Feb 16, 2021. Rio Tinto Exploration Canada (RTEC) has commenced drilling on Forum Energy Metals Corp.’s 100-per-cent-owned Janice Lake copper/silver project in Saskatchewan. Two drill rigs are initially testing the Rafuse target, a 2.8-kilometre-long priority target of surface copper mineralization that was developed during RTEC’s mapping, prospecting and geophysical program this past summer. It is clear that past historical drilling did not go deep enough nor far enough along strike to evaluate the possibility of multiple layers of shallow copper mineralization amenable to open-pit mining.
Drilling of nine holes at Rafuse in 1969 to a maximum depth of 62 metres returned up to 17 metres of 0.68 per cent copper and two holes drilled in 1993 by Noranda to a maximum depth of 128 metres returned 21.7 metres of 0.19 per cent copper (see news release dated Nov. 11, 2020). Two one-kilometre lines of an induced polarization (IP) survey conducted by RTEC over the Rafuse target this summer identified a strong chargeability anomaly starting at a depth of 130 metres. The first two holes are planned to test this IP chargeability anomaly.
The 110-kilometre winter haul road to the 80-person on-site drill camp has enabled delivery of the remaining required camp equipment and initial delivery of fuel on the 52 km long Janice Lake copper/silver property. Rio Tinto plans to focus initial drilling at the Rafuse target area, followed by potential drilling at the Jansem, Juno and Roberts showing areas that are easily accessible during the winter months. Drilling at Jansem would follow up on thick intervals of surface copper mineralization outlined by drilling in 2019 (up to 51.8 metres grading 0.57 per cent copper). Drilling at Juno and Roberts are follow-up targets from positive rotary air blast (RAB) drill results encountered during the past summer RAB drill program (up to 1.5 m of 0.62 per cent copper and 9.3 grams per tonne silver at Juno). For further details, see news releases dated Dec. 3, 2019, Nov. 11, 2020, and Nov. 18, 2020.
Ken Wheatley, PGeo, Forum’s vice-president of exploration and qualified person under National Instrument 43-101, has reviewed and approved the contents of this news release.
About Forum Energy Metals Corp.
Forum Energy Metals has three 100-per-cent-owned energy metal projects to be drilled in 2021 by the company and its major mining company partners Rio Tinto and Orano for copper/silver, uranium and nickel/platinum/palladium in Saskatchewan, Canada’s No. 1 rated mining province for exploration and development. In addition, Forum has a portfolio of seven drill-ready uranium projects and a strategic land position in the Idaho cobalt belt.
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