Challenger Exploration (ASX: CEL) (“CEL” the “Company”)”) is pleased to announce results from drill hole GYDD-21-008 at its 100% owned El Guayabo Gold-Copper Project in El Oro Province, Ecuador. GYDD-21-008 delivered an exceptional wide and high-grade intercept that, coupled with a review of historical drilling, defines a continuous zone of higher-grade gold-copper-silver mineralisation that significantly upgrades the project and confirms CEL has a meaningful second project in South America.


  • GYDD-21-008 encounters a significant zone of high-grade Au-Cu-Ag mineralisation intersecting 53.7 metres at 5.3 g/t AuEq2 within a broader zone of 257.8 metres at 1.4 g/t AuEq2 from near surface.
  • Significant intersections in hole GYDD-21-008 include (Refer Table 2):
    • 257.8m at 1.4 g/t AuEq2 - 0.8 g/t Au, 7.9 g/t Ag, 0.3 % Cu from 5.3m including;
    • 79.0m at 3.8 g/t AuEq2 - 2.4 g/t Au, 17.4 g/t Ag, 0.7 % Cu from 184.1m including;
    • 53.7m at 5.3 g/t AuEq2 - 3.5 g/t Au, 23.9 g/t Ag, 0.9 % Cu from 209.4m including;
    • 6.8m at 20.6 g/t AuEq2 - 16.9 g/t Au, 50.1 g/t Ag, 1.8 % Cu from 248.8m (GYDD-21-008).
  • Core logging confirms correlation with several historical holes into the same Au-Cu-Ag rich intrusive breccia containing extensive sheeted veining with historical intersections including:
    • 111.7m at 1.9 g/t AuEq2 - 0.7 g/t Au, 14.6 g/t Ag, 0.6 % Cu from 10.3m (JDH-009);
    • 116.2m at 1.4 g/t AuEq2 - 0.6 g/t Au, 8.9 g/t Ag, 0.4% Cu from 164.8m including 53.3m at 2.4 g/t AuEq2 - 1.2 g/t Au, 13.2 g/t Ag, 0.6% Cu from 227.8m and (JDH-006);
    • 150.0m at 1.0 g/t AuEq2 - 0.4 g/t Au, 11.0 g/t Ag, 0.4% Cu from 12.0m including 40.0m at 2.0 g/t AuEq2 - 0.6 g/t Au, 25.5 g/t Ag, 0.6% Cu from 14.0m (GY-005);
    • 215.0m at 0.9 g/t AuEq2 - 0.2 g/t Au, 9.6 g/t Ag, 0.4% Cu from 14.0m including 83.0m at 1.3 g/t AuEq2 - 0.2 g/t Au, 14.9 g/t Ag, 0.5 Cu from 14.0m and (GY-011).
  • CEL drillholes GYDD-21-006, GYDD-21-008 and the historical drilling define a consistent body of higher-grade Au-Cu-Ag mineralisation 100-150 metres true width, covering at least 150 metres of strike, starting at surface, and remaining open at depth and in both directions along strike.
  • Adds a significant second project to accompany CEL's flagship Hualian Gold Project.

Commenting on the results, CEL Managing Director, Mr Kris Knauer, said

“Drillhole GYDD-21-008 could be a watershed for our El Guayabo gold-copper Project in Ecuador. One of the most important factors in determining the success of any bulk style deposit is the presence, or not, of a high-grade zone of starter mineralisation.

GYDD-21-008's intersection of 53.7m at 5.3 g/t within a wider zone of 257.8 metres at 1.4 g/t coupled with historical intersections such as 111.7m at 1.9 g/t and 116.2 metres at 1.4 g/t, both from near surface, and now recognised as intersecting the same continuous zone as GYDD-21-008, leave us confident we have this high-grade zone of starter mineralisation at our El Guayabo Project."

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