- The first assays of the drilling programme in the gold rich Nami artisanal in Burkina Faso will only be announced mid-April according to operators. Drilling started today.
Riverstone Resources, the company operating the gold mining field, announced the commencement of the drilling programme today, saying that the drilling would take about two months to complete.
The programme was said to comprise 9,000 metres of drilling in approximately 70 holes. An initial 3,000 metres would be drilled at the Nami site and the rig would then be mobilised to the Company's nearby Rambo and Goulagou gold deposits to drill about 1,000 metres. Once the results from the initial drilling at Nami had been received the rig would be re-mobilised to the site to complete the RC drilling programme, the company said.
"Drilling will commence in the central portion of the artisanal site and proceed southerly on lines spaced 50 metres apart. At least three holes will be drilled on each line. The drilling will be testing a breccia body identified during the Company's recent shaft sampling programme. The breccia body appears to strike north-westerly and to dip gently to the southwest," said the company in a statement today.
The company further said it believed that overlying the breccia is a granodiorite and underlying the breccia is either granodiorite or volcano-sedimentary rocks, adding that there is some evidence that the breccia body may consist of more than one breccia stacked on top of each other.
Gold already is Burkina Faso's second largest export product, after cotton, and the country is strongly promoting the development of the mining industry. Apart from gold, Burkina Faso is known to have significant occurrences of phosphates and manganese.
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