Royal Road Minerals Limited (CVE:RYR) announced Thursday that it has received approval from the authorities in Colombia to progress with drilling on its Guintar and Niverengo concessions in the South American country.
The two concessions total just over 2,250 hectares in the Anza mining district near Medellin and were acquired as part of Royal Road’s earlier acquisition of Northern Colombia Holdings Limited, an AngloGold Ashanti affiliate.
Royal Road told shareholders that it believes potential exists for higher-grade, bulk tonnage targets at depth.
In 2015, AngloGold Ashanti sank a total of 5,662 metres (m) on the properties. The gold miner’s eight-hole drill campaign at Guintar returned results including 28 m at 0.9 grams per ton (g/t) gold and 12 m at 1.8 g/t gold.
Neighbouring Niverengo’s drilling was focused on a 2,000 m by 800 m target zone. Though outcrop on the property is limited, two drill holes in an area with little outcrop intersected 36 m at 1.2 g/t gold and 10 m at 1.6 g/t gold.
"We have completed an initial reinterpretation of drill-core, geophysics and geology at Guintar-Niverengo and we are excited by the potential for underlying, possibly higher-grade, bulk-tonnage vein and breccia bodies located beneath strong hornfels alteration at Guintar and below the gold mineralized shale package at Niverengo," said Tim Coughlin, CEO of Royal Road Minerals.
Coughlin said the firm has more field and core studies to complete before locating the next round of drill holes but expects to start drilling before the end of the first quarter of 2020.
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