Australian-based Solomon Gold announced further encouraging assay results from recent surface sampling on its Fauro Island project in the Solomon Islands.

The company also said it had hired a drilling contractor for initial Fauro drilling.
Solomon said it was keen to start a 9,000m diamond core drilling program which would initially focus on areas of high-grade mineralization within broad gold zones at Meriguna.

It is reviewing suitable contractors to complete a ground geophysical induced polarization survey over the key targets on Fauro Island.

Recent rock chip and trench gold results returned up to 48g/t and 50g/t at Meriguna and Kiovakase respectively and trench results of 20m at 4.2g/t gold at Meriguna.