Castillo Copper Limited (ASX:CCZ) has received clearance from the New South Wales mining regulator to progress the phase II drilling campaign at Cangai Copper Mine.
This builds on the phase I program and should significantly broaden the geology team’s understanding of mineralisation apparent within the system.
Significantly, early results indicate that Cangai is similar to Sandfire Resources’ (ASX:SFR) Degrussa project, where high-grade supergene ore oxide material sits above larger volumes of mineralised sulphides.
Castillo chairman Peter Meagher said: “Regulatory approval to commence the phase II drilling campaign heralds another significant milestone towards the board’s strategic goal of re-opening Cangai Copper Mine.
“The board is confident the geology team have mapped out a comprehensive drilling program, targeting supergene ore and massive sulphides, that has the potential to expand the resource size.”
The phase II reverse circulation drilling campaign at Cangai comprises 39 drill-holes.
Key targets areas are supergene ore near the legacy workings and where massive sulphides were identified during the phase I program.
Once this second drilling campaign concludes, the geology team anticipates the resource size may potentially be materially expanded.
Land clearing is already well underway in preparation for the campaign to start.
The drilling contractor has visited the project reviewing access routes and planned drill pads, so that work can commence as soon as practical.
Meanwhile, with the work at Cangai progressing on several fronts, Castillo’s next focus will be an update on the Broken Hill project.