TORONTO, Aug. 11, 2020 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Wallbridge Mining Company Limited (TSX:WM) (“Wallbridge” or the “Company”) is pleased to announce an intersection of 24.61 g/t Au over 15.00 metres from the Lower Cayenne Zone, expanding the high-grade domain of this zone by 260 metres down-dip to a vertical depth of 825 metres.
The Company today reports partial assay results of two surface drill holes (FA-20-143 and -148), which are part of the Company’s ongoing, fully-funded 100,000-metre 2020 drill program at its 100%-owned Fenelon Gold Property (“Fenelon” or the “Property”). Further assay results from these drill holes from intervals transecting Area 51 gold mineralization are pending and will be released separately.
|Lower Cayenne high-grade domain expanded and showing excellent potential for growth:|
|FA-20-148||24.61 g/t Au (22.55 g/t Au cut) over 15.00 metres, including 71.37 g/t Au (61.04 g/t Au cut) over 3.00 metres and 29.38 g/t Au over 5.00 metres|
|This intersection 260 metres vertically below the previously released 17.58 g/t Au over 11.04 metres in hole FA-19-059 (see Figs. 1, 2 and 3).|
“This impressive gold intersection in hole FA-20-148 demonstrates that Tabasco-style wide, high-grade domains are also present in the Lower Cayenne Shear Zone,” stated Attila Péntek, Vice President Exploration of Wallbridge. “Being 260 metres below another strong intersection of Lower Cayenne in hole FA-19-059, it opens up another parallel structure at depth for high-grade resource growth potential. At a vertical depth of 825 metres, this is also the deepest intersection of high-grade and high (>200) metal factor gold mineralization so far at Fenelon.”
Note: Metal factor refers to the gold grade multiplied by core length in metres (Au g/t*metres)
2020 Drilling Program Update
As announced previously, exploration activities at Fenelon were temporarily suspended from March 23 to mid-May, 2020 due to COVID-19 restrictions. The program has been gradually restarted in close consultation with the local communities ensuring the safety of all stakeholders.
Currently, four of six drill rigs are focusing on expanding the Tabasco-Cayenne-Area 51 mineralization on the original Fenelon Gold Property, carrying out a combination of 50-100-metre step-outs and tighter-spaced in-fill drilling. The Company estimates approximately 80,000 metres of drilling will be completed as part of this program by year-end, with approximately 46,000 metres completed to date.
The other two drill rigs are active on the newly-acquired portion of Fenelon to follow-up on the Reaper and Ripley gold discoveries made in 2019 and 2020 by Balmoral Resources Ltd. (“Balmoral”), and to test the extensions of the Tabasco-Cayenne-Area 51 gold system onto this adjacent ground. Wallbridge is planning to complete approximately 20,000 metres of drilling in 2020 on the newly-acquired ground, with over 9,000 metres completed to date.
Partial assay results of the two surface holes of the 2020 exploration drill program are reported in the Tables and Figures below. All figures and a table with drill hole information of recently completed holes are posted on the Company’s website under “Current Program” at https://www.wallbridgemining.com/s/fenelon.asp.
|Table 1. Wallbridge Fenelon Gold Property, 2020 Drill Assay Highlights, Tabasco-Cayenne Zones |
|Drill Hole||From||To||Length||Au||Au Cut(2)||VG(3)||Zone/Corridor||Section|
(1) Table includes only highlight assay results received since the latest press release on Tabasco-Cayenne Zone results dated July 13, 2020.
(2) Au assays cut at 140 g/t
(3) Intervals containing visible gold ("VG").
Note: True widths are estimated to be 50-80% of the reported core length intervals
Assay QA/QC and Qualified Persons
Drill core samples from the ongoing drill program at Fenelon are cut and bagged either on site or by contractors and transported to either SGS Canada Inc. or ALS Canada Ltd. for analysis. Samples, along with standards, blanks and duplicates included for quality assurance and quality control, were prepared and analyzed at SGS Canada Inc. or ALS Canada Ltd. laboratories. Samples are crushed to 90% or 95% less than 2mm. A 1kg riffle split is pulverized to >95% passing 106 microns or 85% passing 75 microns. 50g samples are analyzed by fire assay and AAS. At SGS, samples >10g/t Au are automatically analyzed by fire assay with gravimetric finish or screen metallic analysis. To test for coarse free gold and for additional quality assurance and quality control, Wallbridge requests screen metallic analysis for samples containing visible gold. These and future assay results may vary from time to time due to re-analysis for quality assurance and quality control.
The Qualified Person responsible for the technical content of this press release is Evan Slater, P.Geo., M.Sc., Senior Project Geologist of Wallbridge.
About Wallbridge Mining
Wallbridge is establishing a pipeline of projects that will support sustainable 100,000 ounce-plus annual gold production as well as organic growth through exploration and scalability.
The Company is currently advancing the exploration and development of its 100%-owned Fenelon Gold Property, which is located along the Detour-Fenelon Gold Trend, an emerging gold belt in northwestern Québec with an ongoing, fully funded 100,000-metre exploration drill program in 2020.
As announced on May 22, 2020, Wallbridge has completed the Plan of Arrangement whereby the Company acquired all of the issued and outstanding shares of Balmoral, in an all-stock transaction. The Balmoral transaction secures for Wallbridge a buffer of several kilometres surrounding its rapidly expanding Fenelon discovery providing room for growth, as well as future mine development flexibility. The transaction also significantly expands Wallbridge's land holdings in Québec along the Detour-Fenelon Gold Trend (from 10.5 km2 to 739.0 km2), improving the Company's potential for further discoveries in this under-explored belt.
Wallbridge is also pursuing additional advanced-stage projects which would add to the Company's near-term project pipeline. Wallbridge is also the operator of, and a 17.8% shareholder in, Loncan Canada Inc., a privately-held company with a large portfolio of nickel, copper, and platinum-group metals (PGM) projects in Ontario's Sudbury Basin.
For further information please visit the Company's website at www.wallbridgemining.com or contact:
Wallbridge Mining Company Limited
Marz Kord, P. Eng., M. Sc., MBA
President & CEO
Tel: (705) 682-9297 ext. 251
Victoria Vargas, B.Sc. (Hon.) Economics, MBA
Investor Relations Advisor
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