O3 Mining Inc. (TSX-V: OIII) (OTCQX: OIIIF) is pleased to provide an update on its continuing drilling program on its Marban Engineering Project in Val-d’Or, Quebec, Canada. The Corporation is reporting assay results from 14 holes from the Kierens-Norlartic infill drilling program completed in December 2022 (Press Release – December 22, 2022) seeking technical justification to convert a portion of the remaining 50,000 ounces of gold located within the Pre-feasibility study resource pit shells from the inferred to the indicated category (The Marban PFS, titled “Pre-feasibility Study of the Marban Engineering Project” in accordance with National Instrument 43-101 –Standards of Disclosure for Mineral Projects and dated October 7, 2022 (with an effective date of September 6, 2022) is available on SEDAR (www.sedar.com) under O3 Mining’s issuer profile). The 2022 infill program totaled 64 drill holes completed in and around the Norlartic, North, North-North and Kierens pits, of which five holes have assays pending.
“Not only do the results offer us the potential to expand the Kierens-Norlartic resources, but we are also seeing consistency with the estimated grades, giving us confidence that we can convert more material not considered in the PFS to ore, which will be reflected in the Feasibility Study in Q1 2024. We expect to receive more assay results from our drilling campaign in the next weeks and it promises to continue unveiling Marban’s resource potential while we continue drilling with three rigs at our Marban project,” said O3 Mining President and Chief Executive Officer, Mr. Jose Vizquerra.
Most of the results published today are consistent with the estimated grades of the inferred blocks they were aiming to convert. Some of the intercepts are located immediately outside of the PFS pit outline thus offering the possibility to increase the tonnage of the resource if a future pit expansion can be demonstrated. In the case of the Norlartic deposit, it is interesting noting that drill hole O3MA-22-335 returned a notable intercept right next to the property boundary in the south-east corner of the pit shell, where it remains open. The process of updating the ore wireframes is ongoing and will be completed as soon as the full assay results are received. We will then be working with our consultants to update the resource estimate that we expect will form part of the Feasibility Study.
Figure 1 – Marban Engineering Property Map
Figure 2 – Norlartic Infill Drilling Intercepts
The 2022 infill program comprises 64 drill holes totaling 12,153 metres. The parameters are listed in Table 2 for the entire program. Many significant intercepts have been published in the last months (Press Release – July 6, 2022, and December 22, 2022). Those drill holes also contain a significant amount of intercepts with grade-thickness values between 5 and 20 m*g/t Au.
Table 1: Conversion Drill Hole Intercepts (only intercepts above 20.0 g/t Au*m are reported, cut-off 0.3 g/t Au and within or near resources pit shells)
|Hole||From (m)||To (m)||Grade
* True width determination is estimated at 75-95% of the reported core length interval. Holes marked with an asterisk were drilled at a lower angle to the zones and true width varies from 18-35% of the reported core length.
Table 2: Technical parameters of the hole of the 2022 Infill drilling program
|Hole||Azimuth (°)||Dip (°)||Start
Qualified Persons; Technical Report
The scientific and technical content of this news release has been reviewed, prepared and approved by Mr. Sébastien Vigneau (OGQ #993), Principal Geologist, who is a “qualified person” as defined by National Instrument 43-101 – Standards of Disclosure for Mineral Projects (“NI 43-101”).
For further information on the Marban project, please see the technical report, entitled “NI 43-101 Pre-feasibility Study of the Marban Engineering Project” and dated October 7, 2022 (with an effective date of September 6, 2022), (the “Marban PFS”). Reference should be made to the full text of the Marban PFS for the assumptions, qualifications and limitations relating to the PFS. The Marban PFS is available on SEDAR (www.sedar.com) under O3 Mining’s issuer profile.
Mineral resources that are not mineral reserves do not have demonstrated economic viability.
Quality Control and Reporting Protocols
Assays are uncut except where indicated. Intercepts occur within geological confines of major zones but have not been correlated to individual vein domains at this time. Half-core samples are shipped to Agat laboratory in Val-d’Or, Québec, and Mississauga, Ontario for assaying. The core is crushed to 75% passing -2 mm (10 mesh), a 250 g split of this material is pulverized to 85% passing 75 microns (200 mesh) and 50 g is analyzed by Fire Assay (FA) with an Atomic Absorption Spectrometry (AAS) finish. Samples assaying >10.0 g/t Au are re-analyzed with a gravimetric finish using a 50 g charge.
Commercial certified standard material and blanks are systematically inserted by O3 Mining’s geologists into the sample chain after every 18 core samples as part of the quality assurance and quality control (“QA/QC”) program. Third-party assays are submitted to other designated laboratories for 5% of mineralized samples. Drill program design, QA/QC, and interpretation of results are performed by qualified persons employing a QA/QC program consistent with NI 43-101 and industry best practices.
About O3 Mining Inc.
O3 Mining Inc., an Osisko Group company, is a gold explorer and mine developer on the road to produce from its highly prospective gold camps in Québec, Canada. O3 Mining benefits from the support, previous mine-building success and expertise of the Osisko team as it grows towards being a gold producer with several multi-million-ounce deposits in Québec.
O3 Mining is well-capitalized and owns a 100% interest in all its properties (66,000 hectares) in Québec. O3 Mining trades on the TSX Venture Exchange and OTC Markets. The Corporation is focused on delivering superior returns to its shareholders and long-term benefits to its stakeholders.
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