Sanu Resources Ltd.

Sanu Resources Ltd.

October 07, 2005 15:51 ET

Sanu Resources Ltd.: Eritrean Exploration Update

VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA--(CCNMatthews - Oct. 7, 2005) - Sanu Resources Ltd. (TSX VENTURE:SNU) (the "Company" or "Sanu") is pleased to provide an exploration update for Eritrea including a review of the last six months of work as well as exploration plans for coming field season.

- Through July 2005 (the start of the rainy season), the Company evaluated VMS prospects in Kerkebet and Mogoraib and gold prospects in the Guluj and Fanco, while at the same time conducting regional exploration. The work included drilling, soil and rock chip sampling, and ground EM and gravity surveys. Last season's field program was greatly impacted by the Eritrean work stoppage and significant delays due to mechanical and equipment issues in our drilling programs.

- As part of last season's program, the Company drill tested two VMS prospects (Bisha North and 1732) and two gold prospects (Melhoy and Wegeretai). Sufficient encouragement was encountered at Bisha North and Melhoy to continue drilling as part of this field season's exploration program. No additional work will be completed at this time on the 1732 anomaly and Wegeretai.

- Drilling has been initiated on the Company's portfolio of VMS prospects and will include testing of up to eight prospects. Currently, drilling is underway at Bisha North in Kerkebet where the Company has five to seven holes planned. A second core rig will be mobilized in three weeks to begin work in Mogoraib on the Ashelli prospect.

- Towards the end of October, the Company will mobilize a reverse circulation (RC) rig to evaluate four gold projects located on our southern licenses including the Melhoy Prospect where last year the Company intersected 17 meters of 2.76 grams per tonne (g/t) of near surface oxide gold mineralization.

- Regional exploration work will continue throughout the Company's entire land position (4,000 square kilometers). Regional exploration last year led to the discovery of three new VMS targets (Ashelli, Hambok, and Tekewda) as well as several early stage gold anomalies. We anticipate that the continued regional work will again lead to new exploration targets being generated.

- Initial results from the VMS drilling are estimated to be available within six to eights weeks while drilling results from the gold program (once initiated) will be released towards the end of the calendar year.

VMS Exploration Program - Central Licenses

Bisha North Prospect: The Company drill tested the Bisha North VMS prospect, located approximately 400 meters along strike from Nevsun Resource's Bisha Northwest prospect. The Company had planned to drill ten holes at Bisha North to test for massive sulfide mineralization, but for a variety of mechanical issues only three holes (BND-009, BND-004, BND-003) were completed for a total of 642 meters before the rainy season started.

Interpretation of the drill results suggests that drilling has intersected the alteration envelope and/or the distal facies of a massive sulfide system. BND-003 intersected a thick sequence of pyritic, sericite schist with intermittent zones of anomalous zinc between 60m and 200m. BND-009 intersected a thin massive sulfide horizon immediately overlying a rhyolite breccia unit, similar to the setting of Kuroko massive sulfide deposits of Japan. Results from the first three drill holes are encouraging in that strongly anomalous values occur within prospective host rocks where the principal targets (a significant residual gravity anomaly and a silica pyrite body) remain to be tested. Approximately 5 to 7 holes will be drilled at Bisha North during the current program.

Other VMS Prospects: The following table presents a summary of the VMS prospects located within the Kerkebet and Mogoraib Exploration Licenses. A majority of these prospects will be drill tested during this field season.

Airborne and
Anomaly/ EM Ground EM
Prospect Outcrop Geochem Priority Signature Comments
Bisha Thick Outcrops High Strong Immediately north
North silicia anomalous residual of and on strike
(Kerk- pyrite in Ag and gravity with Nevsun's Bisha
ebet) body and Pb anomaly North Prospect;
thin located several trends
gossan 50m SW of defined by ground
horizons silica EM work
pyrite body
Mai Gossan Gossan High- Low Main gossan outcrop
Melih and anomalous moderate; intensity may be folded;
(Mogo- chert; in base also but thinner gossan
riab) 500m metals targets persistent horizons extend to
strike off- residual both north and
length strike gravity south; additional
to north ridge soil sampling to
coincident north planned
with ground
Ashelli Gossan Several Not Strong EM Strongest Au in
(Mogo- and lines up flown conductor soils of any
riab) silicia- to 852 coincident prospect; anomalous
pyrite; ppb Au with in Ag and Pb;
600m in soil graphitic residual gravity
strike samples schist; anomaly west of
length conductor
Hambok Silicious Up to 526 Not Breccia and EM conductor
(Mogo- breccia ppb Au in flown gossan coincident with
riab) and soil coincident residual gravity
gossan; samples with ground anomaly to south
500m EM conductor
1726 covered covered High Narrow No outcrop.
(Kerk- residual Eastern trend.
ebet) gravity Ground EM completed.
with ground
EM conductors
1728 covered covered Moderate- Several N-S No outcrop.
(Kerk- High residual Eastern trend.
ebet) gravity Ground EM completed.
with ground
EM conductors
Bisha Folded Some Moderate Weak residual Eastern trend.
East silica- samples gravity
(Kerk- pyrite anomalous ridges
ebet) body; in base
gossani- metals
chert on
1722 Chert and Soil Not Several Not all gravity
(Kerk- gossani- samples rated residual anomalies
ebet) ferrous anomalous gravity coincident with
chert in Pb anomalies conductors;
and Ag addition soil
sampling required
Tekwada Ankeritic- Gossan Not Residual Ground EM conductors
(Mogo- sideritic anomalous flown gravity not coincident
riab) gossan; in Pb; ridge extends with gravity or
200m soils southward gossan outcrops
strike anomalous from gossan
length in Au

Gold Exploration Program - Southern Licenses

Melhoy Prospect: The Melhoy Prospect is located within the Hablesh-Demerayey trend of alluvial and quartz vein/shear zone. The Melhoy artisanal workings are developed on a north-south trending set of quartz veins hosted by ankerite-altered basaltic rocks. The veins extend for several hundred meters along strike and occur as a zone of en-echelon veins in the widest part of the prospect. The veins appear to die-out to the north and disappear under alluvium to the south. Chip samples from the veins yielded between 1-10 g/t gold. A trench across the widest portion of the vein swarm yielded 32m @ 1.3 g/t gold. Four holes were drilled at Melhoy with all holes being drilled toward the west (inclination -45 degrees). Significant assay results are shown below. The next round of drilling (start in October) will test the strike extensions of the mineralized zone and will include a minimum of 4 holes.

Drill Hole From To Meters g/t Gold
MHRC-1 8.0 25.0 17.00 2.76
Including 9.0 20.0 11.00 4.89
15.0 18.0 3.00 10.17

MHRC-2 68.0 70.0 2.0 0.81
63.0 68.0 5.0 1.48
74.0 78.0 4.0 4.82

MHRC-3 29.0 31.0 2.0 1.39
34.0 35.0 1.0 0.74
47.0 48.0 1.0 9.27

MHRC-4 18.0 21.0 3.0 1.12
Including 20.0 21.0 1.0 2.5
26.0 31.0 5.0 1.86
34.0 35.0 1.0 1.51
38.0 40.0 2.0 5.84

Other Gold Prospects (Fanco & Guluj): In addition to drilling Melhoy this fall, the Company will also test Adi-Kelbay, Kurtutai, Hablesh South and Asuna. Additional rock chip and soil sampling along with detailed mapping will also be conducted at some of the more early stage prospects. The following table presents a summary of the gold prospects located within the Guluj and Fanco Exploration Licenses.


Prospect Mineralization Geochem Zone Comments
Melhoy Quartz veins Trenching 200m exposed 4 holes
and ankerite- yielded 32m length, 20- drilled to
sericite @ 1.3 g/t; 40m thickness. date (refer
alteration zone rock chips to above
up to 10 g/t; table); open
weak soil to south for
anomaly several
Adi Kelbay Quartz veins Strong soil 800m long and 500m to the
and ankerite- anomalies 20-40m thick. west of the
sericite over veins; Melhoy; veins
alteration zone Trenching and shear
yielded 6m @ zones appear
6.7 g/t gold; to emanate
rock chips up from a
to 17.2 g/t granite
gold. porphyry
Kurtutai Quartz vein and Moderate soil 700m long and On strike
ankerite-sericite anomaly over 20m wide with Adi
alteration zone veins; Kelbay veins
Trenching and alteration
yielded 0.5 zone; extends
g/t over 1m; to NNW but
rock chips without
with 1-2 g/t significant
geochem values.
Hablesh Quartz veins Rock chips 150m long and .5 km south
South hosted by granite yielded 11.74, 1-2 (?) m of the Adi
porphyry 14.48, 10.96, thick Kelbay; open
and 34.24 g/t to south(?).
gold; low soil
Asuna Quartz veinlets Artisanal 1500m long; Lower grade
hosted by workings thickness is but large
graywacke, yielded up unknown. tonnage
phyllite, to 6 g/t prospect.
argillite, gold;
hornfels, and trenches -
marble anomalous
values up to
15m @ 0.76 g/t;
strong soil
Demerayey Quartz vein Rock chip 150m long and Low tonnage
Vein hosted by samples up to 1-2m thick potential but
basalt 18.24 g/t Au; moderate-high
moderate soil grade
Demerayey Quartz vein Quartz vein Zone not Interesting
Tourmaline and quartz- yield values defined alteration in
Hill tourmaline up to 4.05 vicinity of
veinlets hosted g/t Au; low gold bearing
ankerite- soil values; quartz veins
sericite trenches
altered quartz yielded 2m @
graywacke 0.6 g/t in
Demerayey Skarn (gossan) Good soil 500m long; Interesting
West and silicified sample values thickness soil lines;
marble over 400m; low unknown mineralized
rock chip zone may be
values covered.
Mio Quartz veins Rock chip Thin, Grade does
in chloritic samples from irregular not
schist quartz veins quartz veins; apparently
up to 143 g/t extent not extend into
Au; low soil known. wall rocks,
values limiting

Qualified Person/Quality Analysis/Quality Control

Dr. Demetrius Pohl, a Qualified Person as defined by National Instrument 43-101 and Vice President of Exploration for the Company, has reviewed and verified the technical mining information contained in this news release. All drill core selected for assay was sawn in half in the field; one-half of the core was prepared for assay in Asmara, and the other half was stored on site. At Wegeretai, quartz vein and wall rock samples were treated differently in order to minimize potential nugget effects. Wegeretai wall rock samples, samples from the Bisha North and 1732, and samples from RC drilling were crushed and pulverized to -200 mesh at African Horn Laboratories in Asmara. The pulverized material was sent to Genlaysis Laboratories for 50 gm fire assay for Au and Ag and AAS analysis for Cu, Pb, Zn and Ni. Quartz vein samples (Wegeretai) were shipped in their entirety to Genalysis for screen fire assay. In this method, 500 g or 1 kg was split from the bulk pulp after initial pulverization with the split being re-pulverized to ensure the oversize portion is not excessive. The split was then dry-sieved through a 150 mesh nylon cloth. The coarse fraction was weighed, and the total coarse fraction, including the nylon cloth, was fire assayed in a new pot and the micrograms of gold determined. The remaining fines were homogenized and 25 g duplicate portions fire assayed and the gold determined in ppm. The "true" or "weighted mean" result was then calculated. High and low-grade standard samples and approximately 5% duplicate samples were randomly inserted throughout Sanu's drill core samples (except quartz vein samples for screen fire assay) for quality control.

Sanu is a mineral exploration company focused on the acquisition, exploration and discovery of world-class gold and base metal deposits in Africa and is currently exploring in Eritrea, West Africa and Morocco. The Company has 17.6 million shares outstanding and trades on the TSX Venture Exchange under the symbol SNU. For additional information on the Company and its exploration projects please visit our website at

The TSX Venture does not accept responsibility for the adequacy or accuracy of this release.

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    Corporate Secretary
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