Since the late 1920’s, numerous companies have carried out various exploration programs on the main blocks in the area, particularly the Beauchastel Copper and Ribago 98 blocks (Despina Gold Mines and Ribago Rouyn Mines in the 1940’s and 50’s, Beauchastel Copper Mines in the 1960’s). Since 1975, Noranda Exploration with partners Cambior and Central Asia Goldfields, systematically explored by drilling and down-hole geophysics – the “C” contact at depths of 300 m to the west to more than 1,500 m to the east.
3D (gOcad) compilation is in progress.
The Ribago-Despina area consists of nine blocks totaling 85 mining titles and covering 1,470 ha. Although some historical resources have been outlined, it is still considered a Greenfield project as no exploitation has occurred on the property. Five of the nine blocks are 100% Falco-owned, three are 75% Falco-owned, and one is 60% Falco-owned.
Ribago-Despina is located in the southern part of the camp at the corner of Duprat, Dufresnoy, Beauchastel and Rouyn townships about 6 km north-west of the city of Rouyn-Noranda.