Sun Metals has announced that drilling has started at its wholly owned Stardust project in north-central British Columbia, Canada.

Two diamond drill rigs have begun operating at the project as part of the 2019 exploration campaign.

Stardust is known to host high-grade polymetallic carbonate replacement deposits (CRD).

Seeing a $5.4m investment, the 2019 exploration campaign will include diamond drilling, besides surface electromagnetic (EM) and borehole electromagnetic geophysical surveys (BHEM) and geological studies.

The diamond drill programme is primarily focused on the exploration of mineralisation in drill hole DDH18-SD-421, which returned a 100m interval of 2.51% copper, 3.03 grams per tonne (g/t) gold, and 52.5g/t silver for a 4.99% copper equivalent.

An initial diamond drilling programme will test areas on section 2175 with DDH18-SD-421.

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Simultaneously, the second diamond drill will test an EM conductor related to this zone, which was identified through a BHEM survey that was completed at the end of the last year’s programme.

The initial target of this EM conductor is approximately 50m south from DDH-18-SD-421 on section 2125.

Directional diamond drilling method will be used at this year’s campaign at the Stardust project to enhance the quality and accuracy of drilling step-outs.

“Stardust is known to host high-grade polymetallic carbonate replacement deposits (CRD).”

Oriented core will be used at the project site, which will help geologists to collect data on the structural characteristics of the zone.

Along with diamond drilling, large loop ground electromagnetic surveys will be carried out along the phyllite/carbonate contact in the Canyon Creek skarn zone to determine if the EM response observed in the BHEM survey can be detected.

Sun Metals also owns the Lorraine copper-gold project, a joint venture with Teck Resources, as well as the OK copper-molybdenum project.