Jamaica has a history of mining, going back to the Spanish in the 16th Century, the British in the 19th Century and the modern Bauxite industry through to the 21st Century. Mineral exploitation in Jamaica is a very large contributor to the country's GDP. New mineral exploration and development is welcome and encouraged by the Jamaican Government.
Recent drilling has better delineated the size of the Connors Porphyry and discovered new copper mineralization at Hendley and other high priority targets.
February 2014: 43-101 Technical Report on the Bellas Gate Copper Project (15MB)
January 2015: 43-101 Technical Report on the Bellas Gate Copper Update (15MB)
Early Stage Project
A 32 km2 exploration License in the western portion of Jamaica's Central Inlier. Contains the Bennett Zone, a gold and copper rich structurally related extension to the nearby Pennants Gold Mine.
Two licenses cover 104 km2 of the prospective Above Rocks Cretaceous Inlier in central Jamaica. Historic grab samples returned up to 6.8% copper.
A 48 km2 exploration license covers high copper and gold values in soil samples discovered by BHP several decades ago.
Projects Acquired in Second Half of 2016
276 km2 in five separate licenses originally acquired by OZ Minerals in 2014 are strategically located to cover known copper and gold prospects as well as anomalous stream sediment sample drainage basins all within the Cretaceous aged inliers in the interior of Jamaica. The Shirley Castle license is located within the Blue Mountain Inlier, The Above Rocks, Windsor Castle and Berkshire Hall licenses are located in close proximity to Carube Copper’s Above Rocks project and the Arthur’s Seat license is located between the Bellas Gate and Main Ridge project areas in the Central Inlier.
The company is currently reviewing the recent and historic work in order to prioritize exploration targets. More information will be posted soon.
Mining in Jamaica
The mining industry is well developed in Jamaica due to a thriving bauxite industry and along with tourism is one of the two largest contributors to the Jamaican tax base.