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Ascot Significantly Increases High-Grade Gold Resources at its Premier Project in Northwestern British Columbia

 

 

 

 

 

Ascot Resources Ltd (TSX-V: AOT) (OTCQX: AOTVF) is pleased to announce an updated resource estimate for its flagship Premier Project (including the formerly separate Premier, Dilworth and Silver Coin properties) in British Columbia’s Golden Triangle. The resource includes high-grade zones from the Premier and Northern Lights, Big Missouri (including North Star, Province and Unicorn), Martha Ellen, Dilworth and Silver Coin areas (see Figure 1). The outlines of these zones were modeled with a potential high-grade underground scenario in mind.

 

Ascot management had previously stated its strategy towards developing high-grade underground resources with the announcement of its maiden underground resource on May 10, 2018 in the southern part of the property where the existing drill spacing was close enough to define underground resources. The 2018 drill program was designed to target high-grade areas at the Big Missouri ridge and define zones that could be modeled at the same cut-off grade that was utilized at Premier/Northern Lights. Additional drill holes were planned at the western edge of the Premier/Northern Lights area. The increase in the resource from that particular area is due to successful extension of mineralization towards the west and northwest. The resource reported in this release now reflects all areas with sufficient drill spacing for resource modeling on the property.

 

Derek White, President and CEO of Ascot Resources commented, “Management worked hard to develop a series of resources in 2018 and I am very pleased to announce a significant increase to our high-grade resources during the year. This is an outstanding achievement for the company in a very short time frame.  These results combined with our efforts to identify new targets for exploration utilizing Induced Polarization geophysics and improved gold recoveries from metallurgical test work, provide for a very optimistic outlook for Ascot. We will continue to focus on developing our engineering studies around three spatially separate potential mining areas diversifying the production risk. Our principal business objective is to maximize the utilization of the existing infrastructure, specifically with regard to the mill throughput and I remain very optimistic about Ascot’s future success.”

 

Table 1 shows the Indicated and Inferred resources for the individual areas within the Premier Project. A major focus of the 2019 drill program will be directed toward converting resources from the inferred into the indicated category. The areas that are anticipated to be accessed early in a restart scenario will be targeted preferentially in order to generate greater certainty for mine planning going forward.

 

In August of 2018, the Company engaged Mr. David Rennie, P.Eng. of RPA Inc (“RPA”), Ms. Sue Bird, P.Eng. of Moose Mountain Technical Services (“Moose Mountain”) and Mr. Sean Butler, P.Geo. to prepare an updated Mineral Resource estimate for the Premier Project. Mr. Rennie is responsible for the resource estimate of the Premier/Northern Lights zones while Ms. Bird is responsible for the Big Missouri, Silver Coin, Martha Ellen and Dilworth areas, with contributions from Mr Butler in the Silver Coin area.

 

All areas are being considered as the basis for ongoing engineering studies that are evaluating the viability of a restart scenario for the Premier mill.

 

The resource estimate for the Premier Project is shown at a variety of cut-off grades ranging from 2.5g/t AuEq (see note 4 of Table 1 for gold equivalence calculation) to 5g/t AuEq in Table 2 (Indicated Mineral Resources) and Table 3 (Inferred Mineral Resources).

 

Table 1: The undiluted and in-situ Mineral Resource estimate for the Premier Project reported at an underground cut-off grade of 3.5g/t AuEq.

 

Total Premier Project Mineral Resources

 

 

Class Deposit Tonnes
000’s
Average Grades Contained oz (000’s)
Au g/t Ag g/t AuEq Au Ag AuEq
Indicated Premier/Northern Lights 1,250 6.97 30.2 7.18 281 1,220 289
Indicated Big Missouri 539 8.19 20.5 8.34 142 355 144
Indicated Silver Coin 859 8.01 20.5 8.16 221 566 225
Indicated Martha Ellen 130 5.47 48.0 5.80 23 201 24
Total Indicated All Above 2,780 7.46 26.2 7.64 667 2,340 682

 

Inferred Premier/Northern Lights 1,740 5.95 24.2 6.12 333 1,350 342
Inferred Big Missouri 2,250 8.25 18.4 8.38 596 1,330 605
Inferred Silver Coin 1,160 7.78 22.1 7.93 289 821 295
Inferred Martha Ellen 653 6.12 34.3 6.36 129 720 134
Inferred Dilworth 235 6.13 56.0 6.51 46 424 49
Total Inferred All Above 6,030 7.18 24.0 7.35 1,390 4,650 1,420

 

Notes for Table 1:

1) CIM (2014) definitions were followed for Mineral Resources.
2) Mineral Resources are estimated at a cut-off grade of 3.5g/t AuEq.
3) Mineral Resources are estimated using long-term metal prices of US$1,350/oz Au and US$20/oz Ag.
4) Gold equivalence was calculated using a ratio of 65:1 Ag:Au and Ag recovery of 45.2%.
5) For Premier/Northern Lights, an average bulk density of 2.84 t/m3 was used.  For all other zones, the average bulk density was 2.80 t/m3.
6) For Premier/Northern Lights, the zones were interpreted using a minimum true width of 2.5 m for steep dipping zones and 3.0 m for moderate to flat dipping zones.  For all other zones, a minimum true width of 2.5 m was used.
7) Numbers may not sum due to rounding.

 

A photo accompanying this announcement is available at

http://www.globenewswire.com/NewsRoom/AttachmentNg/04accddc-175d-4760-993b-a80718b3d37e

 

Table 2: Grade sensitivity analysis of Premier Project Mineral Resources in the Indicated category with base case at a cut-off of 3.5g/t AuEq.

 

 

Cut-Off
(g/t AuEq)
Tonnage
(t)
Au
(g/t)
Ag
(g/t)
AuEq
(g/t)
Au
(koz)
Ag
(koz)
AuEq
(koz)
5.0 1,720 9.58 29.6 9.78 530 1,640 541
4.5 2,000 8.88 28.3 9.08 571 1,820 583
4.0 2,350 8.16 27.2 8.35 618 2,060 632
3.5 2,780 7.46 26.2 7.64 667 2,340 682
3.0 3,310 6.76 25.1 6.93 720 2,670 739
2.5 3,950 6.09 23.8 6.26 773 3,020 794

 

 

Table 3: Grade sensitivity analysis of Premier Project Mineral Resources in the Inferred category with base case at a cut-off of 3.5g/t AuEq.

 

 

Cut-Off
(g/t AuEq)
Tonnage
(t)
Au
(g/t)
Ag
(g/t)
AuEq
(g/t)
Au
(koz)
Ag
(koz)
AuEq
(koz)
5.0 3,610 9.31 25.0 9.48 1,081 2,900 1,100
4.5 4,230 8.62 24.6 8.79 1,170 3,340 1,200
4.0 5,050 7.89 24.2 8.06 1,280 3,930 1,310
3.5 6,030 7.18 24.0 7.35 1,390 4,650 1,420
3.0 7,110 6.56 23.4 6.73 1,500 5,350 1,540
2.5 8,520 5.91 22.6 6.07 1,620 6,190 1,660

 

Notes for Tables 2 and 3:

1) CIM (2014) definitions were followed for Mineral Resources.
2) Mineral Resources are estimated at a cut-off grade of 3.5g/t AuEq.
3) Mineral Resources are estimated using long-term metal prices of US$1,350/oz Au and US$20/oz Ag.
4) Gold equivalence was calculated using a ratio of 65:1 Ag:Au and Ag recovery of 45.2%.
5) For Premier/Northern Lights, an average bulk density of 2.84 t/m3 was used.  For all other zones, the average bulk density was 2.80 t/m3.
6) For Premier/Northern Lights, the zones were interpreted using a minimum true width of 2.5 m for steep dipping zones and 3.0 m for moderate to flat dipping zones.  For all other zones, a minimum true width of 2.5 m was used.
7) Numbers may not sum due to rounding.

 

In accordance with National Instrument 43-101 – Standards of Disclosure for Mineral Projects (“NI 43-101”), an updated technical report for the Premier Project will be filed on SEDAR and the Company’s web site within 45 calendar days of this disclosure. 

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Qualified Persons

 

Each of David Rennie, P. Eng. of RPA, Sue Bird, P. Eng. of Moose Mountain Technical Services and Sean Butler, P. Geo. is an independent “qualified person” (as defined in NI 43-101) responsible for this mineral resource estimate. RPA and Moose Mountain, and Mr. Butler have conducted independent data verification relating to drill hole location and orientation, sampling methodology, assay QA/QC and database integrity and found the results satisfactory. RPA, Moose Mountain, and Mr. Butler acknowledge that they have reviewed the technical content presented in this news release and approved the written disclosure.

 

John Kiernan, P. Eng., Chief Operating Officer of the Company is the Company’s Qualified Person as defined by National Instrument 43-101 and has reviewed and approved the technical contents of this news release.

 

About Ascot Resources Ltd.

 

Ascot Resources is a gold and silver focused exploration company with a portfolio of advanced and grassroots projects in the Golden Triangle region of British Columbia. The company’s flagship Premier Project is a near-term high-grade advanced exploration project with large upside potential. Ascot is poised to be the next Golden Triangle producer with an experienced and successful exploration, development and operating team, coupled with a highly regarded major shareholder.

 

Posted December 3, 2018

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