14 holes)
- Geopeko (1969-1975)
- Initially held surrounding ground which is now in the Fig Tree Hill EPM
- Extensive geochemical soil sampling
- 2 core drill holes
- CRA Exploration (1991-1994)
- Mapping and geochemical soil sampling
- 7 reverse circulation (RC) drill holes
- Rio Tinto Exploration (2012-2016)
- 3D IP and VTEM geophysical surveys
- Conceptual, deep porphyry target
- 1 core hole drilled.
- Canterbury Resources (2017-present)
- 5 core holes
- Inferred resource estimate.
Porphyry Copper Mineralisation at Briggs
The Inferred Mineral Resource of 143Mt @ 0.29% Cu occurs in the Central Porphyry at Briggs, a porphyritic granodiorite stock with dimensions in excess of 500m x 200m and which has been drilled to a depth of over 500m. It is one of at least three intrusive centres which make up the Briggs prospect. Mineralisation occurs in stockworks of quartz veins containing quartz, chalcopyrite, minor molybdenite, potassium feldspars and locally anhydrite (see Figures 3 and 4). Biotite alteration is also present in the immediately adjacent host rocks.
Observation of drill core provides clear evidence that multiple intrusive phases and multiple mineralising events have occurred. Further drilling is required to better define these phases and to determine vectors towards higher grades and additional resource volume.
Drilling to date indicates that the highest copper grades are associated with sub-vertical banded silica bodies at the contacts between different intrusive phases, or in the volcanic sediments immediately adjacent to the granodiorite intrusions. Significant opportunity to increase average grades at the Central Porphyry is present once these positions are drilled to a higher density.
The Northern and Southern Porphyry’s occur along strike from the Central Porphyry and show evidence of porphyry vein stockworks and banded silica bodies at surface similar to those seen at the Central Porphyry, along with copper anomalism in soil sampling Figure 5). Limited drilling at both of these prospects has intersected similar mineralisation at similar grades to the Central Porphyry and represent immediate targets for further drilling for resource delineation.
The overall intrusive centre appears to be at least 2,000m long, is elongated along a prominent WNW to NW trending structural corridor and extends into untested ground held in the Fig Tree Hill EPM to the northwest, providing significant potential to increase the overall size of the resource.
|Outcropping stockwork of quartz-chalcopyrite veins in porphyritic granodiorite at the Central Porphyry of the Briggs copper deposit.|
|Multi-phase porphyry veins with blebby chalcopyrite mineralisation and associated potassic alteration overprinting volcanoclastic sediments, drill hole BD019-003 Central Porphyry, Briggs.|
|The Northern and Southern porphyry targets occur along strike from the outcrop of the Briggs central Inferred Mineral Resource along a >2km long trend|