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Wallbridge drills 10.1 m of 11.22 g/t Au at Fenelon

2018-12-13 08:15 ET - News Release

Mr. Marz Kord reports

WALLBRIDGE PROVIDES 2018 UPDATE ON FENELON BULK SAMPLE AND EXPLORATION PROGRAM

Wallbridge Mining Co. Ltd. has provided continued positive results from its underground as well as surface drill programs and has provided an update on the continuing development as part of the 35,000-tonne bulk sample and underground exploration program at its 100-per-cent-owned Fenelon gold property.

Highlights

  • On target to achieve bulk sample production guidance of 35,000 tonnes grading 18 to 25 grams per tonne of gold for production of 19,000 to 26,000 ounces of gold;
  • Mill recoveries have reached forecast levels;
  • 13,500 tonnes of ore processed at the Camflo mill in September and November mill runs;
  • 10,000 metres drilled underground in 2018, with visible gold observed in over 50 per cent of drill holes and approximately 5,000 metres of surface drilling;
  • Underground and surface drilling to date has been successful at extending known gold zones and discovering new parallel zones;
  • Encouraged by exploration results and currently evaluating a substantial exploration program for 2019.

"We are very encouraged by the results from the Fenelon bulk sample to date and confidently maintain our previous guidance for production of 35,000 tonnes at grades of 18 to 25 grams per tonne producing 19,000 to 26,000 ounces of gold. The current bulk sample that started in the second quarter of this year is about halfway completed. Although schedule to reach the bottom levels is about four to six weeks behind the original plan due to some additional development, the stope production in terms of tonnage and grade is very close to our original estimates. The mill recoveries have now reached forecast levels and we are confident in reaching our targets in all areas of production and exploration. The benefit of the bulk sample is that it has allowed us to get a head start on mine development as we test various mining areas and at the same time explore to define additional ounces not only in the vicinity of the existing planned infrastructure but also to depth," stated Marz Kord, president and chief executive officer of Wallbridge.

"The exploration drilling we have done over the past year at Fenelon has significantly expanded the extent of high-grade gold mineralization at shallow depths near infrastructure, has resulted in the discovery of several new high-grade zones and has improved our understanding of the nature of the gold mineralization to depth. We are proud of the team at Wallbridge and look forward to further expanding and derisking the project and building additional resources and reserves for years to come."

Bulk sample production update

Following the dewatering of the pit and underground and rehabilitation of existing infrastructure, ramp development began in mid-June which was quickly followed with first stope production in August.

To end of November, production from three stopes as well as historical low-grade ore on site has generated more than 18,000 ore tonnes of which 13,500 were delivered and processed at the Camflo mill during the first two mill runs in September and November. Wallbridge, in its original bulk sample plans, included the historical low-grade ore as part of the first mill run while milling performance was optimized. Lessons learned from the first mill run were applied to the second mill run and recoveries of 96 per cent were achieved.

Two stopes and the historical low-grade ore were part of the first two mill runs. Designed stope grades ranged from 15.9 to 18.6 grams per tonne of gold and the diluted grades ranged from 13.8 to 14.9 grams per tonne of gold with 4,400 ounces of gold recovered and sold to date.

The next mill runs are scheduled for the months of December, January and February, each with increasing grades to achieve the company's target guidance.

"We are very pleased with the results we have achieved to date. Our team continues to focus on safely delivering the bulk sample, liaising with local and first nation communities, and learning as we move forward. I am excited about our continued exploration activities with the goal of building a long-lasting operation in the area," stated Frank Demers, vice-president, mining and projects.

Fenelon geology and exploration

"The underground exposures of mineralized structures along with the rigorous grade control routine involving detailed mapping, state-of-the-art 3-D photogrammetry, and high frequency of chip, muck and test hole sampling is providing us with invaluable information on the geology, the structural controls and grade variability of the different gold-bearing mineralized zones which will inform future exploration, resource estimates and production decisions," stated Attila Pentek, vice-president, exploration, of Wallbridge. "We are very proud of our geology team, which has managed the bulk sample grade control as well as the drill programs extremely well and have developed a deep understanding of the deposit."

The 2018 underground drill program commenced in early June and to date a total of over 10,000 metres have been drilled and visible gold was observed to be present in 50 of the 90 drill holes. Initially, drilling has mainly targeted the high-grade shoots down to 5130 level (about 120 m depth), which is the lowermost level being developed during the 2018 bulk sample program. Stopes that are part of the bulk sample were drilled off to a nominal six to seven m spacing and the drill results have validated the geological model and proven the continuity of high-grade shoots. Consistent high-grade intersections from this stope infill drill program support the 18 to 25 g/t gold estimated grade for the 35,000-tonne bulk sample with previously announced highlights including (see Wallbridge press releases from July 25, 2018, to Nov. 20, 2018):

  • 18-1035-019: 137.63 g/t gold over 4.85 metres in the Naga Viper zone;
  • 18-1035-005: 48.81 g/t gold over 6.13 metres in the Naga Viper zone;
  • 18-1035-017: 50.31 g/t gold over 10.13 metres in the Chipotle zone;
  • 18-1035-013: 144.96 g/t gold over 2.12 metres in the Chipotle zone.

This year's program also successfully delineated a high-grade shoot in the Habanero zone, which was discovered as part of the company's 2017 surface drilling. The high-grade domain in this mineralized structure has shown excellent continuity with over 20 drill intersections yielding grades between 6.29 to 122.35 g/t gold over minable width. Previously announced highlights include (see Wallbridge press releases from Sept. 19, 2018, to Nov. 20, 2018): 54.45 g/t gold over 7.79 metres in 18-0990-011, 122.35 g/t gold over 2.95 metres in 18-0990-007 and 41.02 g/t gold over 5.52 metres in 18-0990-010. Also, in the West extension area, the Paprika zone has provided some respectable intersections including previously announced 134.57 g/t gold over 1.70 metres in 18-0990-017 and 35.91 g/t gold over 3.42 metres in 18-1030-009.

Currently, underground drilling is targeting the main high-grade shoots down plunge to 200 m depth. Since the last press release (see Wallbridge press release dated Nov. 20, 2018), highlights of received assay results are as follows:

  • 18-1000-007: 11.22 g/t gold over 10.10 metres, including 42.91 g/t gold over 2.35 metres in the Habanero zone;
  • 18-1110-004: 13.62 g/t gold over 4.27 metres in the Naga Viper zone;
  • 18-1130-004: 6.23 g/t gold over 4.88 metres, including 39.35 g/t gold over 0.60 metre in the Naga Viper zone.

"In addition to confirming our geological model and delineating the bulk sample stopes, the underground drill program has been very successful in discovering additional ounces proximal to the mine workings that we will be able to put into production with very minimal additional development," stated Attila Pentek, vice-president, exploration, of Wallbridge.

Surface drilling is also under way with two drill rigs and so far approximately 5,000 metres have been drilled in 15 drill holes. This program is aimed at following known mineralized zones and expand resources to 300-to-400-metre depth as well as farther away from the mine workings.

Mineralized zones containing chalcopyrite, an indicator mineral for the gold-bearing system, were intersected in seven of the drill holes and visible gold was observed in drill hole FA-18-038 at a vertical depth of 325 metres, making this the deepest occurrence of visible gold-bearing mineralization drilled so far at Fenelon. Other deep holes drilled so far (FA-18-040, -044 and -047) confirm the depth extensions of gabbroic host lithologies and the mineralized shear zones.

Assay results from 15 underground drill holes and 13 surface drill holes are pending.

A summary of the drill hole results from the underground drilling can be viewed on the company website.

  
WALLBRIDGE FENELON GOLD PROPERTY 2018 UNDERGROUND DRILL HOLE INFORMATION*

Drill hole ID     Length (metres)    VG/CP**                         Note

18-1120-004                   72        CP         Further assays pending
18-1110-002                  102        VG         Further assays pending
18-1110-003                   75        CP                 Assays pending
18-5175-001                  210        CP         Further assays pending
18-5175-002                  150        VG         Further assays pending
18-5175-003                  156        CP                 Assays pending
18-5175-004                  156        CP                 Assays pending
18-5175-005                  130        VG                 Assays pending
18-5175-006                  147        CP                 Assays pending
18-5175-007                  205        CP                 Assays pending
18-5175-008                  180        CP                 Assays pending
18-5175-009                  207                           Assays pending
18-5175-010                  160        CP                 Assays pending
18-5175-011                  200        CP                 Assays pending
18-5175-021                  132        VG                 Assays pending

* Table includes only underground holes for which assays are pending. For 
  earlier holes please refer to tables in previous press releases. 

** Intervals containing visible gold (VG) or chalcopyrite-bearing 
   mineralized shear zone (CP).


  

  
WALLBRIDGE FENELON GOLD PROPERTY 2018 SURFACE DRILL HOLE INFORMATION*

Drill hole ID     Length (metres)    VG/CP**                   Note

FA-18-034                    192                     Assays pending
FA-18-035                    228                     Assays pending
FA-18-037                    201        CP   Further assays pending
FA-18-038                    586        VG           Assays pending
FA-18-039                    263        CP           Assays pending
FA-18-040                    528                     Assays pending
FA-18-041                    201        CP           Assays pending
FA-18-042                    243        CP           Assays pending
FA-18-043                    222                     Assays pending
FA-18-044                    651        CP           Assays pending
FA-18-045                    204                     Assays pending
FA-18-046                    225                     Assays pending
FA-18-047***                 498        CP           Assays pending
FA-18-048                    372                     Assays pending
FA-18-049                    185                     Assays pending

* Table includes only underground holes for which assays are pending. 
  For earlier holes please refer to tables in previous press releases. 

** Intervals containing visible gold (VG) or chalcopyrite-bearing 
   mineralized shear zone (CP).

*** Drilling of this hole is currently under way, length of hole 
    will be updated in future press releases once completed.


  

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 four 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 prefeasibility study on the existing resource (see Wallbridge press release dated Feb. 2, 2017). In addition, Wallbridge has completed surface exploration drilling campaigns and is currently drilling from underground as part of its 35,000-tonne bulk sample at Fenelon. Drilling to date has significantly extended existing zones and discovered several new parallel zones.

Drill core samples from the continuing 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 per cent less than two millimetres. A one-kilogram riffle split is pulverized to over 95 per cent passing 106 microns. Fifty-gram samples are analyzed by fire assay and AAS. Samples over 10 g/t Au are automatically analyzed by fire assay with gravimetric finish or screen metallic analysis. 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 reanalysis for quality assurance and quality control.

The qualified persons responsible for the technical content of this press release are Marz Kord, PEng, MSc, MBA, president and chief executive officer, and Attila Pentek, PGeo, PhD, vice-president of exploration for Wallbridge Mining.

About Wallbridge Mining Company Ltd.

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-per-cent-owned high-grade Fenelon gold property in Quebec with continuing 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.

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