Desert Metals (ASX:DM1) has completed drilling at its Belele gold project and plans to acquire additional areas containing gold deposits in the Meekatharra region near the site.

The company has already secured at least 40km of strike and aims to explore additional ground.

Desert Metals said initial drilling at Belele has identified a greenstone sequence across the 15km strike extent of the license area.

It also said laboratory samples have been submitted and assay results are pending, with follow-up drilling planned.