A recent drilling campaign by West African gold explorer and developer Azumah Resources has extended mineralisation by up to 75m at the Kunche deposit at its flagship Wa project in Ghana, reaching nearly 200m below surface.

The drilling, along with a campaign undertaken earlier in 2018, has confirmed consistent mineralisation to depth, as is the case with most structurally controlled, orogenic-style gold deposits.

According to Azumah, the campaign returned a spectacular intercept of 1m at 140.49grams per tonne gold from 208m, which represents more than four ounces of gold per tonne.

Follow-up holes are  underway at the project’s Bepkong deposit to test around recent depth extensions. 

Azumah Managing Director Stephen Stone said this was a tremendous start to 2019.

“Our much-anticipated update on the progress of the feasibility study and ore reserves is just weeks away and we are very confident this will be a defining year for the Wa gold project and Azumah’s shareholders,” he said.

Subject to further drilling and evaluation, the possibility of underground mining at one or more of these pits is also emerging.

The scope of the feasibility study will help determine the possibility of underground mining, which would add considerable value to the overall project.

A critical milestone will occur in coming weeks when the Azumah-Ibaera joint venture provides an update on progress with the feasibility study, including a restatement of ore reserves.

In December last year, the company’s first deep hole at Bepkong East hit a 93m drill intersection grading 2.33g/t gold from 261m downhole that included two high-grade intersections of 9.9m at 8.42g/t gold from 295m and 2.16m at 21.17g/t gold from 303m.

Further drilling at Bepkong East added more fuel to the fire, with high-grade hits of 5m at 6.01g/t gold from 417m and 35m at 4.7g/t gold from 148m including 11m at 13.45g/t gold in the eastern lode.

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