Major Gold Feeder May Be The ‘Gold Room’ At Tuvatu

It comes two years after the successful discovery of a high-grade 500 zone at the Sabeto project site, in Nadi.
08 Jun 2022 14:14
Major Gold Feeder May Be The ‘Gold Room’ At Tuvatu
Lion One senior vice president exploration, Sergio Cattalani.


A Nadi-based exploration project may have just found its proverbial gold room.

Lion One’s Tuvatu Alkaline-Gold project has reported a substantial discovery in new high-grade gold feeder mineralisation.

It comes two years after the successful discovery of a high-grade 500 zone at the Sabeto project site, in Nadi.


President, Wally Berukoff, said the latest discovery demonstrated Tuvatu’s potential to become a large-scale, high-grade under- ground gold mine.

“I have long encouraged our team to find that ‘gold room’ at Tuvatu,” Mr Berukoff, who is also Chief Executive Officer, said.

“Hole TUG-141 leads me to believe they have found it.”

“We have only to look at other no- table large alkaline gold deposits, as direct analogues, to better understand what this latest discovery tells us.”


“The latest discovery of a major high-grade feeder should be viewed as very promising.”

“Tuvatu will one day fall in the ranks of notable multi-million ounce gold deposits, such as Porgera in Papua New Guinea, and Vatukoula.”

The seasoned Canadian miner with global experience said he had high expectations of the continued successful execution of the exploration strategy.

It would also propel the Nadi- based gold project in its pursuit of gold production by the second half of 2023, Mr Berukoff said.



Lion One’s senior vice president of exploration, Sergio Cattalani, said the newly found mineralised intercepts observed in hole TUG- 141, were of a magnitude not previously documented at Tuvatu.

“It also revealed a largely untapped potential of the deposit,” he said.

“Our immediate priority is to follow up this significant discovery with additional drilling, in what remains a relatively poorly drilled portion of the Tuvatu system,” Mr Cattalani said.

“Lion One is now more than ever convinced of the potential of Tuvatu to become a prominent, multi- million ounce gold deposit, at the top of the gold grade distribution


Deep Rooted

Lion One’s technical advisor, Quinton Hennigh, said alkaline gold systems were usually deep- rooted and structurally complex.

“Exploring them can be analogous to drilling a tree from the top down,” Mr Hennigh said.

“In the shallow part of the system, one finds the upper branches, or gold-bearing lodes.


“As exploration persists to depth, bigger and bigger branches, or lodes, are encountered, ultimately leading to the trunk, the feeder.”

“The way this remarkable discovery at Tuvatu has unfolded, is similar to the experience at Porgera.”


In Porgera, where after approximately 10 years of diligent drilling, the high-grade Romane Fault Zone was discovered, beneath a myriad of smaller lodes.

Alkaline gold systems are known to persist to great depths, sometimes as deep as two kilometers.


Concurrent Two-pronged Drill Campaign

In the meantime, a concurrent two-pronged exploration drill campaign is in progress at Tuvatu.

Lion One senior vice president exploration, Sergio Cattalani.

The exercise involves a:-

-shallow infill drilling, to enhance definition of its current resource, in preparation for mine planning, and

-deep drilling, focussed on better understanding the geometry, and extent of the underlying high- grade feeder network.


“The significance of this latest discovery has yet to be determined,” the Canadian mining company said.

“This is the first drill hole in this part of the Tuvatu alkaline gold system.”

“Orientation and true thicknesses of mineralised intercepts discussed are not known at this time.”



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