Modern Mining June 2021


West Kenya Project – potential major gold discovery in Kenya?

The latest round of drilling results from the West Kenya Project, Eric Zurrin, CEO of Shanta Gold (AIM: SHG) tells Modern Mining’s Munesu Shoko, are encouraging and demonstrate potential for a major gold discovery in Kenya – the first of its kind.

F rom the onset, Shanta Gold was always con- vinced that there was something special about the West Kenya Project. The AIM-quoted East African-focused gold producer, developer and explorer announced the acquisition of Barrick Gold’s Kenya assets in February last year. At the time, CEO Eric Zurrin told Modern Mining that the West Kenya acquisition was significant for Shanta because it had potential to be a long-life, high-grade producing gold mine. In fact, it was believed to be one of the high- est grading +1-million ounces (Moz) gold deposits in Africa. The latest round of drilling results has just con- firmed the significance of the project. Following 2 489 m of drilling in March and April 2021 at the Isulu deposit, the company reports that visible gold was identified in seven different intersections across 11 holes drilled. The true width of mineralisation is estimated at approximately 60 – 70% of the intercept core length. “The drilling results are really encouraging and

Eric Zurrin, CEO of Shanta Gold.

demonstrate that there is potential for a major gold discovery in Kenya – the first of its kind. The results encompass a 2,5 km section of the deposit that we are exploring – Bushiangala and Isulu – which we hope to convert to a mineable reserve,” says Zurin. “We discovered spectacularly high-grade shoots and encountered visible gold, including the inter- section of 219,5 g/t over 4 m true width in hole 237 within 100 m of surface,” he adds. “The new inter- cepts verify the current model and can be linked with other high-grade intercepts nearby, indicating that exceptionally high-grade shoots should be present

Drilling work at the Isulu deposit.

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