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Pelangio appoints director Thomson as exploration SVP

2019-11-07 13:16 ET - News Release

Ms. Ingrid Hibbard reports


Pelangio Exploration Inc. has appointed Kevin P. Thomson as senior vice-president of exploration. The company has provided an update on results of the small phase 1 drill program at the Dalton property in Timmins and future exploration plans for three of its Ontario properties.

Appointment of Kevin Thomson

Mr. Thomson is currently a director of Pelangio and has provided technical expertise to the company since his appointment to the board in May, 2017. Warren Bates has transitioned from senior vice-president of exploration to become the senior technical adviser to Pelangio's technical committee.

Ingrid Hibbard, president and chief executive officer of Pelangio Exploration, commented: "Warren has been an integral part of our company for over a decade and was instrumental in defining the maiden resource at Manfo. Kevin brings a wealth of experience in Ghana and Canada. We are delighted to have both Kevin and Warren supporting our exploration efforts."

Mr. Thomson is a senior mining professional with a 30-year career, including international technical, corporate and project management experience in West Africa and Canada. His expertise ranges from project generation and grassroots exploration to resource development, project assessment and due diligence. Mr. Thomson previously resided in Ghana for 12 years, during which time he served as group exploration manager at Perseus Mining Ltd. and regional exploration manager at Newmont Mining Corp. Mr. Thomson holds a BSc (honours) in geology and physical geography from McMaster University and is a member of the Association of Professional Geoscientists of Ontario.

Dalton property exploration

The Dalton property is located approximately 1.5 kilometres southwest of Newmont Goldcorp's Hollinger open-pit operation. The Hollinger mine is the largest gold mine in the Timmins camp, with historical production in excess of 19.3 million ounces of gold.

A total of 504 metres of drilling were completed to evaluate four separate geophysical targets in the extreme southern portion of the property, proximal to the Destor Porcupine fault. All drill holes intersected substantial pyrite mineralization in sheared Tisdale group volcanics, although no significant gold values were associated with this mineralization. To date, the company has drill tested less than 5 per cent of the property and expended approximately $163,000.

Pelangio intends to refocus its exploration efforts at the Dalton property on strong gold, silver and zinc soil geochemical anomalies along the eastern and northern extremities of this very underexplored and overburden-covered property. Future work on the project will consist of further geophysical surveying over the soil geochemical anomalies and a phase 2 diamond drill program to evaluate higher-priority targets.

Ontario exploration plans 2020

In January, 2020, the Pelangio intends to initiate a 1,200-metre drill program on its Grenfell project, located approximately 10 kilometres northwest of Kirkland Lake, Ont. The property hosts a number of high-grade narrow veins and potential bulk-tonnage zones (as described in Pelangio's press release dated Aug. 27, 2019), including two separate historical bulk samples to evaluate two of the vein systems. The Sirola vein (surface pit) bulk sample returned 21.7 tons at 0.456 oz per ton gold, and the No. 1 vein (60-foot level) bulk sample returned 177 tons at 0.7 oz per ton gold.

In addition, the company anticipates all permitting and access agreements for its Dome West property to be completed by year-end 2019. This will enable Pelangio to complete the proposed Dome West drill program of approximately 1,400 metres. The proposed drilling will follow up on a recent gold intercept of 3.21 grams per tonne gold over 1.25 metres (including 4.75 g/t gold over 0.75 metre) discovered by Pelangio (see press release dated June 13, 2019) and further evaluate the prospective Tisdale volcanics for any new gold zones that may extend down dip from the adjoining Paymaster mine or along strike from Newmont Goldcorp's Dome mine.

Continued target development at the Dalton property will be run concurrently with the two proposed drill programs in order to prepare for phase 2 drilling in 2020.

Quality assurance/quality control procedures

All core logging and sampling were conducted in a secure core logging facility in Timmins, Ont. Core logging and sampling of NQ diamond drill core were carried out by Kevin Filo, PGeo (Ontario). Core logging and sampling adhered to National Instrument 43-101 protocols and industry standard best practices. In the case of the recent drill program, drill core from each hole was sampled entirely. Sample intervals varied from 0.21 metre to a maximum of 1.5 metres. Drill core was sawn in half with a diamond saw, then tagged and placed in securely sealed bags. Samples were transported directly to Actlabs' facility in Timmins, Ont., by Pelangio personnel. Half of the core was retained for reference purposes.

Gold analysis at Actlabs was completed using a standard fire assay with 50-gram charge with an atomic absorption (AA) finish (Actlabs 1A2-50 procedure). With each sample batch of 30 samples, a minimum of one Oreas standard and one blank sample were submitted for QA/QC purposes. All blanks and standards analyzed fell within acceptable tolerances. Full details on these Actlabs analysis procedures and associated sample preparation can be reviewed on the Actlabs website.

Qualified person

Mr. Filo is a qualified person within the meaning of NI 43-101. Mr. Filo has approved the technical data disclosed in this release.

About Pelangio Exploration Inc.

Pelangio successfully acquires and explores camp-sized land packages in world-class gold belts. The company operates in both Canada and Ghana, West Africa, an English-speaking, common law jurisdiction that is consistently ranked amongst the most favourable mining jurisdictions in Africa.

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