(TSX: HRT; US:OTC: HRTFF) says the 70,000-tonne bulk sample underway since April at its Sugar zone deposit in northern Ontario is going smoothly, and it has applied for permission from the Ministry of Northern Development and Mines to mine an additional 30,000 tonnes under the program.
The 70,000-tonne bulk sample should be completed in the first quarter of 2017, and if the company is successful in getting a permit to mine an additional 30,000 tonnes under the program, mining of the extra tonnes could be completed in the third quarter of 2017.
“It’s going very well,” Stephen Roman, the company’s chairman, president and CEO, says in an interview. “We’ve completed the ramp to the bottom of the 70,000-tonne bulk sample area and opened up five levels … We started production ore blasting on the 375 level using longhole mining methods and the next level will be 360, and we’ll work our way down.”
Roman notes that the ramp is in the footwall, below the lower zone, and that the company is cross-cutting into the ore body. “We open up development drifts on 15-metre levels, so most of all the development work has been completed now and we’re starting to drill our longhole stopes,” he says.
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