Apollo Minerals Limited (ASX:AON) has reported “shallow, high grade” results from maiden drilling at the Dikaki prospect within its Kroussou zinc-lead project in Gabon.
Key results from the from eleven-hole diamond drill program include:
- 32m @ 3.1% Zn+Pb from 4.0m
- including 13.5m @ 5.3% Zn+Pb from 12.8m
- 40m @ 2.2% Zn+Pb from 3.2m
- including 12m @ 4.0% Zn+Pb from 17.0m and 4m @ 3.1% Zn+Pb from 38.0m
- 33m @ 2.4% Zn+Pb from 34.0m
- including 14m @ 4.0% Zn+Pb from 34.0m
- 21.7m @ 2.3% Zn+Pb from 15.7m
- including 12.4m @ 3.4% Zn+Pb from 25.0m
- 13.5m @ 2.1% Zn+Pb from 0.8m, on the embayment edge
- including 4.2m @ 4.4% Zn+Pb from 9.8m
The company has stated that the above results point to open pit mining potential, thanks to a large-scale shallow, flat-lying, widely mineralised system.
The Dikaki Prospect is located in the heart of the Kroussou project area and is one of four prospects with historical drilling activity among the 18 identified key prospects at Kroussou. The diamond drilling campaign at Dikaki was planned to look for mineralisation close to previous exploration by the French Bureau de Recherches Géologiques et Minières.
The project’s mineralisation is shallow and up to 40 metres thick, with the company viewing the geometry of mineralisation as favourable for shallow open-pit mining.
The Kroussou Project spans 986.5 km² in Western Gabon’s Ngounié Province, some 220 kilometres south-east of its capital Libreville. Historical exploration work has identified 150 base metal occurrences over an 80km strike length of potential geology.
Ongoing drilling efforts at the Dikaki and Niambimbou Prospects are aimed at determining the extents of shallow, high-grade zinc-lead mineralisation. Apollo reports that further exploration activities may include geophysical surveys, surface exploration, metallurgical test work, technical studies and targeted drill campaigns.
“We are delighted our maiden drilling campaign is demonstrating grade and mineralisation continuity at Dikaki at very shallow depths which have the potential to be amenable to simple low-cost open pit mining”
Apollo Minerals Executive Director Neil Inwood said “These first drilling results confirm the potential of the Dikaki Prospect and of the larger Kroussou system. We are delighted our maiden drilling campaign is demonstrating grade and mineralisation continuity at Dikaki at very shallow depths which have the potential to be amenable to simple low-cost open pit mining. The results highlight a shallow, flat-lying, broadly mineralised system, with potential for mineralisation to link up across multiple areas; demonstrating that Kroussou has the potential to deliver a significant, large scale, base metal project.”
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