Aim-listed GoldStone Resources has started a 1 500 m diamond drilling programme on the 100%-owned and previously producing high-grade Akrokeri underground mine, in Ghana.
The drill programme is in line with the company’s strategy to advance additional high-priority gold targets towards production to augment current production from its Homase open pit mine.
The drilling programme comprises 15 drill holes, focused on testing extensions of the mineral lode that was formerly mined between 1905 and 1909.
The 2022 drill programme builds on previous work conducted at Akrokeri by GoldStone, including re-logging and assaying of 5 200 m of core.
The core was derived from two drilling campaigns undertaken by Birim Goldfields in 1996 and Pan African Resources in 2008, which encountered unknown narrow high-grade quartz veins within the granite, with samples up to 24.8 g/t and 51 g/t.
This confirms the potential of a high-grade deposit within the entire sheared and faulted contact zone between the granite and the sedimentary rocks.
“Akrokeri has always been a source of significant excitement for our geologists, with previous work returning some exceptional intersections of 24.8 g/t and 51 g/t. Our production strategy at Homase is coming to fruition, and we believe that Akrokeri has the potential to make a significant contribution to our total gold inventory.
“We are pleased to be operating on the ground drilling at Akrokeri again and I speak on behalf of the whole team when I say we are extremely enthusiastic about our prospects here. This drill programme is focused on defining the one or more mineral lodes that comprise the extensions of the Akrokeri system and we look forward to reporting results in due course,” says CEO Emma Priestley.
Akrokeri is located in a highly prospective region, about 6 km south of the Homase mine.