Bowen Coking Coal has started its Hillalong North exploration program at the Hillalong coking coal project in the Bowen Basin.
Hillalong North is the primary open-pit target for the project, which sits about 16km north-west of the Hail Creek mine.
Exploration expenditure for Hillalong is covered under a farm-in agreement which will see Japanese conglomerate Sumitomo Corporation spend up to $7.5 million to earn up to 20 per cent of the project.
The Hillalong North program is based on positive drill results historically obtained by Rio Tinto Exploration, where the targeted coking coal seams were intersected from as shallow as 21.5m.
Bowen Coking Coal said 5750m of chip hole drilling was planned on 28 sites, followed by up to five cored drill holes (guided by the findings of the chip holes) – which would be the largest exploration program the company had undertaken to date.
Cultural Heritage clearance of the sites was completed in December, whilst access track and site clearing are underway and, weather permitting, drilling is scheduled to commence towards the end of this week.