Midland Exploration Inc. has announced the commencement of a significant drilling program totaling more than 10,000 m on its gold and Ni-Cu projects in the Abitibi region.
After historical drilling, geophysical and biogeochemical surveys, this intensive drilling program will investigate more than 40 of the top exploration targets identified over the last few years on the Company's assets in the Abitibi region.
The program’s five (5) projects are all situated near important gold-bearing structures in the Abitibi, including the Cadillac-Larder Lake, Destor-Porcupine, Lower Detour/Bapst, and Opawica-Guercheville faults. These large-scale regional features are all key metallotects in Abitibi, hosting significant gold mines or reserves.
The drilling program, known as the Abitibi Discovery Drilling Program (ADDP), will deploy one drill rig consistently from December 2022 to March 2023 on the Patris, Heva, Laflamme JV, Adam, and Lewis projects. The program will successfully commence in December 2022, thanks to existing planning and logistics efforts.
The majority of the targets are for orogenic gold; however, a few gold targets are also related to alkaline intrusions discovered on prior projects such as Patris. This program will also examine the best targets around the Laflamme JV’s high-grade gold floats, which returned up to 28.7 g/t Au and 6.0 g/t Au in grab samples.
Recently, fresh gold-bearing shear zones were identified North of the gold-bearing floats, yielding up to 18.9 g/t Au and 5.7 g/t Au in grab samples. This program will also test Ni-Cu-Pt-Pd targets close to the Copernick zone, which returned 0.33% Cu, 0.45% Ni, 0.15 g/t Pt, and 0.24 g/t Pd over 42.6 m in hole LAF-16-38.
Numerous untested VTEM conductors will be investigated on Adam as part of the B26 deposit extension. On Lewis, the principal target examined during the program will be a novel structure with anomalous gold values intersected over several meters in channel samples taken on the Red Giant and Golden Nest surface occurrences identified in 2020 and 2021.
Although most of the drilling targets have already been selected, extra fieldwork was done during the summer to offer as much information as possible to aid in final targeting and target selection. High-resolution magnetic surveys, geophysical-induced polarization surveys, and geochemical studies were also part of this investigation.
For its fully owned projects, including those in this drilling program, Midland expects to actively pursue the formation of new partnerships.