Gregory Isenor, P.Geo., President and CEO of Merrex Gold Inc. (TSX VENTURE:MXI) has announced Analysts Tour of Siribaya Gold Project.
Merrex is hosting an analysts' tour of its West Mali Siribaya Gold Project. A number of Canadian mining analysts are now in Bamako, Mali and will be departing immediately on a hosted tour of the Siribaya Gold Project.
IAMGOLD, operator of the Siribaya Gold Project, has accelerated its exploration expenditures at Siribaya by approximately CDN$750,000 through to December 31, 2010. Four thousand (4,000) metres of RC drilling is now underway to complete the planned 14,500 metre 2010 drill program and another 4,000 metres of RC drilling has been added to follow-up on excellent intersections encountered earlier this year. A second drill is being sought and if one is obtained then this drilling will start once access across the Faleme River becomes possible for heavy equipment, likely by the beginning of December. Otherwise this drilling will begin after the first 4,000 metres is completed.
To further evaluate the Bambadinka trend, the ground geophysical survey (gradient array IP) will be extended to cover the remainder of the trend, and the mechanized auger program is being expanded to evaluate an additional 3,200 metres of strike length.
In addition, IAMGOLD is providing a portable XRF (x-ray fluorescence) analyzer to analyse all dry pulp samples (including diamond drill, reverse circulation, rotary air blast, auger and termite mound samples) to identify pathfinder elements that could assist in drill targeting. A warehouse has been rented in Bamako to begin preparation of the pulps for multi-element analysis.
About the Siribaya Gold Project
Merrex controls 100% of the Siribaya Gold Project comprising over 840 square kilometres of contiguous exploration permits in West Mali including the Siribaya Mega-structure. The Siribaya Mega-structure has a CIM compliant NI43-101 resource estimate of 4,015,000 tonnes grading 2.39 g/t Indicated (308,200 oz Au) and 946,000 tonnes grading 2.29 g/t Inferred (69,500 oz Au). The NI43-101 resource is open to the north, south and at depth. Within the Siribaya Mega-structure there are at least two distinct substructures; the 500 metre wide by 10.5 kilometre long 1B substructure and the twin 500 metre wide x 9.5 kilometre long 1A sub-structure. The Siribaya Mega-structure has yielded ore-grade drill intercepts in a number of selected targets along its entire length. Recent RC drilling has confirmed extension of the Zone 1B mineralization to an interpreted continuity of over 3 kilometres and the extension of the Zone 1A mineralization to an interpreted continuity of over 2 kilometres with additional mineralized zones discovered also with an interpreted continuity of over 2 kilometres.
The 2010 exploration program also confirmed significant new gold trends at Babara, Bambadinka and West Siribaya.
In December 2008, Merrex closed an Option Agreement with IAMGOLD pursuant to which IAMGOLD may incur up to CDN$10.5 million in exploration expenditures over 4 years, to earn a 50% interest in the Siribaya Gold Project, of which almost CDN$6.0 million has been spent to October 1, 2010.
Since 2005 the combined exploration expenditures of Merrex and IAMGOLD at Siribaya total almost CDN$14,000,000.
Gregory P. Isenor, P. Geo., is the Qualified Person as defined under NI 43-101 who has reviewed and is responsible for the technical information presented in this news release.
Source: Merrex Gold Inc.