Kelly did grass roots exploration in the region with Western Mining in the 1990s, just prior to the iconic Australian miner turning its focus to the Meliadine project in Nunavut.
The Tintina gold province is the original home of intrusion-related gold deposit styles, a geological concept that was only starting to emerge back then in the 90s.
The 45 million ounce Donlin Creek deposit in the region its poster child, but back in Kelly’s WMC days it was seen as a 2Moz placer-gold style story.
Kelly’s interest in the region was reignited last decade when by chance he came across references to Donlin Creek at a conference Placer Dome was attending.
To his surprise, at that time...