Atrum Coal NL said Oct. 6 that it started joint exploration drilling with JOGMEC at the Panorama North project, part of Atrum's Groundhog coalfield tenure block in British Columbia.
The project is 15 kilometers southwest of Groundhog. The company expects to drill about 1,800 meters over a highly prospective area for ultra-high-grade anthracite.
The exploration is likely to be completed in one month, with analysis of core samples to be conducted in the coming weeks, the company noted.
In addition, the British Columbia government approved all of Arum’s coal license applications and granted the company 42 additional coal licenses. Groundhog covers an area of more than 800 square kilometers, which comprises 88 granted coal licenses.