"I'm delighted to report that drilling has started at the Tsenken N2 target. The man-portable rig was airlifted to the first drill platform by helicopter last week and drilling started on Sunday," said Dr Keith Barron, the chief executive of Aurania.
"The light-weight rig has the capacity to drill to 800m (2,400 feet) so that each drill hole can test both cylindrical porphyry targets as well as enclosing sheet-like sedimentary-hosted copper-silver targets."
The firm's flagship asset sits in the Jurassic Metallogenic Belt in the eastern foothills of the Andes mountain range.
In a quarterly update last month, the group said drilling was planned to start at the Tsenken N2 target and then move to Tsenken N3 at the project, where six targets in the Tsenken area have been defined.
The aim is to test each target with a handful of holes, the group had said.
"The first drill holes are planned to a depth of approximately 400m (1,200 feet). After drilling three to five holes at Tsenken N2, the plan is to move the rig to test the Tsenken N3 target," said Aurania.
Results will be reported as they become available, likely in the latter part of October or early November, it added.
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