Drilling underway at Amani’s African gold project

By Meagan Evans. Published at Aug 22, 2019, in Mining

Amani Gold Limited (ASX:ANL) today advised that diamond core drilling operations have commenced at the Kebigada gold deposit, Giro Gold Project (GRDD03).

The Giro Gold Project comprises two exploration permits, Kebigada and Douze Match, covering a surface area of 497km2 within the Kilo-Moto Belt of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). This is a significant under-explored greenstone belt which hosts Barrick Gold and AngloGold Ashanti’s 16 million-ounce Kibali group of deposits within 35km of Giro.

Map of Haute Uele Province of the Democratic Republic of Congo, showing the location of the Kebigada and Douze Match gold deposits, Giro Gold Project
Map of Haute Uele Province of the Democratic Republic of Congo, showing the location of the Kebigada and Douze Match gold deposits, Giro Gold Project

Drilling will target deeper high-grade primary gold mineralisation within the central core of Kebigada deposit.

The planned drilling may involve 6 core holes, each nominally 500m in length for a total of approximately 3,000m.

Phase 1 drilling operations will comprise an initial 2 core holes each 500m in length, as marked in red on the map below. If significant gold mineralisation is intersected in these Priority One holes, Phase 2 drilling will comprise a further 4 core holes, each 500m in length (in blue).

Map of central Kebigada gold deposit, showing the location of planned diamond core drillhole locations (Priority One holes in RED, Priority Two in BLUE)
Map of central Kebigada gold deposit, showing the location of planned diamond core drillhole locations (Priority One holes in RED, Priority Two in BLUE)

The initial drilling program of two holes is anticipated to take up to four weeks to complete, with final multi-element laboratory assay results available shortly thereafter. All drilled intervals will initially be analysed on site using portable XRF to guide ongoing drilling operations.

Giro Gold Project Global Resource Estimates

Amani has previously outlined a gold resource at Kebigada within the Giro Gold Project of 45.62Mt @ 1.46g/t Au for 2.14Moz gold at a cut-off grade of 0.9g/t Au.

In addition, Amani has also previously outlined a gold resource at Douze Match within the Giro Gold Project.

The Giro Gold Project global resource now exceeds 3Moz gold; as combined Indicated and Inferred Mineral Resource estimates for the Kebigada and Douze Match deposits is 81.77Mt @ 1.2g/t Au, for 3.14Moz Au at a cut-off grade of 0.6g/t Au.

Combined Indicated and Inferred Mineral Resource estimates for Kebigada and Douze Match deposits is 49.62Mt @ 1.49g/t Au, for 2.37Moz Au at a cutoff grade of 0.9g/t Au.

Gada Project exploration underway

In other news, Amani earlier this week announced that it had commenced exploration at the highly prospective Gada Gold Project.

The Gada Project is located approximately 80km west of the Giro Gold Project and has similar geology and mineralisation.

The news that exploration had commenced at Gada follows the completion of due diligence and a new MOU with the project owner, state-owned SOKIMO, which is also Amani’s JV partner at the Giro Project.

Managing director Jacky Chan said, “We have already planned extensive soil sampling and RC drilling programs over several of the best prospects at Gada. Field teams have already completed channel and rock sampling of several actively worked artisanal pits, returning exceptional gold assay results.”

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