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Step out drilling at Sao Chico significantly extends resource beyond current mine limits

 

 

 

 

 

Serabi Gold plc (AIM:SRB) (TSX:SBI), the Brazilian-focused gold mining and development company, is pleased to announce the results from its ongoing surface and underground exploration diamond drilling programme being undertaken on the Sao Chico orebody at its Palito Complex.  

 

Highlights

 

  • A 9,600 metre ‘step out’ surface diamond drill programme commenced in early Q4 to test the east and west continuity of the Sao Chico orebody.  In addition, an underground drilling services contractor is undertaking an 8,000 metre underground drilling programme to test the depth continuity. 
     
  • The drilling completed to date indicates payable strike continuity of mineralisation for 200 metres to both the east and west of current mining limits. 
     
  • Key intercepts to the west include intersections grading 21.03 grammes per tonne (“g/t”) and 15.39 g/t (holes 19-SCUD-219 and 248 respectively).
  • Key intercepts to the east include intersections of 16.61 g/t and 27.35 g/t (holes 19-SC-143 and 142 respectively).
  • Underground drilling also confirms extension of current Sao Chico ore-body for a further 100 metres below the lowest level of current development, level -48mRL, which is itself some 250 vertical metres below surface. 
     
  • Key intercepts at depth include intersections of 34.42 g/t and 114.49 g/t from holes 19-SCUD-284 and 19-SCUD-274 respectively. 
  • Drilling has also commenced on the geophysical anomalies that lie immediately to the west of the Sao Chico orebody.  A 6,000 metre Reverse Circulation (“RC”) drilling programme began in early December to test the anomalies first highlighted in a news release issued in 28 November 2018.   

 

Mike Hodgson, CEO of Serabi, commented:

“This is clearly excellent news for the Company.  We are embarking on an aggressive surface and underground drilling programme mostly focusing in and around the Sao Chico orebody to assess its long-term potential.  We have always seen the strong potential in and around Sao Chico and exploration success here is key to our next expansion plans should they be justified. These early drill results immediately extending the resource beyond the current mining limits have returned some excellent intersections over minable widths in all directions.  Our initial plan is to drill over an area, beyond the current mine workings, of up to 300 metres to the east, 500 metres to the west, and approximately 250 metres at depth. 

 

“The Company has completed approximately 20 per cent of the planned programmes, which are expected to be concluded by the end of June.  Our objective is that the drill programme will provide enough new information to allow us to commission the preparation of an updated geological resource and mineral reserve for the Sao Chico orebody during Q3 2020.  

 

“The recent start-up of the RC drilling into the large terrestrial geophysical anomalies just two kilometres to the west of the Sao Chico orebody is also very exciting.  These anomalies, which we originally confirmed in November 2018, are quite spectacular when compared to the equivalent geophysical anomaly that overlies the Sao Chico orebody, which has produced approximately 75,000 ounces of gold to date.  Strong exploration success here could lead to an expansion in production from the Sao Chico orebodies in the longer term.   This programme should take approximately six months to complete although drilling will need to be suspended approximately every two months to allow for the processing of results.   

 

“In the near term, operations have continued to perform well over the last quarter of 2019, and I was at site in December for the initial testing of our ore sorter.  Further calibration work will be undertaken this quarter with the manufacturer at site this month.  With the ore sorter being tested during this first quarter, we expect the first quarter’s gold production to be at similar levels to 2019, with the enhanced production impact being realised from the second quarter onwards.  With this in mind, we anticipate 2020 production guidance of 45,000-46,000 ounces.

 

“To end, I am pleased to say that the fourth quarter’s production was strong and with final production statistics currently being reconciled, I anticipate providing the final quarter and the full year operational update very shortly.”

 

An interview with Mike Hodgson discussing this update on the exploration and operational activities of Serabi can be accessed using the following link.

 

https://www.brrmedia.co.uk/event/164611

 

SURFACE DRILLING ACTIVITIES

 

The Company is currently conducting step-out drill traverses, from surface and underground to the east, west and at depth in and around the Sao Chico mining limits.  Results to date have established the continuation of payable mineralisation in all three directions.     

 

This step out drilling is significant in that it further highlights the potential in the Sao Chico area for new discoveries within the Serabi’s tenement portfolio.

 

Significant grade intersections include: 

 

 

Hole Target East West RL Depth (m) Dip/Azm From To Apparent Width (m) Real Width (m) Gold Grade
(UTM- WGS84) (UTM- WGS84) (°/°UTM) (m) (m) (Au g/t)
19-SC-141 Highway 614,209.21 9,290,370.41 249.04 220.84 -54/201 195.20 195.67 0.47   3.34
              214.35 215.35 1.00   10.08
19-SC-142 Highway 614,242.82 9,290,379.70 235.62 214.79 -45/201 194.36 196.00 1.64   27.35
            incl. 195.13 196.00 0.87   50.94
19-SC-143 Highway 614,243.04 9,290,380.17 235.59 256.19 -55/201 225.60 227.10 1.50   16.61
19-SC-144 Highway 614,294.54 9,290,360.95 232.09 192.80 -45/198 168.31 168.95 0.64   5.36
19-SC-145 Highway 614,280.86 9,290,365.13 231.99 220.95 -48/200 159.00 161.10 2.10   8.64
            incl. 159.75 160.50 0.75   23.46
19-SC-146 Highway 614,294.54 9,290,360.95 232.09 227.02 -52/198 157.50 158.00 0.50   6.24
19-SC-147 Highway 614,280.98 9,290,365.65 232.00 282.04 -62/200 226.00 226.39 0.39   0.87
19-SC-148 Highway 614,279.03 9,290,088.69 308.61 336.50 -55/010 278.00 278.44 0.44   5.01
19-SC-149 Highway 614,210.93 9,290,326.53 260.10 115.09 -45/202 67.60 68.20 0.60   0.52
              77.70 78.25 0.55   2.26
19-SC-151 Highway 614,212.04 9,290,326.89 260.12 120.40 -45/162 72.00 73.00 1.00   0.83
              83.50 84.05 0.55   0.72
              97.09 99.00 1.91   0.52
19-SCUD-219 Main vein 613,688.02 9,290,479.49 189.94 85.12 -10/193 66.20 68.30 2.10 2.09 21.03
19-SCUD-222 Main vein 613,688.06 9,290,479.52 188.00 101.50 -41/192 92.70 95.60 2.90 2.38 5.31
19-SCUD-241 Main vein 614,150.37 9,290,369.44 6.74 216.85 -41/163 202.72 206.27 3.55 1.32 7.45
19-SCUD-248 Main vein 613,684.93 9,290,501.59 190.03 128.90 -23/234 102.42 106.80 4.38 1.81 15.39
19-SCUD-252 Main vein 613,687.53 9,290,501.61 189.41 230.65 -57/171 183.45 193.70 10.25 3.80 1.53
19-SCUD-253 Main vein 613,686.70 9,290,501.65 189.46 231.40 -62/203 209.00 212.95 3.95 2.43 0.53
19-SCUD-255 Main vein 613,686.62 9,290,501.46 189.48 191.90 -59/199 168.22 174.51 6.29 2.41 5.80
19-SCUD-258 Main vein 613,685.85 9,290,500.89 -29.09 130.75 -29/130 99.92 108.35 8.43 8.01 0.34
19-SCUD-259 Main vein 613,879.99 9,290,368.65 -23.00 100.30 -43/217 62.15 73.45 11.30 8.90 4.24
19-SCUD-261 Main vein 613,685.19 9,290,501.50 189.54 173.25 -34/228 127.52 131.90 4.38 2.54 6.42
19-SCUD-265 Main vein 613,685.16 9,290,501.34 189.16 228.60 -58/240 166.00 166.70 0.70 0.41 0.93
19-SCUD-266 Main vein 613,685.71 9,290,501.04 189.80 250.15 -58/240 201.60 206.52 4.92 3.29 6.88
19-SCUD-268 Main vein 614,081.56 9,290,366.32 6.42 207.25 -46/208 190.25 195.70 5.45 2.12 1.88
19-SCUD-271 Main vein 613,880.37 9,290,368.63 -22.83 100.00 -54/220 72.80 75.65 2.85 1.22 23.24
19-SCUD-272 Main vein 614,082.32 9,290,366.24 6.40 207.05 -53/187 196.46 199.55 3.09 1.02 5.89
19-SCUD-274 Main vein 613,870.16 9,290,377.97 -22.56 91.50 -51/202 76.40 77.68 1.28 1.00 114.49
19-SCUD-275 Main vein 613,864.92 9,290,383.72 -22.24 103.00 -52/218 72.01 75.43 3.42 2.33 2.10
19-SCUD-278 Main vein 613,864.80 9,290,383.92 -22.23 104.60 -42/239 67.41 70.08 2.67 1.00 3.85
19-SCUD-279 Main vein 614,081.49 9,290,366.20 6.52 198.55 -52/218 166.03 169.25 3.22 1.21 1.06
19-SCUD-280 Main vein 614,081.47 9,290,366.12 6.76 150.56 -30/207 130.68 132.57 1.89 0.91 2.40
19-SCUD-281 Main vein 613,860.64 9,290,388.88 -21.54 187.20 -59/230 123.61 126.49 2.88 1.02 2.83
19-SCUD-284 Main vein 613,790.84 9,290,344.82 -32.26 55.20 -54/057 35.74 44.91 9.17 1.23 34.32

 

Note: Reported intercepts are calculated based on a minimum weighted average grade of 0.3g/t Au using a 0.5g/t Au weighted average lower cut and a maximum internal waste interval of 1.2m based on Palito Laboratory reported analyses. All assays were completed by Palito Laboratory using a 30gm DIBK aqua regia charge with an AAS analysis. Palito Assays are not certified analyses (please refer to the footnote at the end of this release for further details).

 

To access an image illustrating a long section of the orebody with location of drilling intercepts and key results, please use the following link https://bit.ly/2SXaXWe

 

Posted January 6, 2020

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