Burin Gold Corp. declared that it has signed a contract with RNR Diamond Drilling to offer diamond drilling services and plans to commence its first-phase 10,000 m drill program before the end of January.
The Company has chosen Jeffrey Burke P Geo as Exploration Manager to regulate exploration activities, such as diamond drilling, on the Hickey’s Pond Gold Project. The Company’s earlier declared airborne geophysics program is underway.
RNR Diamond Drilling of Springdale, Newfoundland, has been contracted to offer the Company diamond drilling services for the 2022 exploration program. A diamond drilling program of 10,000 m has been scheduled for this first phase of resource-level drilling at Hickey’s Pond.
In the beginning, drilling will concentrate on the extension of the footprint of present mineralization and aim at higher-grade intersections near the Hickey’s Pond showing. This phase of drilling has been permitted.
The initial drilling of the Company in late 2020 illustrated the ability for both higher-grade mineralization and large tonnage at Hickey’s Pond, having the best result of 10.8 m of 4.43 g/t Au inside a bigger interval of 58.25 m of 1.12 g/t Au in hole HP-20-002.
As a whole, the footprint of the alteration system near Hickey’s Pond is more than 7 km in strike length, and below 10% of this has received even cursory drill testing. As far as Burin Gold’s upcoming drilling program is concerned, both in-fill drilling next to the historical Hickey’s Pond showing as well as drill holes along the strike extension of the alteration system and deeper drill holes are scheduled.
Up to two diamond drill rigs will be supplied to the Company by RNR. RNR personnel have mobilized to the project and started site preparation and access trail. The Company expects that drill mobilization and the beginning of drilling operations will start before the end of the month. This is liable to any new COVID19-related restrictions that might be imposed by the Government of Newfoundland and Labrador.
Essential facilities and infrastructure are procured by the Company for core logging and sample preparation in Swift Current, NL, situated around a 15-minute drive from the trailhead to Hickey’s Pond. At present, staffing and drilling program preparation is in progress, and the Company anticipates having a strong technical team on site.
Since Burin Gold listed on the TSX Venture Exchange in late November 2021, we’ve moved quickly with preparations for our first phase drill program at Hickey’s Pond. We now have the foundations for an excellent technical team, a first-rate drilling partner, and all the necessary local infrastructure near the project.
David Clark, CEO, Burin Gold Corp.
Clark added, “This program is fully permitted, and we expect that drill mobilization will commence before the end of January. This is an exciting phase for the Company and its shareholders, and I look forward to seeing & sharing drill results in the coming months.”
Mr Jeffrey Burke, EP, PGeo, is now part of Burin Gold and performs the role of Exploration Manager. Jeff is a registered professional geoscientist (PGeo) in the province of Newfoundland and Labrador and also an environmental professional (EP) having more than 12 years of experience in mineral exploration and project management.
Burke has worked broadly with several epithermal gold systems throughout Atlantic Canada in both technical and project management capacities. Jeff will be accountable for regulating the exploration activities of the Company on its Hickey’s Pond Gold Project.
Earlier, Burin Gold declared that Geotech Ltd. had started an airborne geophysical survey on the Company’s property in Newfoundland. Survey activities advanced through December 2021, but the advance was slowed by equipment malfunctions and weather delays, and the survey was not completed prior to the holiday period. Geotech Ltd. personnel came back to Newfoundland in early January 2022, and survey activities have resumed.
The Company anticipates that the survey must be completed before the end of January 2022. The airborne inductively induced polarization data are anticipated to help the Company in specifying targets along strike of the familiar alteration trends on the property and aid with district-scale interpretation. Already, the Company has AIIP data over the main Hickey’s Pond alteration system from its earlier surveying.