HIGH-grade gold intercepts from step-out rotary air blast (RAB) and reverse circulation (RC) drilling at West African Resources’ wholly-owned Boulsa gold project in Burkina Faso, West Africa has the company moving closer to its first resource estimation, slated for late 2012.
The company’s Moktedu discovery – in the southwest corner of the Boulsa project and only 4km northeast of Orezone Gold Corporation’s 3.5 million ounce Bombore gold deposit – has been the subject of a 2321m, 19-hole RC drilling program and a 4968m, 146-hole RAB program.
RC drilling at depths of between 100m and 150m in the central portion of Moktedu yielded results including 5m grading 4.25 grams per tonne of gold.
Follow-up RC and diamond drilling will be conducted in November 2012. “We are extremely pleased about the progress of Moktedu this field season,” West African Resources managing director Richard Hyde said.
“A near-surface result from first-pass drilling of 20m at 5.27 grams per tonne of gold is located less than 2 kilometres from the 3.5 million ounce Bombore deposit, and opens up a further 4 kilometres of strike to the southwest of previous drilling at Moktedu,” he said.
“The Moktedu trend is now more than 10 kilometres of continuous mineralisation in auger and will be followed up aggressively following the wet season.”
Results for about 10,000 drill samples are pending, covering a total 40,000m of auger, RAB and diamond core drilling.
Boulsa covers about 6370 square kilometres and 200km of strike length of Birimian greenstone belts highly prospective for gold mineralisation.
The mining industry in Burkina Faso is expanding due to the combination of a stable and elected democratic government, first-rate geology and competitive fiscal
This year, Burkina Faso became the fourth-largest gold producing country in Africa.