East Africa-focused gold producer Shanta Gold has announced that is has found visible deposits at Isulu in Kakamega County, Kenya. According to the company, the West Kenya Project spans 1,162 km², representing the majority of the highly prospective and underexplored greenstone Archaean Busia-Kakamega Gold Belt in western Kenya. This is the northernmost greenstone belt in the prolific Lake Victoria Goldfield, which hosts worldclass gold deposits such as those at North Mara and Geita gold mines. The size of the belt is analogous to well-known prolific greenstone belts in Canada and Australia (including Val-d-Or district Abitibi, Canada and Kalgoorlie district WA, Australia).
Several gold prospects exist across the project area at various stages of exploration. At present, drilling is focused on the Islulu and Bushiangala deposits, with the aim of upgrading ounces from the project’s NI43-101 compliant Inferred Mineral Resource Estimate into the Indicated Resource category. The gold mineralisation is hosted by sheared pillowed to massive basalts, bounded between ultramafic volcanics and polymictic conglomerates on one side and carbonaceous mudstones and sandstones on the other side.