Mako Gold has drilled its highest single-metre assay at the Tchaga prospect, part of the Napié project in Côte d’Ivoire, which has revealed further indication of widespread gold mineralisation.
The drilling results showed an intersection of one metre at 174.60 grams per tonne of gold with an interval of 10 metres at 18.98 grams per tonne of gold in near surface oxide.
This has confirmed continuity of mineralisation between oxide and fresh rock, which was discovered in a previous intercept of nine metres at 22.73 grams per tonne of gold from 32 metres.
The drilling has shown wide grades of gold mineralisation over more than 300 metres across strike on Tchaga’s lodes two and three which is expected to boost the upcoming maiden mineral resources.
According to Mako managing director Peter Ledgwidge, the drilling results continue to boost the company’s confidence in the project.
“The Tchaga Prospect has delivered the highest single-metre assay of 1m at 174.60g/t Au within a broader high-grade mineralised zone in oxide, which confirms the continuity of mineralisation between the oxide zone and fresh rock,” Ledwidge said.
“Drilling has confirmed mineralisation in stacked repeating zones over widths greater than 300 metres across in lodes two and three.”
Multiple drill holes at Tchaga have had multi-metre intersects of more than one gram per tonne of gold.
“We are very excited to see these multiple wide mineralised zones with high-grade cores as this indicates modest stripping ratios in a potential open pit mining scenario,” Ledwidge said.
“Our confidence in the Napié Project increases each time we receive assay results, and we anticipate more assays from our diamond drilling at Tchaga shortly.”
Mako commenced a follow-up drill program at Napié’s Gogbala prospect last week.
The 10,000-metre drill program will follow up on an area previously identified by Mako for a potential second resource target.