Chase Mining Corporation Limited (ASX: CML) has postponed a major drilling programme at Alotta and Lorraine Mine in Quebec Canada, due to the impact of the Coronavirus.
The company had planned to commence drilling in the week of 18 May 2020, however, as a result of all international flights into and out of Australia being banned from March 30, 2020, the company has postponed activities until further notice.
The planned Lorraine Mine Gold Project deep diamond drill programme was targeting the gold (plus silver and copper) mineralisation reported from historic sampling and limited drilling associated with the 6-Level development of the Lorraine Nickel Mine in south east Quebec.
The drilling was to target reported historic Bonanza Grade Gold initially at ~250 to 300m depth within the Lorraine Mine, namely:
- High grade gold mineralisation is associated with quartz-chalcopyrite veining along the footwall sheared basalt/felsic volcanic contact zone on the 6th level drift (~300m VD);
- 28m at 45g/t Au, 41g/t Ag and 3.19% Cu;
- 10m @ 14g/t Au, 22g/t Ag and 3.16%Cu; and,
- 1m @ 53g/t Au and 12g/t Ag.
Stope development at the mine was put on hold during 1966 with the Level 3 ore becoming poor in nickel and richer in copper. Development work however continued on the 5 and 6 Levels to provide drill access to an NNE plunging ore zone. Gold mineralisation was reported in the 5 and 6 Level drift development during this time.
The company also has plans to drill four additional core holes at the Alotta mine.
The Lorraine gold drilling was to have followed-on from the Alotta drilling programme.