Company will drill 10 to 12 exploration holes from surface for roughly $400k
Step-out drilling 141 Zone where previous intercepts include: 122.5 meters of 3.35 g/t Au including 6.0 meters of 32.87 g/t Au
Two additional high-grade surface targets could result in new discoveries
Another $2 million program underground to upgrade existing mineralization will follow
IDM expects to close a $2 million financing in the next few days
IDM Mining Ltd. (IDM.to) is a junior miner focused on the high grade Red Mountain gold project near Stewart, BC.
Red Mountain was developed in the 1990’s and nearly brought into production by Lac Minerals.
Barrick Gold acquired Lac and shifted their focus away from the BC gold project in 1995.
The property has been owned by a number of junior companies since, including Seabridge Gold and Banks Island Gold. Revolution Resources, which renamed IDM Mining, optioned the project from Seabridge in 2014.
IDM Mining’s pitch was to rapidly bring the mine into production and diversify into other high grade, profitable mining operations.
The company had an impressive team with Rob McLeod, a man who’d found and sold gold deposits to major companies, and Mike McPhie, a social license and financing focused mining executive, managing the company. The duo touted a partnership with highly respected EPCM firm, JDS Energy and Mining, where McPhie serves as a Managing Director. JDS have a reputation for building mines that make money, and being extremely efficient at it.
A few months after acquiring the project, IDM Mining released a Preliminary Economic Assessment (PEA) which proposed an initial capex of $76 million US to start up mining operations at Red Mountain. That would produce 55,500 ounces of gold each year and 171,000 ounces of silver for 5 years and provide an after tax payback of capital of 1.5 years using $1250 gold and a 5% discount rate.
The company thinks they can grow the resource area by finding additional high grade mineralization in newly exposed areas of the property including where ice has melted over the past 20 years.
This morning the company announced they had received permitting for drilling and would be initiating a drill program at Red Mountain to test three equal priority targets.
- The 141 Zone, which had high grade gold intercepts in the past, within an extensive 1.0 g/t Au halo, but the true widths are unclear. This zone runs parallel to the existing resource area and could be accessed by the proposed production ramp.
- The Cambria & Uxlux Zones, where the rocks are on strike with and look similar to the current resource area, and have been recently exposed from glacial melt, but haven’t been drilled previously. CEO McLeod tells me he will drill 2-3 sub 100 meter holes and follow up should the results be encouraging.
- The McAdam Zone, which is a different style of mineralization (quartz veins) than the current resource. McLeod says McAdam is steep and he hopes to drill a few holes to test its potential, and says that McAdam could be very high grade.
AV and JW Infill Drilling
The company also announced that more news would follow today’s release outlining an underground drill program to upgrade the existing resource at AV and JW. McLeod would like some of the inferred material to be upgraded to the indicated category (higher confidence).
A $2 million financing announced ten days ago is expected to close shortly.
Here are IDM’s latest news releases:
Sep 3, 2014
IDM Mining Announces Private Placement
And the interview with management from early July, 2014:
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