SEMAFO: 2019 Karankasso Exploration Budget Set at $5 Million
Program Dedicated to Exploring Extensive Untested Soil Anomalies
Montreal, Quebec, September 16, 2019 – SEMAFO (TSX, OMX: SMF) today announced that the 2019 exploration budget for the Karankasso portion of the Bantou Project has been set at $5 million. The program will focus on testing an extensive number of soil anomalies, many of which are located along the Karankasso trends that host the existing 805,000-ounce inferred mineral resource. With the addition of the $5-million provision for Karankasso, the 2019 exploration budget for the Bantou Project increases to US$16 million, and SEMAFO’s 2019 total exploration spend to $32 million.
In July 2019, an 8,500-meter drill program was launched to explore potential new structures parallel to the Karankasso trends. The program, which was suspended for the rainy season, will resume shortly and will be followed by an additional 22,000-meter RC drill campaign in the fourth quarter to explore untested soil anomalies along the Karankasso trends (see Figure 1).
The objective of the 2019 Karankasso program is to identify new mineralization that can be delineated and added to the resources base in 2020, in line with our objective of reaching 2.5 - 3.0 million ounces of resources by the end of 2020. When compilation of Bantou-Karankasso group data is complete, it will be considered as a single project, namely the Bantou Project, that will culminate in a consolidated NI 43-101 resource estimation at the end of the year.
Richard Roy, Vice-President, Exploration, stated, “Bantou is our top development project, and our exploration team has already begun more intensive work on the Karankasso portion. A total of four drill rigs are currently turning on Bantou, and our resource goal of 2.5–3.0 million ounces by the end of 2020 is well within reach. We will publish a NI 43-101 resource report for the combined 1,250 km² land package at year-end, so our shareholders will be able to track our progress. The next 18 months will be an exciting time for Bantou.”
Figure 1: Soil Anomaly Targets of 22,000-Meter RC Program
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SEMAFO is a Canadian-based intermediate gold producer with over twenty years' experience building and operating mines in West Africa. The Corporation operates two mines, the Boungou and Mana Mines in Burkina Faso. SEMAFO is committed to building value through responsible mining of its quality assets and leveraging its development pipeline.