The company reported a 24.75 metre intersection at a grade of 8.04 grams per tonne, including 5 metres at a grade of 22.63 grams per tonne - which represent the ‘highest ever’ grade and thickness at the Akyanga Deposit.
Eight holes totalling 1,920m have been completed so far, with one hole intersecting 24.8m at 8.04 grams per tonne (g/t) of gold (Au) from 201m, including 5.4m at 22.6 g/t Au.
New drill results from the programme are expected to extend the project’s open pit resources to the south and, according to Ortac, the results validate the potential for Akyanga to become a 2mln ounce gold resource.
"These latest assay results further support our view that the Akyanga Deposit is likely to develop into a major resource in excess of 2mln ounces gold with very attractive grades,” said Nick von Schirnding, Ortac executive chairman.
“The drilling results - the highest ever grade and thickness reported - represent a turning point in the history of this asset. As the largest investor in CASA, we shall be driving forward with an accelerated drill program on this rapidly expanding gold resource.”
He added: “We expect to receive the results for two further completed holes within the next few weeks and, with several high priority targets still untested, we remain upbeat about the Akyanga story, as it continues to develop into a potentially very significant commercial gold resource for Ortac."