Turaco Gold Limited (ASX: TCG) has received further high-grade results from auger and AC drilling completed within the Tongon North Gold Project in northern Côte d’Ivoire.
Auger drilling completed prior to the rains and crop harvesting has generated a very high tenor mineralised trend extending over five km, defining a significant target for follow up work.
In addition, AC drilling was completed across the Natoga target and adjacent P10 target positioned on the same high strain shear associated with Barrick’s 4.5Moz Tongon Gold Mine 30kms to the south. AC drilling returned several broad shallow zones of gold mineralisation with drilling to just ~25 metres vertical. Results included 4m @ 3.34g/t from 40m, 8m @ 1.89g/t from 0m, 12m @ 1.15g/t gold from 0m, 12m @ 0.90g/t from 36m and 28m @ 0.58g/t from 0m.
“Systematic exploration of the large contiguous 1,540 sq. km prospective ground position at Tongon North continues to generate large scale targets for drill testing,” Managing Director, Justin Tremain, said.
“The latest auger results at Tongon North show a very high-grade gold trend, with up to 27.1g/t, extending over 5kms in strike. Follow up work programs are being planned for the dry season.”
Tongon North Project (Turaco 100% Ownership)
The Tongon North Project is located on the highly prospective Senoufo greenstone belt in northern Côte d’Ivoire and covers a total area of ~1,540 sq. km across four granted exploration permits and one exploration permit application. The granted permits are held 100% by Turaco.
The Natoga Prospect sits on the same fertile structures associated with Barrick’s 4.5Moz Tongon Gold Mine just 30kms to south-west and the Endeavour’s 3.2Moz Whangion Gold Operation just 30kms to the north-east.
Further auger drilling was undertaken along strike from Natoga to test anomalous geochemistry and geophysics associated with a NE to ENE striking, structurally complex zone on the margin of a major granite pluton.
The auger drilling successfully defined several zones of +100ppb gold in saprolite anomalism. These trends extend individually over +1.5kms and collectively along five km of strike, which remains open. Four high tenor saprolite gold zones are highlighted with exceptional high grades up to 27.1g/t gold along with numerous >1.0g/t gold results.
The auger drilling has generated a robust new target with substantial new discovery potential. Follow up work programs are being prepared which will include trenching leading into drilling.
AC drilling, comprising of 364 holes for a total of 11,757 metres at Natoga target and 108 holes for a total of 3,982m at the P10 target to the south-east, was completed. The program was testing in-situ gold mineralisation defined by earlier auger drilling which had defined four +100ppb gold in saprolite anomalies at Natoga and two +100ppb gold in saprolite anomalies at P10, all with strike lengths of more than one km.
AC traverses were drilled heel-to-toe to ensure complete coverage across the auger anomalism. A total of nine traverse were drilled at Natoga on 400m line spacing along +4km of strike, and three broad traverse were drilled at the P10 target, at 1km and 2.5km line spacing, along +3km of strike.
AC drilling was shallow, to blade refusal, and averaged only ~30m down hole (~25m vertical).
Mineralisation at Natoga is associated with zones of brecciated carbonate veinlets within a basaltic host along the granite contact. The P10 target is located within the high strain Tongon Shear, directly along strike from the 4.5Moz Tongon Gold Mine.
Prior to the auger and AC drilling completed by Turaco, there had been no drilling in the vicinity of both targets. Given the wide spacing of the AC drilling, particularly at P10, further work is being planned, including shallow infill drilling.
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