Altus Strategies said reconnaissance trenching had defined numerous mineralised epithermal structures at its Agdz copper-silver project in central Morocco.

The company said it recently completed a 275m reconnaissance trenching programme at the Amzwaro and Makarn prospects to an average depth of 0.5m.

The trenching was undertaken to confirm bedrock lithology and alteration assemblages in order to assess the correlation between ground magnetic survey data and high grade assay results from surface sampling.

Two trenches were dug at the Makarn North prospect (18m and 22m long respectively).

It said the reconnaissance trenching programme successfully correlated the ground magnetic and surface sampling data with the presence of mineralisation and alteration in weathered bedrock.

It said a phase-one systematic trenching programme, with seven trenches up to 200m each in length was planned, in conjunction with further detailed structural and alteration mapping.

Chief executive Steven Poultonsaid: "The Agdz Cu-Ag project is a recent discovery by Altus in the heart of a significant and growing copper and silver mining district in central Morocco and 14km south west from the newly opened Bouskour Cu-Ag mine operated by Group Managem.

"Our field teams have recently completed a 275m reconnaissance trenching programme across two prospects with a combined strike length of approximately 4km and widths up to 0.5km.

"The trenches targeted bedrock below highly weathered surface material and mapping of these trenches has confirmed the presence of significant alteration zones, as well as copper oxide and sulphide mineralisation.

"Based on the encouraging results from this phase of work the Company will complete a systematic 800m trenching programme across both prospects, to define priority targets for drilling."

At 9:55am: (LON:ALS) Altus Strategies Plc Ord 1p share price was 0p at 10.13p