Gold and base metal exploration company Rubianna Resources will commence a high-resolution airborne magnetic survey at its Kookynie copper-gold project in Western Australia.

The project previously explored by Western Mining Corporation (WMC) includes the Kookynie East volcanogenic massive sulphide located 50km to the south-southeast of Leonora and 60km northeast of Menzies.

Commenting on the project Rubianna managing director Dr. Steve Batty said that the company is keen to explore the project that had earlier reported potential copper mineralization when WMC explorations were underway.

Previous explorations by WMC, during 1969 – 1972, yielded copper intersections of 0.7m at 4.6% copper, from 75 meters and 0.4m at 1.5% copper, from 202 meters.

"The fact the tenement has not been exposed to any significant base metal exploration for almost 40 years is very exciting, as it provides the Company the opportunity to be the first to apply modern exploration techniques to the area," added Batty.

Rubianna is expected to complete the first phase of exploration in early 2013.