West Mining Corp., a mineral exploration company, has started the 2021 diamond drilling program on the Daylight Property section of its fully owned Kena gold and copper project located in southern British Columbia.
The Kena Project, stretching more than 8000 hectares, includes the Kena, Athabasca and Daylight Properties, trending along a 20 km long conducive mineralized belt.
On the 270-hectare Daylight Property, gold mineralization was considered as part of the new resource estimate. Based on historical data analysis, the Great Western Zone and the Starlight Trend have been identified as two major gold target regions for the 2021 diamond drilling program. This initial drill phase on the Daylight Property will cover up to 2000 m of drilling.
The Great Western Zone
A strong gold geochemical signature, measuring 700 x 300 m, was initially used to identify the Great Western Zone. Prior diamond drilling work performed in 2017 (BC ARIS Report #37536) yielded numerous gold intercepts, including 1.09 g/t gold (Au) over 71.22 m in hole DL17007.
Narrower high-grade gold intervals within this wide zone of gold mineralization yielded values of 21.2 g/t Au over 0.48 m, 7.36 g/t Au over 0.50 m, and 9.0 g/t Au over 0.5 m.
Another drill well, DL17005, collared 200 m to the northwest, encountered a second zone of gold mineralization that graded 1.06 g/t over 36 m, with gold intercepts of 63.7 g/t Au over 0.9 m, 20.9 g/t Au over 0.5 m, 11.6 g/t Au over 0.79 m, and 10.3 g/t Au over 0.6 m.
It should be noted that the actual widths of these prior drill intercepts are unknown. Two diamond drill fences in 2021 have been scheduled to assess the extent of this previous mineralization in the Great Western Zone target region.
The Starlight Trend
A series of small fan drill holes along the 3 km long Starlight trend will investigate step out mineralization from the Starlight shear/vein system in which the previous sampling yielded 23 g/t gold over 1.0 m chip sample and 30.4 g/t Au over 0.3 m in drill core (BC ARIS Report #27240).
It’s exciting to see the drill crew mobilized and work commenced on the gold zones at the Daylight Property. With the availability of abundant data and a geological team very familiar with the area we are able to maximize time in the field and minimize costs with precise drilling on the identified targets.
Nicholas Houghton, President and CEO, West Mining Corp.
The 2021 exploration program for the Daylight property is fully funded and permitted.