Junior mineral explorer Antipa Minerals (ASX: AZY) has launched a major exploration program in Western Australia’s Paterson Province three weeks ahead of schedule.
The company today announced it has commenced aircore drilling to evaluate high-grade gold-copper mineralisation at the Chicken Ranch deposit, located within its wholly-owned Paterson project.
In addition, Antipa kicked off a large scale aerial electromagnetic (EM) survey to explore for semi-massive to massive high-grade gold-copper mineralisation over the El Paso Corridor.
The survey will cover ground spanning from south of the Minyari-WACA deposit, in the company’s 100% owned North Telfer project, north to the boundary of the Citadel project.
A reverse circulation (RC) drilling program is also ongoing in the Minyari Dome area, while an induced polarisation (IP) geophysical survey over the Tim’s Dome area is expected to start during the last week of July.
The exploration program will comprise a total of 50,000m of RC and aircore drilling. As well as the expansive aerial EM and IP surveys, work will include surface geochemical sampling and geological mapping.
Antipa said the campaign is aimed at rapidly expanding the current mineral resource to support a scoping study in 2019.
Its secondary objective is to evaluate greenfields targets that may deliver new discoveries based on Telfer analogues and the broader gold-copper potential within the El Paso Corridor.
Focused on exploring the eastern Paterson Province in Western Australia, Antipa holds three projects in the region – Citadel, North Telfer and Paterson.
The province remains quite underexplored, although it hosts a number of world-class mineral deposits including the Telfer gold-copper-silver mine, the Nifty copper mine, the Woodie Woodie manganese mine, the O’Callaghans tungsten deposit and the Kintyre uranium deposit.
In 2015, mining giant Rio Tinto inked a farm-in and joint venture deal agreeing to fund up to A$60 million of exploration expenditure in order to earn a 75% stake in the Citadel gold-copper-silver-tungsten project.
Antipa shares remained unchanged at A$0.015 by afternoon trade.