Brisbane-based exploration company Mako Gold (ASX: MKG) has reported its widest intercept to date from a 10,000-metre drilling campaign at the Gogbala prospect within the flagship Napié project in north-central Côte d’Ivoire.
Nine reverse circulation holes intersected significant mineralisation at the southern extension of the Napié Fault, with the widest being 35m at 1.72 grams per tonne gold including 2m at 7.91g/t from 44m and 6m at 3.93g/t from 64m, including 2m at 7.07g/t from 64m.
Other results were: 20m at 1.92g/t gold from 33m including 2m at 4.90g/t from 35m; 1m at 9.64g/t from 43m and 1m at 6.78g/t from 52m; 3m at 9.41g/t gold from 117m including 2m at 13.03g/t from 118m; and 6m at 2.22g/t gold from 17m including 1m at 5.48g/t from 17m.
Mako managing director Peter Ledwidge said Gogbala continued to deliver “outstanding results” for the company.
“We are particularly pleased that the two best results of 35m at 1.72g/t gold and 20m at 1.92g/t gold are located at the southern extent of our drilling along the west splay of the Napié Fault,” he said.
“This gives us plenty of runway to extend the wide and high-grade mineralisation by continuing to drill south along the fault [and] we anticipate this will extend the mineralisation past the 2km strike length we have already delineated on this high-priority portion of the prospect.”
An ongoing 10,000m campaign at the nearby Tchaga prospect has seen five out of eight holes intersect high-grade gold including 2m at 24.06g/t gold from 112m and 1m at 40.32g/t from 113m.
The holes were designed to extend the mineralisation south of a nearby watercourse.
Several high-priority holes close to the watercourse could not be accessed due to the wet season, and Mako has planned additional drilling as the ground dries and water levels subside.
Gogbala and Tchaga are located on a 23-kilometre soil anomaly along the 30km-long Napié Fault.
The company believes more drilling at Gogbala will delineate stacked high-grade gold lodes similar to Tchaga, and help it advance quickly to a maiden mineral resource estimate.