Dalradian Hires 24 Workers as Drilling Resumes on Tyrone Gold Project

Matthew Morrison Public Affairs

Dalradian Gold, which has been exploring the high-grade gold deposit at Curraghinalt for the past seven years, has engaged 24 people as drilling recently resumed at the site with five drill rigs.

A total of fourteen local drillers and drill helpers are employed at the Curraghinalt site in West Tyrone as exploration drilling resumes. It brings to more than 85 the total number of people engaged by Dalradian Gold in Tyrone, all living locally. In addition to the fourteen staff for the drill crews, a further three people have been hired to process and catalogue samples of the core which will be extracted during the drilling process.

Examination of the core indicates the existence of the gold mineralization and the setting of how the gold might lie at the site. This information is incorporated into a three-dimensional model of the gold deposit that is used for engineering and geological studies.

Dalradian has also hired seven paid interns, who will be taking up their positions over July and August across a range of disciplines, including geology, environment and administration. The internships provide students with valuable experience that will help them in their chosen career path.

Locally, during the summer months the company will now support over ninety jobs; direct employees, contractors and interns included.

“Additional exploratory drilling will further improve our understanding of the gold deposit as we continue to refine our plans for a mine at Curraghinalt. Exploration is an ongoing process and typically continues even while mining is taking place,” said Brian Kelly, Managing Director of Dalradian Gold.

“We are keen supporters of education and training. In addition to providing bursaries to students at South West College, we are hiring seven summer interns, as we do every year.’’

An independent feasibility study carried out in late 2016 said that the Curraghinalt Gold Project will support at least 300 jobs during the construction phase of the mine and more than 350 permanent positions during the operation of the mine.

Dalradian has been advancing the project since late 2009 and has invested more than £62 million to date in drilling, engineering, geological and environmental studies. During this time, Curraghinalt has grown to become one of the world’s top undeveloped gold deposits, containing more than 4 million ounces of gold.

The Company plans to submit a planning application to build a mine at Curraghinalt during 2017.

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