NORTHERN IRELAND – Toronto-based Galantas Gold Corp
. has begun underground development at its Omagh gold mine in County Tyrone. Work is underway on a portal in the western side wall at the base of the Kearney open pit. Galantas expects to reach the ore zones below the crown pillar within six months.
[caption id="attachment_1003717515" align="alignright" width="300"] With the pit mined out, production is moving underground at the Omagh project.
Plans call for a ramp to the ore zones for transportation out of the mine, and there will also be a raise bored ventilation shaft. The mining method will be shrinkage stoping with long holing. Both tails and waste rock will provide backfill. The pit will also receive waste rock in preparation for remediation.
Galantas puts the measured resource at 138,241 tonnes grading 7.24 g/t gold, indicated at 679,992 tonnes grading 6.78 g/t, and inferred at 1.4 million tonnes at 7.71 g/t. A cut-off of 2 g/t gold was used when the estimate was made in 2014.
The Omagh workforce has been increased to 17, including some former employees who were laid off during planning delays.
Additional information about the company and the Omagh project is posted at www.Galantas.com.