Following the successful Phase 1 results achieved in late 2018, Minera Alamos has also completed its exploration plans for a Phase 2 exploration and development drilling program at the Santana project. The program is currently planned to total in excess of 10,000 m and is expected to run throughout the year.
Phase 2 work will include expansion drilling at the Nicho and Nicho Norte deposits and exploration drilling at a number of high priority targets:
- Nicho/Nicho Norte – 20-30 infill and step out holes (~4,000m) – Drilling will seek to further expand on the step-out drill holes from Phase 1 drilling that included: 127m grading 0.81 g/t Au and 80m grading 1.05 g/t Au (see news releases dated October 11th, 2018, October 17th, 2018 and November 1st, 2018)
- Divisadero - 20 holes (3,000m) to follow up on a Phase 1 discovery hole containing 95.7m at 0.85 g/t Au and 0.33% Cu (see news release dated October 25th, 2018) and the subsequent mapping of over 400m of the related porphyry style outcrop and float (announced in the news release dated November 15th, 2018).
- Zata – 5-10 holes (~1,500m) which will be the first holes in this new breccia pipe discovery (see news release dated October 1st, 2018)
- Benjamin – 5-10 holes (~1,500m) to further understand historical drilling which yielded results including 2.3 g/t Au & 444.0 g/t Ag over 19.8 m and 0.70 g/t Au over 93.0 m yet has remained undrilled since 2011.
- Ubaldo – 5-10 holes (~1,500m) to follow up on a historic target with utilizing the new geological models for the project area
All target areas are located within 3km of the currently proposed commercial leach pad area for which the Company awaits notice of approval for permits submitted last year.