Vancouver – Just six weeks after signing an earn-in deal for the Manfo property in Ghana, Pelangio Exploration (PX-V) has pulled several near surface, high grade gold intercepts from two different zones at the site and investors have rewarded the company with a healthy share price boost.
In early August Pelangio inked a deal with a private Ghanian company to earn a 100% interest in the three contiguous concessions that comprise the 100-sq. km Manfo property. The deal followed a due diligence period that saw Pelangio sample, map, and trench the five geochemically anomalous zones at Manfo. The company’s thorough due diligence efforts meant it was ready to drill as soon as the papers were signed.
The company immediately embarked on a 16-hole drill program probing four of the five geochem anomalies. Results from the first six holes of that program indicate Pelangio found itself a promising prospect.
The company punched ten holes into a target called Pokukrom West, which revealed itself through a gold-in-soil anomaly measuring just 200 metres by 150 metres. Hole 83 returned 28 metres grading 4.18 grams gold per tonne, starting 16 metres downhole and including 12 metres of 8 grams gold. Nearby, hole 84 cut 12 metres carrying 8.6 grams gold, starting 27 metres downhole.
Pelangio says these first hits indicate a north-northwest striking zone with a steep eastward dip. Gold is found in strongly silicified pyritic sediments crosscut by veinlets of quartz ankerite.
Results are still pending from two further holes collared south along strike.
News of the results from Pokukrom West propelled Pelangio’s share price upwards: the junior gained 13¢ or 27% in a day to reach 62¢. In June the company’s shares traded as low as 16¢.
Just nine days earlier Pelangio released its first set of results from its drill program at Manfo. Those results came from the Nfante West prospect, which is 5 km southwest of Pokukrom and comprises a gold-in-soil anomaly stretching along 700 metres strike and across 150 metres width.
Drills at Nfante West encountered broad zones of lower-grade gold, indicating potential for a bulk-tonnage deposit. The best hit came from hole 79, which returned 61 metres grading 1.5 grams gold, starting 16 metres downhole and including 18 metres of 3 grams gold. Other intercepts include 17 metres of 0.67 gram gold, 40 metres of 0.55 gram gold, and 40 metres of 0.91 gram gold.
Pelangio says the gold at Nfante West occurs in zones of hydrothermal silica-sericite alteration and pyrite stockworking. The gold mineralization at Red Back Mining‘s (RBI-T) Chirano mine, which sits 50 km to the south on the same fault network, is similar.
Chirano is not the only gold mine close to the Manfo property. Newmont Mining‘s (NMC-T, NEM-N) Ahafo mine is just 14 km to the north. The mines, and the Manfo property, sit along the Sefwi gold belt, one of the largest of the Ghanaian Birmian-age greenstone belts.
Manfo has seen considerable historical exploration by Newmont and AngloGold Ashanti (AU-N, ANG-J), among others. A major northeast-trending fault corridor some 3 km wide runs along the east side of the property, serving as a regional contact between the greenstone volcano-sedimentary package to the west and a regional synvolcanic intrusive to the east. All five of the geochemical targets at Manfo lie within this fault corridor.
Pelangio has another gold project in Ghana, known as Obuasi, which is also part of the Ashanti gold belt. The company completed its first drill program at the site in late 2009; it produced many intercepts with anomalous gold but no major intercepts.
And the company also holds some half-dozen gold projects in Ontario, where it has experienced some success. In early 2007 Pelangio sold the Detour Lake project to Detour Gold (DGC-T), which has since turned the 3.4-million oz. resource into an 11.4-million oz. reserve. Pelangio acquired 1 million Detour shares in the transaction and intermittent sales of those shares have provided the company with significant cash flow.
At the end of June Pelangio had $6.1 million in the bank.