Eight of the holes tested the I zone between surface and 200 metres of depth, three holes targeted the M zone between surface and 225 metres depth and one hole was completed to test the P zone near surface.
“Monique continues to impress right down tothe final drill hole of 2020.This year showed the true potential of our Val-d’Or East project with Monique representing an excellent example of how much exploration upside this area contains,” David Palmer, Probe’s president and CEO, said in a release.
Palmer added that the company plans to continue with its exploration efforts focused on resource growth and new discovery, but will also be looking to start moving Val d’Or East towards development. In 2021, an initial preliminary economic assessment (PEA) is anticipated for Val d’Or East, which would follow a first-quarter resource update.
The release also notes that Probe will include all of the results from the 66 holes (totalling 18,090 metres) completed in 2020 at Monique in the updated resource estimate. Probe is planning a ‘substantial’ drill program at the Monique, Courvan and Pascalis gold trends this year and is looking to complete geophysical surveys and update its geological models. Four drills are expected to start turning this week at Monique, Courvan and at the Cadillac Break East portion of Val d’Or East.
Additional metallurgical testing, as well as geotechnical and geochemical studies are planned for the site.
The 5.5-sq.-km Monique property includes an inferred resource of 9.1 million tonnes grading 2.25 g/t gold for a total of 661,400 gold oz. The property is part of the 435-sq.-km Val d’Or East land package. An open pit at Monique generated 580,000 tonnes at 2.53 g/t gold between 2013 and 2015.
(This article first appeared in the Canadian Mining Journal)