A Sudbury junior miner is making preparations to extract a large bulk sample at an advanced gold project in northwestern Quebec. Wallbridge Mining announced that it has received a Certificate of Non-Liability from the Government of Quebec for the dewatering of the pit and ramp at its Fenelon Gold Project, and to take a 35,000-tonne bulk sample at the property, located 75 kilometres north of Mattagami.
The company said this allows them to proceed with an application for a certificate of authorization from the regional authority responsible for issuing permits. This review process is underway and typically takes 60 to 75 days.
After acquiring the old mine property last October, Wallbridge announced a positive prefeasibility study at Fenelon last February. Located in the gold-rich Abitibi region, it’s roughly on the same latitude – and just over the Quebec border – from the Detour Lake open-pit mine in northeastern Ontario.
The Fenelon property contains an existing 500-metre ramp and more than a kilometre of underground development. Wallbridge’s corporate literature is billing the project as Quebec’s “next gold producer.”
Fenelon has a measured and indicated resource of 38,000 ounces at 12.97 grams per tonne (g/t), and proven and probable reserve of 29,000 ounces at 9.30 g/t. An exploration drilling program is underway to expand the resource and the company believes Fenelon has major upside.