April 15th, 2015
Almaden has been using highly portable drill rigs on the Ixtaca property. The drills are small and can be broken down into pieces and easily moved in to steep or difficult terrain. Smaller, man-portable drills also have a very low environmental impact, as we rarely need to build access roads or drill pads.
We have four Hydracore 2000 drills that can go 660+ meters with NQ, and 300+ meters with HQ. We also have a Zynex A5, which is bigger and skid-mounted but can go 2,000 meters HQ. We have a full inventory of spare parts and an excellent, full-time all-around hydraulic and diesel mechanic on staff.
The Ixtaca project is quite mountainous, and the drilling conditions have been challenging. Our drill team has dealt with the terrain very successfully and drilled nearly 150,000 meters in the last four years.
We really value the competence and professionalism of our drillers and support staff. All are Mexican nationals and have been with us for years. We appreciate all their hard work and dedication to the Ixtaca project.