The initial drilling program will include four holes drilled to a target depth of 500ft using a combination of air rotary and intermittent spot cores that facilitate examination of the rock in specimen form rather than drill cuttings that resemble coarse sand or fine gravel.

Granite Gap is one of 23 porphyry copper targets identified by the the company, which plans to test at least six of the developed targets by the end of this year.

Vane Minerals director of geology Clark Arnold said that the company is optimistic that it will be able to add another copper deposit to the established list of those already known in the southwest US copper province.