Troilus Gold Corp. (TSX: TLG) (OTCQX: CHXMF) (FSE: CM5R) is pleased to report assay results from Zone X22 at its Troilus Project, located in northcentral Quebec, Canada. The results herein are part of an ongoing 7,800 metre drill campaign designed to define and expand mineralization of Zone X22, initially identified in late 2022 (see October 17, 2022, press release). Since its discovery, the strike length of this zone has expanded to 1 kilometre, originating at the western border of the formerly mined Z87 pit and extending southwest into the Gap Zone (see Figure 1). The X22 delineation program is nearing completion, however over 4,000 metres of assays are pending and will be reported as they become available.
The latest results have confirmed mineral continuity between previously drilled and reported holes in this zone, which continue to return higher than average grades over large thicknesses. All results reported herein lie entirely outside of the PEA pit shells and will be included in the upcoming Feasibility Study.
Zone X22 Drill Intercept Highlights:
Justin Reid, CEO of Troilus Gold, commented, “Drilling at X22 only began in late 2022, and results to date have consistently attested to this shallow zone’s strong potential to positively impact the grade profile of Troilus in early years of the mine life. Today’s results have bridged existing gaps between previously drilled intercepts and provide an increased level of confidence in the continuity of mineralization at higher grades across X22. We look forward to releasing the remaining results of incoming assays in the coming weeks and believe they will build on today’s positive results.”
Drill hole X22-23-021 extended mineralization down-dip by 50 metres from hole 87-22-446 reported on March 23rd, 2023, with intercepts of 0.94 g/t AuEq over 32m, including 1.36 g/t AuEq over 18m. Hole 87-22-446 previously intercepted 1.66 g/t AuEq over 19.5m within a broader intersection of 34.5m at 1.49 g/t AuEq (87-22-446). This zone of mineralization remains open at depth and the company intends to conduct a 100 metre step out hole to the south-east to test mineral continuity up-dip (see figure 2).
Drill hole X22-23-023 intercepted 2.07 g/t AuEq over 4m, including 6.10 g/t AuEq over 1m at surface, as well as 2.62 g/t AuEq over 11m within an intersection of 1.46 g/t AuEq over 30m at a depth of approximately 150 metres from surface, which confirmed mineralization 100 metres up-dip beyond hole 87-22-446, which returned strong intercepts 1.52 g/t AuEq over 12m, including 10.51 g/t AuEq over 1m (see February 16, 2023, press release). Hole X22-23-023 also confirms mineral continuity bridging the 200-metre gap to previously reported hole 87-22-410, which intercepted 2.04 g/t AuEq over 17m, including 4.95 g/t AuEq over 5m (see Figure 3, and press release dated October 17, 2022).
The results reported today demonstrate significant grade thicknesses, which are consistent with the higher-than-average grade results obtained since drilling began at X22 in late 2022. Drilling has aimed to define and expand the NE-SW mineralized deformation corridor from the west limit of the formerly mined Z87 pit to the southwest and has successfully extended its initial 300 metre strike length to one kilometre. Further drilling will now infill the previously drilled step out holes to further define the body of mineralization at X22.
The initial 6,000 metre X22 delineation program was expanded by an additional 1,300 metres following the positive results announced on March 23, 2023, including 10.83 g/t AuEq over 6m within a broader interval of 2.72g/t AuEq over 34m. This additional drilling is focused on defining high-grade trends in the southern-most extent of the X22 Zone and will also aim to delineate at-surface mineralization near the Z87 pit. Current drill spacing will be evaluated as assays are received, which may warrant further drilling to better define X22’s high-grade near-surface mineralization for inclusion in the upcoming Feasibility Study.
Figure 1 – Plan View of Zone X22 Showing Current and Previously Reported Drill Holes
Figure 2 – Section 13,350N (B – B’ Figure 1) Facing North Showing Results for Hole X22-23-021
Figure 3 – Section 13,275N (A – A’ Figure 1) Facing North Showing Results for Hole X22-23-023
Table 1 – Zone X22 Drill Results
of PEA Pit Shell
*Note drill intervals reported in this news release are down-hole core lengths as true thicknesses cannot be determined with available information.
Quality Assurance and Control
During the Zone X22 drill program, one meter assay samples were taken from NQ core and sawed in half. One-half was sent for assaying at ALS Laboratory, a certified commercial laboratory, and the other half was retained for results, cross checks, and future reference. A strict QA/QC program was applied to all samples; which included insertion of one certified mineralized standard and one blank sample in each batch of 25 samples. Every sample was processed with standard crushing to 85% passing 75 microns on 500 g splits. Samples were assayed by one-AT (30 g) fire assay with an AA finish and if results were higher than 3.5 g/t Au, assays were redone with a gravimetric finish. For QA/QC samples, a 50 g fire assay was done. In addition to gold, ALS laboratory carried out multi-element analysis for ME-ICP61 analysis of 33 elements four acid ICP-AES.
The technical and scientific information in this press release has been reviewed and approved by Nicolas Guest, P.Geo., Senior Project Geologist, who is a Qualified Person as defined by NI 43-101. Mr. Guest is an employee of Troilus and is not independent of the Company under NI 43-101.
About Troilus Gold Corp.
Troilus Gold Corp. is a Canadian-based junior mining company focused on the systematic advancement and de-risking of the former gold and copper Troilus Mine towards production. From 1996 to 2010, the Troilus Mine produced +2 million ounces of gold and nearly 70,000 tonnes of copper. Troilus is located in the top-rated mining jurisdiction of Quebec, Canada, where is holds a strategic land position of 1,420 km² in the Frôtet-Evans Greenstone Belt. Since acquiring the project in 2017, ongoing exploration success has demonstrated the tremendous scale potential of the gold system on the property with significant mineral resource growth. The Company is advancing engineering studies following the completion of a robust PEA in 2020, which demonstrated the potential for the Troilus project to become a top-ranked gold and copper producing asset in Canada. Led by an experienced team with a track-record of successful mine development, Troilus is positioned to become a cornerstone project in North America.
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