Gowest Gold is planning for a bulk sample program at its Timmins-area gold property in mid-2020.
The company’s Bradshaw gold deposit, part of its North Timmins Gold Project (NTGP), is located 32 kilometres northeast of Timmins.
It contains a National Instrument 43‐101 indicated resource estimate of 2.1 million tonnes grading 6.19 grams per tonne gold, containing 422,000 ounces gold, and an inferred resource of 3.6 million tonnes grading 6.47 grams per tonne gold, containing 755,000 ounces of gold.
In a Jan. 17 news release, the company said it would undertake a diamond drill program to gather information for extending the main ramp, locating the planned vent raise, and providing additional details on the first long stope.
Gowest is also undertaking engineering design for construction work related to the vent and escape raises.
Additionally, Northern Sun Mining Corp. is in the process of securing the proper permits to process ore from the bulk sample. The company has agreed to process up to 30,000 tonnes of ore from at its Redstone Mill in Timmins.
“We are very pleased to be moving ahead again with Bradshaw. I would like to take this opportunity to thank all of our stakeholders for their continued co-operation and support,” Greg Romain, Gowest’s president and CEO, said in the release.
“We will provide updates on our progress in the coming weeks and months as we return to developing what we expect will be the next new gold mine in the Timmins camp.”
An open house geared toward informing the public of its plans will take place in Timmins on Jan. 23.
Gowest said at that time it would provide information on its intentions for the mine’s advanced exploration and mine production phases; environmental permitting and current approvals; and health, safety, and environmental and social performance.
Currently, the company said, all environmental approvals for mine production are in place, except the production closure plan.
The company said the Bradshaw site was designed and developed for eventual mine production, with a minimal surface footprint. No ore processing will occur at the mine site.
Infrastructure needed for the mine production phase includes the advancement of underground mine workings; the construction of a new vent raise and escapeway; and some additional ancillary buildings and storage areas.
Gowest said feedback from the public will be considered in preparing the plan before it is submitted to the Ministry of Energy, Northern Development and Mines for approval.