Shanta Gold (AIM: SHG), the East Africa-focused gold producer, developer and explorer, is pleased to provide a summary of historical exploration drilling carried out at the recently acquired West Kenya Project in Western Kenya (“Project”) in which Shanta has a 100% interest.
- The Archaean Busia-Kakamega Greenstone Belt (“ABK”) is the northern most greenstone belt in the Lake Victoria Goldfield;
- Shanta has acquired seven licences (“the Project Area”) covering the majority of the ABK, extending over 1,161 square kilometres (“km”);
- The ABK lies on the northern edge of Lake Victoria and is of analogous size to the wellknown greenstone belts in the Val d’Or District-Abitibi, Canada and the Kalgoorlie District- WA in Australia;
- The Isulu and Bushiangala deposits (“the Deposits”) are located in the Liranda Corridor, a 12 km structural trend in the north-east of the ABK; and,
- Approximately 220,000 metres (“m”) of historical exploration drilling has been completed across the Project Area resulting in multiple discoveries.
- A NI 43-101 compliant Inferred Mineral Resource Estimate of 1,182,000 ounces gold grading 12.6 g/t was declared in 2018 comprising the Deposits, believed to be one of the highest grading +1Moz gold deposits in Africa (refer to the Company’s announcement dated 3 September 2020 for more information regarding the 43-101 Inferred Mineral Resource);
- A total of 96,390 m of exploration drilling and 190 drilled holes has been completed across the Deposits;
- Approximately 33% of holes drilled at the Deposits have produced visible gold intercepts with over 85 individual mineralised zone intercepts being recorded;
- Approximately 60% of holes with visible gold intercepts have returned multiple occurrences of visible gold;
- The strike lengths of the explored sections of the main mineralised zones vary between 200 m and 650 m and the resource is currently open down plunge;
- Significant high grade mineralisation has been recorded including the following selection of historical drilling intersections:
- Hole ABKD0018 intersected 10.0 m grading 17.44 g/t Au from 18 m;
- Hole ABKD0048 intersected 6.0 m grading 63.08 g/t Au from 35 m;
- Hole ABKD0092 intersected 7.8 m grading 18.68 g/t Au from 334 m;
- Hole ABKD0051 intersected 6.0 m grading 19.40 g/t Au from 473 m;
- Hole ABKD0105 intersected 4.0 m grading 34.00 g/t Au from 302 m;
- Hole ABKD0122 intersected 4.3 m grading 25.42 g/t Au from 665 m;
- Hole ABKD0083 intersected 6.4 m grading 31.60 g/t Au from 670 m;
- Hole ABKD0117 intersected 3.0 m grading 92.38 g/t Au from 537 m;
- Hole ABSD004 intersected 19.8 m grading 9.26 g/t Au from 29 m;
- Hole ABSD009 intersected 21.0 m grading 5.27 g/t Au from 50.8 m;
- Hole ABSD019 intersected 11.2 m grading 9.20 g/t Au from 56 m;
- Hole ABKD0061 intersected 7.8 m grading 23.75 g/t Au from 274 m;
- Hole ABKD0060 intersected 8.0 m grading 15.49 g/t Au from 366 m;
A record of historical drilling intercepts at the Deposits grading 4.0 g/t Au or higher has been provided at Appendix 1. True widths of the reported intercepts range between 60% and 70%.
The West Kenya Project covers 1,161 sq km of which 1,121 sq km is 100% beneficially owned by Shanta including the Deposits. Three Prospecting Licences (PL 210, PL 211 and PL 212) cover 40 sq km and are 87.16% beneficially owned by Shanta.
Future Drilling and Exploration
Shanta’s Technical Services team has completed exploration drilling plans targeting infill drilling across the oxide and hard rock targets at the Deposits. Procurement of drilling equipment is ongoing and exploration drilling is expected to commence in Q4 2020.
“Shanta has acquired licences that cover a greenstone gold district similar in size to the great Val d’Or District-Abitibi in Canada. The area is relatively unexplored yet already hosts the Isulu deposit, believed to be the highest grading +1m oz deposit in Africa. We believe the ABK has the potential to host a number of large, high grade deposits similar to the adjoining belt in Tanzania,” commented Eric Zurrin, Chief Executive Officer.