Surge Copper Corp. (TSXV: SURG) (OTCQX: SRGXF) (Frankfurt: G6D2) is pleased to announce assay results for multiple resource definition holes from the Company’s 100% owned Ootsa Property in British Columbia, and an update on the Company’s ongoing activities and near-term news flow. The 2021 core drilling program at Ootsa has ended with 26,556 metres of drilling in 72 holes completed since June 2021. Thus far, following this news release, results from 20 holes have been released, with results from 52 additional holes pending including:
An updated resource estimate for the Ootsa Property is in progress, and regional exploration target evaluation and data compilation will be continuing over the winter with selective drill testing as warranted. The Company is also actively drilling at the Berg deposit, with further updates on this program to follow.
Leif Nilsson, Chief Executive Officer, commented: “This is the second batch of results we are releasing from a multi-project summer program which has been one of the busiest in the Company’s history. The results continue to demonstrate the potential to expand the West Seel deposit and to improve grade within existing volumes. Furthermore, the recent drilling at the Seel Breccia Zone, for which assays are still pending, underscores the excellent exploration potential in this area. A major focus in the coming months will be on advancing our pipeline of regional exploration targets throughout the district.”
East and West Seel Highlights
Seel Breccia Zone and Other Exploration Highlights
East and West Seel Drilling Details
Holes S21-256, 265, 266, and 268 are infill holes at West Seel and all encountered long intervals of continuous mineralization that will help define grade within those volumes. Hole S21-265 intersected 402 metres grading 0.50% copper equivalent. Hole S21-266 intersected 495 metres grading 0.54% copper equivalent including significant zones with higher grades. Hole S21-268 intersected 270 metres grading 0.47% copper equivalent starting at 20 metres depth and will extend the zone of near surface West Seel mineralization to the southeast. Assays are pending for the bottom portion of the hole. Holes S21-259, 260, 261, and 263 were all drilled on the edges of the West Seel system and all encountered significant mineralization that will help expand the known extents of the West Seel deposit.
Hole S21-258 tested a regional target located 0.6 kilometres southeast of the Seel deposits and intersected a precious metal vein that returned 4.75 g/t gold and 69.7 g/t silver over 1 metre. Hole S21-257 tested the south edge of East Seel and did not encounter significant mineralization. The remaining holes in this release are step out or infill holes designed to expand or constrain West Seel mineralization.
Summary of Assay Results for Selected Holes
|Summary of Assay Results for Selected Holes|
|Cu (%)||Au (g/t)||Mo (%)||Ag (g/t)|
|1.||Width refers to drill hole intercepts; true widths have not been determined. EOH = end of hole.|
|2.||CuEq (copper equivalent) has been used to express the combined value of copper, gold, molybdenum, and silver as a percentage of copper, and is provided for illustrative purposes only and to provide ease of comparison. No allowances have been made for recovery losses that may occur should mining eventually result. Calculations use metal prices of US$3.00/lb copper, US$1,800/oz gold, US$10/lb molybdenum, and US$22/oz silver, using the formula CuEq % = Cu % + (Au g/t x 0.875) + (Mo % x 3.33) + (Ag g/t x 0.0107).|
|*||Assays are pending for the bottom portion of hole S21-268 below 290 metres.|
Combined with the approximately 20,000 metres drilled during the 2020-2021 winter drill program, a total of approximately 30,000 metres of new core drilling has been completed within the Seel deposit area. This compares to the approximately 100,000 metres comprising the drill hole database used for the most recent resource estimate. Drilling during the 2020-2021 drill programs has consistently encountered broad, continuous zones of mineralization within and outside of the 2016 resource constraining pit.
Seel Breccia Zone and Berg Drilling Details
The Company has recently completed 9,054 metres in 45 holes at the Seel Breccia Zone, located approximately 200 metres north of the East Seel deposit. This drilling has focused on delineating a zone of breccia style mineralization that comes to surface, has been traced for over 200 metres along strike, is 20 to 60 metres wide, and extends to depths up to 150 metres below surface. Halos of lower grade mineralization locally surround the high-grade breccia cores. The recent drill testing was designed to confirm continuity and grade and define the extents of the zone to allow this potential high-grade resource to be included in the next resource estimate. This breccia is known to contain high grade mineralization highlighted by hole S06-42 which intercepted 138 metres grading 0.84% copper and 22.1 g/t silver from 22 metres depth (previously released).
The 2021 core drilling program at the Berg deposit area is expected to conclude shortly with a total of 2,858 metres of drilling in 9 holes completed to date. The drilling has confirmed the existing resource model and consistenly intersected the chalcocite blanket.
Upcoming Catalysts and Marketing Events
The Company anticipates updating the market on results from the following activities:
All drill core is logged, photographed, and cut in half with a diamond saw. Half of the core is bagged and sent to ALS Geochemistry in Kamloops, British Columbia for analysis (which is ISO/IEC 17025 accredited), while the other half is archived and stored on site for verification and reference purposes. Gold is assayed using a 30g fire assay method and 33 additional elements are analyzed by Induced Coupled Plasma (ICP) utilizing a 4-acid digestion. Duplicate samples, blanks, and certified standards are included with every sample batch and then checked to ensure proper quality assurance and quality control.
Dr. Shane Ebert P.Geo., is the Qualified Person for the Ootsa and Berg projects as defined by National Instrument 43-101 and has approved the technical disclosure contained in this news release.
About Surge Copper Corp.
The Company owns a 100% interest in the Ootsa Property, an advanced stage exploration project containing the East Seel, West Seel and Ox porphyry deposits located adjacent to the open pit Huckleberry Copper Mine, owned by Imperial Metals. The Ootsa Property contains pit constrained NI 43-101 compliant resources of copper, gold, molybdenum, and silver in the Measured and Indicated categories.
The Company is also earning into a 70% interest in the Berg Property from Centerra Gold. Berg is a large, advanced stage exploration project located 28 km northwest of the Ootsa deposits. Berg contains pit constrained 43-101 compliant resources of copper, molybdenum, and silver in the Measured and Indicated categories. Combined, the adjacent Ootsa and Berg properties give Surge a dominant land position in the Ootsa-Huckleberry-Berg district and control over four advanced porphyry deposits.
Figure 1. Plan map of drill hole locations for 2021 Ootsa summer and fall drill program (CNW Group/Surge Copper Corp.)
Figure 2. West Seel long section B-B’ showing results for holes S21-219, 220, 224, 226, S21-240, 243, 250, and 263. See Figure 1 for section location (CNW Group/Surge Copper Corp.)
Figure 3. West Seel cross section 7 NE showing results for holes S14-219, S21-232, 235, and S21-266. See Figure 1 for section location (CNW Group/Surge Copper Corp.)
Figure 4. West Seel cross section C-C’ showing results for holes S21-228, 231, 233, 239, 256, and partial results for S21-268. See Figure 1 for section location (CNW Group/Surge Copper Corp.)
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