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IDM Mining expands drilling operations at Red Mountain project

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IDM Mining Ltd. (IDM) has expanded the ongoing underground drilling programme at its advanced-stage Red Mountain underground gold project (Red Mountain) adding a third drill rig. The project, located east of Stewart (British Columbia) has demonstrated efficient and encouraging drilling to-date, an additional 5400 m have been added; 13 000 m in over 54 holes are now planned. The company has staged the drilling programme from a winterised camp and shop facility located adjacent to the underground workings.

Exploration drilling during the 2018 programme has been testing multiple extensions to various zones at Red Mountain, including: a near-surface synform between the Marc and 141 Zones; the northern and western extensions to the Smit and JW zones; a projected high-grade connection between the Smit and 141 zones; and the northern and eastern extensions to the SF Zone antiform. Additionally, drilling has been targeting the conversion of inferred resource to measured and indicated classification, primarily within the Smit and SF zones. Multiple exploration holes are also planned to test previously undrilled areas located to the south and east of the resource area.

“Our new geological interpretation, that has connected zones previously thought to be separate mineralised structures through large-scale folding, is being validated. Coupled with safe and efficient drilling by IDM’s site team and our contractors including: Morecore Drilling, Matrix Camp Services, Yellowhead Helicopters and Adapt Mountain Safety Services, our programme has been significantly under budget and ahead of schedule,” said Robert McLeod, President and CEO of IDM Mining. 

“With increased confidence in the continuity of the extensions of the mineralised horizon at Red Mountain, we are looking forward to exploring new, undrilled targets in addition to expanding known zones.” It is expected that the underground drill programme will be completed by mid-December 2018.

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