Harte Gold hires Technica Mining for next phase
Harte Gold has hired Sudbury-based Technica Mining to extend an underground ramp and start development of stopes and vent raises in preparation for full commercial production in the second quarter of 2018 at its Sugar Zone gold deposit near White River.
Technica was hired in 2015 to extract a 70,000-tonne bulk sample and start construction of surface infrastructure, including collaring the portal.
The last shipment of gold ore from that bulk sample went to Barrick’s Hemlo mill in March.
The Sugar Zone Property is 60 kilometres east of Barrick’s Hemlo gold complex and 25 kilometres north of White River.
The property holds an indicated resource of 1,117,000 tonnes, grading 8.41 grams/tonne (g/t) for 302,000 ounces of contained gold, and an inferred resource of 417,000 tonnes for 95,000 ounces.
Harte has signed an engineering procurement, construction and management contract with Halyard Inc. for a 550-tonne-per-day mill at the site.
Harte has also widened its footprint of the Dayohessarah Greenstone Belt by staking an additional 32,592 hectares. The new ground has seen limited exploration but there is enough historical geophysics and geological data for the company to believe there is “significant new discovery potential.”
In order to line up exploration drill targets for this year, the company is beginning a high-resolution airborne magnetic (7,870-line km) and electromagnetic survey over its entire claim package.