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Bellevue Gold has encountered high-grade mineralisation while it conducted infill drilling in preparation for the start of mining at its flagship Bellevue gold project.

The Bellevue gold project is a historic gold mining operation that is located approximately 40 kilometres north of Leinster in the northern Goldfields region in Western Australia.

Infill drilling was conducted there in preparation for the start of mining. It has returned high-grade results from the Bellevue South area and the Armand Main area.

At the upper Armand work area, five development levels were opened, and long hole stoping is expected to start this week. This area will contribute to a major portion of early stoping and development ore while access to the higher-grade Armand Main is established.

At the Bellevue South area, ore driving has started from the southern decline by focusing on developing the 1115 and 1095 levels. High-grade development ore has been intersected as expected in the resource model, with both levels encountering consistent zones of mineralisation.

“The Bellevue South lode is a significant component of the production schedule for the 2024 financial year (FY2024). Alongside Bellevue South, the Armand, Marceline and Deacon work areas are the other contributors to the FY2024 production schedule,” the company said.

“The mining ramp up is proceeding according to the schedule and stoping activities will provide ROM (run of mine) material in advance of gold production, which is expected to occur in the December 2023 quarter.”

Bellevue Gold managing director Darren Stralow said the results provide a valuable insight into what the company can expect as mining ramps up.

“The grades are well above those in the reserve estimation and demonstrate why we are very confident about meeting our key targets as we move into production,” Stralow said.

“The project remains comfortably on time, with first production set for the coming quarter, and our focus is on meeting our targets and ramping up in line with our strategy.”