Awalé Resources Limited (TSX-V: ARIC) is pleased to report further exceptional gold results from the phase 2 drill program at the Empire gold discovery and extension targets (Figures 1 & 2). Assays are reported for 9 drill holes completed at the Empire Main discovery, including holes OED-031 & OEDD-32, which successfully intersected a previously untested high grade NE trending vein array with wider and multiple lodes of gold mineralization. Initial results have also been received from a further 43 scout holes (3,602m of drilling) drilled over the initial 3km of extension targets along the 20km Empire Trend.
RC Drilling is ongoing with only 3 holes to complete and once finished, a further 5 diamond holes are planned to test steep plunging mineralization at Empire Main. Following initial high grade scout drilling intercepts at Anomalies 1 and 2, company geologists are currently working on understanding the geometry of the mineralization and alteration intercepted for the next phase of drilling.
DRILLING HIGHLIGHTS – Empire Main
OEDD-32: Drilled from NW to SE, successfully targeting a NE trending/NW dipping vein array as well as the known east -west trending vein array – multiple lodes intercepted (Figures 3 & 4).
OEDD-31: Drilled from North to South between OEDD-09 and OEDD16 – Successfully testing for shallow northern lode as well as postulated NW dipping vein array. This hole intercepted multiple gold-bearing lodes (Figure 5).
OEDD-22: West step out hole from Discovery hole OEDD-1 – opening the mineralized system to the northwest
OEDD-28: 40m Down dip of OEDD-22
Note: Drill intervals are reported as down hole, true widths are approximately 75 to 80% of the downhole interval – all intercepts are calculated with a 0.5 g/t Au trigger including 2m of internal waste, high grade intercepts are reported as individual assays or intervals calculated at a 1 g/t trigger value.
Empire Main is a robust mineralized system, holes OEDD-31 and OEDD-32 have demonstrated the presence and importance of the postulated north east vein array, this orientation opens the mineralization model to an additional steep southwest plunge on mineralization (long section Figure 6). Further to the down plunge target, hole DD-26 and DD-27 at the eastern extent of current drilling at empire main have revealed a rapid truncation of the mineralization and the diorite host, A northwest offset target is now being drilled to the north of these holes.
A full list of significant intercepts for this release is given in Table 1.
DRILLING HIGHLIGHTS – Extension Target Scout Drilling
Results have been returned from 3,602 meters of scout drilling in 43 holes over three targets strike south east of the empire main discovery (Anomalies 1, 2 and 3; Figure 2). Drilling is ongoing at Anomaly 1. Drilling at Anomalies 1 and 2 have intercepted multiple mineralized zones associated with sulphide and alteration. The campaign is showing potential mineralized trends at Anomaly 1 and 2 with target geology and high grade gold results within these trends. Awale geologists are currently working to ascertain the geometry and control of the systems at Anomaly 1 and 2 preparing for the next phase of drilling.
Anomaly 1 has intercepted a deformed package of volcaniclastic and sedimentary rocks which are variably sheared and altered. Hole OEDD-57 has returned an encouraging first pass intercept of:
These intercepts are contained within a 12 meter wide alteration zone and holes OERC-65, OERC66 and OERC67 on a step out line 160 meters west have intercepted similar alteration veining and sulphide to the mineralization in OERC-57.
At anomaly 2, modelled geology has been intercepted with hole OEDD-20 confirming a diorite intrusive host within a package of altered and deformed volcano sedimentary rocks and carbonaceous mudstones. Encouragingly, the alteration at the footwall contact of the diorite reflects closely of that observed at Empire Main with a 7m wide deformation zone with biotite and calc-silicate alteration with minor sulphide (pyrite) and visible gold in c. 5cm quartz veins. Hole OERC-48 is drilled 100m strike SW of the mineralization in OEDD20 and displays biotite and silica sulphide alteration along a contact between silicic volcanic rocks, and has returned 1 g/t Au from 89m
Best results returned from this alteration zone include
A full table of significant intercepts is available in table 2
LINK: SEE FIGURES 1 TO 6: http://www.awaleresources.com/_resources/maps/2020-12-15-NR-Figures.pdf
Company CEO Glen Parsons commented today:
“The robust nature of mineralisation at the Empire Discovery at Odienné continues to develop with this program further confirming the presence of a high grade gold system. Holes from Empire main continue to deliver high grade gold mineralisation and 22 metres at 3.8 grams gold in hole OEDD-32 complements the previously reported gold mineralisation.
Turning the rig to drill from south to north has proven very successful revealing a new NNE-NE gold mineralised vein orientation. This was tested with holes OEDD-31 and OEDD-32 which displayed visible gold and more robust and consistent mineralisation than previously reported drill holes from the prospect. More excitingly the presence of this NNE to NE gold mineralised vein array opens potential for steeply SW plunging lodes that complement the known shallow plunges tested in this program. 5 diamond drill holes have been added to the current program to test this new gold mineralised orientation.
New mineralisation intercepted at the Anomaly 1 and Anomaly 2 extension targets is particularly encouraging and the initial results form a nucleus for potential new discoveries at Empire. Observed geology and alteration in drill cuttings reflect the modelled geology from our systematic exploration work.
At Anomaly 2 OEDD-20 intercepted visible gold and grades up to 4.8 g/t gold in footwall alteration of a target diorite body similar to Empire Main. Anomaly 1 is still being drilled and hole OERC-57 has intercepted 6 meters at 2.2 g/t gold including two 1m intervals at 5 g/t Au and 5.2 g/t Au, 6 additional RC holes have been added to follow up this new mineralisation.
Further to the continued high-grade results and opening of new mineralisation orientations at Empire Main, it has been pleasing to see the initial scout drilling results starting to bear fruit on the extension targets. We look forward to completion of the RC program and results flow from Anomaly 1 as well as recommencing deeper diamond drilling at Empire main. The additional holes at Empire main are expected to be completed by late January.
Awalé is in the process of testing the first 3km strike from the Empire Main discovery, a mere fraction of the >20km long Empire structure. Furthermore, we continue to systematically explore and extend new targets that are being generated along this exciting mineralised shear zone as well as the greater mineralised north-west Corridor within our Odienné permit.
The pipeline of assays from completed holes is now in motion and we look forward to continued reporting of results as and when they are received.”
Since the previous release, and the Election period hiatus RC Drilling recommenced in the first week of December and continues. At the time of reporting 47RC and 4 diamond holes for 4,282m have been completed over the Empire Extension targets. Drilling continues with approximately 500 RC meters left to complete in 6 holes. Five (5) additional diamond holes for c. 1200m have been planned for Empire main and this is expected to be completed in late January. The company expects results flow to continue for the remaining RC drilling along with Auger geochemistry from Empire and the new Charger Prospect.
Follow – Up Exploration Plan at Odienné
Awale remains confident of the upside potential of the Empire Structural trend and has an aggressive ongoing campaign for the remainder of 2020 and Q1 2021. The near-term focus for the Odienné project is as follows:
Table 1: Significant gold Intercepts in grams per tonne gold for all assayed holes in the current program.
Note: Drill intervals are reported as down hole, true widths are approximately 75 to 80% of the downhole interval. Results are reported at a 0.5 g/t Au trigger with 2m of included internal waste, included intervals are with a 1 g/t Au trigger or individual assay values.
Table 2: Empire East Extension Targets – significant gold Intercepts in grams per tonne gold for all assayed holes in this release.
Note: Drill intervals are reported as down hole, true widths are unknown. Results are reported at a 0.2g/t Au trigger with 2m of included internal waste.
While drilling continues at the empire east extension targets, the diamond holes reported in this release mark the completion of this phase of drilling at Empire main. The program was planned to test a potential shallow plunge to mineralization intercepted in the phase 1 program. Results from this program included.
The phase program both confirmed a shallow plunge, and the north drill azimuth has revealed a second vein array striking to the NNE/NE conjugate to the targeted east -west gold bearing veins. The final 2 holes were drilled test both the presence of an additional northern lode, the central lode and the significance of the NE trending vein array. These holes confirmed both the northern lode and the gold bearing NE array dipping to the northwest. This second vein array was not well tested by phase 1 drilling where holes were drilled parallel to this orientation. Indeed OEDD-32 drilled perpendicular to this array has delivered the broadest continuous drill intercepts to date (36 metres at 2.7 g/t with a 0.5 gram trigger or 62m at 2 g/t with a 0.2 g/t trigger). Further this conjugate orientation opens the possibility for a steep west plunging mineralization, additional to the flatter 25-to-30-degree plunge. A summary of all results from this program is given in Table 1 and best intercepts are as follows:
The mineralization at empire main is characterized by multiphase deformation veining and alteration forming a robust high grade gold bearing system which now warrants deeper drilling to test a steep south westerly plunge. The company is currently planning an additional 5 diamond holes for approximately 1200m to be completed at the end of the current drill phase.
Empire was discovered through systematic exploration by Awalé, resulting in a coincident geology, gold/arsenic geochemistry, and ground geophysics (Induced Polarization, or “IP”) anomaly. The high order soil anomalism coincided with a mapped mylonite-bearing structure that has been intruded by a later diorite body. This diorite is the host of mineralization at Empire Main. The Empire Main discovery is characterized by multiphase deformation, alteration and veining with early potassic alteration+/- Au and pyrite, calc silicate alteration (rare garnet, clinopyoxene and pyrrhotite), carbonate and silica sericite alteration. The abundant free gold is likely late and associated with the final silica-carbonate-sericite phase.
Further to the plunge targets at Empire Main, the company has near completed drilling of 3 higher order (>100ppb) auger anomalies along strike from the discovery area (figure 2). Results have been returned for anomalies 2 and 3 with partial results returned for anomaly 1 – drilling is ongoing. These initial results are exciting and at anomaly one confirm the model of a second potential diorite host.
Anomaly 1 is characterized by deformed silicic volcanic, greywacke and volcaniclastic rocks. Silica carbonate alteration associated with sulphide from 1-3% is observed at contacts between silicic volcanic rocks and the sediments Hole OERC-57 returned 6m at 2.2g/t Au from 38m (including 1m at 5 g/t Au from 39m and 1m at 5.2g/t Au from 41m) as well as 2m at 1.4g/t Au from 48m, these intercepts are contained withing a 12 meter wide alteration zone. Holes OEDD-66 and OEDD-67 (results pending) on a step out line 120m west of OEDD-57 exhibit the same geology and alteration, an additional fence of holes has also been planned midway between these holes.
Anomaly 2 exhibits similar host rock geology to Empire main. Pyrrhotite-chalcopyrite-pyrite are the most abundant sulphide species with rare galena associated with some visible gold. Chlorite rather than biotite is the abundant alteration mineral that is overprinted by the silica sulphide mineralization phase. This is developed as quartz veins, veinlets and stringers that form within brittle ductile zones in a diorite host, with locally intense calc-silicate alteration proximal to the zone. Results from hole OEDD-20 at this prospect returned 1m at 1g/t Au from 66m (within a broader intercept of 4.1m at 0.3 g/t Au from 66m) and 1m at 4.7 g/t Au from 85m. The Diorite and alteration zone are c. 10 meters wide and company geologists are working toward understanding the geometry of this new discovery.
At Anomaly 3, similar brittle deformation is observed in a medium grained quartzite, within clastic, fine grained sedimentary rocks. Silica-sulphide veinlets and veins are associated with a hematite selvage that gives the rocks a pink hue with pyrrhotite-chalcopyrite-pyrite the main sulphide species. This is also developed with silica, at lithological contacts between fine to medium grained Intermediate intrusive and volcanic rocks. This prospect returned rare +100 to 200ppb intervals that do not necessarily reflect the alteration observed.
Quality Control and Assurance
Analytical work for drill core and RC percussion samples is being carried out at the independent Intertek Laboratories Ghana Ltd. an ISO 17025 Certified Laboratory. Samples are stored at the company’s field camps and put into sealed bags; they are stored securely until collected by Intertek for transportation to Ghana.
Drill holes reported in this release are both RC and HQ core. HQ core is sampled as ¾ core (approximately 6 kg/ meter) with ¼ ‘sliver’ of the core sample being reserved as a library sample at the company offices. The remaining ¾ core samples are logged in the Intertek tracking system, weighed, dried and finely crushed to better than 70%, passing a 2 mm screen of which 50% is pulverized to 85%, passing a 75-micron, the remaining 50% is reserved. The pulverized sample is then cyanide leached by the LeachWELL method with a further 2 Fire Assays are completed on the tail samples from the leach to monitor leach efficacy. Total gold is reported from leach and fire assays, at grades of >0.2 g/t gold the leach is recovering 95.5% of all gold.
RC Samples for the exploration holes are riffle split to c. 3 kg samples labelled, tagged and stored at company offices before collection by Intertek Ghana. After collection, samples are logged in the laboratory tracking system, weighed, dried and finely crushed to better than 70%, passing a 2 mm screen. A split of up to 1,000 g is taken and pulverized to better than 85%, passing a 75-micron screen, and a 50-gram split is analyzed by Fire Assay with an AAS finish.
Blanks, core duplicates, crush duplicates and certified reference material (standards) are being used to monitor laboratory performance during the analysis. As a further measure, all samples in potentially mineralized zones at Empire Main have routinely have a quartz wash placed between each sample to prevent any smearing of high grade gold – 3% of these quartz wash samples are routinely analyzed, the remainder are stored with the analysis pulps.
The technical and scientific information contained in this news release has been reviewed and approved for release by Andrew Chubb, the Company’s Qualified Person as defined by National Instrument 43-101. Mr Chubb is the Company’s Chief Operating Officer and holds an Economic Geology degree, is a Member of the Australian Institute of Geoscientists (AIG), and is a Member of the Society of Economic Geologists (SEG). Mr Chubb has 18 years of experience in international minerals exploration and mining project evaluation.
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