Titan Mining Corporation (TSX:TI) is pleased to announce a new production record and that it is on track to exceed 2023 production guidance. In addition, new exploration results include 41ft at 37.6% zinc at its 100% owned Empire State Mines located in upstate New York.
CEO Don Taylor commented, “Operationally, ESM is enjoying its best four quarters since the mine restart in 2017. Fortunately, the #4 ore body provides ample flexibility, which allows the mining and milling operations to deal with lower price environments, and as such our management team has done an outstanding job of cutting unit costs while continuing to increase output. In addition, during this period our near-mine and underground exploration programs have been successful in identifying new mineralized zones as well as extending known zones of mineralization that will translate into a longer mine life and add additional flexibility to future production schedules. It would be remiss to not mention that while production is up and site costs are down, this has all occurred with the management and workforce achieving the best year-to-date safety performance in the last six years of operation.”
Production and Operational Update
Building off a strong second quarter, ESM has continued to gain momentum producing 13.2 million payable pounds of zinc through the first two months of the quarter. Production included a record 7.2 million payable pounds of zinc in the month of August. Production has been better than expected due to mining of higher-grade areas in Mahler and Mud Pond and strong equipment availability. The record operational performance was achieved with no reportable injuries since March and only one in all of 2023. At the end of August, ESM’s Total Recordable Injury Frequency Rate was at 1.3, which is one-half of the national average for underground mines in the United States.
Given the strong performance of the mine year-to-date, the Company expects to exceed its production guidance of 54-58 million payable pounds in FY 2023. While concentrate smelting and refining costs remain elevated as a result of higher than usual benchmark treatment charges, the Company’s site operation costs have trended down throughout the third quarter.
Underground exploration has focused on extending near mine mineralization along strike from the active Lower Mahler and New Fold ore bodies. To date assays have been returned on twenty-two holes from the Lower Mahler program. The program has successfully identified high grade extensions of mineralization that will be included in the Company’s updated mine plan, and have generated additional exploration targets. MA23-022 has successfully extended mineralization roughly 1,000 feet from the previously known mineralized extent.
Key Lower Mahler Intercepts Include
Note: True widths of the mineralized zone are not known at this time
The drilling at Lower Mahler is part of an ongoing program to identify near mine exploration and development targets. The Company previously announced the identification of a zone of mineralization between the Lower Mahler and New Fold ore bodies (press releases dated January 31, 2023, “Titan Mining Announces Discovery of New Zone of Near-Mine Mineralization Including 48.7 ft at 23.91% Zinc”; and June 14, 2023, “Titan Updates Exploration including, 26.3 feet assaying 14.9% zinc, 3.9% lead, and 34.9 g/t silver; Provides Dividend Update”). Exploration drilling in this area of the mine is planned through the end of 2023.
Figure 1: Location map showing the relative position of the Lower Mahler drilling to ESM’s #4 shaft.
Figure 2: View of the Lower Mahler Drilling from above.
|2023 – Mahler Exploration Drilling|
|Hole ID||From (ft)||To (ft)||Interval (ft)||From (m)||To (m)||Interval (m)||Zn%|
|MA23-002||No Significant Intercepts|
|MA23-007||No Significant Intercepts|
|MA23-009||No Significant Intercepts|
|MA23-017||No Significant Intercepts|
|MA23-018||No Significant Intercepts|
Table 1: Drill intercepts from the 2023 Mahler exploration program. Note: drilled intercepts do not reflect true width of mineralized zone.
|Hole ID||Length (ft)||Easting (m)||Northing (m)||Elevation (m)||Azimuth||Dip|
Table 2: Collar locations of the 2023 Mahler exploration program.
The scientific and technical information contained in this news release and the sampling, analytical and test data underlying the scientific and technical information has been reviewed, verified and approved by Donald R. Taylor, MSc., PG, President and Chief Executive Officer of the Company, a qualified person for the purposes of NI 43-101. Mr. Taylor has more than 25 years of mineral exploration and mining experience and is a Registered Professional Geologist through the SME (registered member #4029597). The data was verified using data validation and quality assurance procedures under high industry standards.
Assays and Quality Assurance/Quality Control
To ensure reliable sample results, the Company has a rigorous QA/QC program in place that monitors the chain-of-custody of samples and includes the insertion of blanks and certified reference standards at statistically derived intervals within each batch of samples. Core is photographed and split in half with one-half retained in a secured facility for verification purposes.
Sample preparation (crushing and pulverizing) has been performed at ALS Geochemistry (“ALS”), an independent ISO/IEC accredited lab located in Sudbury, Ontario, Canada. ALS prepares a pulp of all samples and sends the pulps to their analytical laboratory in Vancouver, B.C., Canada, for analysis. ALS analyzes the pulp sample by an aqua regia digestion (ME-ICP41 for 35 elements) with an ICP – AES finish including Cu (copper), Pb (lead), and Zn (zinc). All samples in which Cu (copper), Pb (lead), or Zn (zinc) are greater than 10,000 ppm are re-run using aqua regia digestion (Cu-OG46; Pb-OG46; and Zn-OG46) with the elements reported in percentage (%). Silver values are determined by an aqua regia digestion with an ICP-AES finish (ME-ICP41) with all samples with silver values greater than 100 ppm repeated using an aqua regia digestion overlimit method (Ag-OG46) calibrated for higher levels of silver contained. Gold values are determined by a 30 g fire assay with an ICP-AES finish (Au-ICP21). Graphite values are determined by leach and induction furnace/IR (C-IR18).
The Company has not identified any drilling, sampling, recovery, or other factors that could materially affect the accuracy or reliability of the data set out in this news release.
About Titan Mining Corporation
Titan is an Augusta Group company which produces zinc concentrate at its 100%-owned Empire State Mine located in New York state. Titan is built for growth, focused on value and committed to excellence.
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