TSX-listed Endeavour Mining Corp has announced a new discovery at its Ity gold mine in Côte d’Ivoire called Colline Sud. The oxide mineralisation encountered at Colline Sud – which is situated just 2,5 km from the current processing plant – could serve as a satellite deposit to potentially extend the current heap leach operation.
The Colline Sud mineralisation occurs at or very near the surface and in two distinct areas referred to as the South East and North West sectors, with respective strike lengths of 500 m and 350 m. The mineralisation in both sectors remains open at depth and in the North West sector also along strike.
Similar to other targets identified on the Ity property, Colline Sud is a historical gold-in-soil anomaly. A short shallow drilling campaign was first conducted to confirm mineralisation which was then followed-up with the recently completed 116-hole reverse-circulation (RC) and diamond-drilling (DD) programme totalling 11 955 m.
Patrick Bouisset, Executive Vice-President Exploration and Growth of Endeavour, commented: “This new discovery – the second announced at Ity since September – along with the other targets outlined by historic geochemistry and our recent auger drilling programme demonstrates the prolific geological context of this district.
“Though smaller than the recently announced Bakatouo discovery, we believe Colline Sud provides the potential to extend the current heap leach operation. As we increase our exploration activity, we are excited to pursue and expand our ongoing exploration programme to other identified targets.”
The Colline Sud mineralisation is mainly hosted by surficial oxidised clays. In the South East sector it is oriented at N45 azimuth along strike and dipping on average at 55 deg to the NW. It sits above some enhanced dissolution areas located at the contact between marbles and volcanosediments. Mineralisation is also hosted in volcanosediment and skarnoide marble at depth.
A maiden resource is expected to be published during the fourth quarter of 2016 for both Colline Sud and Bakatouo.