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B2Gold Announces Positive Exploration Drill Results in Mali from Fekola North and Anaconda Area Exploration Drilling

 

 

 

 

 

B2Gold Corp. (TSX: BTO) (NYSE AMERICAN: BTG) (NSX: B2G) is pleased to announce additional positive exploration drilling results from Fekola North and the Anaconda area, and provide an update on the development of the Anaconda area.

 

Highlights

  • High grade results from the Fekola North target area such as drill hole FKD_64, which returned 4.28 grams per tonne (“g/t”) gold over 19.15 metres, from 529.0 metres, provides strong support for ongoing evaluation of underground development of the deepest portions of the Fekola Mine deposit
  • In the Anaconda area, approximately 20 kilometres north of the Fekola Mine, drill hole MSD_212, which returned 8.09 g/t gold over 15.8 metres, from 431.1 metres, confirms the presence of high grade sulphide, approximately 100 metres below the limits of the current Mineral Resource pit boundary. The good grade and width combinations at the Anaconda area continue to provide a strong indication of the potential for Fekola-style plunging bodies of sulphide mineralization, which remain open at depth
  • Ongoing drilling by the Company on the Anaconda area to infill and extend the saprolite Mineral Resource area, and to follow up on the sulphide mineralization, including the Mamba and Adder zones, as well as several other targets below the saprolite mineralization, continues to generate positive drill results in both saprolite and sulphide domains and demonstrates strong potential to further increase the updated Anaconda area Mineral Resource estimate
  • Following the recent acquisition of the Bakolobi permit, immediately south of the Menankoto permit, the Company will conduct an approximately $3.4 million exploration program for 50,200 metres of diamond and reverse circulation drilling in the second half of 2022
  • The Company recently announced the acquisition of Oklo Resources Limited and its Dandoko project, located approximately 25 kilometres from the Fekola Mine (subject to completion)

 

Click here to view B2Gold’s West Mali Tenement Map 2022

 

2022 Exploration Drilling

 

B2Gold is currently conducting a 225,000 metre drill program in western Mali with a 2022 exploration budget of $35 million, including drill programs on the Fekola North deposit to further test the underground potential, and the Anaconda area, including the Mamba, Adder, Anaconda. Cascabel, Viper and Cobra zones. To date in 2022, the Company has completed approximately 70,000 metres of combined diamond, reverse circulation and aircore drilling on targets near the Fekola Mine, primarily targeting deep extensions of the Fekola deposit to the north and below the current reserve pit, and in the Anaconda Area, primarily on the Mamba, Adder and Cascabel zones), between 20 and 25 kilometres north of the Fekola Mine.

 

Fekola North Exploration

 

Drilling undertaken since December 2021 at the Fekola North deposit has partially infilled areas of the deepest portions of the current Mineral Resource area and also tested beyond the limits of the current Mineral Resource pit in areas believed to be amenable to underground development.  Drill holes such as FKD_641, which returned 4.28 g/t gold over 19.15 metres, from 529.0 metres, and hole FKD_632  which returned 3.86 g/t gold over 9.73 metres, from 502.14 metres, intersect high grade sulphide mineralization in step outs beyond the limit of the current Mineral Resource pit and provide strong positive support to the ongoing evalution of underground mining at Fekola. The Company has completed approximately 15,000 metres of deep diamond drilling on the Fekola North deposit in 2022, with two drill rigs currently active.

 

Select results from the Fekola North from drilling since December 2021 include:

 

Hole ID Depth From Depth To Interval Au g/t
FKD_620 530.00 548.3 18.3 4.00
FKD_622 550.78 557.00 6.22 4.64
FKD_623 502.00 520.40 18.40 7.32
FKD_625 528.83 544.00 15.17 4.06
FKD_626 558.80 577.80 19.00 4.38
FKD_629 444.20 463.00 18.80 3.17
FKD_631 472.85 481.30 8.45 3.36
and 487.30 494.66 7.36 5.72
FKD_632 502.14 506.00 3.86 9.73
FKD_633 508.67 519.60 10.93 3.59
and 526.70 530.20 3.50 3.39
FKD_636 627.76 635.00 7.24 5.90
FKD_638 430.00 435.40 5.40 3.26
and 443.35 461.20 17.85 5.86
and 469.30 477.60 8.30 3.28
FKD_639 638.20 642.40 4.20 7.82
FKD_641 529.00 548.15 19.15 4.28
FKD_644 540.25 544.00 3.75 4.98

 

Composites are uncapped and reported above 1.85 g/t gold cutoff, which approximates current underground cut-off grades.  Core lengths are approximately 85-90% of true width.

 

Anaconda Area Exploration

 

On March 23, 2022, the Company announced an updated and significantly increased Mineral Resource estimate for the Anaconda area, comprised of the Menankoto permit and the Bantako North permit, located approximately 25 kilometres from the Fekola Mine. The updated and significantly increased Anaconda Mineral Resource estimate, constrained within a conceptual pit shell at a gold price of $1,800 per ounce, included an initial Indicated Mineral Resource estimate of 32,400,000 tonnes at 1.08 g/t gold for a total 1,130,000 ounces of gold, and Inferred Mineral Resource estimate of 63,700,000 tonnes at 1.12 g/t gold for 2,280,000 ounces of gold. The Mineral Resource estimate included first time reporting of 1,130,000 ounces of Indicated Mineral Resources and an increase of 1,510,000 ounces (196% increase) of Inferred Mineral Resources since the initial Inferred Mineral Resource estimate in 2017 (21,590,000 tonnes at 1.11 g/t gold, for 767,000 ounces.

 

On the Mamba zone, drill hole BND_090, which returned 4.34 g/t gold over 5.6 metres, from 130.1 metres, and hole MSD_212, which returned 8.09 g/t gold over 15.8 metres, from 431.10 metres, are particularly significant as they confirm the continuity of high grade sulphide mineralization 110 metres below the limit of the updated Mineral Resource pit boundaries. In the main Anaconda area Mineral Resource pit, drill hole MSR_938, which returned 3.32 g/t gold over 10 metres, from 92 metres, and drill hole MSR_939, which returned 1.49 g/t gold over 50 metres, from 71 metres, demonstrate the potential to add sulphide Mineral Resources beneath the currently defined saprolite resources, where the mineralization remains open at depth.

 

Select results from the Anaconda area exploration drilling include:

 

Hole ID From To Metres Au g/t Domain
BND_088 71.30 95.20 23.90 1.85 Saprolite
and 143.00 147.55 4.55 7.08 Sulphide
BND_089 42.20 62.50 20.30 1.34 Saprolite
BND_090 131.10 136.70 5.60 4.34 Saprolite
BNR_542 0.00 13.00 13.00 3.26 Saprolite
MSD_212 431.10 446.90 15.80 8.09 Sulphide
and 567.00 586.00 19.00 2.64 Sulphide
MSR_918 21.00 42.00 21.00 3.96 Saprolite
MSR_920 26.00 48.00 22.00 1.59 Saprolite
and 60.00 71.00 11.00 4.15 Sulphide
MSR_923 13.00 58.80 45.80 1.11 Saprolite
MSR_924 113.90 149.30 35.40 1.03 Sulphide
MSR_926 4.00 28.00 24.00 1.12 Saprolite
MSR_936 0.00 52.00 52.00 0.71 Saprolite
MSR_938 41.00 62.00 21.00 2.06 Sulphide
and 92.00 102.00 10.00 3.31 Sulphide
MSR_939 22.00 31.00 9.00 2.23 Saprolite
and 35.00 50.00 15.00 1.45 Saprolite
and 71.00 121.00 50.00 1.49 Sulphide
MSR_943 15.00 43.00 28.00 1.88 Saprolite
MSR_943 44.00 70.00 26.00 1.12 Sulphide
MSR_944 40.00 63.00 23.00 1.31 Sulphide

 

Saprolite composites are reported above a 0.2 g/t gold cutoff.
Sulphide composites are uncapped and reported above 0.6 g/t gold cutoff.

 

Ongoing drilling by the Company on the Anaconda areas  to infill and extend the saprolite Mineral Resource area and to follow up on the sulphide mineralization, including the Mamba and Adder zones, as well as several other targets below the saprolite mineralization, continues to generate positive drill results in both saprolite and sulphide domains and demonstrates strong potential to further increase the updated Anaconda area Mineral Resource estimate.

 

2022 Fekola and West Mali Regional Exploration

 

For the remainder of 2022, the Company will continue to drill to infill and extend the saprolite Mineral Resource area and to follow up on the sulphide mineralization at the Anaconda area, including the Mamba and Adder zones, and several other targets below the saprolite mineralization. The good grade and width combinations at the Anaconda area continue to provide a strong indication of the potential for Fekola-style south plunging bodies of sulphide mineralization, which remain open down plunge. Six drill rigs are currently drilling in the Anaconda area.

 

In April 2022, the Company acquired the Bakolobi permit in Mali from a local Malian company. The Bakolobi permit is located between the Menankoto permit, to the North, and the Fekola Mine’s Medinandi permit, wrapping around the latter to its south-west end, covering an area of 100 km2 and providing approximately 25 km of contiguous exploration potential along the Senegal-Mali Shear Zone  An initial $3.4 million exploration program on the Bakolobi permit is scheduled for the second half of 2022.  Drilling will focus on the southward extension of known resources in the Anaconda area. The Company believes that the Bakolobi permit is a highly prospective area that has the potential to provide for the near-term addition of both saprolite- and sulphide-hosted gold deposits.

 

B2Gold’s proposed acquisition of Oklo Resources Limited and its flagship Dandoko project, which remains subject to completion, will extend the footprint of B2Gold’s exploration in Mali to over 1,700 km2 and add the Dandoko project’s JORC 2012 compliant Measured and Indicated Mineral Resource estimate of 8.70 million tonnes at 1.88 g/t for 528,000 ounces of gold and an Inferred Mineral Resource estimate of 2.63 million tonnes at 1.67 g/t for 141,000 ounces of gold, to B2Gold’s rapidly growing Mineral Resource inventory in the region. The Company believes there is strong potential to extend the mineralization at the Dandoko project

 

The Company also has one drill rig active on the Kolomba regional target, which is located approximately 15 kilometers from the Anaconda area, with assay results pending.

 

Anaconda Development Update

 

In 2022, the Company has budgeted $33 million for development of infrastructure for Phase I saprolite mining at the Anaconda area, including road construction. Based on the updated Mineral Resource estimate and B2Gold’s preliminary planning, the Company has demonstrated that a pit situated on the Anaconda area could provide selective higher grade saprolite material (average grade of 2.2 g/t) to be trucked to and fed into the Fekola mill commencing as early as late 2022 at a rate of 1.5 million tonnes per annum. Subject to obtaining all necessary permits and completion of a final development plan, the trucking of selective higher grade saprolite material to the Fekola mill would increase the ore processed and annual gold production from the Fekola mill, with the potential to add an average of approximately 80,000 to 100,000 ounces per year to the Fekola mill’s annual gold production. The plan to truck the selective higher grade saprolite material is not included in the Company’s 2022 production guidance and the Anaconda area Mineral Resources have not been included in the current Fekola life of mine plan.

 

Based on the updated Mineral Resource estimate and the 2022 exploration drilling results, the Company has commenced a Phase II scoping study to review the project economics of constructing a stand-alone mill near the Anaconda area. Subject to receipt of a positive Phase II scoping study, the Company expects that the saprolite material would continue to be trucked to and fed into the Fekola mill during the construction period for the Anaconda area stand-alone mill.

 

QA/QC on Sample Collection and Assaying

 

The primary laboratories for the Fekola Mine and West Mali regional exploration are SGS Laboratories in Bamako, Mali and Bureau Veritas Laboratories in Abidjan, Cote d’Ivoire. Periodically, exploration samples will be analyzed at the Fekola Mine laboratory.  At each laboratory, samples are prepared and analyzed using 50-gram fire assay with atomic absorption finish and/or gravimetric finish. Umpire assays are used to monitor lab performance monthly.

 

Quality assurance and quality control procedures include the systematic insertion of blanks, standards and duplicates into the core, reverse circulation and aircore drilling sample strings. The results of the control samples are evaluated on a regular basis with batches re-analyzed and/or resubmitted as needed. All results stated in this announcement have passed B2Gold’s quality assurance and quality control protocols.

 

Qualified Person

 

Tom Garagan, Senior Vice President of Exploration at B2Gold, a qualified person under National Instrument 43-101, has reviewed and approved the information contained in this news release.

 

About B2Gold Corp.

 

B2Gold is a low-cost international senior gold producer headquartered in Vancouver, Canada. Founded in 2007, today, B2Gold has operating gold mines in Mali, Namibia and the Philippines and numerous exploration and development projects in various countries including Mali, Colombia, Finland and Uzbekistan. B2Gold forecasts total consolidated gold production of between 990,000 and 1,050,000 ounces in 2022.

 

 


B2Gold’s West Mali Tenement Map 2022 (CNW Group/B2Gold Corp.)

 

Posted June 22, 2022

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