Bowen Coking Coal has reported success in its maiden drilling program at its Hillalong coking coal project near Glenden in the Bowen Basin.
Hillalong, adjacent to Hail Creek mine, is subject to a farm-in agreement with Sumitomo Corporation, which will spend up to $7.5 million to earn up to 20 per cent of the project.
Bowen Coking Coal managing director Gerhard Redelinghuys said the outcome of the drilling program had confirmed the company’s view about coal seam continuance towards the South from the intersection of the Elphinstone and Hynds coal seams in a previous drill hole.
“The thickness of the seams and the thinning of the inter‐burden between the Elphinstone and Hynds seams in the area are very encouraging,” he said.
“We can now use the latest data to plan the next phase of exploration for Hillalong South which will also include a seismic program to assist with the structural interpretation.”
The main target seams (Elphinstone and Hynds) were encountered between 116m and 167m deep in the recent drill program, with an average thickness of 5.6m for the Elphinstone seam and 2.5m for the Hynds Upper seam.
Core samples have been sent to Bureau Veritas’ laboratory in Mackay for full coal quality tests.