Mako Gold steps up drilling at high priority targets in Côte d’Ivoire

ASX-listed junior Mako Gold has has secured a second drill rig to accelerate exploration efforts at its flagship Napié Project in Côte d’Ivoire.

The company has resumed drilling high priority targets at the Gogbala Prospect, while the second drill rig is being mobilised for diamond drilling on the Tchaga Prospect. Both are located on a 23 km soil geochemical anomaly.

The campaign at Gogbala is targeting undrilled zones along strike from previous high-grade intercepts, while extensional drilling at Tchaga will seek to highlight significant further mineralisation. The work is being undertaken by African drill services provider Geodrill.

Mako’s short-term objective is to release a combined maiden mineral resource estimate for Tchaga and Gogbala by mid-2022. Further down the line, the firm aims to discover new zones which could be advanced to target a multi-million ounce project-scale resource.

“We are very pleased to have secured a second drill rig for the Napié Project,” said Mako’s managing director Peter Ledwidge. “The second rig will accelerate exploration as we move towards our maiden mineral resource estimate scheduled for the first half of calendar year 2022.

“Having two drill rigs will allow Mako to focus on drilling the Gogbala Prospect while also completing the extensional diamond drilling on the Tchaga Prospect.”