PROGRESS has been made on the project to re-open a former mine in Kelly Bray, with the appointment of an exploration manager.
Strategic Minerals Plc — a minerals production and development company — announced last week that an exploration manager for the Redmoor drilling programme had been appointed.
Australian mining company New Age Exploration (NAE) acquired an exploration licence and the right to develop and operate a mine at Redmoor in 2012 and the following year it carried out analysis on the site’s previous samples to verify drilling results taken in the 1970s and 1980s.
Last year, Cornwall Resources Ltd (CRL) was set up — a joint venture between Strategic Minerals plc and Australian mining company New Age Exploration (NAE) — to continue the Redmoor mine project.
The company has appointed Brett Grist as exploration manager, in line with its strategy for bolstering CRL’s ground senior management team ahead of its drilling programme to be conducted this year. The programme is aimed at extending the defined high grade resource at Redmoor.
Mr Grist is a geologist from the Royal School of Mines in London, with over 18 years of exploration and mining experience in base metals and gold across Europe, the Middle East, West and Central Africa and Australia.
In his most recent role as chief executive of CASA Mining Ltd in the Democratic Republic of Congo, Mr Grist led the discovery, drilling and definition of the 1.2-million oz gold resource at the Misisi deposit.
Mr Grist is based in Devon, close to the Redmoor project and as a member of the Dartmoor Tinworking Research Group, has a strong understanding of the geology and mining heritage of the region.
As part of his role, Mr Grist will be involved with the recruitment of additional staff and will assist in finalising arrangements for the awarding of the contracts in relation to the planned two-phase drilling programme.
Strategic Minerals’ managing director John Peters said: ‘The addition of Brett, along with the progress we are making with the tender for the drilling programme, sees us on track to commence drilling in the first half of this year. Brett’s experience and his knowledge of the area should prove a valuable asset and we welcome him to the team.
‘While we received a number of high-quality applications for the position, we are delighted that the best candidate for this key position was from the South West, in line with our policy of looking to employ people from the local community where possible.’