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PNG Gold Corporation Announces Diamond Drill Hole Results: 10.72 g/tonne Gold Over 3.0 Metres

 PNG Gold Corporation (TSX VENTURE:PGK)  report drill core assay results and recent geological modelling from its 2012 exploration program at the Imwauna Structure, located on Normanby Island, Milne Bay province, in eastern Papua New Guinea.
Three diamond drills are currently on site with a fourth arriving next month. The Company has planned to complete 21 additional holes totalling 4,665 metres on the Imwauna Structure by December, 15, 2012 with plans to continue drilling over the holiday season.


Hole Number         From            To        Length          Gold
                     (m)           (m)           (m)       g/tonne

IMH259             151.6         154.6           3.0         10.72
Details of assay results of diamond drill holes IMH-259 to 262 are located in Table 1.
Imwauna Structure – Points of Interest:
The assay results from these four drill holes disclosed in this press release show encouraging results as they begin to support the geological model. Geological modelling has identified moderate south plunging, high grade gold zones along the Imwauna Structure. Attached to this news release is a diagram showing a grade x thickness longitudinal section along the Imwauna Structure, with the Henry and Klink Zones identified. Drilling is now underway in these zones to trace the mineralization to depth.
The Henry and Klink Zones have previously reported drilling intercepts, as shown below:
               Henry Zone                              Klink Zone           

Hole IMH #     g/tonne Au     Metres    Hole IMH #     g/tonne Au     Metres
------------------------------------    ------------------------------------
050                 16.66        1.7    094                  9.50        4.6
051                 22.46        2.1    101                  5.90        4.9
082                 36.16        5.6    163                108.00        0.4
084                 10.64        2.3    174                 13.98        3.0
091                 21.10        3.8    204                 13.11        7.4
172                 34.26        2.6    215                  8.16        6.3
217                 32.10        1.4                                        
218                 49.86        4.0    Composite intervals are core lengths
253                111.97        6.0
About the Imwauna Structure
--  South-southwest trending Imwauna Structure is over 2.0 kilometres long,
    dipping steeply 80-90 degrees west and remains open along strike. 
--  Previous drilling has located six zones of moderate, south plunging
    high-grade gold mineralization. 
--  All six zones remain open to depth. 
--  Geological setting is a Bonanza Gold, epithermal, low-sulphidation
--  PIMA studies of drill core indicate an Illite Group alteration
    assemblage of illite, smectite and quartz with a moderate pH level Ag
    greater than Au system. 
--  Zones are typically 1-4 metres wide, hydrothermal and hydraulic
    brecciated, with vuggy quartz veining present. 
--  Pyrite content 1%, minor arsenopyrite, traces chalcopyrite, and visible
    gold does occur. 
--  Previous work using fluid inclusions suggest source of fluids from south
    and at depth. 
--  Recent drilling is providing indications of zone width and thickness
    increasing with depth.
Kela’s Prospect

In addition to the drill program underway at the Imwauna structure, a seven hole program totalling 1852 metres has been completed on the Kela’s Prospect area. The purpose of the program is to locate the previously untested structure and defining its orientation as it appears to be dipping moderately to the east, towards the Imwauna Structure. Low sulphidation epithermal veining was encountered in most holes. Further drilling may be undertaken once assay results are received and the data compiled.

Table 1: Imwauna Assay Results – IMH 259-261
Hole                     Elev.    Azim-   From      To   Length     Au    Ag
ID      Easting Northing   (m) Dip  uth     (m)     (m)  (m)(i)  (g/t) (g/t)
IMH259   288904  8886712   540 -57  282  151.60  154.60     3.0  10.72  25.4
 260     288918  8886774   570 -72  105  244.95  246.45     1.5   0.23   6.6
IMH261   289203  8886959   505 -63  280   147.3   148.4     1.1  10.35  56.5
 262     289089  8887025   518 -81  104   173.4   174.4     1.0   1.14   2.6
(i) Core lengths are not true thicknesses.                                  
(ii) Did not reach Imwauna Structure.
Core logging, sampling and assaying procedures

All holes drilled by PNG Gold are collared using HQ triple tube drill tools. A few holes have been reduced to NQ size at depth in the hole in order to continue the hole. Geotechnical measurements such as core recovery, fracturing and veining, rock quality designations (RQD’s), hardness and photographic logging are performed systematically prior to sampling and assaying. The core is logged, samples selected by PNG Gold geologists then systematically sawn in half at the site. The one half core sample is numbered, sealed in a bag and delivered by PNG Gold to its base in Alotau where the samples are palletized and placed in secure storage prior to shipment to ALS Minerals in Townsville, QLD. The other half of the core is retained at the site.

Core samples are dried, crushed and pulverized to 85% passing through a 75 micron mesh. The pulps are assayed for gold and silver using a 50 g split, Fire Assay (FA) and AA finish. Samples grading over 100 ppm Au are subjected to a fire assay with gravimetric finish. Analyses were also carried out for the trace elements As and Pb. Rejects and pulps are stored at the lab for future reference.

Posted November 28, 2012

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