The Bobosso project consists of two granted exploration permits, Bassawa and Wendene and one permit application, Dabakala, in northern Côte d’Ivoire. The property is located on the southern extension of the well mineralized Houndé Belt which includes Semafo’s Mana mine, Roxgold’s high-grade Yaramoko gold mine and Endeavour’s Houndé gold mine.
The property hosts a 7 km2 gold-in-soil geochemical anomaly and the geology consists of mafic volcanics, with lesser felsic to intermediate volcanics and minor metasediments. Gold mineralization is found in both broad, moderate grade alteration zones and narrower, higher grade quartz veins. The target deposit type is orogenic gold.
Avant completed two drill programs in 2017 (4,244 metres of reverse circulation drilling and 1,657 metres of diamond drilling) which were successful in identifying gold mineralization in seven target areas, including multiple zones with continuity over 300 metres of strike length. Avant also conducted initial bulk-leak extractable gold tests on several composites from the drilling. This preliminary metallurgical test work indicated that mineralization may be amenable to cyanide-leaching.
Plans for the 2018-2019 season include an IP survey and reverse circulation drill program comprised of approximately 7,500 metres of drilling.
Avant has raised C$8.7 million through a private placement. Avant may elect to raise additional funds up to C$10 million. The net proceeds will be used for exploration activities in Burkina Faso and Côte d’Ivoire.
Assay results from a reverse circulation drill program were reported and included intercepts of 18.0 metres at 2.1 g/t gold from 9.0 metres and 56.0 metres at 1.6 g/t gold from 47.0 metres.