West African kicks off deep drilling at Moktedu

THE DRILL SERGEANT: West African Resources has commenced a 5,000 metre Reverse Circulation (RC) drilling program on the company’s Boulsa gold project in Burkina Faso.

The drilling has been designed to test high-grade gold mineralisation at up to 150m depth at the Moktedu prospect, which is part the Boulsa project.

The deeper drilling is following up results the company received from recent aircore, RC and diamond drilling at Moktedu and will initially focus on 20 holes, drilled to depths of up to 150m, over the central 1.5 kilometres of strike at Moktedu.

Previous results included:

–    8 metres at 1.71 grams per tonne gold from surface;

–    4m at 8.39g/t gold from 4m;

–    6m at 8.36g/t gold from surface, including 1m at 42.95g/t gold;

–    3m at 7.64g/t gold from 33m, including 1m at 20.93g/t gold;

–    21m at 1.13g/t gold from 121m, including 1m at 10.96g/t gold; and

–    6m at 5.78g/t gold from 74m, including 1m at 28.40g/t gold.

RC drilling will also be completed at the company’s Meguet and Sartenga prospects during the course of the program.

In the company’s announcement to the ASX, managing director Richard Hyde said the deep RC program at Moktedu was designed to accelerate the development one of West African’s highest priority project areas.

Currently, West African Resources is drilling more than 15,000m per month using Company owned and operated rigs, however, as many companies are finding in Burkina Faso at present,  assay turnaround continues to be an issue with local laboratories, which in turn impacts exploration forward planning.

The company said it is targeting its first resource estimate in late 2012.