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Kentor Gold discovers gold along strike from 600,000ozpa Kumtor mine in Kyrgyz Republic

Kentor Gold (ASX: KGL) has some very strategically located prospects in the Kyrgyz Republic, with reconnaissance drilling already delivering some gold intersections.

At the Bashkol license area the latest highlight from channel sampling is 14 metres at 5.74 grams per tonne (g/t) gold, 1.03% copper and 97g/t silver.

The importance of Bashkol is that the license is positioned long strike from the world class Centerra Gold (TSE: CG) Kumtor mine, which is the largest gold mine operated in Central Asia by a Western-based company.

Kumtor has already produced more than 7.8 million ounces of gold in the 13 years to 2010, and is currently producing at a rate of around 600,000 gold ounces annually.

Simon Milroy, managing director, commented, "the results of reconnaissance over the Bashkol license area this year have exceeded expectations.

"The scale of possibilities is now such that we can confidentially plan a geological and geophysical program next year that should lead to the identification of drill targets complementary to the exciting developments at the Bekbulaktor prospect."

Earlier in the week Kentor announced channel sampling results from Bekbulaktor, which included 12 metres at 14.07g/t gold and 1.83% copper at the western zone.

Results from the central zone include 37 metres at 2.65g/t gold, with the eastern zone 10 metres at 2.53g/t gold and the northern zone 11.5 metres at 2.83g/t gold and 0.13% copper.