Empire Metals secures drilling contractor for Eclipse project
Resource exploration and development company Empire Metals has secured a drilling contractor to start the first phase of a two phase drilling programme at the Eclipse Gold Project, it announced on Friday, 55 kilometres north-east of Kalgoorlie in Western Australia, with work scheduled to begin on 28 September.
The AIM-traded firm said that in addition, the soil and geochemistry sampling programme announced on 4 September had now been completed, with all samples in the Kalgoorlie assay laboratories for analysis.
Geophysics work would start “shortly”, the board said, with the results of that and the geochemistry to be used to highlight additional drill targets at the Eclipse Project for the second phase of drilling.
“We're very pleased to have secured a drilling rig for Eclipse in such short order, as rigs and crew are generally difficult to secure at the moment,” said chief executive officer Mike Struthers.
“With the soil sampling programme now complete, the geophysics programme about to commence, and the first phase drilling now locked in to commence on 28 September, we look forward to an exciting couple of months ahead.”
At 1130 BST, shares in Empire Metals were up 3.02% at 2.73p.