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2.61g/t Au over 29m Intercepted at Sanankoro

Released 07:00 11-Feb-2020

RNS Number : 5414C
Cora Gold Limited
11 February 2020
 

Cora Gold Limited / EPIC: CORA.L / Market: AIM / Sector: Mining

11 February 2020

Cora Gold Limited ('Cora' or 'the Company')

2.61g/t Au over 29m Intercepted at Sanankoro

 

Cora Gold Limited, the West African focused gold exploration company, is pleased to announce the first drill results from its campaign, which commenced in November 2019 at its Sanankoro Gold Project ("Sanankoro" or "the Project"), Southern Mali.  Drilling mainly targeted deeper oxide and sulphide extensions to the Maiden pit constrained Inferred Mineral Resource of 5.0 million tonnes (Mt) at 1.6 g/t Au for 265,000 ounces of gold.

 

To view the press release with illustrative diagrams and maps, please use the following link:

 

http://www.rns-pdf.londonstockexchange.com/rns/5414C_1-2020-2-10.pdf

 

Highlights:

·    Results from targeting extensions at depth to the Maiden pit constrained Inferred Resource

SC241: 2.61 g/t Au over 29m from 82m including;

§ 3.89 g/t Au over 12m in sulphide portion of the hole

SC246: 4.2 g/t Au over 7m from 101m including;

§ 8.38 g/t Au over 3m

SC248: 2.05 g/t Au over 14m from 61m including;

§ 3.31 g/t Au over 7m

SC248: 1.08 g/t Au over 18m from 84m

SC250: 1.68 g/t Au over 4m from 137m, hole ended in mineralisation

·    Further results from additional drilling at Sanankoro anticipated in the coming weeks

 

Bert Monro, CEO of Cora Gold, commented, "Cora has successfully intersected multiple higher-grade gold intercepts at Sanankoro in its latest drill programme.  This set of results mainly tested continuity of mineralisation at depth, in part below the limit of the existing Resource pit shells. The current Resource has a range of pit depths from about 40-100m so there is significant scope to increase the open pit Resources with further successful drilling.

 

"Our recently announced Scoping Study, which was calculated on our current Maiden pit-constrained Inferred Mineral Resource of 5Mt at 1.6 g/t Au for 265,000 ounces of gold, highlighted the attractive economic returns possible at Sanankoro including a high IRR of 84% and short capex payback of 18 months.  We look forward to announcing further results from this drilling programme covering predominantly potential extensions to existing Resources."

 

Details

Cora continues to advance its work programme at Sanankoro, which it believes has the potential for standalone mine development; drilling to date has covered less than c.25% of the 1-2Moz exploration target area.  The Q4 2019/Q1 2020 drilling programme included:

·    Drilling to further investigate the sulphide and deep oxide potential below known mineralisation at Selin, Zone A and Zone B North;

·    Core drilling to support this work, including plans to access the Zone B mineralisation; and

·    Shallow exploration of some 3km of new oxide targets along the northern end of the Sanankoro structure and other identified structures.

 

Initial results from the first 13 Reverse Circulation ('RC') drilled holes have been received:

 

Zone A

Six RC holes drilled for a total of 753 metres included drill fences 80m both to the north and south of the resource envelope.  Two infill holes also provided further oxide and sulphide information.  The results confirm that gold mineralisation persists along strike, albeit thinning and separating into two or more discrete structures.  Depth extension to the central higher-grade part of Zone A was confirmed in hole SC 241 where an intercept of 2.61 g/t Au over 29m crossed the oxide and transition zone into sulphides.  Of note was the increased grade in the sulphide of 3.89 g/t Au over 12m within the longer total intercept. Two core holes (each about 200m length) testing the sulphides in Zone A were also completed with results awaited.

 

Zone B North

Four RC holes drilled for a total of 439 metres were drilled on fences 80m apart at the southern end of Zone B North in order to test near surface (within 80m of surface) sulphide potential.  Three of the four holes returned sulphide intercepts, indicating that gold grades may be higher than in the oxides with, for example hole SC 246 returning 4.2 g/t Au over 7m, although the structures may be narrower than in oxide.

 

Selin

Three RC holes drilled for a total of 399 metres were completed with the primary function of providing further information on sulphide at the northern and southern end of the long Selin mineralised zone.  The depth of oxidation proved to be greater than expected at the southern end, and the strong gold mineralisation intercepted in the oxide zone is very encouraging.  The two additional holes intercepted sulphide, although in one, gold was removed by a shear zone and at the most northern end of the Selin structure, the gold mineralised zone was only partly tested over 4m at 1.68 g/t Au as the hole was ended in mineralisation for technical reasons at 142m.

 

Zone B 

Previous systematic drilling across the central part of Zone B has been prevented by access difficulties across historical artisanal mining ground.  Cora has now successfully completed a 5-hole (600m) core programme using a man portable core rig to test oxides on drill fences about 160m apart over a strike length of some 650m. Drill results are awaited.

 

Drilling Results

 

 

hole no

easting

northing

azimuth

declination

end of hole

 

from

intercept

g/t Au

comment

 

 

29P

29P

degree

degree

metres

 

metres

metres

 

 

Zone A

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

SC 238

557752

1296232

310

-55

123

 

89

2

2.00

oxide

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

SC 239

557749

1296310

310

-55

113

 

27

3

6.18

oxide

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

(including

27

1

          16.2)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

and

59

3

0.67

oxide

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

and

72

2

0.74

oxide

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

and

92

5

0.49

oxide

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

SC 240

557772

1296282

310

-55

135

 

80

3

0.72

oxide

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

and

90

2

1.54

oxide

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

and

112

5

2.32

sulphide

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

SC 241

557717

1295967

310

-55

139

 

76

2

0.75

oxide

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

and

82

29

2.61

oxide+sulphide

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

(including

99

12

3.89

sulphide)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

(including

99

5

8.34

sulphide)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

SC 242

557685

1295922

310

-55

120

 

11

2

1.46

oxide

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

and

81

1

2.12

oxide

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

SC 243

557659

1295697

310

-55

123

 

26

5

1.32

oxide

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

and

69

5

2.12

oxide

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

and

81

5

1.04

oxide

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Zone B North

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

SC 244

558627

1300027

310

-55

110

 

81

3

0.59

sulphide

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

SC 245

558609

1299941

310

-55

105

 

70

2

1.03

oxide

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

and

83

3

2.65

sulphide

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

SC 246

558570

1299883

310

-55

114

 

21

5

void

artisanal mining

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

and

27

6

0.88

oxide

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

and

63

8

0.81

sulphide

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

and

101

7

4.22

sulphide

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

(including

105

3

8.38

sulphide)

 

SC 247

558577

1299775

310

-55

110

 

NSI

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Selin

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

SC 248

559828

1304255

310

-55

123

 

22

6

0.61

oxide

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

and

61

14

2.05

oxide

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

(including

61

7

          3.31)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

and

84

18

1.08

oxide

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

(including

90

5

          1.98)

 

 

SC 249

559788

1305049

310

-55

135

 

NSI

 

 

shear zone

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

SC 250

559632

1305841

310

-55

141

 

132

3

0.64

sulphide

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

and

137

4

1.68

sulphide          hole ended in mineralisation

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sampling and Assay

A four kilogram sample was collected from each metre of oxide material at the drill rig and sent to the independent SGS laboratory in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso. In some cases, the 1 metre samples were further split to form a 3 m composite sample weighing 4 kg. On receipt at the laboratory, the sample was dried, then crushed and pulverised before being split into a two kilogram sample, which was assayed in its entirety using two kilogram LeachWell bottle roll.  The residue from samples assaying >0.5 g/t Au were subject to 50 gram fire assay, with the resultant assay added to that from the bottle roll to provide a total gold assay.  Sulphides were assayed at SGS' laboratory in Bamako using 50 gram fire assay.

 

QA/QC procedures include 5% duplicates, standards and blanks.  Drill intercepts are calculated using a 0.3 g/t Au lower cut off, with no upper cut, and up to 3 metres of internal dilution.

 

Market Abuse Regulation ("MAR") Disclosure

Certain information contained in this announcement would have been deemed inside information for the purposes of Article 7 of Regulation (EU) No 596/2014 until the release of this announcement.

 

Competent persons statement: Dr Jonathan Forster has sufficient experience relevant to the style of mineralisation and type of deposit under consideration, and to the activity which he is undertaking to qualify as a Competent Person in accordance with the guidance note for Mining, Oil & Gas Companies issued by the London Stock Exchange in respect of AIM Companies, which outlines standards of disclosure for mineral projects. Dr Forster consents to the inclusion in this announcement of the matters based on his information in the form and context in which it appears.

 

**ENDS**

 

For further information, please visit http://www.coragold.com or contact:

 

Jon Forster / Bert Monro

Cora Gold Limited

+44 (0) 20 3239 0010

Ewan Leggat / Charlie Bouverat

SP Angel

(Nomad & Joint Broker)

+44 (0) 20 3470 0470

Andy Thacker / Zoe Alexander

Turner Pope Investments

(Joint Broker)

+44 (0) 20 3657 0050

Megan Dennison / Susie Geliher

St Brides Partners

(Financial PR)

+44 (0) 20 7236 1177

 

Notes

Cora Gold is a gold exploration company focused on two world class gold regions in Mali and Senegal in West Africa.  Historical exploration has resulted in the highly prospective Sanankoro Gold Discovery, in addition to multiple, high potential, drill ready gold targets within its broader portfolio.  Cora's primary focus is on further developing Sanankoro in the Yanfolila Gold Belt (Southern Mali), which Cora believes has the potential for a standalone mine development.  Sanankoro has a positive Scoping Study published on it showing an 84% IRR and US$30.9m NPV at a US$1,400 gold price.  Cora's highly experienced management team has a proven track record in making multi-million-ounce gold discoveries, which have been developed into operating mines.


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