The miner said it is a 4,000-metre drilling programme, comprising over 40 holes, designed to infill the first phase drilling as well as test extensions to the mineralisation at Eclipse both along strike and at depth, including better definition of the near-surface resource potential.
The drilling will also test known mineralised structures parallel to the main Eclipse vein, which have historically yielded attractive intersections, while the confirmation of additional parallel mineralised veins could significantly enhance the surface open pit potential.
The AIM-listed firm added that the programme is expected to take four to six weeks to complete.
“We’re very pleased to have started the second phase of our drilling campaign at Eclipse following the highly encouraging results received from our 2020 work programme, which highlighted the potential for Eclipse to host a profitable open pit gold mine,” said chief executive Mike Struthers in a release.
“The Phase Two programme includes a combination of infill and extension drilling, including testing of the mineralised structures adjacent to the other old workings in the licence area, which we know were located on different mineralised trends.”
“We also have evidence of this from drilling south-east of the Eclipse shaft, so we are entering an exciting phase for Eclipse where we work to understand the extent of the mineralised structures and the potential for an initial open pit resource.”