Alien Metals Ltd, a minerals exploration and development company, has announced that since executing the earn-in agreement (agreement) with Capstone Mining Corp. over its Donovan 2 Copper-Gold project in Mexico (transaction), Capstone has completed their initial 2020 obligation of exploration expenditures and will advance to the next phase of the agreement.
Pursuant to the terms of the agreement, Capstone can acquire a 65% interest in Donovan 2 through committed expenditure and cash payments totalling ~US$3.9 million. Capstone can move to an 80% interest in the project through free-carrying Alien to completion of a prefeasibility study.
The core of the work carried out by Capstone in late-2020 was to complete a detailed close spaced surface induced polarisation (IP) geophysical survey across the majority of the tenement, as announced by Alien Metals on 13 November 2020, to both add infill detail to the northern anomaly already defined by Alien and as an extension to historic geophysical work undertaken by Alien. This work was successfully completed in December 2020 with the final reporting and interpretation currently being completed.
Capstone has indicated that they have planned an initial 2500 m drilling programme as part of their required US$450 000 expenditure commitment for 2021. Drill locations will be finalised following interpretation of the IP report, with provisional planning well underway.
Bill Brodie Good, CEO and Technical Director of Alien Metals, commented: "The company is extremely encouraged by the speed of progress by the Capstone technical team, who mobilised quickly in an effort to drive exploration of the project. Capstone considered that commissioning a more detailed ground IP survey to compliment historic work undertaken by Alien while awaiting the necessary drill permitting would refine or reaffirm the existing drill targets.
“Capstone have been managing the main elements of the programme while Alien provide the necessary early stage on the ground support. We are looking forward to some positive results from this work.
Alien has managed to get the previous drilling permit granted on Donovan 2 at the end of 2020, and with Capstone now ready to move into the next phase of the earn-in agreement, drilling can finally start to fully test what we see as an exciting copper-gold VMS system. Given the location of Donavan 2, near to existing infrastructure and operating mines, if Capstone are successful in identifying a commercial deposit it is well placed for rapid advancement."
Read the article online at: https://www.globalminingreview.com/exploration-development/13012021/capstone-to-commence-donovan-2-drill-programme/