Duluth Metals has commenced a drilling programme in its two federal prospecting permits on the Nokomis Deposit near Ely, Minnesota, US.

The drilling is part of a winter programme that includes in-fill and step-out drilling on the Nokomis Deposit and targets inferred resources.

After completion of the winter programme, further drilling followed by mine planning, metallurgical testing, pre-feasibility and feasibility studies and environmental data collection and analysis will be carried out in the next two years.

The drilling programme comes after Duluth Metals formed a joint venture with Antofagasta to jointly develop the Nokomis project.