Mining drilling planned at the Okeover Inlet site in the northern Sunshine Coast
Alpha Copper Corp, a resource sector organization founded to create value through mineral exploration and asset advancement, has executed a drilling contract to undertake an initial 2,000 meter drilling program at its project copper-molybdenum company based in Okeover, according to a press release on the company’s website.
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According to the release, regional service provider Superior Diamond Drilling Inc, located in Powell River, has been contracted to drill at Okeover. Superior will undertake an initial 2,000 meter diamond drill program designed to expand the North Lake zone, where a historic resource is targeted and represents only one of seven zones of mineralization on the property.
The statement said the property spanned 4,613 hectares (11,399 acres). Since its discovery in 1965, the location has been explored by several companies, including Noranda Exploration, Asarco Exploration, Falconbridge Nickel Mines Ltd, Duval International Corporation, Lumina Copper Corp and Eastfield Resources Ltd.
The press release indicates that the deposits of the Okeover property share several points in common with the discoveries held by Island Copper located on Vancouver Island (BHP) and Quartz Hill Moly located on the Alaska panhandle (formerly Cominco American Inc, and now Teck Resources).
Drilling to date has always been shallow in nature and has ended with mineralization, the statement said. Alpha Copper aims to test mineralization at depth and is also looking to expand data on the mineralized target body as part of its efforts to complete a technical report scheduled for 2023.
The release stated that historically, copper and molybdenum mineralization had been discovered at the bottom of streams in the central part of the Okeover property in 1965. Between 1966 and 1977, seven companies carried out several geological, geochemical and geophysical surveys, mechanical trenches and more than 14,000 meters of drilling.
Drilling carried out between 1966 and 1977 consisted of 13,831 meters of diamond drilling in 82 holes and 12 vertical percussion holes, totaling 732 meters. Most of the diamond drill holes were angled at 45 degrees or less, and five were vertical holes. The average hole length was 169 meters and the deepest hole drilled was 363 meters long. The average vertical depth tested was between 120 and 140 meters below the surface. Vertical percussion holes were drilled 61 meters deep.
“We look forward to working with Superior’s drill team and getting this initial program and lab sampled.” said the company’s chief executive, Darryl Jones. “All of the historical work data has developed a compelling picture that our initial drill program should be able to substantiate.
“We hope to ultimately take a significant step towards generating a clear work plan towards a positive technical report and a clear indication of the way forward. As always, we are drilling to uncover value and look forward to unlocking the potential of this exciting project.