THE DRILL SERGEANT: Firefinch Limited (ASX: FFX) released further high-grade results from ongoing drilling at the Viper deposit, part of the company’s 80 per cent-owned Morila gold project in Mali.
Firefinch received the results just as mining operations commenced at Viper following fast track of pre-mining activities including grade control drilling, site clearing and topsoil removal.
Initial mining at Viper is slated to provide oxide feed to the Morila plant, increasing the ore types available for blending and processing.
High-grade results from infill and extensional RC drilling at Viper include:
9 metres at 15.1 grams per tonne gold from 40m, including 1m at 98.7g/t gold;
5m at 11.7g/t gold from 108m;
18m at 2.96g/t gold from 54m, including 3m at 10.6g/t gold;
2m at 12.5g/t gold from 70m; and
4m at 6.36g/t gold from 81m.
“We continue to generate excellent results from drilling the Viper system, which have enabled better definition of the deposit’s higher-grade zones,” Firefinch managing director Dr Michael Anderson said in the company’s ASX announcement.
“Clearly these zones are key to mining and the next step is the commencement of mining operations in the southern part of the deposit.
“Importantly, Viper will add oxide ore to complement the Morila Pit 5 mining operations.
“Plans are in place to expedite mining and haulage of this ore to be part of the plant feed from mid-September and increase near-term gold production.
“The fast-tracking of Viper is another example of the effort our on-site team has put in to delivering the ramp-up plan at Morila.”
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