Galantas Gold has reported continued development progress at its Omagh Gold Mine, Northern Ireland, with the second level now intersecting the Kearney vein.
Initial on-vein development on the 1096 (first and upper) level has partially delineated the crown pillar (a pillar temporarily left in place to separate the underground mine from the former open pit). The main decline development tunnel has progressed and has reached 52 metres past a 50 metre long access branch on the 1084 (second) level, driven east from the main (north-south) decline tunnel to its junction with the Kearney vein, north of the planned mining area.
A southwards on-vein development, on the Kearney vein, on the 1084 level, to access beneath the first mining area, has commenced. The interval between the levels is planned to be mined by a long-hole method, using cemented rock and tailings as backfill support.
Of note, drill-core OM-DD-06-14 intersected strong gold mineralisation some 7 metres to the south of the junction of the 1084 access and the Kearney vein. This core returned an intersection of grade 10.3 g/t Gold over a down-hole length of 3 metres. This included 1 metre at 27.42 g/t gold, 170.84 g/t silver and 6.52% Lead (reported Jan 30, 2007). The exposure in the on-vein development is visually well mineralised across an approximate 2 metre true width.
The main decline development continues towards the 1072 level to enable the mining of the next production sequence. A further 43 metres remains to be excavated on the decline to reach the 1072 level, before making a 58 metre vein access drive. On-vein drivage on the 1072 level, which is the third level in the vertical sequence, is planned to provide future mining access.
An access tunnel westwards from the decline tunnel, towards the Joshua vein has been continued and currently has been driven a total of 56 metres out of an anticipated 344 metres. A second means of egress that is required as an escapeway and to form a ventilation circuit, has been completed. Arrangements are being put in place to install the mine main ventilation fans which have already been delivered to site.
Safety remains a high priority and the mine continues to record zero lost time accidents since the start of underground development, which has now exceeded 900 metres of tunnel length. A simplified plan of the workings is available on the Galantas website.
Final post-closing acceptances have been received from the TSX Venture Exchange in regard to the Company’s private placement completed on 21st December 2018.
Roland Phelps, President & CEO, Galantas Gold Corporation, said, “Current production is sourced from the mining of on-vein drives, which have to be developed before stoping panels are mined. I am pleased that development progress has accelerated significantly with the continued investment in training, operator experience and equipment and that the excellent safety record is being maintained.”
Source: Company Press Release