The company can now move rapidly to secure key personnel and equipment necessary for its 2018 exploration program.
The focus will be defining JORC resources and reserves through 8,500 metres of rotary and spot core drilling.
Drilling will look to build upon the Elko project’s current 257.5 million tonne JORC compliant resource.
Exploration will also aid in providing improved coal quality information and better understanding the nature of the geology and coal seams.
Furthermore, with additional data, Pacific American can commence commercial discussions with potential off-takers and financiers.
Company well-funded after recent sale
Following the recently outlined sale of the South Hazell exploration property for C$1 million, the company has over $4.7 million in cash.
This cash means the planned exploration program is fully funded with the flexibility to also pursue growth opportunities.
Pacific American’s chairman Geoff Hill said: “This is a substantial milestone achieved in the exploration and development of the Elko Project.
“Receiving the drilling permit means the company can undertake testing on a variety of fronts with respect to Elko.
“The board and management are very excited about reaching this goal and implementing our drilling program.”
Hill added: “We now look forward to moving quickly to finalise all the logistical elements of the exploration program, so we can be on the ground at Elko as soon as practicable.
“This is an exciting time for PAK as we move forward with an important phase of the development, which we hope will demonstrate the significant value inherent in the Elko Coking Coal Project.”