Jourdan Resources recently commenced drilling work at the first drillhole of its Phase 3 summer project, beginning with hole number VAL22-6-1, and finishing the eastern and northern extension of the drilled fence line, which began during Q3 of 2021 and continued through Q1 and Q2 of 2022.
The company anticipates that the new drill program will extend the established mineral deposit eastward at its Vallée property.
The 2,200 m diamond drilling program is projected to pursue the results of the fence line drilled in 2021 and 2022 along the western region of Jourdan’s Vallée property, which shares borders with the North American Lithium mine.
This new drilling project plans to drill along fence lines further east across the lithium-bearing pegmatite swarm, which has been mined in the region close to the west.
In total, 11 holes of around 200 m depth each are slated to be drilled, concentrating at the pegmatite swarm recognized by the trenching of the bulk sample gathered on the Vallée property in 2018 intersected by the 2011 fence line drilling project throughout the western boundary of Vallée.
The assay results from the bulk sample exposed high Li2O grades, which stimulated the company to conduct the exploration and drilling along the strike and depth extent on its Vallée property.
Jourdan is certain that it will considerably expand the established deposit at the Vallée property by incorporating more drill holes since the beginning of the exploration activities in 2011. The 2011 drilling included 21 drill holes (4,256 m), the 2021 campaign included 8 drill holes (1,680 m), and in the 2022 winter project, the company drilled another 18 holes (3,703 m).
With the scheduled 2,200 m drilling project in the 2022 summer, Jourdan is on target to procuring over 11,800 m (58 drill holes) of core that the company plans to use for a future preliminary mineral resource estimate.
We are thrilled to be in position to continue where we left off with the highly successful drilling campaigns of the last years, and we are looking forward to what we hope will be an expansion of the known deposit even further to the east by the planned 2,200 of diamond drilling.
Dr Andreas Rompel, Executive Chairman, Jourdan Resources
“We are significantly increasing our database of information on the known deposit and the knowledge of its lithium contents by every hole we drill. Very soon we expect to be in a position to establish an initial mineral resource estimate,” stated Dr Andreas Rompel.
The drill program will be carried out by Forage Lamontagne Fortier from Rouyn-Noranda, Quebec, under the management of Alexandr Beloborodov, Géologue Inc. (ABG Exploration) of Laval, Quebec.
The entire collection of samples from the new drill program will be transported to Impact Global Solutions Inc.’s laboratory in Delson, Québec (IGS) for examination using sodium peroxide fusion and ICP finish. This lab is industry renowned and accredited ISO/MEC 17025 by the Standards Council of Canada.
Besides the quality assurance and quality controls (QA/QC) employed by IGS, Jourdan established a stringent QA/QC protocol for its operators, including adding analytical standard samples, duplicates, and coarse silica blanks on an orderly basis.
Jourdan’s currently finished diamond drilling program of 3,629 m was projected to pursue the results of a 40-ton bulk sample gathered in 2018, the fence line drilled in 2011, and follow-up drilling in 2021 throughout the western side of Jourdan’s Vallée property, which shares borders with the North American Lithium mine.
As expected, the drilling program extended the established deposit eastward at the Vallée property. Since February 2022, 18 holes of around 200 m in depth have been drilled, each intended at the pegmatite swarm detected by the trenching of the bulk sample gathered on the Vallée property in 2018.
The assay outcomes from the bulk sample exposed high grades of Li2O.