Universal Copper Ltd. has announced the commencement of the 2021 drill program at the Company’s flagship Poplar Copper Project, located southwest of Houston, B.C.
The 3,000-metre program is being conducted by Apex Diamond Drilling Ltd. of Smithers, B.C. Waldo Science Inc. will provide technical services to the program. All assaying will be completed by ALS Minerals in North Vancouver, an ISO/IEC 17025:2017 accredited facility.
The 3,000-metre drill program will focus on expanding the copper mineralization to depth and expanding the limits of the higher-grade mineralization within the current mineral resource. The Company plans to send blended coarse rejects from the drill core for metallurgical testing, as recommended in the recently completed Technical Report supporting the September 8th, 2021, Mineral Resource Estimate.
Clive Massey, Universal Copper’s CEO and President commented, “Finally after several delays beyond our control we are starting our drilling program on the Poplar. Our last two drilling programs increased the indicated tonnage on the property by 21.3 million tonnes at 0.32% copper. The Company believes Poplar is presently undervalued and we continue to build on the information from the recently updated mineral resource estimate and what we will get from this program which I am sure will help advance Poplar as a world class copper asset in Canada. We look forward to announcing assay results as they become available as we continue building our resource.”
The 61,600-hectare Poplar Project hosts a current undiluted indicated mineral resource of 152.3 million tonnes grading 0.32 per cent copper, 0.009 per cent molybdenum, 0.09 gram per tonne gold and 2.58 g/t silver and an undiluted inferred mineral resource of 139.3 million tonnes grading 0.29 per cent copper, 0.005 per cent molybdenum, 0.07 g/t gold and 4.95 g/t silver. The mineral resource estimate has a cut-off grade of 0.20% copper. Universal Copper cautions investors mineral resources, which are not mineral reserves, do not have demonstrated economic viability.
Poplar lies in an historic mining region, located 35km from the Huckleberry Mine and 42km from Equity Silver Mine, where low snowfalls will allow year-round work. The road accessible property is bisected by a 138 Kva Hydroelectric line and lies 88km from Houston and 400km from the deep-water port at Prince Rupert by rail.
About Universal Copper
Universal Copper Ltd. is a Canadian-based copper exploration company focused on the acquisition and exploration of copper properties. The Company’s management team has many years of experience in exploration, finance and efficient public company management. Universal’s current focus is on advancing the Poplar Copper Project, one of the most advanced pre-production copper projects in British Columbia.