Junior mineral explorers tend to rush out news of their discoveries and their resource estimates. A 43-101 Resource Estimate encourages a company’s investors and, in theory, makes it easier to raise money to continue development. But the market has to be able to hear the news.
Any exploration company CEO would be pleased to report a headline number of 204.6 grams per ton gold. For Goldplay (V.GPLY) CEO Marcio Fonseca, that is just the beginning. The drill result reported in the July 30 press release is part of a much larger story.
Most exploration companies would be very happy to have delineated a high grade – low strip ratio pitable 43-101 silver resource pretty much as soon as they began to explore their property. For Marcio Fonseca, CEO of Goldplay Exploration (V.GPLY), that was just the beginning.
Almost exactly two years ago I was on the Yukon Mining Alliance Media Tour and went to the Victoria Gold (V.VIT) Dublin Gulch Eagle Mine project, 80 bumpy kilometres from Mayo, Yukon. There, VP Exploration, Paul Gray took us on a tour of the proposed mine site. There were some roads bulldozed out of the bush, drill collars, a large camp which was somewhat empty and a vision. John McConnell’s vision of a 200,000 ounce per year gold mine.
White Gold Corp’s (V.WGO) exploration and geological team led by legendary Yukon prospector, Shawn Ryan, and quarterbacked by VP Exploration, Jodie Gibson, is already in the field and as CEO David D’Onofrio said in a recent interview with MotherlodeTV: “This season is our most exciting yet and we are well underway.”
There are huge advantages to a brownfield project. Past producing mines come with a valuable legacy of geological and engineering data that is backed by production numbers and, sometimes, leftover mineralization. On the Chimo Mine project this is the case since the mine was closed due to weak gold prices and not lack of mineralization. Factor that in with underground infrastructure that can be readily rehabilitated and it becomes a manageable challenge to prove up the “blue sky”. That’s what Cartier Resources (V.ECR) has been up to in the last two years.
Part of running a successful resource exploration company is working on complementary projects. Projects which mesh with one another so that the exploration resources, the drillers, the geos and the logistical support can be deployed efficiently. A big part of that is combining projects which have different drilling seasons.
Goldplay’s (V.GPLY) San Marcial project consists of 1,250 hectares, located south of the La Rastra and Plomosas historical mines in one of most important multi-million ounces (Au-Ag) mine district in Sinaloa – Mexico. It is a large concession and Marcio Fonseca, the company’s President and CEO, together with Goldplay’s team based in the regions are driving the exploration program towards discoveries of large Au-Ag deposits.