Birim Goldfields Inc. (TSX: BGI) ("Birim" or "the Company") is pleased to announce that it has intersected 10 meters at 2.23 g/t gold mineralization in a scout drill hole at the Chert Ridge Target Area on the Cluster Property in the Bui area of Ghana.
Birim recently completed several selective scout reverse-circulation (RC) and diamond drilling programs over a number of prospective targets located along the Bui Belt, Ghana. Drill hole BCC004, was drilled in the south-central portion of the Chert Ridge Prospect, to investigate highly altered outcrop. The RC drilling proved to be highly successful, returning an intersection of 10 meters at 2.23 g/t gold (see map). BCC004 was collared 45 meters to the northwest of a historic RC drill hole DKR_02, drilled by Santa Fe in 1996, which intersected 6 meters at 2.13 g/t gold. Indicative mineralization (9 meters at 0.9 g/t gold) was intersected by Santa Fe in a surface trench TR3300, which is 70 meters to the northeast of the new drill intercept. The intersected structure appears to be dipping steeply to the southeast and is open in all directions. The Santa Fe trench and RC drill samples were analysed by 50g fire assay at Inchcape Testing Services (Ghana) Ltd in Obuasi, Ghana.
The Chert Ridge Prospect is a 9-kilometer long northeast trending contact zone of sheared and folded phyllitic metasediments and metavolcanics. A 30-meter wide mineralized corridor, highlighted for over 6 kilometers by a +50ppb gold-in-soil anomaly, 3 kilometers of which grades at +100ppb gold, is situated along the contact of the metavolcanic package, and is defined by intense silica, chlorite, iron, carbonate and sericite alteration together with pyrite. Sheeted felsic dykes intrude along the full length of the discretely mineralized soil trend. A complex "crush" zone and highly silicified chert-quartz vein assemblage define the trend of the mineralized zone and is responsible for positive relief along the zone. Chert Ridge is situated on a regional structural lineament that is readily traceable for over 50 kilometers to the southwest and a further 20 kilometers to the northeast. The Chert Ridge Prospect represents an exciting drill target due to its spatial coincidence with a major crustal structure and the intensity of the hydrothermal alteration in the sheared corridor. In addition, the shear is located near the contact of a metavolcanic and metasedimentary package that has yet to be sufficiently tested by drilling.
Birim has recently completed an Induced Polarisation (IP) geophysical survey on Chert Ridge and is awaiting the final results. Preliminary interpretations are encouraging in that a number of conductors and chargeable resistors are present along the trend of the soil anomaly and warrant follow-up work. The IP survey has provided an excellent picture of the geological setting of the Prospect and this data will potentially present new drill targets and assist in follow-up drilling. In addition, detailed mapping and selective rock sampling have been carried out to define structural trap sites for the mineralization. Rock sampling has been carried out along the full length of the 9-kilometer strike of the zone.
A follow-up drill program has been planned to further define the strike extent of the mineralization within 200 meters to the northeast and southwest of the current intersection.
All current samples were analyzed by 50g fire assay with an AAS finish at Transworld Laboratory, located in Tarkwa, Ghana. International certified standard reference materials were inserted into the sample sequence along with blank and duplicate samples. Mr. Beau Nicholls of RSG Global Pty Ltd, a Qualified Person under NI 43-101 standards, has verified the current drilling, sampling and assay data reported in this release.
Birim Goldfields Inc. is a royalty-based exploration company focused on gold exploration in Ghana and trades on the Toronto Stock Exchange under the symbol BGI.
A map of New Drill Intersection at Chert Ridge on the Cluster Property, Ghana is available at the following address: http://www.ccnmatthews.com/docs/sogecap.pdf