It has been a long wait before Avrupa Minerals (TSXV: AVU) was able to report new drill results at its Sesmarias 8 Lens target at the flagship copper-zinc Alvalade project in Portugal, operated by Avrupa and MATSA in a JV, but it finally did so at June 9, 2021.
With a second wave of COVID-19 in full swing now across the globe, Avrupa Minerals (TSXV: AVU) has finally commenced drilling at its flagship copper-zinc Alvalade project in Portugal, which is operated together with JV partner MATSA (joined company of Trafigura and Mubadala, 2 commodity giants).
During a year full of COVID-19 surprises and -distractions, Alianza Minerals (ANZ.V) was able to continue with their drill programs, funded by either partners like Hochschild or themselves. As the results at the Horsethief project disappointed (best result was 76m @ 0.185g/t Au), Hochschild elected to terminate the option agreement, so the project was returned to Alianza again.
As I discussed recently in other articles, 2020 is shaping up to be a remarkable year, with COVID-19 disrupting the markets and real economy, prompting central banks around the world with huge stimulus packages to perform damage control. The negative real interest rates combined with a devaluating US Dollar appeared to be the perfect storm for precious metals, including silver, the metal of focus for Alianza Minerals (ANZ.V).