The fully funded programme consists of a 30,000m diamond drilling campaign that has been developed to systematically test the extension of the Goldstorm Deposit well beyond the limits that were outlined in the 2021 mineral resource estimate. In addition, exploration diamond drilling will focus on the Calm Before the Storm (CBS) and the Eureka zones.
During the past two weeks, Tudor's crews have mobilised four more drill rigs to the site from the winter route via the Brucejack Access Road. Tudor's drill contractors now have eight drill rigs working on three targets. Six drill rigs have commenced drilling the northern aspects of the Goldstorm Deposit as step-out exploration holes. One rig has been drilling at CBS as follow-up on last year's newly discovered gold-silver system, located 2.5km northeast of the Goldstorm Deposit. Additionally, crews have begun drilling the Eureka Zone located 800m southeast of the Goldstorm Deposit.
Ken Konkin, president and CEO, commented: "The start-up of 2022 exploration campaign has been a huge success. We are well ahead of schedule starting the step-out exploration drill holes in the northern aspects to the Goldstorm Deposit as well as initiating drill programmes at CBS and Eureka. Additionally, we plan to complete a high-resolution aeromagnetic survey over our Treaty Creek and Crown claims with Terraquest Geophysics. A total of 1,600-line kilometres are expected to be flown during the next few days. This will serve as a vital mapping tool to aid continued exploration efforts throughout both properties. In addition to exploration, Tudor plans to construct an exploration access road that will connect our Lower Camp to our weather station area located 3.5km east of that camp. This route will eventually tie into the permitted access road that Seabridge Gold is currently constructing from the Highway 37 junction at Glacier Creek. This will provide an all-weather road access to our project once completed. Seabridge has already completed the bridge construction for the Bell Irving River crossing at Glacier Creek.
"Our engagement efforts with local First Nations continue to develop. We have initiated contact with Nisga'a First Nations, and we have pledged follow-up meetings to ensure clear communication as the project evolves. Earlier in the year, Tudors' geologists and geotechicians held an informal core processing workshop as an open-Invite for the Tahltan community members in Dease Lake. It was a successful three-day session that included geotechnical procedures, QA/QC protocols as well core sampling and shipping procedures. We plan to continue to host these workshops in communities interested in gaining employment in the exploration sector. For many of those who attended, this was an excellent introduction to one small aspect of exploration. We are committed to include all First Nations including Tahltan, Skii Km Lax Ha and Nisga'a as part of our engagement process and we will continue to encourage participation with our future workshops to provide employment opportunities and public awareness to our industry sector."