Mako Gold Ltd (ASX:MKG) has received wide and high-grade intersections from drilling that support a large gold discovery at Tchaga prospect on the company’s 224 square kilometre Napié Gold Project in Côte d’Ivoire.
Assays have been received for a further 19 reverse circulation (RC) and 14 diamond drill (DD) holes from the ongoing 10,000 metres RC and DD program.
The best result was 10.26 metres at 4.76 g/t from 76.5 metres, including 1-metre at 32.49 g/t from 79 metres.
Other assays from eight RC and 13 DD holes on the resource target area at Tchaga include:
- 38 metres at 1.64 g/t from 5 metres;
- 5 metres at 2 g/t from 41 metres, including 1.75 metres at 4.48 g/t from 44.25 metres, and 18.2 metres at 1.89 g/t from 67.8 metres, including 0.8 metres at 14.94 g/t from 77 metres;
- 9 metres at 2.15 g/t from 47 metres, and 5 metres at 2.69 g/t from 86 metres;
- 18.5 metres at 1.15 g/t from 114 metres, and 36 metres at 3.09 g/t from 43 metres;
- 6 metres at 4.56 g/t from 73 metres, and 14 metres at 1.59 g/t from 92 metres;
- 4 metres at 4.56 g/t from 42 metres, and 7 metres at 1.37 g/t from 89 metres; and
- 7 metres at 1.96 g/t from surface.
Mako managing director Peter Ledwidge said: “We are pleased to have once again intersected wide and high-grade intercepts in our ongoing 10,000 metres drill program.
“The DD holes returned significant gold intercepts and have increased our understanding of the controls on gold mineralisation at the Tchaga Prospect.
“Only a few of the holes reported on were drilled in our adjusted SW direction.
“NADD012 which returned 10.26 metres at 4.76 g/t confirms that adjusting our drilling direction from W-E to NW-SE was the right decision, which effectively allows us to intersect both the N-S trending and SW-NE trending gold mineralisation.
Select gold intersects from current and previous drilling - shaded pink area is the gold mineralised zone.
Regional exploration drilling
A total of 11 RC and one DD holes were completed on various exploration targets outside the maiden resource target area at Tchaga to test multiple parallel IP chargeability highs and interpreted cross-structures.
Most of the holes did not return significant gold intersections, however, hole NARC168 returned 3 metres at 4.54 g/t from 92 metres which warrants follow-up drilling.
The company’s planned Induced Polarisation (IP) geophysical program on the Gogbala prospect is on schedule to begin and will cover a 5 kilometre-long section of the +40 parts per billion soil anomaly which is coincident with the 30 kilometre-long shear crossing the entire Napié permit from SSW to NNE.
Ledwidge said: “We are also pleased that the IP geophysical survey on the Gogbala prospect is on track to commence this week as this will pave the way for the start of the 5,000 metres drill program in December to follow-up on our positive 2018 drilling results.”
Previous results from 24 wide spaced RC holes over a strike length of around 4 kilometres include:
- 12 metres at 5.39 g/t from 11 metres;
- 17 metres at 1.67 g/t from 45 metres;
- 6 metres at 2.67 g/t from 42 metres;
- 7 metres at 2.73 g/t from 77 metres; and
- 2 metres at 16.81 g/t from 2 metres and 5 metres at 2.12 g/t from 19 metres.