Asanko Gold Announces Encouraging Initial Drill Results From New Exploration Target
VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA--(Sep 19, 2016) -
- Highly encouraging results from new near-mine exploration target, Akwasiso
- 10,000 metres of drilling has been completed over 81 holes, with visible gold intercepts and extensive mineralized intersections of similar style to main Nkran pit
- Highlights of initial assays received to date include:
|Hole ID||From (m)||To (m)||Intersection|
|AKDD16-004||149||203||54m @ 3.85g/t Au|
|AKDD16-011||169||185||16m @ 3.65g/t Au|
|AKDD16-013||69||81||12m @ 4.66g/t Au|
Asanko Gold Inc. ("Asanko" or the "Company") (AKG)(NYSE MKT:AKG) is pleased to announce highly encouraging results from the new exploration target Akwasiso, which is located approximately 4 kilometers from the processing facility at the Asanko Gold Mine ("AGM") in Ghana, West Africa.
The drilling program at Akwasiso forms part of the Company's near-mine exploration strategy to source additional ore resources that will utilize the excess capacity in the processing plant during 2017 and 2018 until Phase 2A is built and commissioned.
Akwasiso lies on the Nkran shear corridor which hosts the AGM's main pit, Nkran, as well as the Nkran Extension and Dynamite Hill satellite deposits (see map in Appendix 1). A 10,000m drilling program has been undertaken to validate the geology and grade continuity of at surface mineralized oxide zones defined by a previous operator. In addition to confirming this historical work, significant mineralization has now been discovered below and on the western flank of the previous drilling.
Peter Breese, President and CEO, commented "We are very excited about the potential of Akwasiso, which is displaying similar geological features and mineralization to the Nkran deposit, our main resource. The first set of results show the potential to be even more significant than previous near-mine discoveries at the Adubiaso and Nkran Extensions. With the mineralization still open at depth and along strike, we will plan to initiate a further drilling campaign and prepare a maiden Mineral Resource Estimate."
The Akwasiso target is situated immediately north-east of the Nkran Extension deposit and the Tailings Storage Facility. The target sits on the Company's existing Abriem mining lease, but until recently had been designated as "small mining concessions" and owned by small scale alluvial miners. The Company acquired the concessions earlier this year which had been previously explored by a prior operator.
During 1997 - 2000, 183 diamond and reverse circulation holes were drilled on the Akwasiso target, although no compliant Mineral Resources were estimated. According to drilling logs and reports, the total amount of known historic drilling was approximately 11,600m with numerous mineralized high-grade intercepts. The drilling was limited to a depth of approximately 100m.
In May 2016, the Company began a drilling program on the target with the objective of confirming and validating the previous drilling, as well as exploring the potential of the target below the previous shallow drilling. The program consisted of 10,000m of reverse circulation and diamond drilling with assay results mostly still pending. Visual inspection and logging of the current program's core shows similarities of the mineralization style to Nkran and other satellite deposits, with intrusive granite in a mixed sedimentary package, with altered and mineralized sandstone units containing silicification, sulphides and quartz veining. Visual gold was observed in several intercepts.
Mineralization occurs in three zones identified to date (see graphics in Appendix 2): the Western shear zone, a Central sandstone and granite contact zone, and an Eastern granite contact zone. Further drilling is planned which will test all three zones and mineralization is still open at depth and along strike. An initial Mineral Resource estimate is expected to be published in Q4 2016.
Complete drill results will be announced as they become available. Initial assay results received to-date are as follows:
|Hole ID||From |
|Intersection (m)||Gold |
Qualified Person Statements
Philip N Bentley, PR.Sci.Nat., FGSSA, MSc, MSc (Minex), Executive Geology and Resources for Asanko is a qualified person with respect to NI 43-101 and has supervised the scientific or technical information for this press release.
About Asanko Gold Inc.
Asanko's vision is to become a mid-tier gold mining company that maximizes value for all its stakeholders. The Company's flagship project is the multi-million ounce Asanko Gold Mine located in Ghana, West Africa. The mine is being developed in phases. Phase 1 commenced gold production in January 2016 and declared commercial production on April 1, 2016. Ramp-up to steady state production of 190,000 ounces per annum was achieved in Q2 2016.
Asanko is managed by highly skilled and successful technical, operational and financial professionals. The Company is strongly committed to the highest standards for environmental management, social responsibility, and health and safety for its employees and neighbouring communities.
Forward-Looking and other Cautionary Information
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