Aurum Resources reports new shallow and wide gold intercepts from Boundiali’s BD Target 1

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Aurum Resources (ASX: AUE) has reported further shallow and wide gold intercepts from diamond holes at the BD Target 1 prospect as part of ongoing drilling at the Boundiali project in Côte d’Ivoire.

Assays from scout and step-back diamond drilling of four holes for a total of 940.5 metres returned best hits of 59m at 1.42 grams per tonne gold from 68m including 13m at 3.92g/t, 23m at 1.36g/t gold from 293m including 5m at 3.32g/t and 43m at 0.96g/t gold from 321m including 7m at 1.73g/t.

Other results included 9m at 2.32g/t gold from 109m including 1m at 16.82g/t and 90m at 1.16g/t gold from 143m including 51m at 1.04g/t and 35m at 1.47g/t.

Aurum is using its own rigs to evaluate the 1.3-kilometre-long BD Target 1, which was defined by earlier explorers from soil samples, trenching and reverse circulation drilling.

The prospect sits within a larger 13km-by-3km gold mineralised corridor that includes three gold targets currently being tested.

BD Target 2 mineralisation

Drilling at BD Target 1 intersected the same volcanic sedimentary package seen at the BD Target 2 prospect, where the mineralisation is characterised by broad alteration rich in hematite, chlorite, tourmaline, quartz, albite and carbonate.

Aurum reported that the mineralisation at both prospects is controlled by north-to-south trending structures and there has also been intense activity by artisanal miners targeting oxide mineralisation.

The company also noted visible gold in the core and is currently identifying the best method for interpreting the results, other than conventional screen fire assay.

Encouraging intercepts

Managing director Dr Caigen Wang said the latest results confirmed the gold system at BD Target 1 is open and continues at depth.

“It is very encouraging to see these new wide gold intercepts beneath earlier strong results,” he said.

“At 300m vertical depth, these are the deepest holes drilled on the project so far.”

“We have been investigating the suitability of using PhotonAssay, with its larger 500-gram sample size and speed.”

“The larger sample size should be more suitable for gold mineralisation where coarse visible gold is present, such as what we are seeing at Boundiali.”