Explorer White Cliffs Minerals has finalised a drilling contract with Geostandarf for activities at its Aucu gold project in the Kyrgyz Republic.
Geostandarf, which has a 15-year history in the Kyrgyz Republic, is a provider of diamond drilling, reverse circulation (RC) drilling, downhole surveying, directional drilling, mining related earthworks and road construction.
White Cliffs is also in negotiations with Quest Exploration Drilling for diamond drilling to test the Aucu deposit at depth later in 2017.
Western Australia-based White Cliffs expects to start drilling at the site as soon as all access tracks and drill pads are completed.
In April, White Cliffs updated its inferred resources for the Aucu deposit to 1.8 million tonnes at 5.2 grams a tonne for 302,000 ounces of gold.
The new resource was a 93 per cent increase in gold ounces and a 23 per cent increase in average grade over its April 2015 estimate.
White Cliffs also owns several gold and nickel projects in Australia.