Exploration work on Block 62 has been continuous since 2013. The first year included remote sensing, mapping and sediment sampling to generate targets. This work quickly focused on a geochemical copper and gold anomaly at Jebel Ohier (JO). It was clear after year one that hydrothermal alteration was present at JO, suggesting a major mineralizing system.
Year two commenced the first phase of drilling with an exploratory program of 5,600m reverse circulation drilling (RC) as well as further mapping, hyperspectral studies and ground geophysics. The surface rocks at JO are completely obscured by desert varnish therefore the construction of drill roads through the steep hilly terrain of JO was revelatory in exposing the fresh rock beneath, demonstrating large sections of mineralisation. A great deal of channel sampling along these roads was completed aiding the drill siting. By the end of year two, the first indications of a possible Porphyry Copper Deposit (PCD) discovery at JO were emerging.