Vancouver – Step-out drilling at the Storie molybdenum deposit continues to return long mineralized intercepts for Columbia Yukon Explorations (CYU-V).
In the summer the first resource estimate for the project, which sits near Cassiar in northern British Columbia, came in at 98.3 million indicated tonnes grading 0.064% molybdenum and 30.9 million inferred tonnes grading 0.059% moly. Drilling of late has focused on expanding the resource to the west and mineralized intercepts hundreds of metres in length have become the norm.
A set of six drill holes released at the end of October include hole a 371.3-metre intercept grading 0.07% moly from hole 118, which was collared 100 metres west of the known resource. Other intercepts of note from that set include 267 metres grading 0.069% moly starting 45 down infill hole 119, including 140 metres grading 0.092% molybdenum, and 268 metres grading 0.075% moly from 132 metres down hole 116, including 48 metres of 0.09% moly and 100 metres of 0.113% moly. Hole 116 was s step-out hole, collared 150 metres west of the defined deposit.
Earlier in the month another set of results included three long intercepts. Hole 110 hit 342 metres of 0.064%, hole 111 returned 365 metres of 0.041% moly, and hole 112 cut 264 metres of 0.033% moly.
And in mid-September hole 108 cut a 362-metre intercept averaging 0.06% moly in another 150-metres step-out to the west while hole 106 returned 294 metres grading 0.082% moly.
But the longest intercepts came in August, when hole 101 cut 473 metres grading 0l06% moly and hole 103 hit 457 metres averaging 0.108% moly.
The company is confident these mega intercepts will expand the deposit size significantly, substantially increasing the Storie mineral resource.
And early-stage metallurgical testing indicates that ore from Storie is non-refractory and thus saleable concentrate can be produced via conventional flotation methods. Preliminary tests found molybdenum recoveries of 69% to produce a concentrate grading 53% molybdenum. A second, larger phase of testing is now underway.
Columbia Yukon’s share price has slid considerably over October, tracking the falling Venture board. The company is currently trading at 21, with a 52-week trading range of 17 to $1.35. Columbia Yukon has 40.8 million shares issued.