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Thor’s exploration drilling in Senegal upgrades Sambara’s resource

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Drilling at the southern extremity of Makosa has resulted in a high-grade intersection which indicates that robust mineralisation extends at depth. Image credit: Thor Explorations Limited

Thor’s exploration drilling in Senegal upgrades Sambara’s resource

Thor Explorations Limited has announced initial drilling results from its newly discovered Sambara Prospect and further encouraging results from the Makosa gold deposit at its Douta Gold Project in Senegal.

The first batch of samples from the Makosa upgrade drilling program have produced positive results that suggest the resource may extend at depth. The drilling program will continue over the next six weeks.

According to Segun Lawson, President and CEO of Thor Explorations, the initial drilling campaign at the Sambara prospect was successful and established that gold mineralisation is developed in the northern parts of the exploration permit. “We look forward to advancing exploration on this discovery which we hope will supplement the Makosa resource,” says Lawson.

The Douta Gold Project encompasses the Makosa gold deposit. Makosa has an Inferred Resource of 730,000 ounces (oz) of gold

According to Lawson, a comprehensive exploration program, comprising approximately 5,000m of reverse circulation (RC) drilling in the first phase, was designed to upgrade parts of the existing resource in addition to testing a newly identified target located towards the northern parts of the exploration licence which is known as Sambara.

“Initial results suggest that Sambara could potentially develop into a supplemental high-grade resource. In addition, drilling at the southern extremity of Makosa has resulted in a high-grade intersection which indicates that robust mineralisation extends at depth,” says Lawson.

The Douta Gold Project

The Douta Gold Project is a gold exploration permit that covers an area of about 58km² and is located within the Kéniéba inlier, eastern Senegal. The permit encompasses the Makosa Gold Deposit.

The northeast trending permit has an area of 58 km². The Douta permit is strategically positioned 4km east of the deposits Massawa North and Massawa Central deposits which form part of the world class Sabadola-Massawa Project that is owned Endeavour Mining.

The northern part of the permit is bounded by the Makabingui group of gold deposits that belong to Bassari Resources Limited.

The Sambara Prospect is located 15km north-east along strike from the Makosa resource.

Drilling targeted an anomalous zone defined by auger geochemical sampling. The area is located 2km directly north of the Makabingui group gold deposits that belong to Bassari Resources which collectively contain approximately 340,000oz of gold in the indicated category and 670,000oz of gold in the inferred category.

According to a statement by Thor Explorations, drill testing of the geochemical anomaly was carried out over nine sections that were spaced at either 100m or 200m apart. This wide spacing was appropriate for the first phase of drill testing. “Based on the positive results received, additional, closer-spaced (infill) drilling will be undertaken,” says Lawson.

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