FRONTIER Resources completed drilling at the high-grade gold upper zone of its Swit Kia prospect in Bulago, Hela Province in early November.

The program, initially expected to take about four weeks, was terminated about a week early due to “logistical difficulties and field durations”.

A total of six holes were drilled from pad 1 for 272 metres, with the company reporting they have provided a good cross section through the upper zone.

Frontier chairman and managing director Peter McNeil reported earlier the difficulties the company had in beginning the program.

“I was in PNG from mid-September and weather, a lack of general availability of aircraft and other challenges combined to produce a protracted and difficult mobilisation for our 18 tonnes of drilling equipment, fuel, food and people,” he said.

Frontier also carried out a reconnaissance exploration program in the north eastern sector of the soil grid where a consistent higher grade gold in soil anomaly was bordered by a zone of strong zinc and lead soil geochemistry.

The company said it would provide more information after the compiling of field data, with field crew and drill core samples were sent to Mt Hagen on 12 November.

Samples were transported to the laboratory in Lae for analysis.

The company said it anticipated diamond drill core gold assays to be available for release in early December and subsequently a modest rights issue is anticipated to enable additional exploration and drilling of other targets in 2015.