FIORE GOLD LTD. (TSX-V: F) (OTCQB: FIOGF) is pleased to provide results from sixteen holes of its 2018 drill program at its Pan Mine in Nevada, part of a longer-term program aimed at expanding the resource and reserve base at Pan. The current program consists of approximately 3,500 metres (11,500 feet) of reverse circulation drilling aimed at expanding reserves and resources near the North Pit which hosts most of the silica-rich rocky ore at Pan. Drilling is also planned for the Central area of the deposit to expand existing resources there as well as test new targets (Figure 1). Mining is currently taking place in both the rocky North Pan Zone and the clayey South Pan Zone, with the run-of-mine ores blended on the leach pad.
The sixteen holes reported here were drilled near the southern end of the North Pit, and extensions of the Syncline pit area as well as targeting surface anomalies on Breccia Hill (Figure 1). The holes were intended to test the potential to expand the existing oxide reserves both at depth and laterally beyond the current reserve boundaries. The 2017 Pan Mine Feasibility Study defines Proven and Probable reserves of 318,000 gold ounces at an average grade of 0.51 g/t gold (0.015 oz/ton), with reserve cutoff grades of 0.21 g/t gold for the North and Central pits, and 0.14 g/t gold for the South Pit.
Highlights from these sixteen holes include:
Tim Warman, Fiore’s CEO commented, “These latest drill results continue to define mineralization at depth and laterally beyond the current mine plan boundaries. We’re confident that the ongoing drilling program will allow us to grow the reserve and resource base and extend operations at Pan well beyond the current mine life. Based on this early success, we’ve decided to extend the drilling program through the remainder of 2018 with additional drilling planned at both Pan and the nearby Gold Rock project.”
In addition to the previously announced 3,500 metre (11,500 ft) program at Pan, Fiore has recently approved an additional 5,030 metres (16,500 ft) of RC drilling, and 1,495 metres (4,900 ft) of diamond drilling at Pan, as well as 4,265 metres (14,000 ft) of RC drilling at the nearby Gold Rock project. Drilling is ongoing at Pan, while drilling at Gold Rock is scheduled to start in July.
Results for the sixteen holes reported here are shown in the table below:
|PND18-09||Breccia Hill||No significant intercept|
|PND18-11||Breccia Hill||No significant intercept|
|PND18-15||Syncline||No Significant Intercept|
|PND18-16||Syncline||No Significant Intercept|
|PND18-17||North Pan||No Significant Intercept|
|PND18-21||North Pan||No Significant Intercept|
On cross-section 2791 (Figure 2), hole PND18-22 extended the thick sequence of relatively shallow gold mineralization previously identified in holes PND18-05 and -06 (PR of February 27, 2018) west of the current reserve pit. This area shows excellent potential to add to the resource and reserve base at a particularly low strip ratio.
On cross-section 2788 (Figure 3), hole PND18-83 encountered additional mineralization below the current reserve pit that was previously encountered in Hole PND18-03 (PR of February 27, 2018). This mineralization will be incorporated into future mine plan updates and may be sufficient to justify deepening the pit in this area, adding to the resource and reserve base.
On cross-section 2785 (Figure 4), hole PND18-19, which was drilled to pin the location of the Branham Fault boundary of the ore zone, confirmed the presence of higher grade material indicated in historic drilling. The remaining holes drilled further west on this section did not encounter significant mineralization that is likely to add to the existing resource.
Drilling near the planned Syncline Pit (Figure 1) identified additional shallow mineralization typical of this area in holes PND18-13 and 14 and provided further information for use in the final design of the Syncline Pit.
Drilling in the Breccia Hill area (holes PND18-09 through -12) did not encounter significant mineralization.
To date 22 holes representing 2,736m (8,975 feet) have been completed with assays received in the North Pan Pit, the planned Syncline Pit, and Campbell Ridge target areas of the property. Holes are generally inclined to -65 to -75 degrees below horizontal. The irregular shape of the ore body at Pan make estimations of apparent widths difficult, but true widths are generally within 60% to 90% of the reported downhole intercepts.
The reverse circulation drilling is being performed by Layne Christiansen of Chandler AZ. Drill sampling is supervised by Fiore Gold geologists, with samples transported directly to ALS Minerals Lab in Reno, Nevada where samples are prepared and pulps generated. Fire assays are determined on a 30-gram charge with an AAS finish. An additional cyanide leach assay is also completed. Selected holes are also analyzed for a 48-element geochemical suite by ICP-MS. Fiore Gold conducts a significant QA/QC program which includes the insertion of assay standards, blanks, and duplicates in the sample stream to insure the assay lab results are within specified performance levels. Down hole deviation surveys are provided by International Directional Services utilizing a surface recording gyroscope.
Pan Mine Geology
The Pan Mine is a Carlin-style, sediment-hosted, gold-only deposit, and is comprised of three main zones of mineralization which has currently been traced for over 1,800 m (6,000 feet) along the north-south Branham Fault. The North Zone is composed of a large body of silicified solution breccia along the western margin of the Branham fault. Mineralization extends westward from the breccia body along the relatively flat-lying Pilot Shale-Devils Gate contact. South Pan is largely hosted in rocks that dip to the northeast between 55 and 65 degrees on the east side of the Branham Fault. Strongly clay altered and mineralized solution breccias are found along the Branham fault and trending southeast away from the Branham Fault along the Pilot Shale-Devils Gate Limestone contact. Central Pan consist of several smaller pods of mineralization largely along the Pilot Shale-Devils Gate contact along a series of northeast-southwest and north-south secondary faults.
Our corporate strategy is to grow Fiore Gold into a 150,000 ounce per year gold producer. To achieve this, we intend to:
The scientific and technical information relating to Fiore Gold’s properties contained in this press release was approved by Eric LeLacheur M.S. (CPG) Fiore Gold’s Vice-President of Exploration, North America and a “Qualified Person” under National Instrument 43-101.
The Pan Mine reserve and resource estimates are presented in a report entitled “NI 43-101 Updated Technical Report, Pan Gold Project, White Pine County, Nevada”, with an effective date of June 30, 2017, which was prepared by J.B. Pennington, M.Sc., C.P.G., Kent Hartley, P.E., Justin Smith, P.E., RM-SME, and Deepak Malhotra, RM-SME.
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