THE DRILL SERGEANT: Antipa Minerals (ASX: AZY) indicated its intention to commence drilling as part of an ongoing exploration program on the company’s Paterson Province projects in Western Australia.
Antipa Minerals declared its objective is to aggressively advance multiple exploration and development opportunities across the company’s 100 per cent-owned North Telfer and Paterson projects, which are close to both Newcrest Mining’s Telfer gold mine and Rio Tinto’s Winu discovery.
“We are pleased to confirm that drill testing of the company’s exciting greenfields geophysical targets is on track to commence in early April,” Antipa Minerals managing director Roger Mason said in the company’s announcement to the Australian Securities Exchange.
“This new breed of targets, concealed beneath shallow cover, were generated during our 2018 expanded greenfields exploration program via state-of-the-art geophysical survey techniques.
“The 2018 AEM and 2019 aeromagnetic targets will be systematically evaluated this year with the aim of making a world-class discovery in Western Australia’s underexplored Paterson Province.”
Antipa’s first phase of the 2019 exploration program will consists of Air Core and slim-line Reverse Circulation (RC) drilling, testing up to 25 greenfields geophysical targets and one brownfield prospect.
The greenfield program will focus on the El Paso corridor, which extends for approximately 40 kilometres on Antipa’s Citadel Project Joint Venture with Rio Tinto and 100 kilometres on the company’s 100 per cent-owned ground.
The objective of this program is the discovery of large-scale gold and/or copper deposits.
Antipa evaluated historic data during 2018 that identified several high-priority brownfields prospects.
The first phase of Antipa’s 2019 greenfield exploration plan includes Air Core and slimline RC drill testing of the Turkey Farm prospect, located just one kilometre west of the Chicken Ranch deposit, and surface geochemical sampling and geological mapping programs focussed on the Pajero and Triangle brownfield target areas.