Ardiden Permitted for Esker Drilling

THE DRILL SERGEANT: Ardiden (ASX: ADV) received permitting from Ontario Mines Department for exploration drilling to commence at the Esker gold prospect situated on the Western Hub of the company’s Pickle Lake gold project in Canada.

Ardiden has a 4,000m diamond drilling program planned and fully funded to test gold bearing structures at the Esker gold prospect that is situated four kilometres directly along strike of Barrick’s historic Golden Patricia gold mine.

“The process to receive approvals has been arduous and taken much longer than we had hoped due to COVID-related delays and protracted Mines Department processing,” Ardiden managing director and CEO Rob Longley said in the company’s ASX announcement.

“Our persistence has paid off and we can now begin to evaluate the gold discovery potential of Ardiden’s massive land holding.

“While waiting for the permits, we actively used the time to continue geophysical interpretations, flying high resolution Lidar over the project.

“This drill program at Esker is Ardiden’s first step onto the Western Hub and will be the first drilling along these highly prospective and under-explored structures in nearly 30 years.

“We look forward to a solid year of drilling at Pickle Lake in 2022 and the associated newsflow.”

The Pickle Lake gold project is a continuous District-Scale land tenure package of 870 square kilometres that contains at least 22 identified gold deposits and prospects that Ardiden is systematically exploring.