London, England — MININGREVIEW.COM — 01 December 2008 – Cluff Gold plc – an AIM-listed company focused on the identification, acquisition and development of gold deposits in West Africa – may develop an underground operation in the light of the 21% increase in measured and indicated mineral resources at its Baomahun gold project in Sierra Leone to more than one million ounces.
A update issued here said the resource involved 1.05 million tonnes grading at 3.1 g/t Au. It added that total measured, indicated and inferred mineral resources had increased to 1.46 million ounces of gold (14 640,000 tonnes grading 3.1 g/t Au).
“Due to the encouraging higher-grade, deeper drilling results, a combined open pit and underground scoping study was to be undertaken at Baomahun,” the update continued. “A longer mine life is expected from the planned, larger, combined open pit and underground operation.”
It added that metallurgical test-work now completed to feasibility stage level, indicated high gold recoveries using conventional milling processes with no adverse characteristics. This increase in the mineral resources at Baomahun resulted from analysis of an additional 55 diamond drill core holes that had been completed since the previous Baomahun mineral resource determination.
Commenting on these results, Cluff technical director Douglas Chikohora said, “We are encouraged with the progress at Baomahun. The higher confidence measured and indicated resource categories now account for over 70% of the total resources. The higher grade mineralisation intersected at depth has given an underground dimension to Baomahun. We have therefore decided to evaluate the potential of a combined open pit and underground operation with a much longer life.”