Minco Gold, a Canadian mining company, has started the proposed exploration at the Longnan Project, which is situated in Gansu Province of China.
Twelve exploration permits have been maintained by the company in Gansu province’s southern part and are jointly called as the Longnan project. The exploration work is being strengthened due to the advancements in exploration programs conducted in 2010 and 2011, wherein several drilling targets were outlined at the Baimashi and Shajinba in the Yejiaba region.
The focus of the company’s exploration program for 2012 will be mainly on the project’s Yejiaba region. Surface sampling and trenching, underground tunneling for 3,000 m, diamond drilling of approximately 3,000 m in eight holes will be included in this 2012 program. The company has specifically designed the tunneling and drilling program in order to follow up several drilling target areas that were formerly identified in the sub-areas of Baimashi and Shajinba.
Minco will carry out the surface exploration program for determining the overall path of the numerous gold zones, which were discovered in the Yejiaba metallogenic trend. During the primary phase of the program, geological teams will be mobilized to the Baimashi gold zone, where surface work will also be commenced. A drilling rig will be arranged at the Baimashi zone. The company will test the Baimashi Zones 1 and 2, together with the related induced polarization (IP) anomalies, outlined early at the depth, to supply data for use in the preliminary resource definition and program expansions. An access road is being built to the Yejiaba regions in order to help the drilling and tunneling program.