Shanta Gold Ltd, the firm that is pursuing gold in the western part of Kenya has finished the initial drilling phase. This is after attaining 9,383 meters. Focus has now moved to the second phase.
According to Shanta, this second phase is set to establish Western Kenya’s true gold potential. The firm says it is making good progress in an effort to finish 35-40 per cent of the total intended drilling by the end of this year, 2021.
During the first phase, the firm announced that visible gold was found in four different intersections within the 15 holes that had been drilled. The three-phased project is to be explored within Isulu and Bushiangala in Kakamega County, Kenya.
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In its latest exploration update, Shanta indicated that, in its effort to uncover the true gold potential in Western Kenya, phase two is more likely to go up to the depth of 450 meters. According to the company’s update, Western Kenya project occupies 1,162km² of Busia-Kakamega Gold Belt in Western Kenya, which is quite underexplored.
Shanta Gold Limited says the ongoing drilling, presently in its second phase, is geared towards upgrading volumes from the project’s NI43-101 compliant inferred mineral reserve estimate into the stated resource category, up until a depth of 600 meters across three drilling phases.
“This infill drilling is aimed at verifying the extent and geometry of the known mineralized zones developed for the current resource model,” Shanta Gold Ltd says in its update.
Presently, there are two active drill rigs at the Isulu and Bushiangala deposits, with the third active rig anticipated this month.
Mr. Eric Zurrin, the CEO expressed his delight and satisfaction of the exploration reporting another set of exceptionally strong results from Phase One of the drilling programme in Western Kenya.
“Throughout the course of this programme, we have delivered some of the best drilling results we have ever seen at Shanta, and look forward to progressing Phase Two across our portfolio of licenses as we look to uncover western Kenya’s true potential.” He said.
Zurrin explained the role of that exploration to the firm’s sustainable growth story, saying it will help transform Shanta Gold Ltd into a mid-tier gold producer in Africa.