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New Gold AC Drilling Drilling Drilling Update

ASX Announcement 19 June 2018

Mt Ridley Project, Albany Mt Ridley Project, Albany-Fraser / Yilgarn Craton Orogen

  • Favourable geology encountered to date Favourable geology encountered to date 
  • Gold geochemistry halo anomaly 3 km x 1.5 km Gold geochemistry halo anomaly 3 km x 1.5 km 3 km x 1.5 km 
  • Favourable magnetic complex

Mount Ridley Mines Limited (ASX: MRD) (“Mount Ridley”, “the Company”) is pleased to announce an exploration update at its 100% owned Mt Ridley Project located 70km north east of Esperance (WA).

Air Core Drilling (AC) 

The recently commenced AC program has completed approximately 15% of the planned holes to basement. To date the geology observed in end-of-hole basement samples in several holes is interpreted to comprise variably silicified biotite and amphibole-bearing orthogneisses, with disseminated pyrite replacing amphibole within the silicified and altered gneiss. Sampling has been completed on all holes drilled to date, comprising:

  • 4m composite samples to be assayed for gold downhole, to better understand the distribution of any gold in the regolith; and 
  • End-of-hole 1m samples when in basement, to be assayed with a multi (50) element assay package to characterise any gold and associated lithologies and alteration.

Due to problems with deeper than anticipated cover and issues with hole blockages due to running sands and swelling clays, drilling has temporally been postponed because of the insufficient capacity of the current drill on site.

A replacement larger capacity AC/RC drill rig has been sourced and will be mobilised to site within approximately 2 weeks. The larger drill rig also has RC hammer capacity on hand to drill further into basement within those holes that may encounter more of the silicified and pyrite-bearing basement lithologies.

The immediate area of current AC drilling has not previously been drilled by past explorers. Those few previous AC and RAB drill holes drilled by past explorers in the region of the current program were terminated at comparable, or shallower, depth than the current basement intersections being encountered in the present AC drill program. It is anticipated that once the larger capacity drill is on site that drilling to sample basement lithologies will recommence and complete the entire basement sampling program.

Mount Ridley’s Managing Director, Ashley Hood commented; “As interesting as the geology appears to be at this early stage, the success of the program will be based on the assay results, expected to be returned for those holes completed to date in approximately two to three weeks’ time”.

“Encouragingly the altered and pyrite-bearing basement geology observed to date beneath the gold halo anomaly currently being targeted clearly appears different to the recorded results of the historic AC and RAB drilling in the vicinity of the current program”.

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New Gold Drilling Commencement

ASX Announcement 5 June 2018

Mt Ridley Project, AlbanyFraser / Yilgarn Craton Orogen 

  • 100 AC holes planned to bedrock/refusal 
  • Gold geochemistry halo anomaly 3 km x 1.5 km 
  • Potential similar geological setting to Tropicana 
  • Favourable magnetic complex 
  • Heritage Surveys completed 
  • Program of Work permits in place

Mount Ridley Mines Limited (ASX: MRD) (“Mount Ridley”, “the Company”) is pleased to announce an exploration update at its 100% owned Mt Ridley Project located 70km north east of Esperance (WA).

The recently outlined gold anomaly straddles the southeastern margin of the Albany-Fraser Orogen (“AFO”), adjacent to the Eastern Goldfields Province of the Yilgarn Craton. This is potentially a similar setting to the Tropicana Gold Deposits (Inferred Resources of 34.2Mt @ 1.95 g/t Au, Indicated Resources of 87.9Mt @ 1.74g/t Au and Measured Resources of 26.1Mt @ 1.16g/t Au, source: http://www.tropicanajv.com.au/irm/content/reserves-resource-statement1.aspx?RID=284 further to the north east along the same AFO margin trend. The anomaly appears to be intimately associated with a structurally complex magnetic north-south feature within with the normal AFO structural trend and geology striking northeast.

Air Core Drilling (AC) 

A comprehensive AC drilling program consisting of 100 holes has been planned on a nominal 100 metre x 250 m spacing to cross the north/south magnetic setting in an east/west traverse direction. The AC holes are planned to bedrock to resolve underlying geology and locate the source of the surface gold geochemistry. Sampling will comprise 4 metre composite samples assayed for gold downhole, to better understand the distribution of gold in the regolith, and end of hole 1.0m samples assayed with a multi (50) element assay package to characterize any gold and associated lithologies and alteration.

The AC drill rig has been mobilized to site with support crews, and drilling is due to commence tomorrow morning.

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Mt Ridley to Acquire High-Grade Philippines Epithermal Gold Project
13 February 2018

Mt Ridley Mines Limited to acquire 100% of the issued capital of Prometheus Developments Pte Ltd which holds rights to the Diwalwal Mineral Field, Compostella Valley, Mindanao, Philippines.

Summary:

  • Mount Ridley Mines Ltd (ASX: MRD) (or “the Company”) has agreed (subject to due diligence and shareholder approval) to acquire 100% of the issued capital of Singapore based Prometheus Developments Pte Ltd (“Prometheus”) via the issue of approximately 1.506 billion Shares in the Company. 
  • Prometheus has entered an Investment Agreement with Paraiso Consolidated Mining Corporation (“Pacominco”) and a Joint Venture agreement with JB Management Mining Corporation (“JB Management” or “JBMMC”). These agreements allow Prometheus to acquire an 80% economic interest and 40% legal interest in three mining tenements covering the Diwalwal Gold Project. These agreements are outlined as follows; 
    • Pacominco Investment Agreement: On 20 October 2017 Prometheus entered into the Pacominco Investment Agreement that will allow Prometheus to earn an economic interest of up to 80% in the Pacominco Gold Project and a legal interest in Pacominco of up to 40%. Pacominco in turn has a Joint Operating Agreement (“JOA”) with the Philippine Mining and Development Corporation (“PMDC”) that governs the tenure, reporting responsibilities, exploration, development, processing and utilization of resources on the project area. In accordance with Philippines Law, a Philippine owned company Perentie Mining Infrastructure Corp (“Perentie Infrastructure” or “PIMC”) will hold a 40% ownership on completion of the obligations of Prometheus under this Investment Agreement. Prometheus in turn has an agreement to receive all cash distributions from the Investment Agreement therefore giving Prometheus an aggregate 80% economic interest in the Pacominco Investment Agreement (on completion of Prometheus obligations). 
    • JB Management Joint Venture: On 20 October 2017, Prometheus executed a Joint Venture Agreement with JB Management covering 452.29 hectares (Contract Area) on the Diwalwal Mineral Reservation that will allow Prometheus to earn an economic interest of up to 80% in the Contract Area and a legal interest of up to 40% in the joint venture company (to be incorporated). JB Management also have a JOA with the National Resource Development Corporation (“NRDC”). Perentie Infrastructure will hold a 40% ownership on completion of the joint venture obligations of Prometheus. Prometheus in turn has an agreement to receive all cash flows from the Joint Venture therefore giving Prometheus an aggregate 80% economic interest in the JB Management Joint Venture (on completion of Prometheus obligations). 
  • The Philippine Mining and Development Corporation (“PMDC”) completed 21 diamond drill holes in 2006 and outlined significant gold mineralisation immediately adjacent to and below the JBMMC lease boundary. Note that these drill holes are beneath the agreement area which has a boundary based on an elevation of 600m ASL1.
  • The Diwalwal Gold Project is situated along the Philippine fault approximately 80 kilometres south of Medusa Mining Limited’s (ASX: MML) Co-O Gold project (JORC Inferred and Indicated Resources of 1.34 million ounces) (ASX: MML announcement "Annual Mineral Resources and Ore Reserves Update Statement" 07/08/2017) with annual production of approximately 90,000 ounces of gold. 
  • There are numerous adits that cross cut significant gold mineralisation throughout the areas covered by the Pacominco Investment Agreement and the JB Management Joint Venture areas that should provide relatively easy access for the commencement of underground exploration drilling. 
  • Underground diamond drilling is currently being planned for execution in April 2018 at the Balite and Buenas Tinago veins with a view to confirming historical high-grade gold mineralisation in addition to identifying additional mineralisation. 
  • MRD would like to thank the PMDC, in particular, Chairman Atty Alberto Sipaco for his support in assisting with the completion of these agreements in order to advance the Diwalwal Gold Project. In particular we would like to thank him for his invaluable assistance with the local community and other interested parties.

FIGURE 1: Chief Geologist Martin Dormer at the JB Management adit.

FIGURE 2: Clemente Arguanta (Pacominco), Rueben Arbaquez (Pacominco), Martin Dormer (Prometheus), Robert McKenna (Prometheus), Kabir Osman (Prometheus), Chr. Joselito Brillantes (JBMMC), Manuel Brillantes (JBMMC), Karen Brillantes (JBMMC), Chay Kee Tan (Prometheus).

FIGURE 3: Robert McKenna (Prometheus), Kabir Osman (Prometheus), Attny. Alberto Sipaco (PMDC), Esmeraldo Salvana (PACOMINCO)

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Exploration Update: Mt Ridley Project, Albany - Fraser Ridge
7 February 2018

Mount Ridley Mines Ltd (ASX: MRD) (or "the Company") is pleased to announce an exploration update at its 100% owned Mt Ridley Project in the Albany Fraser Range Province (WA).

  • New HP FLTEM geophysics to commence at Keith's and Winston's
  • Broken Hill style gold target geochemistry infill
  • Deeper drilling on new defined anomalies

Geophysics Update:

The Company's long awaited HP FLMTEM geophysics survey is due to commence late this week. The Company, along with other explorers, has been in a long list of proejcts awaiting availability of the highly sought-after, arrival of the updated HP MLTEM survey equipment.

Two new project areas previously untested by EM have been selected. These targets are at Keith's and Winston's targets.

Figure 1. Mount Ridley regional gravity completed May 2017.

The Keith's target has been selected due to anomalies arising from magnetic and gravity surveys that have been followed up with Air Core drilling, geochemistry and infill further gravity surveys.

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Quaterly Report for 31 December 2017
31 January 2018

Overview

Mount Ridley Mines Ltd Mount Ridley Mines Ltd (ASX: MRD) (or “the Company“) announced in the September Quarterly of 2017 that due to seasonal and access difficulties proposed exploration activities were postponed and in the process of being planned. The company has finalised its planning and 2018 exploration programs are due to commence: 

  • Geophysics surveys booked for late January at the Winston and Keith Prospects;
  • Gold anomalism identified during the recently completed geochemistry survey in the search for Broken Hill Style Mineralisation. Infill and extension geochemistry has been planned on 50 x 100m spacing 

A coincident nickel, copper and sulphur geochemistry target identified in 2017 which included infill air core drilling in April and May (ASX announcement 20 June 2017) confirmed and identified an area of interest at Keith’s. This target will form part of the HP MLTEM survey. 

A planned 50m x 100m infill sample auger programme originally targeting Broken-Hill type lead-zinc mineralisation identified a low-level gold anomaly within the south west section of the auger geochemistry program. With background levels below detection recorded over a large portion of the geochemistry survey area, an anomalous zone of up to 11 ppb gold in soils has been identified in what appears to be a favourable magnetic complex. An infill auger survey with spacing of 100m x 50m will be conducted to confirm the anomalous values.

Ongoing Work:

  • HPMLTEM surveys booked at Keith’s and Winston’s 
  • Infill auger geochemistry at the Broken Hill style area targeting gold anomalism planned
  • RC drilling to test greatest geochemistry potential and any new bedrock EM features 
  • Down hole EM of new deeper drilling targeting

Corporate:

The Company held its AGM on 30 November 2017, with all resolutions passed unanimously. 

As previously announced, the Company has also been negotiating a potential acquisition, with its securities being suspended from trading whilst it liaises with ASX in relation to this. The Company will provide the market with an update as soon as it is able.

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