Entrée Gold Inc. (TSX: ETG) (NYSE AMEX: EGI) (Frankfurt: EKA) (“Entrée” or the “Company”) announces that the Entree and Oyu Tolgoi LLC joint venture (“Entree-OTLLC Joint Venture”) has budgeted US$7 million for exploration and development work on the joint venture ground (“Entree-OTLLC JV Ground”) within the Lookout Hill Property, Mongolia.
The work program for 2011 includes a combination of exploration and geotechnical drilling on the Entree-OTLLC JV Ground. The exploration team is focusing on high priority targets that could further extend the known mineralized system with a budget of $5.5 million. The $2.1 million geotechnical drilling program is related to future development of underground operations on the Hugo North Extension orebody.
Proposed exploration work includes approximately 16,000 metres of drilling and is planned to focus on testing extensions to the Hugo North Extension and the Heruga deposits. The Hugo North Extension deposit is open for 7 kilometres to the north along the OT Trend (to Ulaan Khud), and the Heruga deposit is open at depth, to the west, and to the south. Additional drilling will test other geophysical targets to the south of Heruga on the Javhlant licence.
Geotechnical drilling on the Entree-OTLLC JV Ground is planned from surface collars, to assist OTLLC in finalizing underground development plans on Hugo North. The work program is designed to investigate a potential location for a fourth shaft (“Shaft 4”), including an area just north of the Entree-OTLLC Joint Venture property boundary and adjacent to the Hugo North Extension.
Entrée’s President & CEO, Greg Crowe, commented, “Advancement of the Oyu Tolgoi mining complex is proceeding at a fast pace, and the Entree-OTLLC JV Ground is an integral part of future planning. This is evidenced by the focus on Shaft 4, currently planned to be sunk on the joint venture ground to access the rich Hugo North Extension as well as exploration programs designed to test the extension of the Heruga deposit ten kilometres to the south.”
Source: PR News Wire