Japan Gold Corp. has commenced a drilling program at the Ohra-Takamine Project in the Southern Kyushu Epithermal Gold Province, Japan. The program consists of an initial two drill holes (approximately 950 metres) positioned to test below ore shoots mined at the Urushi and Ohra mines.
Historic production data indicated the presence of high-grade mineralisation at the Ohra and Urushi mines, including 21,000 ounces mined at grades greater than 20 g/t gold at Ohra between 1915 and 1925. The data also reported that the number 2 vein in the Urushi mine hosted a high-grade shoot that carried grades between 50 to 100 g/t.
Work programs completed earlier this year within the project show historically mined quartz vein mineralization coincides with gold and pathfinder element in soil anomalies, linear vertically-extensive CSAMT resistivity anomalies, and northeast and northwest structural intersections inferred from processed gravity data. Planned drill holes will target down-dip extensions of high-grade mineralisation mined in shallowly developed workings at Urushi and Ohra coincident with the geochemical and geophysical anomalies.
As Japan Gold is currently unable to utilize its own drilling teams due to ongoing international border closures, it has contracted the Ando Chisitsu Drilling Company. Ando Chisitsu has experience drilling in the local conditions including the epithermal vein deposits at the nearby Kushikino gold mine. Diamond core drilling will be carried out from surface to depths of up to 600 metres.
"We are pleased to commence the first of our 2020 drilling programs in the richly gold endowed Southern Kyushu Epithermal Gold Province. We have been very fortunate to identify and secure a Japanese drilling contractor with the capabilities to carry out our drilling program in the midst of the global pandemic," said John Proust, chairman and chief executive officer of Japan Gold.