Drill Tracker Weekly: Skeena Extends Mineralization to Depth at Spectrum
Highlights from current drilling include 26.15 meters grading 8.21 g/t gold. That includes a high-grade interval of 2 meters of 74.5 g/t gold at a core depth of 163.85 meters.
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Skeena Resources (TSXV:SKE)
Market cap: $21 million
Working capital: $8 million
Ownership: 100 percent
Reserves: Historical (non 43-101) resource — 474,625 tonnes @11.4 g/t Au (Mining Associates – 2003)
Project status: Confirmation and step-out drilling
- Skeena Resources announced results from the second batch of 15 holes from its 100% owned Spectrum project in northwestern British Columbia. The Spectrum project is located 25 kilometres west of Highway 37 and 35 kilometres west of Imperial Metals (TSX:III) Red Chris Mine development. The project is surrounded on three sides by the Mount Edziza Provincial Park and Recreation Area. In 2003, the area covering the Spectrum claim block was rescinded to allow for resource development.
- The Spectrum project has been subject to a series of sporadic exploration, drilling and tunnelling programs dating back to 1957 when the hawk vein was first explored. By 1992, four drilling campaigns totalling 11,963 metres in 92 diamond drill holes were completed. The first resource estimate (Non 43-101) was completed in 1991 but was subsequently discredited by a later report in 2004 due to reported errors in true widths and grades as well as the absence of a top cut on high-grade samples. The Mining Associates recalculated the resource to JORC standards in 2004. The historical resource totals 474,615 tonnes grading 11.4 g/t using a 5.0 g/t cut-off, a minimum mining width of 1.0 metres and a 62 g/t Au top-cut.
- The objective of the current 12,000 metre drill program is to “expand the steeply dipping 500 Colour and Central Zones both at depth and along strike”. The drilling is designed to provide pierce points at 50 metres centres vertically and horizontally through the multiple narrow and steeply dipping zones. Based on the drill map and sections provided by the Company, most drilling to date has focused on infill drilling and depth extension.
- Highlights from the current drilling include 26.15 metres grading 8.21 g/t Au including a high-grade interval of 2.0 metres of 74.5 g/t Au at a core depth of 163.85 metres. Other intervals include 2.90 metres of 38.5 g/t Au. To date few intervals in the deeper drilling have equalled the grade of 11.4 g/t Au as reported in the historical resource.
Exploration history (1950s to 1991): Several companies explored and drilled the project prior to it being included in Mount Edziza Park — subsequently “removed” from Recreation Area in 2003. Two historical resources were completed in 1991 and 2003.
Current holes: 26.15 metres @ 8.21 g/t Au (uncut) including 2.0 metres @ 74.5 g/t Au (uncut)
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