Canadian miner Pan Global Resources has started exploration at the Romana West target within the Escacena project in the Iberian Pyrite Belt in southern Spain.

Situated on the western continuation of Pan Global’s La Romana copper-tin-silver discovery, Romana West is a high-priority gravity anomaly.

The anomaly at the target and coincident historic mining works show potential to extend the La Romana mineralisation by 800–1,000m beyond the 1.2km strike.

The strike was already defined by more than 150 holes drilled to date.

The drilling at La Romana shows copper, tin and silver mineralisation remains open to the west in the direction of Romana West and is open down-dip.

After recently securing surface access to the 680-hectare (ha) area west of La Romana, the company expedited the exploration programme over Romana West.

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The programme included detailed gravity and induced polarisation surveys, mapping and sampling of the historic mine workings.

The surveys can help guide a planned diamond drill programme. It is the first exploration in the area since it was last explored by Exxon in the early 1980s.

Most of the area has a thin cover of post-mineral rocks and sediments.

The programme at the target site will include an IP survey and soil sample geochemistry.

Geophysics surveys and soil geochemistry will expand the tests to cover untested targets at the project, including Barbacena, El Pozo and Romana North.

Fully owned by Pan Global, the Escacena project comprises more than 5,700ha, located east of the Iberian Pyrite Belt.

It neighbours operating mines at Las Cruces and Riotinto and is immediately adjacent to the former Aznalcóllar and Los Frailes mines where Minera Los Frailes/Grupo Mexico expects to begin construction this year.

The project hosts the La Romana copper-tin-silver discovery and several other prospective targets such as Bravo and San Pablo.

Pan Global has been actively exploring the target since 2019, after the copper-tin-silver discovery.

The company has drilled more than 140 holes in the volcanic massive sulphide-style deposit, with 99% hitting mineralisation.