Rio Tinto launches drilling programme at Forum Energy’s Janice Lake project (FMC)

31 Jul 2019 | by: Richard Mason

Monday saw Canadian exploration business Forum Energy Metals (TSX.V:FMC) revealed that its partner Rio Tinto has kicked off a major drilling project on the Janice Lake copper project in northern Saskatchewan. Rio Tinto Exploration Canada, which is planning to spend c.$3m on Janice Lake in 2019 as part of a seven-year, $30m option to earn 80pc of the project, is looking to drill 20 to 30 holes as part of the 7,000m programme.

The work, which is being assisted by a helicopter and completed using two rigs, is centred around areas of known copper mineralisation. Specifically, the project team has prioritised four project areas called Jansem, Janice, Kaz, and Genie North (Juno)

One of four holes drilled by Forum’s initial programme last year intersected 18.5m grading 0.94pc copper and 6.7g/t silver at Jansem, including 5.2m grading 2.22pc copper and 16.5g/t silver. Meanwhile, mining company Noranda historically hit 33m grading 0.77pc copper and 15.1m grading 0.32pc copper at Janice and Kaz respectively. Finally, Genie North (Juno) is an interpreted structural target with nearby grab samples returning up to 1.9pc copper and 32g/t silver.

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