The National – Wednesday, July 6, 2011
AUSTRALIAN-listed mining and exploration company Frontier Resources said that it will shortly begin a 10,000m diamond core drilling programme at the Andewa gold copper project on New Britain Island, following the mobilisation of heavy drill equipment to the site by barge and helicopter.
The company said the initial hole would be to 400m into a strong, coincident gold and copper, conductivity and chargeability anomaly, and across a major northerly trending structure.
The hole is near the eastern end of the Komsen structure where previous Frontier drilling returned mineralisation to 7.9m of 10.01 grams per tonne gold up to 320m below surface.
A three dimensional induced polarisation (3D-IP) geophysical programme over a 21sqkm grid at the project on the island last year collected about 5,000 soil and rock samples.
The 3D-IP survey showed three exceptionally voluminous and intense, chargeability anomalies indicating the presence of very large sulphide systems from on-surface to more than 800m deep.