Canadian Mining Journal


GOLD-COPPER: AuRico calls 2017 Kemess East drilling a success

The mill at the Kemess property treated open pit ore from 1998 to 2011. (Image: AuRico Metals)

BRITISH COLUMBIA – Toronto-based AuRico Metals says the 2017 drill program at its Kemess East deposit was a success. Holes tested the northern and southern limits of the Kemess East deposit 430 km northwest of Prince George and 1 km from the Kemess underground deposit.

Highlights from drilling at Kemess East include:

  • Hole KH-17-05 that intersected 338 metres of 0.64 g/t gold and 0.45% copper, including 120 metres of 1.05 g/t gold and 0.60% copper;
  • Hole KH-17-08B that intersected 846.5 metres of 0.25 g/t gold and 0.28% copper, including 208 metres of 0.37 g/t gold and 0.41% copper; and
  • Hole KH-17-09 that intersected 853.8 metres of 0.24 g/t gold and 0.25% copper, including 147.5 metres of 0.40 g/t gold and 0.42% copper.

AuRico also drilled the Kemess Offset zone, reporting these highlights:

  • Hole KH-17-10 that intersected 461.9 metres of 0.27 g/t gold and 0.22% copper, including 75 metres of 0.61 g/t gold and 0.41% copper.

The current Kemess East resource includes a high grade core estimated to contain 113.1 million indicated tonnes grading 0.38% copper and 0.46 g/t gold as well as 63.8 million inferred tonnes grading 0.34% copper and 0.31 g/t gold. The high grade core of the Kemess East resource estimate is associated with strong potassic alteration and the overall resource is mostly hosted in the strong and moderate potassic alteration, according to the company.

Detailed drilling results are tabled in the Dec. 7, 2017, news release available at