Canaadian gold exploration company Bonterra Resources Inc. has announced that its 2018 winter drilling programme is underway at the Gladiator Gold Project in the Abitibi subprovince, Canada. After completing more than 60 000 m in 2017, the company plans to drill an additional 30 000 m during the winter drill programme and more than 70 000 m overall in 2018. The winter drilling programme includes mobilising two additional diamond drills, for a total of six on the project.
Nav Dhaliwal, President and CEO of Bonterra, remarked: “As the expansion of the resource development programme at the Gladiator Gold Deposit continues, Bonterra prepares for its most aggressive quarter to date. Our current winter drilling programme goes to highlight the potential expansion of our Gladiator Gold Project. We are planning a minimum drill programme of 70 000 m for 2018 alone. Bonterra’s management remains quite excited for the 2018 calendar year.”
The expanded programme will include four drills, focussed on the extension and definition of the Gladiator Gold Deposit. According to Bonterra, 20% of the planned drilling will take place outside of the deposit, at targets highlighted from exploration activities conducted in 2017. Similarly, multiple target areas, have been identified to the east and west of the Gladiator Gold Deposit. Additional areas will also be allocated for exploration drilling, pending success in the initial phase of the campaign.
The winter drilling programme also comprises the first metallurgical testing to be completed at the Gladiator Gold Deposit. Results from the metallurgical study are expected in 2Q18. The company continues to advance the completion of an updated NI 43-101 Mineral Resource Estimate in the second half of 2018. The updated resource estimate will include more than 100 000 m of additional drilling since the existing resource was completed in 2012.