Bluebird Merchant - KORES Grant Approved for Kochang Drilling
Bluebird Merchant Ventures Ltd
(the "Company" or "Bluebird")
KORES Drilling Grant Approved for Kochang Drilling Programme
· Official confirmation of drilling grant received from KORES
· Drilling to commence from
· A further six old adits located with evidence of historic mining noted in three
KORES sent official confirmation of the drilling grant on
There are currently three identified vein structures at Kochang to a depth of 150 metres below surface. Following surface mapping and modelling in 2016, the veins can be projected to depths below the lowest current level of the mine and along strike to connect with the Kochang silver mine, thus leaving a 600 metre extension of the veins between the two mined areas.
The three KORES-funded holes target the area below the current mine and are expected to intersect at least two of the veins. It is important to note that the primary objective of drilling is to pinpoint the positioning of the veins. As gold is not evenly distributed in grade throughout the veins, intersections with high grade values will be considered a bonus.
Bluebird is pleased to report that it has located a further six old adits entering the mine some 100 metres to the northeast of the current entrance. Evidence of historic mining was noted in two of these adits, in addition to a strong ventilation flow which suggests there are further adits. Only two of these adits exist on plans in the Company's possession. The existence of these adits continues to point to a potential increase in the general size of the deposit.
Upon completion of this short program, the company can update its model and commence a program to develop a JORC compliant resource. Further drilling will be carried out to fill in the gaps, with the expectation of showing a viable project with a multi-year mine life.
Bluebird expects to commence construction of the processing plant in September of this year, with production coming from currently identified resources such as broken ore, vamping (cleaning) and remnant pillars. The construction period is expected to be completed within four to five months as the initial plant is small and given that the Kochang mine is open production will commence shortly thereafter.
"We are delighted to have received official confirmation of the drilling grant from KORES. This demonstrates the level of confidence the South Korean authorities have in the prospectivity of the
"We look forward to updating the market on our progress at this hugely exciting project."
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Notes to Editors
The Gubong mine was once the second largest producing gold mine in
The Kochang mine is a gold-silver mine that operated between 1928 and 1975 and produced over five million ounces of silver at over 1000 g/t and 110,000 ounces of gold at 19.6 g/t. This gold production was mainly derived from the three main veins at the North
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