Gold Standard Ventures Corp. (GSV:TSX.V; GSV:NYSE) recently announced that four rigs have finished a significant amount of drilling on its Railroad-Pinion project in Nevada's Carlin Trend. Some 8,000 meters of infill drilling have been completed on 87 holes.
An estimated 74,800 meters of reverse circulation and core drilling in 381 holes comprise the overall 2018 US$25.8 million program. Of that, 40,800 meters of infill and development drilling in 296 holes is anticipated at Dark Star and Pinion, and exploration is the focus of another 34,000m of drilling in 85 holes.
According to the company, at Dark Star and Pinion the 2018 program objectives are decreasing drill spacing to about 30 meters, converting Inferred resources to the Measured and Indicated categories, and defining the limits of the gold zones.
"This is a very aggressive program designed to generate the data for a revaluation of the Railroad-Pinion Project. Over the past four years, we have demonstrated that the small Pinion deposit we acquired in 2014 was just a part of a much larger Carlin system. We have added discoveries, expanded them and proved that they are metallurgically receptive to high recoveries using heap leach technology," explained Jonathan Awde, CEO and director. "We aim to confirm this year that Railroad-Pinion can be the next successful mine on the Carlin Trend," he added.
On the western side of Dark Star, results were better than what was expected in the resource block model. Gold mineralization was extended to the west of the Ridgeline fault and below the current resource model.
"These were the first of the infill holes that were designed at tightening up the drill spacings of our Dark Star Project. Many of the holes actually exceeded the model in terms of grade or thickness. It was really good for us to see that. One of the things that can happen with infill drilling is that you can lose ounces or lower the grade and we're seeing the grade at bare minimum at least meet with what the model had in it, but in many cases exceed it," explained Awde.
"What's really exciting now is at the tail end of this month is that we're going to transition from infill and do some exploration drilling. We're doing to be drilling two exploration targets. One is Jasperoid Wash, which is about 3 miles south of Pinion," said Awde.
Don Harris, Gold Standard's senior development geologist, stated on April 17 that "results to date have generally met or exceeded the model expectations, with some areas of higher-grade (PR18-03) and some areas of higher AuCN ratios (80-90%) than currently modeled. These upgrades can have a positive impact to the PEA currently in progress on the project."
The company has stated that it expects to release a preliminary economic assessment in the second half of 2018.
RBC Capital Markets, in a March 26 report, noted that Gold Standard is among the junior miners that plan to release resource updates and economic studies this year. The firm noted that Gold Standard is "evaluating Dark Star-Pinion deposits as an open-pit heap leach operation with potential to add a High Pressure Grinding Roll (HPGR)."
Analyst Joe Reagor with ROTH Capital Partners commented on Feb. 26, "We are most encouraged by the company's plan to release an initial PEA on the project in H2/18 and we believe there should be a steady stream of catalysts between now and the release of the PEA."
Gold Standard announced in February CA$38,184,202 in gross proceeds due to the issuance of 18,626,440 common shares at a price of CA$2.05. Net proceeds are to be utilized for continued exploration and early-stage work at the Railroad-Pinion Project and as working capital.
Goldcorp now owns approximately 9.9% and OceanaGold owns about 15.6% of Gold Standard's issued and outstanding shares.
Brien Lundin, in the March issue of Gold Newsletter, noted that this "investment is a strong endorsement of the potential the smart money sees in Railroad-Pinon."
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