Trilogy Metals Inc. has announced that Ambler Metals LLC, the joint venture operating company equally owned by Trilogy and South32 Ltd, has finalised the 2021 exploration field programme at the Upper Kobuk Mineral Projects (UKMP) located in Northwestern Alaska.
On 19 November 2020, the owners of Ambler Metals approved the 2021 programme and budget of approximately US$27 million for the advancement of the UKMP. The entire amount is fully funded by Ambler Metals and will consist of approximately 14 600 m of diamond drilling.
The exploration programme is aligned with a strategy developed by Trilogy Metals and South32 which prioritises the exploration budget within the 172 636 ha. (426 600 acre) UKMP. The strategy defines a balanced and realistic programme that advances the highest priority projects and exploration targets, both volcanogenic massive sulfide (VMS) and carbonate-hosted copper (CHC), ranging from early-stage geophysical anomalies that were identified during the 2019 airborne versatile time domain electromagnetic (VTEM) survey to advanced VMS and CHC prospects with historical resources.
- Priority 1: The Arctic Project. This will entail additional infill drilling to further improve the confidence of the mineral resources. In addition, there will be further metallurgical and targeted condemnation drilling to allow the partners to further de-risk the Arctic Project.
- Priority 2A: Near Arctic (Arctic Hub) exploration, with the goal of discovering nearby copper-rich satellite deposits within a 3 – 5 km radius of the Arctic deposit.
- Priority 2B: District exploration for both VMS deposits in the Ambler Belt and CHC deposits in the Cosmos Hills and the Ambler Lowlands.
Tony Giardini, President and CEO of Trilogy, commented: “I am extremely excited given that we will soon be opening camp with the expectation that we will commence drilling by early June, with the first assay results expected to be available in the fall. The proposed exploration programme will be one of the biggest programs in the history of the Ambler Mining District and we have expectations that this programme will eventually add to our mineral inventory within this emerging world-class mining district. While we will not be drilling at the Bornite Project this year, we believe in the potential of this project and plan to resume drilling there soon.”
Ramzi Fawaz, President and CEO of Ambler Metals, added: “We are looking forward to executing a safe and productive summer field season, expecting to hire approximately 60 personnel directly and an additional 75 through contractors working with us. We have an extensive drilling programme planned at Arctic and in the Ambler district. We will of course prioritise hiring NANA shareholders from the Upper Kobuk villages followed by other shareholders in the NANA region and will be applying strict COVID protocols to protect our employees, contractors and the communities around us.”
Preparations have already commenced with the mobilisation of construction and camp maintenance crews. Mobilisation of equipment is expected to commence on 1 June 2021, with drilling to begin shortly thereafter.
Read the article online at: https://www.globalminingreview.com/exploration-development/21052021/trilogy-provides-details-on-2021-field-exploration-season/