A total of 9 holes were completed for 3451 m of drilling with all holes intersecting multiple coal seams. Of the 9 holes, 8 were completed using Reverse Circulation (RC) drilling with 1 core hole.
The initial drilling programme indicates the geological continuity of coal seams across the Western Coal License (Number 418648). These early indications suggest that all holes intersected the SM4, SM5/6 and SM7 seams, including the first hole to be drilled into the Central Coal License (Number 418650), which shows the potential propagation of the SM7 seam into that block. Due to the weather window available in that part of British Columbia, the decision was taken to drill to depths which were known to contain the top seams, whilst extending drilling below in certain cases where drilling conditions where most favourable to also test the continuity of the lower SM1 and SM3 seams.
Currently all the Indicated and Measured JORC 2012 certified resource are contained within the Western Coal License. DH_18_11 demonstrates the continuity of the resources into the adjoining Central license area. The initial interpretation is that seam SM7 is present in the Central Coal License, provides potential upside to previous understanding of the lateral extension of the higher value coal seams into the Central License area.
Using geophysical instrumentation, each drill hole was logged in order to confirm the presence of coal and to assist in defining coal seam thicknesses.
Based on these preliminary results and analysis the coal seams appears to be correlate across the property. Final coal assay and analysis will assist in confirming the extent of these correlations.
PAK Chairman, Geoff Hill, said: “We are thrilled that the initial results from the recent drilling programme at Elko are even better than we had expected. Our objectives have been to improve the classification of our JORC Resources and to understand if our coal seams extend further across the Elko project. Early indications are that we have achieved both of these objectives and we are looking forward to updating shareholders on the results from the coal quality work. All our efforts over the past 18 months indicate that we have added significant knowledge and value to the Elko project through this exploration programme.”
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