Imbo, which currently boasts a resource of 2.5 million ounces of gold, is 85% owned by Loncor.
In a statement, the Toronto-based company said it hopes to outline additional mineral resources at the Adumbi, Kitenge and Manzako deposits that comprise the 30.7 million ton-inferred resource grading at 2.5 grams per ton gold.
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Drilling is expected to focus on the Adumbi deposit, which contains 2.2 million ounces of gold. Initial holes will target mineralized zones in the open pit shell, with closely-spaced holes to outline additional resources. Further drilling will focus on adding more resources below the pit shell, where gold mineralization remains open at depth over a 600-metre strike length, according to the company.
Deposits and emerging areas of interest within the Imbo project area
“Through this focused drill program we are targeting a significant increase of resources at the Adumbi deposit, both within and below the open pit,” Loncor CEO Arnold Kondrat said in a statement.
“If we achieve our expectations, the next step will be a preliminary economic assessment to illustrate the positive economic potential that we believe is contained within Adumbi and the neighbouring deposits.”
Loncor is a Canadian gold exploration company focussed on the Ngayu greenstone belt in the northeast of the Democratic Republic of the Congo.
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