TSX-V-listed Aton Resources has started Phase 2 of a diamond drilling programme at the Rodruin project, in Egypt after three years
The company in June contracted Energold Drilling to undertake at least 4 250 m of diamond drilling at the company’s Abu Marawat concession in the Eastern Desert of Egypt. About 3 350 m of drilling is earmarked for Rodruin to resolve some structural complexities of the project’s mineralisation, as well as enable Aton to declare a maiden resource.
A Phase 1 reverse circulation (RC) percussion drilling programme in 2018 intersected wide zones of oxide mineralisation from surface, as well as in deeper sulphide zone mineralisation. The new drilling will also follow up on mineralisation intersected in the RC drilling, which returned intersections including 36 m grading 12.47 g/t of gold.
Potential for base metal
Aton interim CEO Tonno Vahk says it has been a long and rocky road to this new programme, adding that Aton aims to unlock the potential of the Rodruin gold project, as well as continue to advance the remainder of its highly prospective Abu Marawat concession.
Aton’s 100% owned Abu Marawat Concession is located in the Central Eastern Desert of Egypt, approximately 200km north of Centamin’s Sukari gold mine. Aton has identified numerous gold occurrences throughout the entirety of the concession area, including the Hamama deposit in the west and the Abu Marawat polymetallic deposit in the northeast.
There is good evidence for a variety of different gold mineralisation styles within the concession, and also potential for base metal as well as gold and polymetallic mineralisation.