March 8, 2019
By Don Norman
On March 4, Havilah Mining Corporation, owners of the True North mine and mill in Bissett, provided an exploration update for its properties in the Rice Lake greenstone belt near Bissett.
The Company recently completed ground-staking of 11,150 hectares, increasing its total land position in the belt to more than 53,000 hectares. This strategic acquisition provides the Company with a dominant and continuous land position along and adjacent to the crustal-scale Wanipigow Fault, over a total strike length of 80 kilometres. Major gold occurrences in the Rice Lake belt, including the True North mine at Bissett, Manitoba, which has produced approximately 2 million ounces of gold, are associated with structures that splay off this regional ‘break’. The newly acquired ground provides an unprecedented opportunity to explore this fault system at a district scale.
The Company has contracted EarthEx Geophysical Solutions Inc. to compile, level and merge high resolution aeromagnetic datasets acquired by previous operators. This data will facilitate geological mapping and compilation of the district at scales suitable for the definition of project-scale targets.
They have also entered into a contract with Geotech Ltd. to acquire new high resolution aeromagnetic data over two key, historically underexplored areas totalling roughly 21,500 hectares at the lateral extents of the Rice Lake belt. This helicopter-borne survey will consist of 4,733 line-kilometres flown at a spacing of 50 metres, with a terrain clearance of 30 metres. The results will complete a seamless aeromagnetic dataset over the entire exposed length of the Wanipigow Fault in Manitoba, and thus facilitate geological mapping, structural analysis and target generation. Data acquisition is expected to be completed early in the second quarter 2019.
Havilah exploration personnel are currently compiling and digitizing historical data in advance of a summer 2019 field exploration program planned to include prospecting, bedrock mapping and surficial geochemistry in areas of structural complexity identified through the use of high-resolution LiDAR imagery and historical mapping.
“We are extremely excited about this opportunity,” Dr. Scott Anderson, Vice President, Exploration said, noting that the company will be systematically exploring the Rice Lake greenstone belt at a district scale, using state-of-the-art exploration methodologies. “Our ongoing consolidation of the land position in this historically fragmented district allows Havilah to explore at a scale and scope unavailable to previous operators,” he continued. “We are currently building our exploration team and putting in place the foundational blocks for a successful exploration campaign.”
Havilah is currently reprocessing historic tailings on a seasonal basis. In addition to operating True North in Bissett, Manitoba, Havilah holds approximately 53,000 hectares of highly prospective land within and adjacent to the Rice Lake greenstone belt. The Company also owns the Tully project near Timmins, Ontario.