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Precious and base metals exploration and development company Greatland Gold has commenced a drilling campaign at its 100%-owned Black Hills gold project.

The project is located in the Paterson region of Western Australia and hosts several gold and copper deposits, including Telfer and Nifty.

The drilling programme includes approximately 20 reverse circulation holes drilled at a depth of up to 300m for around 6,000m of drilling.

It is designed to test an induced polarisation chargeability anomaly, which is approximately 1,400m in length and spatially coincident with gold mineralisation identified at surface.

Greatland Gold CEO Gervaise Heddle said: “We are excited to have commenced Greatland’s first drilling campaign at Black Hills.

“Following encouraging field and geophysical work, the team believes that Black Hills, which sits adjacent to our Havieron licence and has displayed potential for near-surface gold mineralisation, could become Greatland’s second significant project in the highly prospective Paterson region.

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“It is therefore a high priority target for the company and we look forward to updating shareholders on our progress.”

Last October, the company identified a large, buried geophysical target at the Saddle Reefs prospect at the Black Hills licence, following a 3D Induced Polarisation (3DIP) survey.

During the exploration campaign carried out at Black Hills last June, the company identified multiple gold nuggets which confirmed the presence of high-grade gold mineralisation at the Saddle Reefs prospect.

Greatland Gold also holds the Havieron and Paterson Range East licences. It has six main projects, with four of them situated in Western Australia and two in Tasmania. All projects are fully owned by the company.