Canadian mining company Aya Gold & Silver has recently announced a decision to expand its exploration programme at its Moroccan properties and deposits by 2023, as reported by several Moroccan media.
The expansion includes the Boumadine diamond mine, the Zgounder silver deposit, other regional Zgounder properties and the recently acquired Tirzzit copper-silver mine, the Canadian company said in a statement.
According to the note, the 2023 diamond drilling programme at the Boumadine deposit has been extended by 40,000 metres with the aim of extending mineralisation to the south, investigating a new zone in the northwest and completing infill drilling at specific spacings to establish a resource during the first quarter of 2024. To this end, six drill rigs are currently operating at Boumadine as part of the expansion programme, which now totals 76,000 metres.
The company’s president and CEO, Benoit La Salle, expressed satisfaction “with the results of the exploration work at Boumadine over the past 12 months”. “We are more than doubling our exploration drilling programme for this project in 2023 to 76,000 metres.” La Salle also indicated that they will continue to extend the length of the field, which is now 3.8 kilometres. “This offers enormous potential and requires additional drilling to ensure that tonnage is added and value is maximised for all stakeholders.
As part of the diamond drilling programme at the Zgounder mines, a further 7,300 metres have been added and a new target will also be explored in the Tourchkal area, where silver has been observed. “We are also pleased with our initial work at Zgounder, where we remain focused on finding additional resources, including the possibility of satellite deposits within close proximity to the mine,” added La Salle.
The expanded drilling programme at Zgounder currently includes one surface rig and two underground rigs, bringing the total to 29,000 metres, the company said, also noting that it plans to commission two additional underground rigs in the coming weeks.
Regarding the newly acquired Tirzzit mine, Aya Gold & Silver stresses its commitment to the deposit and its expansion. The company plans mapping campaigns and a high-resolution hyperspectral survey to analyse the potential of this new property.