Avrupa Minerals Ltd. (TSXV:AVU) announced that the Phase 2 drill program at the Covas Joint Venture Project in Portugal has commenced. The project is operated by Avrupa, and fully funded by Blackheath Resources Inc. Phase 2 drilling is designed to expand the known zones of tungsten mineralization on the property and will include between 1,500 metres and 2,000 metres of drilling.
As quoted in the press release:
The Phase 2 drill program will focus on step-out expansion targets in several of the known tungsten-bearing skarn zones that were previously identified in the Phase 1 program and by the 329 drill holes conducted by Union Carbide and others prior to 1980. Initial holes in this program will test the Lapa Grande area, following on good results there in Phase 1, including an intercept of 2.89% WO3 over 5.10 meters in Hole CO 13/12 starting at a depth of 52.70 meters, as previously reported. Further drilling in Phase 2 will test new expansion potential at the Castelo, Muito Seco, and Cerdeirinha targets, and follow-up on excellent results at the Telheira deposit, which included an intercept of 2.11% WO3 over 7.98 meters, starting at a depth of 44.57 meters in Hole CO 7/12, also previously reported.
Avrupa Minerals Ltd. President and CEO, Paul W. Kuhn, said:
We are excited about the start-up of Phase 2 drilling at Covas. After good success in the Phase 1 drilling program, we have developed a number of new targets designed to enlarge and upgrade the known tungsten mineralization in our key areas, as well as several other new areas. We are eager to continue to expand the historic resources at Covas and move towards the next phase in the exploration and development of the project.