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West African finds high-grade gold in Burkina Faso

19 april 2024

Recent infill underground diamond drilling within the main lode at the M1 South (M1S) at the Sanbrado gold operations in Burkina Faso yielded high-grade gold mineralisation, according to West African Resources.

The results of the infill diamond drilling at M1S include 25 metres at 29.44 g/t gold, 28.5 metres at 37.03 g/t gold, 28 metres at 28.52 g/t gold, and 22.5 metres at 32.98 g/t gold.

West African executive chairperson Richard Hyde said infill drilling has validated the quality and tenor of high-grade regions of the M1S resource, which increases confidence in their 10-year production plan and 2024 production.

Concerning M1S infill drilling, a comprehensive set of 100 holes covering 13,398 metres of stope definition drilling has been executed at the M1S Underground.

The drilling was conducted in stoping panel five, between 1,795 and 1,695 metres relative level (mRL), to identify mineralisation.

The company said panel five's ore development commenced in the first quarter and will supply the majority of the ore required for the mine plan for this year.

Furthermore, an additional 2,500 metres of infill drilling is scheduled to hitherto target the northern shoots of M1S within the range of 1,845 mRL to 1,920 mRL.

Mathew Nyaungwa, Editor in Chief of the African Bureau, Rough&Polished