Probe Gold Inc. (TSX-V: PRB) (OTCQB: PROBF) is pleased to provide the first set of results from the 2022 Pascalis Gold Trend resource drill program on its 100%-owned Novador project located near Val-d’Or, Quebec. Results from the first fifty-nine drill holes, totalling 11,200 metres, have been successful in confirming continuity of gold zones, through infill drilling, as well as expanding near-surface gold mineralization at both Beliveau and North deposits (Figure 1). An updated mineral resource estimate is currently being calculated and will include the new results released today. Significant new drill results are presented below.
David Palmer, President and CEO of Probe, states “the Novador project continues to improve and grow, with the Beliveau and North deposits returning impressive results in both infill and expansion drilling programs. In addition to strong grades, the deposits are showing excellent consistency and continuity in the mineralized zones, which builds confidence in these substantial development assets. At this stage of the project, with a large resource already in place, these results speak more to the continued growth in scale of the project and our ability to increase the projected annual production. We are currently working towards updated mineral resource estimates on Beliveau, North and Courvan deposits and are looking forward to advancing Novador.”
Drill program on the Beliveau and North deposits in 2022 continued to identify new mineralization within the conceptual pits defined by the 2021 MRE. Of the fifty-nine shallow holes drilled to identify or confirm near-surface mineralization, forty-eight yielded gold intercepts over 0.4 g/t Au, which is above the cut-off grade used in the 2021 pit-constrained resource estimate. The most significant expansion drilling results were found in the extension to the west of the Beliveau deposit and the extension of the North deposit to the north. Infill drilling at Beliveau and North also returned notable results as expected. Shallow gold mineralized structures were intersected in the north and northwest part of the North deposit, which require further follow-up drilling, and all the zones are still open at depth.
The geology and geometry of the mineralization intersected by holes PC-20-676 to 734 are similar to those intersected previously along the Pascalis Gold Trend and consist of shallow dipping tension vein networks closely associated with sub-vertical east-west deformation zones and north-northwest dykes.
Selected drill results from holes PC-22-676 to 734 at the Pascalis Area drilling program are, as follows:
|Hole Number||From (m)||To (m)||Length (m)||Gold (g/t)||Zone / Resource|
|PC-22-676||12.0||35.0||23.0||0.5||Infill / North|
|PC-22-679||57.0||82.0||25.0||1.0||Expansion / North|
|PC-22-682||42.7||46.5||3.8||5.2||Infill / North|
|PC-22-687||22.0||48.0||26.0||0.6||Expansion / North|
|PC-22-701||43.5||53.0||9.5||3.2||Infill / Beliveau|
|PC-22-701||160.0||168.2||8.2||2.1||Infill / Beliveau|
|PC-22-706||204.7||209.5||4.8||3.8||Infill / Beliveau|
|PC-22-715||179.0||180.5||1.5||17.2||Infill / Beliveau|
|PC-22-725||6.0||50.0||44.0||3.9||Infill / Beliveau|
|Including||32.3||33.6||1.3||66.3||Infill / Beliveau|
|Including||36.0||36.8||0.8||51.0||Infill / Beliveau|
|PC-22-725||148.0||195.0||47.0||0.5||Infill / Beliveau|
|PC-22-726||41.0||50.3||9.3||2.7||Infill / Beliveau|
|PC-22-726||136.3||138.2||1.9||14.1||Infill / Beliveau|
|PC-22-730||110.7||113.6||2.9||10.1||Infill / Beliveau|
|Including||110.7||111.6||0.9||31.5||Infill / Beliveau|
|PC-22-732||305.4||327.1||21.7||2.7||Infill / Beliveau|
|PC-22-732||374.0||376.0||2.0||7.8||Infill / Beliveau|
|PC-22-734||191.8||192.8||1.0||156.0||Expansion / Beliveau|
(1) All the new analytical results reported in this release and in this table, are presented in core length and cut to 100 g/t Au when needed. True width is estimated between 65 to 95 % of core length. Only grade times thickness above 15.0 g/t Au * m is reported.
Figure 1: Surface Map – Pascalis Gold Trend new drilling results:
About Probe’s Novador Project
Since 2016, Probe Gold has been consolidating its land position in the highly prospective Val-d’Or East area in the province of Quebec with a district-scale land package of 436 square kilometers that represents one of the largest land holdings in the Val-d’Or mining camp. The Novador project is a sub-set of properties totaling 175 square kilometers hosting three past producing mines (Beliveau Mine, Bussière Mine and Monique Mine) and falls along three regional mine trends. Novador is situated in a politically stable and low-cost mining environment that hosts numerous active producers and mills.
Novador project includes gold resources totaling 2,038,900 ounces Indicated and 357,200 ounces Inferred for Monique and 1,128,100 ounces Indicated (historical, from the 2021 resources estimate) and 1,638,200 Inferred ounces (historical, from the 2021 resources estimate) for other deposits, including Pascalis and Courvan (see press release dated January 17, 2023).
The scientific and technical content of this press release has been reviewed, prepared and approved by Mr. Marco Gagnon, P.Geo, Executive Vice President, who is a “Qualified Person” as defined by National Instrument 43-101 – Standards of Disclosure for Mineral Projects.
During the last drilling program, assay samples were taken from the NQ core by sawing the drill core in half, with one-half sent to a certified commercial laboratory and the other half retained for future reference. A strict QA/QC program was applied to all samples; which includes insertion of mineralized standards and blank samples for each batch of 20 samples. The gold analyses were completed by fire-assayed with an atomic absorption finish on 50 grams of materials. Repeats were carried out by fire-assay followed by gravimetric testing on each sample containing 3.0 g/t gold or more. Total gold analyses (Metallic Sieve) were carried out on the samples which presented a great variation of their gold contents or the presence of visible gold.
About Probe Gold:
Probe Gold Inc. is a leading Canadian gold exploration company focused on the acquisition, exploration, and development of highly prospective gold properties. The Company is committed to discovering and developing high-quality gold projects, including its key asset the multimillion-ounce Novador Gold Project, Québec. The Company is well-funded and controls a large land package of approximately 1,500-square-kilometres of exploration ground within some of the most prolific gold belts in Québec. The Company was formed as a result of the $526M sale of Probe Mines Limited to Goldcorp. Eldorado Gold Corporation currently owns approximately 10% of the Company.
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