Drilling at TV Tower began in 2010 and consisted of an initial 4,100 metres, highlighted by 57.8 metres of 9.51 grams/tonne (“g/t”) gold (“Au”) within a broader interval of 136.2 metres of 4.28 g/t Au in drill hole KCD-02 at the KCD target.
By 2011, six additional targets were identified for detailed follow-up and more than 14,000 metres were drilled at KCD and two additional targets (Kayalı and Sarp). The discovery hole at the Kayalı target (KYD-01) returned 114.5 metres averaging 0.87 g/t Au in oxide.
Pilot Gold became operator of TV Tower as part of an earn-in agreement announced on June 21, 2012. As operator, Pilot Gold completed an aggressive exploration program in 2012 that consisted of 14,440 metres of diamond core drilling at KCD, property-wide airborne magnetic/EM geophysical surveys and ongoing surface mapping and geochemical sampling. Pilot Gold elected to focus drilling in 2012 on testing and expanding the known gold mineralization at the KCD target identified in previous drill campaigns.
Gold highlights from Pilot Gold’s 2012 drill program at KCD included:
- 5.94 g/t Au, 12.6 g/t silver (“Ag”), and 0.53% copper (“Cu”) over 137.1 metres in KCD-39, including 18.88 g/t Au, 13.1 g/t Ag and 1.36% Cu over 27.0 metres;
- 227 g/t Auover 12.0 metres in KCD-50;
- 2.33 g/t Auover 93.5 metres in KCD-75, including 17.4 g/t Auover 3.5 metres; and,
- 6.59 g/t Auover 34.2 metres in KCD-80, including 42.0 g/t Auover 3.7 metres.
A near-surface zone of silver-only mineralization that overlies the high-grade gold-silver-copper zone was also targeted. Silver highlights from KCD included:
- 69.8 g/t Ag over 110.6 metres in KCD-66, including 87.1 g/t Ag over 71.0 metres;
- 52.1 g/t Ag over 111.8 metres in KCD-68, including 150 g/t Ag over 8.3 metres;
- 85.9 g/t Ag over 135.5 metres in KCD-94, including 1389 g/t Ag over 4.8 metres; and
- 102 g/t Ag over 73 metres in KCD-101, including 260 g/t Ag over 20.3 metres.
In 2013, Pilot undertook an exploration program consisting of core and RC drilling, geologic modeling and ongoing surface work. Seventy two drill holes comprising 16,735 metres were completed at KCD. Drill highlights include:
- KCD 142: 15.3 g/t Auover 45.2 metres, including 386 g/t Auover 1.5 metres
- KCD 134: 327 g/t Ag over 14.5 metres, including 547 g/t Ag over 8.5 metres
- KCD 108: 93.0 g/t Ag over 122.7 metres
- KCD 102: 25.7 g/t Au, 47.2 g/t Ag and 2.12% Cu over 16.5 metres, including 142 g/t Au, 141 g/t Ag and 3.39% Cu over 2.0 metres
A new zone of near-surface, oxidized gold mineralization up to 10 metres thick was discovered through four drill sites spaced approximately 130 metres apart, overlying the silver zone and north of the high-grade sulphide gold zone.
The Kayalı target is a high-sulphidation, shallow oxide gold target located approximately eight kilometres south of the KCD target. Discovery hole KYD-01 returned 0.87 g/t Auover 114.5 metres from a depth of 4.5 metres, including 2.85 g/t Au over 15.4 metres. The 2013 drill program comprised approximately 3,500 drilled metres.
The 20 km2 Karaayı target is contiguous with the Kayalı oxide gold target. The Karaayı tenure contains some of the strongest and most extensive gold-in-soil anomalies in the TV Tower district. Drilling at Karaayı by previous operators intersected near-surface, oxidized, high-sulphidation style gold mineralization, which is on strike to the west of the known oxidized gold mineralized zone at Kayalı.
Infill mapping, soil sampling, rock sampling and compiled drill data completed by Pilot Gold in 2013 indicate the presence of a potential shallow, bulk-tonnage oxide gold-mineralized system at least four kilometres long between the Kayalı and Karaayı targets. Further drilling revealed the presence of an extensive blanket of supergene copper mineralization underlying the oxide gold zones. In addition, drilling and surface work suggest that two or more copper-gold porphyry systems are present at K2, which includes the Kayalı and Karaayı targets in the southern portion of TV Tower.
Supergene copper drill highlights from K2 include:
- 1.29% Cu over 34.1 metres in KYD-39, including
o 1.90% Cu over 20.8 metres
- 0.35% Cu over 65.0 metres in KYD-43
- 0.35% Cu over 64.2 metres in KYD-34
Karaayı Cu-Au porphyry target highlights:
- 0.30% Cu and 0.13 g/t Au over 224.8 metres in KRD002, including
o 0.59% Cu and 0.18 g/t Au over 37.0 metres
- 0.16% Cu and 0.18 g/t Au over 154.4 metres in KRD004
- 0.19% Cu and 0.17 g/t Au over 257.2 metres in KAD02
Additional targets may also be tested. We have also initiated metallurgical testing at KCD, and have begun preliminary engineering and environmental studies on TV Tower.
For a table of 2010/2011 drill results, please click here.
For a table of 2012/2013 drill results relating to gold mineralization, please click here.
For a table of 2012/2013 drill results relating to silver mineralization, please click here.
For a table of 2014 drill results, please click here.
For further details on the KCD resource estimate, see the NI 43-101 technical report entitled “Independent Technical Report for the TV Tower Exploration Property, Çanakkale, Western Turkey", effective January 21, 2014 and dated February 28, 2014, co-authored by Casey M. Hetman, P.Geo. with SRK Consulting (Canada) Inc.; James N. Gray, P. Geo. of Advantage Geoservices Ltd.; and Gary Simmons, BSc, Metallurgical Engineering, of GL Simmons Consulting, LLC., filed under Pilot Gold’s Issuer Profile on SEDAR at http://www.sedar.com.
Moira Smith, Ph.D., P.Geo., Chief Geologist, Pilot Gold, is the Company's designated Qualified Person within the meaning of NI 43-101 and has reviewed and validated that the information contained herein is accurate.