Drilling Commences On Florida Canyon Zinc Project In Project
DENVER, CO - Solitario Zinc Corp. reported that drilling commenced on its Florida Canyon zinc project in northern Peru. Two core drilling rigs with helicopter support have been mobilized to the site. The Florida Canyon Project is held in a joint venture between Solitario (39%) and Nexa Resources (61%), the world’s fourth largest zinc miner. All permits required to begin drilling have been received and a new 39-month community agreement has been signed. Nexa is the manager of the project.
The program consists of drilling 41 core holes totaling approximately 17,000 meters (56,000 feet) designed to test highly prospective resource expansion opportunities identified by deposit modeling during preparation of the 2017 Florida Canyon PEA. Proposed drilling is focused on significant gaps and offsets within and around the drill pattern defining the known high-grade zinc-sulfide resource. Drilling is expected to continue until all 41 core holes are completed, but, depending on this year’s weather pattern, the rainy season may interrupt the program. The rainy season generally occurs from December through March.
Significant progress in interpreting Florida Canyon mineralization was made in 2018 with the relogging of all previously drilled core totaling approximately 117,000 meters in 487 core holes.
Chris Herald, President and CEO said, “This drilling program is the culmination of an intensive 18-month effort to better understand the geometry of Florida Canyon mineralization and the potential scale of the project, which we believe is significantly larger than is currently defined. The objective of this drilling campaign is to add significant new resources to the existing Florida Canyon resource base. Every drill hole is designed to intersect high probability extensions to known high-grade zinc mineralization. We are excited about the impact this drilling could have on project economics. We are very pleased with the cooperation and support that the local communities have confirmed with the signing of a new long-term community agreement. This agreement ensures employment opportunities for local residents and provides for construction of road access to important community centers and project work areas.”
The company’s address is 4251 Kipling Street, Suite 390, Wheat Ridge, CO 80033, 303-534-1030, fax: 303-534-1809, email: [email protected]