Filo Mining Corp (TSX-V:FIL) (Nasdaq First North: FIL) is pleased to announce results of the first batch of drill holes from the recently completed 2017/18 drill program at the Filo del Sol project in San Juan Province, Argentina and Region III, Chile. A total of 9,411 metres was drilled during the program, which was completed at the end of March. Assay results for 20 reverse circulation holes are presented here, and the remainder will be released once the final assays have been received. In total, 31 RC holes and 9 diamond drill holes were completed during the program.
Highlights of Field Program:
Highlights from this first batch of drill holes include:
Commenting on today’s results, Adam Lundin, CEO of Filo Mining stated, “We are very pleased with the initial results from our 2017/18 drill season. We expect to convert a large portion of our inferred oxide resource to indicated, which was one of our primary objectives this season. The remainder of drill results will be released in Q2 of this year, followed by a resource update in Q3.”
One of the main goals of the 2017/18 drill program was to convert a part of the inferred oxide resource to the indicated category and most of the holes in this release were drilled for that purpose. The results suggest that we are well on our way to achieving this objective. The resource remains open laterally and to depth, and several other holes were drilled adjacent to the inferred resource in order to test for resource extensions. The holes in this release span a distance of 2.5 kilometres from VRC141 in the south to VRC153 in the north.
Fourteen of the holes announced today were drilled into the Filo zone of the deposit. Three of these (VRC136, VRC137 and VRC153) intersected mineralization outside of the 2017 resource limit, including extensions to the copper-gold oxide zone in VRC137 and VRC153 and to the hypogene zone in VRC136. Four holes (VRC137, VRC148, VRC150 and VRC155) intersected the gold oxide zone. Three of these gold-oxide zone intersections were in areas of inferred resource while VRC150 drilled through the indicated part of the gold oxide zone on its way to deeper inferred blocks in the underlying copper-gold oxide and silver zones.
All of the Filo zone holes intersected the copper-gold oxide zone, with the exception of VRC136 which started west of the Frontera fault and VRC151 which was stopped above the zone due to excessive hole deflection. All of these copper-gold oxide intersections are either within the inferred resource or adjacent to it.
Eight of the holes intersected the silver zone, including some high-grade intervals in holes VRC135, VRC152 and VRC155. In particular, VRC152 encountered an 8 metre section between 310 metres and 318 metres which assayed 726.3 g/t silver. These silver zone intersections are all along the edge of the indicated resource or within the adjacent inferred resource.
Six of the holes presented here were drilled into the Tamberias zone. Three of these holes (VRC140, VRC142 and VRC144) extend the gold oxide zone beyond the 2017 resource limit. The other three (VRC139, VRC141 and VRC143) were drilled into the Tamberias copper-gold oxide zone either near the edge of the indicated resource or within the inferred resource and will allow for conversion of some of the inferred resource.
A full table of the drill hole intersections, collar information and a plan map showing the locations of the drill holes are included within this release.
The results of the 2017/18 drilling will be incorporated into an updated mineral resource estimate to support the Pre-Feasibility Study (“PFS”) which is currently underway. Diamond drill holes completed during the program will contribute data for the resource update and will also provide samples for metallurgical testwork forming an important part of the study. Metallurgical sample material was also collected from surface trenches during the field program. The PFS testwork program is being carried out at SGS Minerals metallurgical lab in Lakefield, Ontario and commenced in early April, 2018. Ongoing environmental and social programs continue in support of the PFS and to lay the groundwork for future environmental assessments and project permitting.
|HOLE-ID||From (m)||To (m)||Length (m)||Cu %||Au g/t||Ag g/t||Zone||Purpose|
|VRC151||No Significant Values||Filo||Resource Conversion|
Mineralized zones within the Filo del Sol deposit are flat-lying, and drilled widths are interpreted to be greater than 95% of true widths.
The field program was carried out under the supervision of Bob Carmichael, B.A.Sc., P.Eng., who is the Qualified Person as defined by NI 43-101. Mr. Carmichael is Vice President, Exploration for the Company and has reviewed and approved the technical information contained in this news release.
The Quality Control/Quality Assurance (QA/QC) program for the Filo del Sol Project is under the management of Diego Charchaflie MSc., P.Geo (BC), a Qualified Person pursuant to NI 43-101.
Samples were collected at the drill site by Company personnel with splitting carried out at the Company’s field camp near the drill sites. Individual samples represent final splits from 2 metre intervals down the hole. Samples were delivered to the ALS preparation laboratory in Copiapo, Chile where samples were crushed and split and a 500g split was pulverized to 85% passing 200 mesh. The prepared samples were sent to the ALS assay laboratory in Lima, Peru. ALS is an accredited laboratory which is independent of the Company. Gold analyses were by fire assay fusion with AAS finish on a 30g sample. Copper and silver were analysed by atomic absorption following a 4 acid digestion. Samples were also analyzed for a suite of 36 elements with ICP-ES and a sequential copper leach analysis was completed on each sample. Copper and gold standards as well as blanks and duplicates (field, preparation and analysis) were randomly inserted into the sampling sequence for Quality Control. On average, 9% of the submitted samples correspond to Quality Control samples.
ABOUT FILO MINING CORP.
Filo Mining’s flagship project is its 100% controlled Filo del Sol Project located on the border between San Juan Province, Argentina and Region III, Chile. Filo del Sol is located between the prolific Maricunga and El Indio Gold Belts, two major mineralized trends that contain such deposits as Caspiche, La Coipa, Veladero, and El Indio. The region is mining-friendly and hosts a number of large scale mining operations. The project area is covered under the Mining Integration and Complementation Treaty between Chile and Argentina, which provides the framework for the development of cross border mining projects.
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