Teranga Gold Corporation (TSX:TGZ) (OTCQX:TGCDF) is pleased to announce that the most recent diamond drill program results on its Golden Hill property in Burkina Faso, West Africa have returned strong near surface, oxide zone and deeper gold intersections at a number of advanced prospects. The latest drill results from the C-Zone, Ma North, Peksou and Jackhammer Hill prospects have also expanded mineralization along trend and to depth.
Teranga has an earn-in agreement on Golden Hill with Boss Resources Limited (ASX:BOE) pursuant to which Teranga, as operator, can earn an 80% interest in the joint venture upon delivery of a feasibility study and the payment of AUD2.5 million.
Ma North Prospect
“Golden Hill continues to be one of West Africa’s most exciting advanced stage exploration projects and, with recent drilling completed, the district-scale, multi-prospect potential of the project is becoming clearer,” said Richard Young, CEO. “We continue to see consistent intervals of both high-grade and near-surface gold mineralization from a variety of prospects, all located in relatively close proximity.”
“Our advanced-stage exploration program at Golden Hill continues to provide a high rate of drilling success at all priority targets,” added David Mallo, Vice President, Exploration. “Gold intersections continue to demonstrate excellent strike and depth continuity at multiple proximal prospects. Drilling through the remainder of 2018 is designed to follow up on the dozens of high-grade gold intersections already announced and expand gold mineralization at our primary prospects, building towards our initial resource estimations.”
Teranga is investing $8 million in advanced exploration drill programs in 2018. Over the remainder of the year, significant drilling will be undertaken on all the advanced prospects listed above, as well as at Ma Main, Ma East, Peksou North, Nahiri, Zone A and Zone B.
The Company plans to announce an initial resource estimate early in 2019 based on available drilling results at the most advanced prospects. Preliminary metallurgical test work programs are underway with base line environmental studies to follow later this year. Upon satisfaction of conditions precedent relating to the project’s initial preliminary economic assessment, Teranga has secured $25 million in debt financing to advance the Golden Hill project through to feasibility.
Golden Hill Property
The Golden Hill property is comprised of three adjacent exploration permits covering 470 km2 in southwest Burkina Faso in the central part of the Houndé Greenstone Belt. This belt hosts a number of high-grade gold discoveries, including the Siou, Yaramoko and Houndé deposits, the latter being contiguous with Golden Hill.
This news release provides an update on exploration drilling results from a number of prospects recently evaluated as part of ongoing advanced exploration programs at Golden Hill. All advanced stage exploration prospects at Golden Hill are located within six kilometres of a central point (Figure 1 in Appendix 2).
Recent drilling was undertaken at C-Zone, Ma North, Jackhammer Hill and Peksou prospects. Please refer to Appendix 1 for significant results (Tables 1-4) and Appendix 2 for plan maps and representative sections related to this phase of our exploration drilling program. Cumulative results from all Golden Hill drilling are available on the Company’s website www.terangagold.com under Exploration.
C-Zone Prospect: Strong Gold Mineralization Demonstrating Excellent Correlation
To-date, the Company has drill tested C-Zone with diamond drilling over a strike extent of approximately 850 metres (Figure 2 in Appendix 2) and additional recent results confirm that C-Zone remains open to depth and intersects with the southeastern portion of our Peksou prospect.
Gold mineralization is localized in a discrete, mafic volcanic hosted shear zone system that displays alteration, veining and brecciation characteristics similar to those observed at Golden Hill’s nearby Ma prospect. The correlation of gold mineralized zones between drill holes at C-Zone has been excellent along the drilled strike extent, as demonstrated by representative sections of some recent drill results (Figures 3 and 4 in Appendix 2).
Recent notable diamond drill results at C-Zone are outlined in Table 1 in Appendix 1.
Ma North Prospect: New Drilling Results Extends Mineralization Along Trend and to Depth
Our most recent Ma North diamond drill results continue to confirm that a third well-mineralized breccia zone (BZ-3) exists within the Ma structural complex where previous drilling had identified BZ-1 and BZ-2 (Figure 5 in Appendix 2). Drilling at Ma North is still at an early-stage and predominantly at shallow depths when compared to more advanced areas of the Ma structural complex. Early-stage hole-to-hole correlation is demonstrating excellent continuity of mineralization. Additional drilling is planned to further evaluate Ma North both along trend and to depth where the breccia-hosted mineralization remains open to expansion.
Representative sections demonstrating some recent drill results are shown in Figures 6 and 7 in Appendix 2.
Recent notable diamond drill results at Ma North are outlined in Table 2 in Appendix 1.
Peksou Prospect: Minimum 600-Metre Strike Extent
The Company’s diamond drilling at the Peksou prospect now covers a 600-metre strike extent (Figure 8 in Appendix 2) and extends locally to vertical depths approaching 100 metres. Gold mineralization at Peksou is hosted within both mafic volcanic and granodiorite intrusive units where two distinct styles of alteration have been noted – one hematite dominant and the second sericite dominant. With multiple favourable results from this latest drill phase, confidence in the interpretation has improved considerably and correlation of mineralized zones, both hole-to-hole and section-to-section, is greatly enhanced. A representative section including new results is included (Figure 9 in Appendix 2).
Recent notable diamond drilling results at Peksou are outlined in Table 3 in Appendix 1.
Jackhammer Hill Prospect: High-Grade Mineralization Hosting Visible Gold
Recent drilling at the Jackhammer Hill prospect has been limited while exploration drilling was focused elsewhere. More extensive drilling has been earmarked for the upcoming quarter at Jackhammer Hill.
The gold mineralized zones identified thus far at Jackhammer Hill comprise a series of southeast dipping horizons hosted within an altered and sheared diorite intrusive unit. Drilling has been directed along an approximate 1,350-metre strike extent (Figure 10 in Appendix 2), predominantly to vertical depths of 50 to 75 metres and locally to vertical depths of approximately 125 metres. A 200-metre long central portion of the Jackhammer Hill mineralization includes a number of previously announced high-grade intervals hosting visible gold in the drill core.
In the coming months, drilling will focus on increasing both lateral and depth extensions of the Jackhammer Hill mineralized zones including the high-grade central portion of the prospect.
Recent notable diamond drill results at Jackhammer Hill are outlined in Table 4 in Appendix 1.
Competent Persons Statements
Teranga’s Burkina Faso exploration programs, corresponding to the drill holes being reported herein, were managed by Peter Mann, FAusIMM. Mr. Mann was a full time employee, recently retired, of Teranga and is not “independent” within the meaning of National Instrument 43-101 – Standards of Disclosure for Mineral Projects (“NI 43-101”). Mr. Mann has sufficient experience which is relevant to the style of mineralization and type of deposit under consideration and to the activity which he is undertaking to qualify as a “Qualified Person” under NI 43-101. The technical information contained in this news release relating to exploration results are based on, and fairly represents, information compiled by Mr. Mann. Mr. Mann has verified and approved the data disclosed in this release, including the sampling, analytical and test data underlying the information. The RC and diamond core samples are assayed at the BIGS Global Laboratory in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso. Mr. Mann has consented to the inclusion in this news release of the matters based on his compiled information in the form and context in which it appears herein.
Teranga is a multi-jurisdictional West African gold company focused on production and development as well as the exploration of more than 6,400 km2 of land located on prospective gold belts. Since its initial public offering in 2010, Teranga has produced more than 1.5 million ounces of gold from its operations in Senegal, which as of June 30, 2017 had a reserve base of 2.7 million ounces of gold. Focused on diversification and growth, the Company is building Wahgnion, its second gold mine, and is conducting extensive exploration programs in three countries: Burkina Faso, Senegal and Côte d’Ivoire. The Company had nearly 4.0 million ounces of gold reserves from its combined Sabodala Gold operations and Wahgnion Gold Project as of June 30, 2017. Teranga applies a rigorous capital allocation framework for its investment decisions to execute on its growth strategy relying on a combination of cash on the balance sheet, free cash flow from operations and debt.
Steadfast in its commitment to set the benchmark for responsible mining, Teranga operates in accordance with the highest international standards and aims to act as a catalyst for sustainable economic, environmental, and community development as it strives to create value for all of its stakeholders. Teranga is a member of the United Nations Global Compact and a leading member of the multi-stakeholder group responsible for the submission of the first Senegalese Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative revenue report. The Company’s responsibility report is available at www.terangagold.com/responsibilityreport and is prepared in accordance with its commitments under the United Nations Global Compact and in alignment with the Global Reporting Initiative guidelines.
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