Viking Mines Limited (ASX:VKA) has commenced on an “aggressive” Diamond Drilling (DD) programme at the First Hit Gold Project, giving the company a headstart in discovering new mineralised shoots at the gold mine.
“In the 4 weeks since the acquisition of the First Hit Project, Viking have acted swiftly and have commenced on an aggressive Diamond Drill programme to test the potential of the First Hit mineralised system,” said Julian Woodcook, Viking CEO.
“This coupled with the impending start of the Air Core programme will allow us to rapidly advance the opportunity to extend from the known mineralisation and give the potential to discover new mineralised shoots.”
The company has also retrieved its first diamond drill core in more than 18 years from the VDD001, the drill hole being tested for extensions of mineralisation along strike and down plunge.
Site preparation activities have already been complete to support the planned Phase 1 and Phase 2 DD programme, with the field operations camp already in place.
Phase 1 drilling, which will be carried out by Topdrive Drillers Australia and Gyro Australia in a span of 50 days, will incorporate 2,508m of DD and 6,000m of AC.
In total, 18 drillholes are planned for Phase 1 (11 holes for 2,508m) and Phase 2 (7 holes for 2,152).
Phasing of drillholes will help Viking meet key success criteria before proceeding to phase 2.
The objectives of the programme are to:
- Test for extensions mineralisation along strike and down plunge.
- Drill-in between existing ming stopes to test for remnant mineralistion.
- Test the structural and lode model which has been developed.
- Test the hanging wall geology to gain an understanding of the mineralisation controls.
- Determine geochemical fingerprint of mineralisation to assist in regional Air Core programme interpretation to identify the mineralised structures.