The Indonesian Forestry Department has approved a licence for Hillgrove Resources’ 80%-owned subsidiary PT Akram Resources to start exploration drilling at its Birds Head project in Indonesia’s West Papua. PT Akram has started moving in drilling equipment to test porphyry targets on the West Delta deposit.
Hillgrove’s managing director Drew Simonsen says staff will also continue their close consultation with local stakeholders as the project moves into the next exploration phase.
“The Indonesian Department of Forestry permitting process is methodical and rigorous, and we are pleased to have been able to satisfy their requirements, and those of local stakeholders. We look forward to being able to drill test the initial target in the first half of 2012.”
The 1815sqkm project is in Indonesia’s Papua Barat Province, about 130km northeast of the regional centre of Sorong, which is supported by commercial air and sea services. A number of mineralized areas within the licence were explored between 1986 and 1993 when five main zones of extensive porphyry style copper-gold and epithermal gold mineralization were confirmed - Alpha, Bravo, Golf, Foxtrot and Delta.
Hillgrove says the excellent geology and mineralization already confirmed means it is on track for a potentially major discovery. Its work now is focusing on the West Delta vein in an effort to expand the mapping and sampling of the copper porphyry system. Recently remodelled historic air magnetic data shows a significant deep seated magnetic anomaly occurs adjacent to the surface copper anomalies.