Galleon Gold (TSXV: GGO) has begun permitting for its 100%-owned West Cache gold project in Timmins, Ont. The proposed West Cache advanced exploration program includes the development of a ramp and portal to access the zone #9 deposit and collection of a bulk sample and the exploration drilling at depth.
According to the company, detailed engineering for the main ramp, vent raise, cut-outs for muck bays as well as diamond drill stations has been completed. The mine plan has been developed for single panel transverse longhole open stopping based on a two-production-level and four-stope plan. The bulk sample is estimated at 86,500 tonnes of ore at 8.13 g/t for 22,600 oz. of gold.
The company reports a geomechanical core drill hole program has been completed under the supervision of Knight Piesold (nine holes for approximately 900 metres). The information gathered with this drill program is being used to complete the crown pillar stability report and ground control support plan for the excavation work for the box cut and portal.
A geotechnical overburden drill program will commence in early December over the planned infrastructure areas, approximately 22 geotechnical overburden holes will test the overburden and soil profile up to and including the first few metres of bedrock. In addition, approximately 20 geotechnical test pits will be dug with an excavator in order to reveal the near surface soil conditions across the site. Test pits are a relatively low-cost solution to gather subsurface conditions for siting shallow foundations, the test pits are backfilled upon completion to return the ground to pre-existing conditions.
The hydrogeology assessment has been completed, including the water balance assessment and pump sizing. This information is currently being used in the electrical layout and power grid connection evaluation which will establish the peak site electrical load, horsepower ratings for the largest motors, and then develop a preliminary high and medium voltage power distribution system single line drawing for the site. A system impact assessment application will then be compiled and submitted to the independent electricity system operator and Hydro One Networks for review and analysis.
The site plan has been designed to include administrative buildings (core shack, assay lab, mine dry-rescue buildings, and a mechanical shop) along with surface stockpile areas (both ore and waste), haul roads and explosive magazines and ponds.
R. David Russell, president and CEO of Galleon Gold commented, “Permitting for test mining is always an exciting time in the life cycle of a junior mining company, it is the definitive start of transitioning from an exploration story to a bona fide exploration and development company. We look forward to a busy 2023 as we complete the permitting process, engage with our local communities and plan to break ground on Timmins’ newest gold mine.”