- Cora Gold, the West African focused gold exploration company, said Wednesday drilling commenced for a maiden 2,000m drill programme at its Tekeledougou project in southern Mali.

Dr Jonathan Forster, CEO of Cora Gold said: 'Tekeledougou is an exciting prospect with two separate structures exposed; one with over 600m of strike of an intensely veined quartz shear structure and the other approximately 200m of strike.'

'Based on our findings so far, these structures may carry significant gold mineralisation. The initial reconnaissance programme will seek to test and confirm the mineralisation of the structures and also to extend them along the strike where possible. Due to the close proximity of these targets to our ~34% shareholder Hummingbird's producing Yanfolila mine, in the event of a significant discovery there is potential for early cash-flow by utilising the Yanfolila treatment plant.'

'I look forward to providing assay results from Tekeledougou as they become available as we look to unlock the potential of this exciting project.'

At 9:49am: [LON:CORA] Cora Gold Limited Ord Npv Di share price was +0.1p at 12.35p

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