The Western Australian Department of Mines and Petroleum (DMP) has approved Artemis Resources’ Program of Works (POW) for drilling at the Silica Hills Mining Leases, located 23 km SSE of Karratha.
Additionally, Artemis has also received a POW approval for drilling and costeans at its November 2016 Purdy’s Reward Gold Discovery located 25km SSE of Karratha in the West Pilbara area of Western Australia.
Designed with 146 drill holes, the program at Silica Hills will initially focus around the 38.3 ounces of gold recovered from 27kg of quartz specimen material collected from Silica Hills. According to Artemis, drilling will also target other areas where abundant gold nuggets have been collected from the wider project area.
The approved POW at Purdy’s Reward is for 4,500 metres of trenching and 102 drill holes. Artemis said a heritage survey from the Ngarluma Aboriginal Corporation has been requested.
Artemis’ Chairman David Lenigas said both new gold discoveries are located within 15km of the Agip Radio Hill plant, which the company has recently signed a Binding Agreement with Fox Resources to purchase.
“We look forward to assessing the source of the gold nuggets recently recovered from both of these areas with mobilisation of the drill rig in January 2017,” Mr Lenigas said.
“Additional drilling programmes are planned at the Radio Hill/Copper Project to assess the potential for extensions of the massive and disseminated nickel/copper found near Radio Hill in 2007, and at the Munni Munni Platinum Group Element Project to test for potential PGE mineralisation repeats in the footwall of the previous drilled JORC resources of 830,000 oz of platinum, 1.14 Moz of Palladium and 152,000 oz of gold.”