Cora Gold Limited, the West African focused gold company, is pleased to announce the first drill results from its largest-ever drilling campaign, which commenced in March 2021 at its Sanankoro Gold Project (‘Sanankoro’ or ‘the Project’), in Southern Mali.
The Company plans to drill up to 35,000m by end of July 2021, with a dual focus on targeting resource growth as well as infill drilling to convert existing Inferred resources to Indicated.
· Results from the first 4 drill sections, involving 8 reverse circulation (‘RC’) holes, have been received
· Results include:
o 34m @ 1.98 g/t Au from 13m
§ including 3m @ 17.78 g/t Au in hole SC0312
o 52m @ 1.78 g/t Au from 20m
§ including 7m @ 4.21 g/t Au in hole SC0311
o 16m @ 1.31 g/t Au from 50m SC0306 and
o 4m @ 2.59 g/t Au from 83m in hole SC0306
o 13m @ 1.24 g/t Au from 68m in SC0309
· 79 holes drilled totalling over 7,500m from start of the campaign to 18 April 2021
· Two further rigs due to arrive during May 2021 with a total of approximately 300 holes and 35,000m of drilling planned
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Bert Monro, CEO of Cora, commented, “The first drill results of our largest drill campaign at Sanankoro are extremely promising. 34m @ 1.98 g/t Au from 13m depth and 52m @ 1.78 g/t Au from 20m depth are two very good drill holes and further emphasise the potential of the Selin deposit at Sanankoro, as we look to both grow the resources and convert them to Indicated from Inferred category.
“We expect to have drilled up to 35,000m by July 2021 – these results are from just the first 817m of this drill programme. Following the completion of the drill programme the Company will be targeting an update to its mineral resource estimate.”
The objective of the drilling campaign is to build on the Mineral Resource Estimate (‘MRE’), reported by independent consultants SRK Consulting (UK) Limited in December 2019, both from a resource growth perspective and upgrading of existing Inferred resources to the Indicated category. The MRE identified a resource of 5.0Mt at 1.6 g/t Au for a contained 265,000 ounces including 4.5Mt of oxide material at a grade of 1.6 g/t Au, and 0.5Mt of sulphide material at 1.8 g/t Au.
The results equate to the first 2.5% of the total budgeted total 35,000 metre drill programme and only 15% of the Selin Phase 1 programme planned and completed targeting the shallow oxides.
Drilling is due to ramp over the next month with the commencement of a 2,500m diamond core programme in May 2021 supervised by Capital Drilling and the arrival of a second RC rig in mid-May 2021 from GEODRILL.
Further drill results are expected from Sanankoro on a regular basis during the course of the programme.
Figure 1: Plan map showing locations – See PDF
Figure 2: Plan map of Sanankoro Project area – See PDF
Holes – Metres – Intercepts reported – Metres sent for assay
The first 8 holes of the 2021 drill programme have been reported to preliminary assay, namely SC0305 to SC0312. The intercepts reported equate to the first 817 metres of the 35,000m programme.
As of 18 April 2021, 79 holes have been completed, totalling 7,754m of RC drilling, with the first 58 holes, some 5,531m, being drilled at the Selin Prospect in the north, and a further 21 holes comprising 2,223m drilled at Zone A Prospect to the south. The rig continues to drill at Zone A as part of a larger 4,410m Phase 1 first-pass programme.
The results reported from SC0305 to SC0312 were generated from 959 submitted samples which included a high level of 20% blind, independent, accredited QAQC. The intercepts reported have passed rigorous QAQC.
Background on the geology and relevance of the results
Sanankoro is located on the leading western edge of the Yanfolila-Kalana Volcanic Belt, which is the western-most expression of the cratonic Baoulé-Mossi domain, on the major transcrustal margin with the Siguiri Basin. There is major deep-seated architecture across the district which links the major gold mines at Siguiri, Lero, Tri-K, Kalana and Yanfolila.
On a project scale Sanankoro is characterised by the 2km wide, N-S oriented, Sanankoro Shear Zone which can be traced over 30km from Kabaya South in the western Yanfolila Mine to north of the Niger River beyond Selin and onto Karan. Within the project area, each of the prospects are underpinned by a strong linear parallel, and where strong mineralisation is developed, a pronounced localised NE-SW focused zone of en-echelon veining and associated sulphide development.
The Selin deposit has a typical interference node control but with the additional positive impact of a strong, rheological diorite intrusive host. The gold geology at Selin is anchored along this linear, en-echelon or possibly folded, diorite igneous intrusive which cores the volcaniclastic thrust assemblage and focuses the gold deposition. The intercepts to date behave well structurally and reinforce the strong ore continuity associated with the shear architecture which has developed enveloping this diorite sill.
Cross-sections: See PDF
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