Kodal starts drilling at Bougouni

Kodal Minerals, the mineral exploration and development company focussed on West Africa, says reverse circulation drilling has started at its Bougouni lithium project in southern Mali.

The drilling programme will target three identified lithium mineralised pegmatite veins, as well as new pegmatite veins identified by Kodal's geological study. No previous drilling has targeted the pegmatite veins for lithium mineralisation.

Chief executive Bernard Aylward said: "We have commenced an exciting phase of exploration at the Bougouni lithium project targeting the high-grade lithium mineralised pegmatite veins identified within the project area. Our drill programme is commencing at the Sogola vein where previous sampling has identified high grade lithium mineralisation in excess of 2.2% Li2O.

"We have been able to acquire a very exciting suite of lithium mineralised projects in southern Mali over the previous three months. We were delighted to bolster our lithium portfolio with our recent acquisition of the Diendio lithium project also in southern Mali. This area of West Africa is an emerging province for high-grade lithium mineralisation and we are well positioned to advance its projects.

"This drilling programme is expected to be completed by the end of the year and we are also continuing the mapping and rock-chip sampling of the Bougouni and Diendio projects in order to determine exploration programmes with a view to unlocking the lithium potential. I look forward to providing further updates in due course."