Troilus Gold Corp. (TSX: TLG) (OTCQX: CHXMF) reports additional results from its ongoing exploration and infill drill program on its 100%-owned Troilus Gold Project, which hosts one of the largest undeveloped gold and copper deposits in Quebec, Canada. New results from the J Zone have further confirmed and expanded a parallel zone of mineralization on the western side of the main ore body by up to 50 metres down dip. This new parallel zone of mineralization can be traced over an 850-metre strike length, and is located primarily within the Preliminary Economic Assessment pit shell. The J Zone continued to be a priority exploration target in 2021 as the Company prepares for the upcoming release of an updated mineral resource estimate and inaugural reserve.
Highlights from the new J Zone drill results include:
“We’re pleased with the continued excellent results from the western extension of the J Zone, which further confirm and expand the new parallel zone of mineralization we’ve delineated over the last 12 months. This growing parallel zone is expected to positively impact the strip ratio and overall economics of the project in the upcoming Pre-Feasibility Study, as the majority of the 850-metre zone defined so far is located in areas of the PEA pit shell that were previously considered waste,” commented Justin Reid, President and CEO of Troilus Gold.”
The J Zone exploration target includes the smaller of the two formerly mined open pits at Troilus. In 2019, the Company had tremendous drilling success in this zone by applying a new geological model derived from two years of drill analysis, which highlighted the importance of structural controls on gold and copper. This exploration program contributed a significant open-pit resource to the Preliminary Economic Assessment completed in August 2020. Over 81,450 metres have been drilled since the 2020 mineral resource estimate cut off, and the Company intends to continue drilling at a rate of approximately 10,000 metres per month until the end of the year with the intention to include as much of this new data into the upcoming mineral resource estimate and pre-feasibility study as possible.
Figure 1: Plan View Map of J Zone with Location of New Drill Results
Figure 2: J Zone, Section N15075; View of drill holes TLG-ZJ21-244 and TLG-ZJ21-245
Table 1: New J Zone Drill Results
of PEA Pit
*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 J Zone drill program in 2021, one metre 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 Kyle Frank, P.Geo., Senior Geologist, who is a Qualified Person as defined by NI 43-101. Mr. Frank 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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