The junior explorer based in Vancouver said it will complete 20,000 metres of diamond drilling and 1,200 metres of underground development after activating an existing permit.
Ximen's share price nearly 5% on Tuesday morning in Toronto at C$0.64 and traded at US$0.48 on OTC markets.
Kenville is the first recorded underground mine in British Columbia, beginning production in the 1890s and mined into the 1950s, according to Ximen. Historical production records show around 65,000 ounces of gold produced over the 60-year period.
More recently, exploration work at the property between 2007 and 2012 revealed several high-priority drill targets and multiple new veins identified. Current drilling will focus on the newly discovered targets.
In a note to shareholders, Ximen said that there are numerous additional drill intercepts that are greater than 5 grams per ton.
According to Ximen’s underground mine plan, the first step is to drive a new, 524-metre underground decline to access the centre of a series of vein intercepts from surface drilling conducted between 2009 to 2012.
Underground drilling will follow to outline potentially mineable material on the property, with around 4,500 metres of underground drilling expected to outline enough material for a 10,000-ton bulk sample.
The project is expected to take six months, Ximen said in a statement.
Ximen announced its purchase of Kenville in April with the intention of defining targets on the property for possible trial mining.
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