Alecto Minerals has completed a 1 505 m drill programme, utilising its in-house truck-mounted rotary air blast (RAB) drill-rig, at the Gourbassi East prospect (GRBE).  GRBE is one of three target areas identified at the group’s 100% owned 207 km2 Kossanto Gold Project in Western Mali.

The AIM-quoted West and East Africa focused mineral exploration company reports that hole depths of up to 51 metres were achieved during the drilling programme, and 541 composite samples were sent to SGS Laboratories in Bamako, Mali, for analysis by Fire Assay.

“This RAB drill campaign was designed to extend our knowledge of the Gourbassi East target, focused on the prospective land outside of the initial resource area where 107,000 ounces of gold has been previously identified in accordance with the JORC code,” said Alecto CEO Mark Jones.

“Judicious modification of the Alecto-owned drill equipment means that we have achieved an extremely cost-effective exploration tool and by undertaking campaigns of this kind at Kossanto, we can generate advanced drill targets prior to resource drilling at a cost as low as US$5.60 per metre.”

The RAB rig has now been deployed to the Gourbassi West prospect to commence testing of the gold mineralisation to the north of the target, where drilling to date has highlighted the potential for continuation.

“We look forward to receiving the results from this latest campaign, as well as key results from our Reverse Circulation and Diamond Drill campaign conducted across all of our three targets at Kossanto.  In the meantime, we remain active with the RAB drill-rig now moving on to Gourbassi West so that we can link up two known areas of mineralisation and further reveal its resource potential,” concludes Jones.

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