Australian uranium company Forte Energy has begun the reverse circulation (RC) drilling at the A238 uranium anomaly within its 100%-owned uranium exploration licenses in the Zednes region of northern Mauritania, West Africa.

The A238 prospect, located 55km south-east of the town of Bir Moghrein and 135km north-west of the company’s Bir En Nar project, is the first target in a planned 5,000m program of RC drilling in Mauritania.

The drilling will be followed by a 1,500m program of diamond drilling slated for November and December 2010.

The commencement of drilling will allow the company to test its new sample assay process in Mauritania.

The current program is following up RC holes totaling 1,444m drilled earlier this year, which returned ‘extremely positive’ results, showing wide intersections of high grade uranium over a strike length of 1.2km.

The intersections included 80m grading 362 parts per million (ppm) uranium including 12m at 704 ppm uranium, 41m grading 450ppm uranium including 8m grading 814ppm uranium, 37m grading 347ppm uranium including 5m grading 1,000ppm uranium and 50m grading 345ppm uranium including 34m grading 400ppm uranium.

The highest grade intersected over 1m was 1,352 ppm uranium.

The uranium mineralization, which is hosted predominantly in mylonite and sheared granite, remains open at depth and along strike, with surface mapping suggesting a probable strike of well over 2km.

This drilling program is therefore designed to fully define the strike extent and to in-fill the thick, high grade core.