Explorer Variscan Mines says a suspect package was found on one of its drilling rigs at the St Pierre gold project in France.
No injuries or damage have occurred at the site about 60km east of Nantes in western France, according to the company. However, police have been informed and they are now carrying out an investigation.
Drilling has been suspended at the site until the investigation has been completed.
Variscan chief executive officer Stewart Dickson, who was appointed to the position earlier this month, said the safety of staff and contractors was the company’s top priority.
“We have halted this particular drilling programme until the police have finished their enquiries and declared the site safe,” Dickson said in a statement.
“We expect that this will delay our drill programme for a limited period and we will review our planned operations.
“As there is an ongoing police enquiry, it would be inappropriate to comment further until this is completed.”
Earlier this month, Variscan announced that RC drilling of the Belleville gold prospect within the St Pierre project had passed the halfway mark.
The drilling is believed to be the first RC drilling for mineral deposits to be completed on mainland France, which Variscan said highlighted its efforts to introduce state-of-the-art technology in the French resources sector.
Variscan, which is headquartered in Sydney, is advancing a diverse range of exploration projects in France and Australia.