The drilling was conducted to the west of the planned pit at The Range.

These intersections occur outside the existing JORC total resource of 229metric tonnes that include 151 inferred metric tonnes and 78 metric tonnes of indicated resource.

The exploration target which has been estimated at 60-70 metric tonnes that has been defined in 14 drill holes to the west.

The company said there is potential for additional low-strip, shallow coal, which is to be processed in early years of production.

Drilling will continue to further define the intersections obtained so far with the aim of delineating a JORC inferred resource.