04 April 2021 – Guinea is not the easiest mining jurisdiction in the world to do business in, but if you are into gold, does it really matter? Australian listed Volt Resources is no stranger to challenging conditions, and their drilling programme in Guinea is progressing rather well. WhyAfrica’s Hawks Eye is on Kouroussa in Guinea.
The graphite and gold explorer and developer has announced the results from its initial power auger drilling programme for the Kouroussa permit in Guinea. According to Trevor Matthews, Volt Managing Director, the programme has identified anomalous gold spread over an area of about 1200m by 900m with no testing of the mineralisation to depth.
“The mineralisation over this broad area may relate to a single system, and this is to be confirmed by future deep drill programmes. This is an extremely positive start to the auger drilling programme with the first exploration permit tested reporting a number of anomalous gold results which provides encouragement to do further work in the location. We look forward to the results from the other two completed drill programmes and the current auger drilling programme underway at Konsolon,” says Matthews.
The Kouroussa exploration permit shares its border with the Kouroussa gold mine and is within the same geological setting as nearby Predictive Discovery’s Bankan Project. The auger drilling programmes are designed to generate initial Reverse Circulation and Diamond Drilling targets to be drilled later this year.
Two power auger drill rigs completed the initial Kouroussa drilling programme which comprised 113 auger holes for a total of 943m. The programme was concentrated in the areas that had anomalous grab sample results and artisanal workings. The auger drilling programme is undertaken to improve the geochemical understanding of the exploration targets using a cheap and efficient method that would penetrate and sample the rock below the lateritic and transported cover.
The first assay results have been received and the results are very encouraging with three geochemically anomalous areas identified. The most promising anomalous area is Area 1 which has a length of approximately 450m and is open to the south with composite sample results up to 1.86 grams per tonne of gold (g/t). Area 2 has an existing surface anomaly and this has been confirmed as having auriferous potential through weak gold mineralisation within a number of the auger holes. The third area is a new find and provides a new opportunity to link a broader area of potential mineralisation to depth as two very anomalous gold values (0.46g/t and 0.47g/t gold) are recorded in an area with no artisanal workings and are both auriferous saprolite samples.
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