Volcanic Gold Mines Inc. said April 4 that it started drilling activities at its 75%-owned Mandiana gold project in Guinea in preparation for a planned 2,000-meter reverse circulation and diamond core drilling.
The drill program will infill areas of the project's current inferred mineral resource and aims to help the company get more information on the geological structures that control the mineralization within the inferred resource. The data will also be used to define subsequent drilling activities at Mandiana over the 2017 exploration season.
In addition to drilling, the company will undertake property-wide prospecting of artisanal workings, or orpaillages, and systematic geochemical sampling of the Mandiana South landholding, which has not been previously explored in such a way.
According to Volcanic Gold, Mandiana's current inferred mineral resource, defined through Sovereign Mines of Africa plc's previous work, was discovered using artisanal workings as a targeting guide, and only a relatively small portion of these lineaments has been tested by drilling.
The company acquired its 75% stake in the Mandiana project from Sovereign Mines of Africa in January.