The Montgolfier Project is a district-scale gold exploration project located in northwestern Quebec, approximately 85 kilometres west of the mining town of Matagami and 40 kilometres east of the multimillion-ounce Casa Berardi Mine gold deposit owned and operated by Aurizon Mines Ltd. The 6,887-hectare claim block straddles a 30-kilometre strike length along the Casa Berardi deformation zone and is underlain by stratigraphy considered similar to that of the Casa Berardi Mine.
In January of 2004, Sona entered into an option to purchase 100 percent of 113 staked claims and 32 map-designated cells (totalling 3,552 hectares) in Montgolfier and Orvilliers townships, Quebec, with Ressources D. Villeneuve Inc. (“RDV”). The Company has since added 14 staked claims and 67 map-designated cells to the land package under the agreement with RDV, for a total of 6,887 hectares. Sona has assumed ownership of all the claims, as it fulfilled the terms of the option agreement, including total payments of $180,000 and the issuance of 50,000 shares (pre-consolidation). RDV retains a two percent net smelter royalty, of which Sona can purchase 1.5 percent for $1,500,000.
Previous exploration on the property was conducted between 1984 and 1991, predominantly by three groups: Boulder Mountain Resources, Teck Exploration/Golden Hope Resources and Placer Dome/Golden Shield Resources. Government of Quebec assessment file records indicate that approximately 78 holes were drilled between 1985 and 1991 along the 30-kilometre strike length of the property, with very little exploration having been conducted since. Thirty-three of these holes intersected gold mineralization ranging from 1.0 to 14.8g Au/t over 0.3 to 4.6 metres.
During the second quarter of 2005, a helicopter-borne DIGHEM geophysical survey was flown over the project area to image geological and structural patterns of this poorly outcropping region and to assist in identifying gold exploration targets.
Sona conducted a drilling program in early 2007 consisting of 26 diamond drill holes with a total length of 9,707 metres. The program was designed to test a number of anomalies associated with and in close proximity to the Casa Berardi Structural Zone. The drill program was successful in intersecting anomalous gold mineralization in a number of holes, including assays of 10.42g Au/t over 1.0 metre (JPN07-17) and 6.44g Au/t over 4.4 metres (JPN07-21).
During 2008, Sona completed a 9,225-metre, 16-hole drilling program to follow up at depth the mineralized intercepts from the 2007 program,which produced several mineralized intercepts, including 1.88g Au/t over 3.0 metres (JPN08-28), 3.91g Au/t over 1.0 metre (JPN08-29), 4.40g Au/t over 1.0 metre (JPN08-33) and 0.86g Au/t over 8.0 metres (JPN08-39).