Probe Gold Inc. (TSX: PRB) (OTCQB: PROBF) is pleased to provide the first set of results from the 2022 Courvan Gold Trend resource drill program on its 100%-owned Novador property located near Val-d’Or, Quebec. Results from seventy-four (74) drill holes, totalling 13,700 metres, returned significant gold intercepts between surface and 250 metres depth at the Southwest deposit (see figure 1 and table of drill results below). Results from this drilling returned the largest intervals to-date from the Courvan Trend, including 1.1 g/t Au over 113.0 metres in hole CO-22-189 and 0.8 g/t Au over 154.3 metres in hole CO-22-245. The 2022 fall drill program at Courvan was focused on both resource expansion and resource conversion drilling. An updated MRE is currently being calculated and will include the new results released today.
David Palmer, President and CEO of Probe, states, “Our first set of results from Courvan’s infill and expansion drilling programs have yielded the largest intervals to-date as well as significant near-surface intercepts, highlighting the project’s potential for growth and increased production. These results are a continuation of the exceptional results we are receiving across the project, including both Pascalis and Monique, that demonstrate improving grade and thickness. With these first results for Courvan, we can now confirm that we are achieving our objectives across all three deposits, namely unlocking value through continued growth of our gold resources and upgrading the resource classification to support upcoming economic studies and development plans. The Resource Updates for Pascalis and Courvan are progressing well, and we anticipate further Courvan results to be released during the upcoming weeks.”
Of the one seventy-four holes drilled to identify or confirm near-surface mineralization, sixty-two returned gold intercepts over 0.4 g/t Au, which is above the cut-off grade used in the 2021 pit-constrained resource estimate. Infill drilling at Southwest deposit returned significant results, as expected and expansion drilling near the bottom of the pit identify new parallel gold zones. The deposit remains open laterally and at shallow depth as very few holes were drilled under 250 metres deep. Assay results for an additional one hundred and forty-one holes drilled in Q4 2022 at Courvan over the Bussiere and Creek deposits will be released when received and interpreted.
The latest drilling results continues to improve our 3D model of the mineralisation at Courvan, which is characterized by a set of shallow dipping East-West gold-bearing veins adjacent to shear zones crosscutting the Bourlamaque granodiorite batholith. Gold veins intersected are characterized predominantly by sulphide-bearing quartz-carbonate-tourmaline and gold is generally associated with cm-scale pyrite masses in veins and zones of 1% to 5% finely disseminated pyrite in the host rocks.
Selected drill results from the fall 2022 Courvan Southwest deposit drilling program are, as follows:
|Hole Number||From (m)||To (m)||Length (m)||Gold (g/t)||Resource|
Figure 1: Surface Map – Courvan 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 446 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 prepared, reviewed, 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 (“NI 43-101”).
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.
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