Japan Gold, in alliance with Barrick Gold, has announced the commencement of a large regional exploration program in Japan. The companies formed the “Barrick Alliance” in February to jointly explore, develop and mine certain gold mineral properties and mining projects throughout the country.
The regional program will include sampling of stream sediments for bulk leach extractable gold (BLEG), and multi-element pathfinder analysis along with gravity surveys over the 1,521-km2 covered by the Barrick Alliance projects on the islands of Kyushu, Honshu and Hokkaido. The program will progress from the south to the north of Japan and is anticipated to be completed within one year with Japan Gold acting as the operator.
John Proust, chairman and CEO, commented, "The regional exploration program will assist the Barrick Alliance in evaluating the Japan Gold portfolio of projects to determine areas with anomalous gold showings and potentially fertile large structures. This will enable focused exploration on highest priority areas to generate drilling targets. We are very pleased to be able to commence this important initiative with Barrick during the evolving COVID-19 pandemic."
Japan Gold has taken appropriate steps so that the Barrick Alliance crews can operate effectively while following government health protocols. Mr Proust explained, "Through the company's COVID-19 Operating Plan, we have instituted strict prevention measures to protect our workforce and the local communities. Exploration geologists and field assistants have been gradually mobilized to Kyushu and have been exercising 14-day self-isolation prior to commencing work. Japan Gold will continue to closely monitor the rapidly changing COVID-19 landscape and act proactively to protect the health of its workforce and stakeholders."