Southern Arc Announces Receipt of Forestry Permit for West Lombok Property, Drill Program to Commence Shortly
“I am pleased to announce that we are in a position to fully re-engage exploration activities on our flagship West Lombok property,” said John Proust, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Southern Arc. “This permit enables Southern Arc to conduct both surface and drilling exploration for the standard renewable two-year period. We are committed to advancing this property and will immediately mobilize rigs, staff and resources.
Southern Arc has continued to work closely with SRK Consulting (Canada) Inc. (“SRK”), an internationally renowned, independent consulting service to major, intermediate and junior mining and exploration companies. SRK has worked with the Company to prepare a detailed drill program for epithermal gold targets within the Pelangan and Mencanggah prospects. The next phase of exploration will focus on infill drilling in areas where the Company has identified high-grade shoots and wide mineralized intercepts (Figure 1). The Company’s objective for this drilling program is to develop a National Instrument 43-101 compliant resource estimate for three targets within the 13 km by 7 km corridor of mineralization in the West Lombok property. These targets – Bising, Tebu Serai and Raja – comprise the three most developed epithermal targets within the property. Several other epithermal targets have returned encouraging surface results and the Company expects to explore these more thoroughly with future drill programs.
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This news release contains forward-looking statements relating to expected or anticipated future events and operations, timing of projects and anticipated results that are forward-looking in nature and, as a result, are subject to certain risks and uncertainties, such as general economic, market and business conditions, the regulatory process and actions, technical issues, new legislation, competitive and general economic factors and conditions, the uncertainties resulting from potential delays or changes in plans, the occurrence of unexpected events, and the company's capability to execute and implement future plans. Actual results achieved may vary from the information provided herein as a result of numerous known and unknown risks and uncertainties and other factors. There is no representation by the company that actual results achieved during the forecast period will be the same in whole or in part as that forecast.
The technical information in this document has been reviewed by Southern Arc’s Executive Vice President, Andrew Rowe, B. App. Sc. Geology, MAusIMM. Mr. Rowe has over 18 years of international mineral exploration experience throughout Southeast and Central Asia and Australia. During this time he has held such positions as Principal Geologist – Feasibility Studies, Senior Geologist and Consulting Geologist. The technical information in this document has also been reviewed by Southern Arc’s President & Chief Operating Officer, Dr. Mike Andrews, PhD, FAusIMM, who has sufficient experience relevant to the style of mineralization under consideration and qualifies as a Qualified Person as defined by National Instrument 43-101.
The drill program and sampling protocol is managed by Southern Arc under the supervision of Andrew Rowe. The diamond drill holes are drilled at PQ, HQ and NQ sizes depending on hole depth and core recovery to date has averaged 97.5%. Half core is cut by rock saw and is generally sampled according to geological contacts ranging between 0.2 to 2.5 metres in length. Three quality control samples (one blank and two standards) are inserted into each batch of 40 samples. The half core samples are securely transported from the project site to the Intertek Testing Services (“ITS”) sample preparation laboratory in Sumbawa Besar via private truck hired by Southern Arc. Sample pulps are then sent to the ITS Jakarta laboratory by ITS. Gold is analyzed by fire assay with AAS finish and a four-acid digestion with ICP-MS finish is used to analyze a full suite of elements including silver and base metals. ITS is one of the world’s largest product and commodity testing, inspection and certification organizations. The Jakarta laboratory is ISO 17025 accredited and employs a Laboratory Information Management System for sample tracking, quality control and reporting.