Canadian mineral exploration company Cornish Metals has secured development rights from Cornwall Council for the United Downs copper-tin project in Cornwall, UK.

The United Downs project is located approximately 8km east of South Crofty and lies within a densely mined district, Gwennap.

The permit allows the company to start an exploration drilling programme at the United Downs project, to follow up on the discovery of high-grade copper-tin mineralisation in drill hole GWDD-002.

The drill hole recorded 14.69m at 8.45% copper and 1.19% tin, the firm said.

Cornish Metals plans to commence the first of up to five separate drill sites on 06 April 2021.

Priority Drilling has been contracted for drilling activities, which are planned to be undertaken under the supervision of Cornish Metals’ local technical team.

Cornish Metals CEO Richard Williams said: “The receipt of the drilling permit from Cornwall Council is an important step in our aim of delineating a new high-grade copper-tin resource at United Downs.

Under the first phase of the drilling programme, the company will focus on recently discovered high-grade copper-tin structure along strike and down to a depth of up to 500m.

The firm will undertake the second phase of infill drilling later this year to define the maiden mineral resource.

Williams added: “Much has happened in the year since we announced the initial discovery, including renaming the company to Cornish Metals and completing a dual listing on the AIM Market of the London Stock Exchange.

“We now very much look forward to commencing this drill programme and discovering what more this historic mining area has to offer.”