European Electric Metals Inc. (OTC: EVXXF) (TSX-V: EVX) has completed a phase one underground sampling program at the Skroska nickel-cobalt mine.
Three separate mining blocks were sampled during Phase 1 by EVX geologists. The three blocks being the East Block, Central Block and West Block (see Company website for location of these blocks http://www.europeanelectricmetals.com/). East Block dimension is 110m x 60m, the Central Block is 60m x 40m and the East Block is 80m x 50m.
A total of 174 channel samples were taken from mining panels and pillars, from 66 different underground sample locations.
EVX will take additional samples over the next 10 days outside of these mining blocks, in close proximity to historical drill holes (duplicate samples) and will also take samples from the mining block areas for usage in Specific Gravity testing.
These programs are being conducted to follow up on the initial discovery of elevated cobalt levels, as described by the Company in a News Release dated October 11, 2018.
The blocks are accessible and supported by existing underground mining infrastructure. The area has been deemed during company inspections to be in good working condition, and, subject to engineering review, conducive to restarting mining operation.
There is electricity throughout the mine and the track system and air compression systems are in good working order. There is no water issue and the mine is well ventilated with no mechanized ventilation system in place. There are no rockfalls in any areas of the mine. The mine is serviced via hydro-electric power (the mine is on the power grid) and has paved road access nearby the property area with well-maintained gravel roads to the site. The site also has good office infrastructure and various storage/outbuildings that formerly supported previous state-run operation (1985-1990) and operation by current owner from 2008 to 2013.
EVX CEO, Fred Tejada, states, “This first phase underground was completed efficiently by our team onsite, enabled partly by the good working conditions underground. The goal is to use this sample data to populate a NI 43-101 compliant resource estimate and mine modeling.”
The samples will be sent to ALS Lab in Serbia for preparation and sent to their laboratory in Ireland for analysis. The analytical suite to be used for the analysis will be ME-XRF12n. This analytical suite is suitable in the analysis of nickel laterite samples.
Jose Mario Castelo Branco, EuroGeol, a Qualified Person under the meaning of Canadian National Instrument 43-101 and Chief Geologist of the Company is responsible for the technical content of this news release.