PowerOre Inc (CVE:PORE) on Friday released its 2020 development plan for the flagship Opemiska copper project in Quebec that calls for a drill program of 15,770 metres (m)over 78 diamond drill holes.
The company’s expanded drill program follows the completion of the 23-hole, 3,364 m program in 2019 on Springer, which yielded promising results, along with the compilation and 3D modeling of the Springer and Perry mines.
PowerOre said drilling on Springer will focus on resource delineation while Perry will see twinned surface holes along with exploration. Completion of this drill program is expected to demonstrate preliminary economics for open pit and underground components of Opemiska.
"With our preliminary drill program now complete and our geological model consisting of both current and Falconbridge data, we are pleased to present this program which includes exploration, infill and twin drilling on both Springer and Perry,” said CEO Stephen Stewart in a statement.
“We expect this drill program to advance Opemiska to project economics for both the surface and underground mineralization components of Springer and Perry. Shareholders can expect this work to be phased based on economic conditions, but our team understands the importance of planning and communicating objectives to shareholders.”
The Springer and Perry mines operated from 1953 to 1991 and produced nearly 23 million tonnes of ore at an average grade of 2.4% copper and 0.3 grams gold per tonnes.
At Springer, the company said drilling will focus on near-surface mineralization and will target crown pillars and surrounding disseminated mineralization to establish a pit optimized mineral resource estimate.
The geometry of the veins are such that the hanging wall of the veins and the crown pillars can be easily drill tested from the surface. Holes will be drilled mainly from north to south to intersect most of the veins, which dip towards the north, at the optimal angle.
The average drill spacing is expected to be between 50 and 75 m. The Springer drill plan calls for 2,810 m of drilling in 62 holes with an average planned length of 207 m.
The geometry of the mineralization at Perry indicates that there is a small near-surface mineralized zone and a more substantial underground target, which will be the focus of the work, PowerOre said.
Most of the existing Perry holes were drilled from underground, which is not currently accessible for twin drilling, and as such efforts will be on twinning 10 historical surface holes and six additional holes to confirm the distribution of copper mineralization in a few deeper holes between the veins.
The 2020 drill program calls for a total of 2,960 m of drilling in 16 holes, which the company anticipates will be sufficient to validate the historical surface and underground drilling.
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