Wallbridge Mining Company Limited (TSX:WM) (FWB: WC7) is pleased to announce continued positive results from its underground drill program and to provide an update on the ongoing development as part of the 35,000-tonne bulk sample and underground exploration program at its 100%-owned Fenelon Gold Property.
18-1030-011: 10.05 g/t gold over 5.40 metres in the Naga Viper zone
18-1035-002: 29.23 g/t gold over 4.80 metres in the Chipotle zone
18-1035-004: 65.70 g/t gold over 1.08 metres in the Fresno zone
18-1035-012: 28.30 g/t gold over 0.55 metres in the Chipotle zone and 61.10 g/t gold over 0.30 metres in the Naga Viper zone
“We are making excellent progress and have begun the first shipments of Fenelon ore to the Camflo mill. The success of the drilling program to date is two-fold. Not only has it provided us with the ability to identify and select higher-grade stopes for the bulk sample, but it has also allowed for the pre-development of additional stopes which will provide lower-cost, near ready-to-mine ounces once the bulk sample is completed and a production decision has been made,” stated Marz Kord, President & CEO of Wallbridge.
The bulk sample is expected to produce 19,000 to 26,000 ounces of gold with close to 50% of gold priced at $1,720 per ounce. The expected cash flow upon completion of this bulk sample, net of all bulk sample costs and including the financing costs will be sufficient to cover the planned working capital requirements.
The bulk sample program is designed to test a few stopes in several zones. Overall grade from these planned stopes is estimated to average 18 to 25 g/t gold. The geology team has developed an extensive sampling program to characterize the mineralized material during this bulk sample. Chip samples are collected from a sampling line across each development face and muck samples are also taken in a regular pattern on surface.
Drilling to date from the 5213 level has mainly targeted the Chipotle and Naga Viper zones in the upper 100 m, between levels 5150 and 5213. Stopes that have thus far been drilled-off to the planned 6 to 7 m nominal spacing have provided good confirmation of the geological model and continuity of the high-grade shoots. Drilling is now focusing on defining stopes and expanding resources in the West extension area of the Naga Viper and Habanero zones, including the high-grade shoot discovered last year with intersections that included 260.4 g/t Au over 7.02 metres, 141.2 g/t gold over 7.06 metres and 311.1 g/t gold over 3.06 metres (see Wallbridge Press Release dated December 13, 2017).
“We are excited to continue stope definition and resource expansion drilling in the West extension area now, where we had such exceptional results in 2017. There is a really nice high-grade shoot in the Naga Viper zone, but the newly discovered Habanero zone has also given us outstanding intersections like 80.42 g/t gold over 4.73 metres and 22.28 g/t gold over 4.45 metres. Holes aimed at drilling off the stopes in the Naga Viper and Habanero zones will also pierce through the Chipotle zone, which in this area is largely untested and the Paprika zone, which has also shown ore-grade quality like the 35.91 g/t gold over 2.70 metres in our recent hole 18-1030-009”, stated Attila Péntek, Vice-President, Exploration of Wallbridge.
Deeper drilling to test the down-plunge of known high-grade shoots is planned for Q4 of 2018 once the lower levels are developed.
A 10,000 metre surface drilling program is also scheduled to start in the latter part of this year to follow known mineralized zones and expand resources at depth and further away from the mine workings.
A summary of the drill hole results from the underground drilling are reported in Tables 1 and 2 and also shown on Figures 1 to 7 below.
|Table 1. Wallbridge Fenelon Gold Property 2018 Underground Drill Assay Highlights|
|18-1030-006||27.79||30.20||2.41||2.20||15.91||15.91||VG||Chipotle||July 25, 2018|
|18-1030-006||Including…||28.50||29.11||0.61||0.56||59.10||59.10||VG||Chipotle||July 25, 2018|
|18-1030-007||31.26||32.66||1.40||1.08||16.72||16.72||VG||Chipotle||July 25, 2018|
|18-1030-008||34.47||38.06||3.59||2.76||9.27||9.27||VG||Chipotle||July 25, 2018|
|18-1030-008||Including…||35.03||36.61||1.58||1.22||17.37||17.37||VG||Chipotle||July 25, 2018|
|18-1030-009||77.58||81.00||3.42||2.70||35.91||35.91||VG||Paprika||July 25, 2018|
|18-1030-009||Including…||78.90||80.60||1.70||1.34||63.33||63.33||VG||Paprika||July 25, 2018|
|18-1030-009||90.00||90.97||0.97||0.75||4.76||4.76||Habanero||July 25, 2018|
|18-1030-010||81.00||81.42||0.42||0.32||13.60||13.60||VG||Naga Viper||July 25, 2018|
|*Au capped at 140 g/t following InnovExplo’s 2016 Mineral Resource Estimate.|
|**Intervals containing visible gold (“VG”).|
|Table 2. Fenelon Gold Property drill hole information|
|Drill Hole ID||UTM E||UTM N||Elevation||Length
|18-1035-003||10571||10997||5214||93||184||-28||VG||Further Assays pending|
|18-1035-004||10571||10997||5214||93||197||-24||VG||Further Assays pending|
|18-1035-006||10571||10997||5214||93||185||-22||Further Assays pending|
|18-1035-008||10571||10997||5214||90||177||-18||Further Assays pending|
|18-1035-010||10571||10997||5214||75||202||-13||VG||Further Assays pending|
|18-1035-012||10572||10996||5214||69||203||-6||VG||Further Assays pending|
|18-1035-013||10572||10996||5214||65||194||-8||VG||Further Assays pending|
|*Intervals containing visible gold (“VG”).|
Wallbridge’s Fenelon Gold Property is located in northwestern Quebec proximal to the Sunday Lake Deformation Zone (“SLDZ”) which hosts the Detour Gold Mine in Ontario, and Balmoral Resources’ gold deposits at Martiniere. The Fenelon Gold Property hosts the Discovery Zone gold deposit and surrounding 4 km strike length of a gold-hosting secondary splay of the SLDZ.
Since acquiring the property in late 2016, Wallbridge has completed an updated resource estimate and a positive pre-feasibility study on the existing resource (see Wallbridge Press Release dated February 02, 2017). In addition, Wallbridge has completed 33 drill holes totalling 6,348 metres in three surface exploration drilling campaigns at Fenelon. Drilling significantly extended existing zones and discovered several new parallel zones (see Wallbridge Press Release dated December 13, 2017). The current 35,000 tonne bulk sample and underground drilling program is designed to provide the information needed to make a production decision by Q1 2019.
Drill core samples from the ongoing drill program at Fenelon were cut and bagged on site and transported to SGS Canada Inc. Samples, along with standards, blanks, and duplicates included for quality assurance and quality control, were prepared and analyzed at SGS Canada Inc. laboratories. Samples are crushed to 90% less than 2mm. A 1kg riffle split is pulverized to >95% passing 106 microns. 50g samples are analyzed by fire assay and AAS. For samples >10g/t Au, 50g is automatically analyzed by fire assay with gravimetric finish. To test for coarse free gold and for additional quality assurance and quality control, Wallbridge requests screen metallic analysis for samples containing visible gold. These and future assay results may vary from time to time due to re-analysis for quality assurance and quality control.
The Qualified Persons responsible for the technical content of this press release are Marz Kord, P. Eng., M. Sc., MBA, President & CEO and Attila Péntek, P.Geo., Ph.D., Vice President Exploration for Wallbridge Mining Company Limited.
About Wallbridge Mining
Wallbridge is establishing a pipeline of projects that will support sustainable production and revenue as well as organic growth through exploration and scalability.
Wallbridge is currently developing its 100%-owned high-grade Fenelon Gold property in Quebec with ongoing exploration and a bulk sample in 2018. Wallbridge is also pursuing other additional advanced-stage projects which would add to the Company’s near term project pipeline. These discussions benefit from the operating capabilities Wallbridge demonstrated by safely and efficiently mining the Broken Hammer deposit in Sudbury, which was completed in October 2015. Wallbridge is also continuing partner-funded exploration on its large portfolio of nickel, copper, and PGM projects in Sudbury, Ontario, with a focus on its high-grade Parkin project.
Wallbridge also has exposure to exploration for copper and gold in Jamaica and British Columbia through its 11.5% ownership of Carube Copper Corp. (CUC:TSX-V, formerly Miocene Resources Limited, a Wallbridge spin-out of its BC assets).
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