Apollo has started its 2022 exploration campaign to define resources at the Dikaki prospect, identify new regional discoveries and improve its understanding of the Kroussou project.

Drilling will focus initially on defining sufficient high-grade mineralisation at Dikaki – a near-surface, eastern high-grade trend discovered by 2021 drilling – to enable the company to pencil in a resource estimate.

Apollo Minerals (ASX:AON) has good reason to be confident given previous drilling returned hits such as – 5m grading 5% zinc+lead from a depth of just 1.2m and 9.5m at 4.6% zinc+lead from 8m – while passive seismic surveys have indicated a broad and deep channel system could exist to the east of currently defined mineralisation at Dikaki.

Large-scale, flat lying zinc-lead

Proving up Dikaki will also lend weight to the company’s belief that Kroussou is a large-scale, shallow, flat-lying, broadly mineralised zinc-lead system with possible continuity across multiple zones that is amenable to simple open pit mining.

“Drilling has commenced at Dikaki and our field team are on site and active at Kroussou,” executive director Neil Inwood noted.

“During the January-March dry season we will be concentrating on step out drilling at the developing Dikaki discovery and establishing clear access to other regional prospects.

“A regional-scale airborne electromagnetic survey is scheduled to commence in April and will allow for additional regional exploration targeting along Kroussou’s 80km of prospective strike length.”

The company has already identified 18 prospects across this prospective strike.

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2022 drill targets and passive seismic sections at Dikaki. Pic: Supplied

Getting to know Kroussou

Apollo has also deployed field teams to carry out additional passive seismic surveys over regional targets to further define drill ready targets while metallurgical samples from Dikaki have arrived in Perth for flotation and variability testing.

Other work that the company intends to carry out in 2022 includes carrying out metallurgical test work to confirm positive high-recovery high-quality concentrate production and investigating regional infrastructure solutions for future production.

Exploration activity in the June 2022 quarter will include infill and extensional drilling at Dikaki and Niamabimbou in the central project area, field exploration and drilling covering regional targets.




This article was developed in collaboration with Apollo Minerals, a Stockhead advertiser at the time of publishing.


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