Beaufor Mine Exploration

The 5.91 km2 (591 hectares) Beaufor Mine property land package is largely unexplored, with only limited diamond drilling completed in the past. Gold-bearing veins in the operating Beaufor Mine on the property consist of quartz-tourmaline-pyrite veins, which cross-cut the Bourlamaque Batholith. Mafic dykes that predate the mineralization are associated with shear-hosted gold-bearing veins.

The past producing Bussiere Mine is located on the Beaufor property, approximately 3.2 km SSE of the currently operating Beaufor Mine access shaft. The Bussiere Mine produced 41,862 ounces at a grade of 5.76 g/t Au between 1932 and 1942, and operated in a geological setting identical to that of the Beaufor Mine of shear hosted quartz gold veins associated with dioritic dykes.

Beaufour Exploration Map
Beaufour Exploration Map

Richmont explores the mine and near-mine footprint on an ongoing basis as part of the Corporation’s efforts to identify new resources and extend the mining life of the asset in the near-to-medium term. In addition, exploration drilling campaigns on the larger land package are being completed to evaluate the future geological potential of underexplored areas for longer-term opportunities. Exploration drilling programs include:

  • 18,200 metres of underground exploration drilling: to evaluate the potential for identifying new resources in the vicinity of the existing mine infrastructure;
  • 5,000 metres of regional surface exploration: focused on evaluating the larger, regional and longer-term potential of the property, including the possible continuation of the east-west shear zone that hosts the Perron and Beaufor deposits.