The share price of Barkerville Gold Mines (TSX-V:BGM) jumped April 17 after the company announced its latest drill results from its flagship Cariboo project in British Columbia.
On the TSX Venture Exchange BGM exchanged hands for $1.11 a share around midday April 17 in Toronto, up 20% from close on April 13 for a market valuation of $390 million. Volumes were approaching 3 million shares by lunchtime, four times usual volumes. Barkerville stock is up 148% in 2017 with most gains coming over the last month on a steady stream of positive news from its massive 1,177 square km Cariboo land position which includes six past producing mines.
The drilling results included some spectacular intercepts from its ongoing 130,000m drilling program at its Island Mountain and Valley Zones.
Chris Lodder, president and CEO of Barkerville said, “These intersections are some of the best to date on Island Mountain that continues to produce new zones of higher grade, wide zones of gold mineralization. We will be following up with both wide spaced step out and closer infill drilling in this area to better determine dimensions of this potentially strongly mineralized vein corridor”.
Earlier in April, the junior explorer announced permits to begin small-scale underground production at the property’s Bonanza Ledge deposit, which it hopes to start up in July and process at its own mill located 110km south of the property.
Northern Miner's Lesley Stokes spoke to Lodder and in the interview posted last week told the paper that "underground mining would be a test for future production at Cow and Island Mountains — the details of which would be outlined in a feasibility study expected in 2018.”
The company finished a 60,000m program at Cow Mountain in 2016 and in March last year Barkerville updated the resource estimate for Cow Mountain outlining indicated resources totalling 2.8 million ounces of gold at an average grade of 2.4 g/t. Inferred resources total 2 million ounces at 2.3 g/t.
Click here for the full Northern Miner interview (paywall).