The 2016 deep directional exploration drilling program is to test the eastern and western down plunge corridors between the 1,000 and 1,500 metre levels with the overall objective of discovering the next million-plus ounces of high-grade inferred resources. In the western area, new parallel zones located south of the main mineralized zones were intercepted and we are currently compiling and interpreting the geological data. Additional drilling is required to better understand the structural geology at depth, however these new zones increase the overall potential of the down plunge extension, providing new high quality targets for follow up drilling.
Approximately 6,360 metres of a planned 22,000 metres for 2016 have been completed to date. Drilling in the third quarter was slower than planned as deeper targets were being tested. A seventh drill was mobilized in late September to help accelerate drilling over the balance of the year.
Recent highlights from exploration drilling include:
- Hole MH2A-4: 5.66 g/t gold over 6.38 metres
- Hole MH3-7: 8.41 g/t gold over 5.60 metres
- Hole MH4-2: 5.14 g/t gold over 3.32 metres (new parallel Zone)
- Hole MH4-3A: 17.77 g/t gold over 4.81 metres (new parallel Zone)
- Hole MH5: 7.11 g/t gold over 2.23 metres (G1 Zone)
3.89 g/t gold over 2.54 metres (new parallel Zone)
- Hole MH1-9A: 26.56 g/t gold over 0.82 metres (X Zone)
Deep Infill Drilling Program Highlights
The objective of the deep infill drilling program is to define a potential inferred resource block that was identified through the Phase 1 program. The block is located in the eastern down plunge extension of the C Zone between the 1,000 and 1,500 metre levels.
Approximately 1,894 metres of a planned 5,000 metres for 2016 have been completed (50 metre drill spacing) to date. Infill drilling will continue in this area over the balance of the year utilizing one drill rig from surface. Infill drilling will transition to underground drilling once access to the 860 metre drift has been established.
Highlights from the first two holes have confirmed the mineralization within this targeted area as follows:
- Hole MH2A-5A: 14.99 g/t gold over 2.29 metres
- Hole MH2A-6: 6.46 g/t gold over 4.39 metres