Assay results released to date from both the drilling and channel sampling programme have been encouraging with significant gold intersections being identified. The updated resource estimate (Technical Report July 2013) contains all material data related to the program (with the exception of one hole detailed in a disclosure dated 27th August 2013). Results to date have been positive, in particular the assays from the ten drill holes on Joshua released in January 2013 with thirteen significant mineral intersects. Once additional funding becomes available this drilling programme will continue using the company's own core drilling rig manned by in-house drillers. Up to a further 1,000 metres of drilling are planned, following up the recently reported gold intersects on the Joshua vein. One hole has been completed in the program, with a positive result (press release 27th August 2013).
During 2012 the Company ACA Howe International Ltd (Howe UK) completed an Interim Resource Estimate to Canadian National Instrument NI 43-101 compliant mineral resource estimate and a Preliminary Economic Assessment for the Omagh Gold Project (see press release dated July 3, 2012) This report, which was based on drilling results and analyses received to June 8, 2012, identified all resources discovered at that date. The Company subsequently filed a complete Technical Report on SEDAR in August 2012. An updated resource estimate was prepared by the Company during the second quarter based on drilling results received to May 5, 2013 (see press release dated June 12, 2013). The drilling program, subsequent to June 2012, was targeted to increase the amount of measured and indicated resources related to the potential development of an underground mine. There has been an 50% increase in resources classified as measured and indicated from a total of 95,300 troy ounces gold (2012) to 142,533 troy ounces gold and a 28% increase in Resources classified as inferred, from 231,000 troy ounces gold (2012) to 295,599 troy ounces gold (2013). The overall increase is 34%. Subsequent to June 30, 2013 Galantas filed an updated Technical Report on SEDAR in July 2013.
Limited exploration outside the mine licence area continued during the first half of 2013. With regards to the four licences held in the Republic of Ireland, geochemical soil sampling and geophysical data generated by the Tellus Border Project, a cross border initiative funded by the EU regional development fund, was released earlier in the year. The data revealed the continuation of a trend established on licence OM4 with anomalously high concentrations of gold pathfinder elements. This data has assisted in the design of a summer field programme. In addition, following a detailed review of this data, application was made for three new prospecting licences in the Republic of Ireland which were granted during the second quarter. These licences join and extend our existing licences to the southwest. During the second quarter Omagh Minerals were awarded a grant to complete a project which will determine the prospectivity potential of the Tellus border zone as a whole. This research is supported by the EU INTERREG IVA-funded Tellus Border project, a cross border initiative financed by the EU regional development fund. It is based around the new Tellus Border data and the associated fieldwork has progressed over the summer months.
Discussions continued with the planning services in Northern Ireland during the second quarter of 2013 with regards to the planning application for an underground mine plan and accompanying Environmental Statement which were submitted to the Planning Services in 2012. Consultations with statutory consultees continue to progress, with a number now confirming that they are satisfied. Consultations with the remainder are well advanced and the Company believes it can address outstanding matters raised by the consultees.
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