Mineral exploration company Birimian Gold has commenced the next phase of its exploration programme in a bid to identify and test high-quality gold targets at its Massigui Gold project in Mali.

The project comprises a 1,638km² land holding situated in southern Mali, 220km by road from the capital, Bamako, and it abuts and surrounds the Morila Gold mine. The project has produced an excess of six million ounces of gold since operations commenced in 2000.

Birimian Gold is conducting a 10,000m auger drilling programme to better define the location of high potential gold zones adjacent to anomalous gold and multi-element targets at Koble, Viper and Koting prospects.

According to the company, they expect initial analytical results from the auger drilling to be available by the end of this quarter.

Following the analysis of the data collected from the auger drilling programme, the company will further generate definitive targets for reverse circulation drilling in search of new gold resources.

Parallel to drilling, a regional multi-element sampling campaign is on-going over the broader Massigui project.

Also, planning for aircore drilling at the Konze, Wara and Ntiola South prospects is expected to commence in early March.

Birimian Gold is exploring the Massigui project and the Ntiola District specifically, in a bid to define new gold resources, which will be amenable to processing at the Morila Gold mine and treatment plant.

Going forward, the company expects that the Ntiola Lode development would provide cashflow and enable it to further expand its exploration programme over the greater Massigui project area.