SYDNEY: Santana Minerals announced a contracted drill rig has successfully mobilised to site and commenced a maiden drilling program at the Phu Lon Nickel Prospect within the Sayabouly Project in Laos.

The drilling program initially consists of 13 holes totalling 2,000m, commencing with drilling of diamond holes in the north of the prospect, then moving and drilling the significant trench results recorded from trenches in the south. Drilling of the central zone will be completed on completion of drilling in these two areas.

Santana Minerals’ CEO Shane Pike commented: “We are extremely excited to have now commenced our maiden drilling campaign at the Phu Lon Nickel Prospect. Some excellent trenching results and petrology analysis have provided us a great interpretive model from which to plan and execute this drilling program. Over the course of the next several weeks we will systematically target interpreted zones of nickel sulphide mineralisation, the confirmation of which has the potential to deliver significant value for all Santana shareholders.”

First assay results from the program are expected to be returned late-February.