TORONTO, April 29 /CNW/ - Volta Resources Inc. ("Volta" or the "Company") (TSX: VTR) announces that a 874 hole (8,249 meters) scout geochemical auger drilling campaign has identified several gold anomalies on the Company's wholly-owned Titao project in northwestern Burkina Faso, West Africa (see Figure 1). Significantly, the program has identified a large gold anomaly on the northernmost tested target, Toulfe, where gold results for samples taken in saprolite, at the base of the holes, regularly exceed 0.1g/t gold with peaks of 2.18g/t gold.
Kevin Bullock, Volta's CEO, said, "These results further enhance our confidence and enthusiasm in the mineral potential of the Titao area. Based on these results we will plan a next stage drilling campaign. These results also underscore that in addition to our flagship Kiaka gold project, we have a strong portfolio of other gold projects that we strongly believe have the quality to host sizeable gold deposits and we will continue to systematically test their potential."
The auger program was designed to test targets highlighted by processing high resolution heli-borne geophysical data, supported by detailed ground geological mapping. The auger holes were drilled on 25m centers and 200m line spacing across five selected targets, respectively Toulfe, Yirvouatenga, Samtaaba, Songotaba and Youkirba (see Figure 2). Samples of the saprolite were sent to ALS Chemex Burkina S.A.R.L, Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso for standard preparation (crushing, pulverization, splitting) and gold fire assay on 50g charge. The accuracy of all the results was tested through the systematic inclusion of Au standards and field blanks. The results for the reported holes have passed the Company's rigorous QA/QC protocols.
Auger drilling is essential in the area, due to thick (locally transported) laterite and extensive sandy soil cover, which has resulted in muting or even masking the geochemical response usually provided by soil sampling. All targets tested during the present campaign returned coherent anomalous gold values, defining anomalies that remain open on strike. The best results were obtained from the Toulfe prospect which is located in the northernmost part of the Titao I permit, one of the three, 100%-owned contiguous permits which constitute the Titao project. The auger program has outlined a (greater than) 1,000 meter long gold anomaly at Toulfe, which is coincident with a major shear zone along the contact of an interpreted pluton. The auger anomaly is open to the north, south and west (see figure 3). The area is also a centre for some minor artisanal gold activity.
The auger program will continue at Titao after the rig has tested a number of gold anomalies in the Company's Gaoua project area before the rainy season renders access there difficult. Auger drilling is scheduled to resume at Titao in September 2010 when the extension and enhancement of the anomalies identified to date will be undertaken in order to advance to deeper RC and/or diamond drilling.
Under the guidelines of National Instrument 43-101, the qualified person for the Titao Gold Project is Mr. Guy Franceschi, Vice President, Exploration for Volta. Mr. Franceschi is a member of the European Federation of Geologists and has reviewed and approved the contents of this news release.
Volta is a mineral exploration company primarily focused on becoming a leader in the identification, acquisition and exploration of gold properties in West Africa. The Company is currently fast-tracking its flagship Kiaka Gold Project, located in Burkina Faso, towards a development decision.
To view Figures 1, 2, and 3, please visit http://files.newswire.ca/407/Volta_Apr29.doc
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SOURCE Volta Resources Inc.
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