Mr. Michael Hopley reports
ALPHA EXPLORATION REPORTS ABURNA GOLD LATEST DRILL RESULTS, 34M @ 1.50 G/T AU, 18M @ 2.27 G/T AU
Alpha Exploration Ltd. has released results from recent drilling in 2023 at its Aburna gold prospect, which consisted of 19 reverse circulation (RC) drill holes and four RC drill hole extensions totalling 2,408 metres from the Hill 52 and Central target areas. Aburna is located in the southwest part of Alpha's large (771 km Superscript 2), 100% owned, Kerkasha Project. Drilling is ongoing and further information will be released when available and interpreted.
Note:At this early stage of exploration, the true width of the mineralization is uncertain, but it is estimated to be 80% of reported intervals. Intervals were calculated with a start and finish value of no less than 0.2 g/t gold, a minimum width of 2m and maximum internal dilution of 2m at >0.2g/t gold.
Michael Hopley, Alpha President & CEO said "The significant results returned to date from the latest drilling at the Hill 52 and Central Target Areas (see Table 1) within the Aburna Prospect have extended the mineralisation in drilling along strike from 200m to 460m at Hill 52 Area and from 120m to 220m at the Central Area. The mineralisation remains open along strike in both directions and it appears these two Areas may merge into one Area eventually. Alpha will undertake further drilling to test this idea".
The gold anomalies from soil, channel and trench sampling that define the Hill 52 and Central Area cover a strike length of approximately 1.5kms. This 1.5km anomalous Area is part of a much larger 7.2km long gold anomalous zone from soil, channel and trench sampling that has six Target Areas in total (Aburna Colonial Gold Mine, Saddle Workings, Celebration Hill, Hill 52, Central and Northeast) that define the Aburna Prospect as a whole (see Fig 5) . The drilling to date at the Hill 52 and Central Areas has only tested a strike of approximately 800m and this remains open to the northeast and southwest.
Michael Hopley, Alpha President & CEO said "The Aburna Prospect is continuing to demonstrate it has the potential to return a multi-million ounce gold deposit. The Hill 52, Central, Northeast and Celebration Hill Target Areas drill tested to date (see Fig 6) , have all returned widths and grades (see Table 4) that could conform to an economic deposit".
To date, Alpha has completed a total of 5 Diamond drill holes for 881.1m and 73 Reverse Circulation drill holes for a total of 8,837m at Aburna.
Aburna Gold Prospect
The Aburna gold prospect is located on the western side of the Company's Kerkasha Exploration License. Gold was mined at Aburna in the 1920s by Italian Colonial Miners and more recently by local Artisanal Miners. Soil and rock-chip sampling by Alpha has identified gold mineralization over a large area (not7.2 km x 2.2 km) northeast of the Colonial Mine. Gold mineralization at Aburna is orogenic type associated with a major (not2km wide) NE-SW oriented shear zone. Work by Alpha has included regional rock chip sampling, 100m x 100m soil sampling, lithological and structural mapping, with 1m traverse-channel-trench sampling. Results from all the above work identified six prospective sub-areas that warranted drill testing namely: Hill 52, Northeast, Celebration Hill, Central and Saddle Workings and the Aburna Colonial Gold Mine. Drilling commenced in 2022 with significant intercepts for gold returned from the Hill 52, Northeast, Celebration Hill and Central Areas. No significant results were returned from 2 drill holes at Saddle Workings and, the Aburna Colonial Mine has yet to be drill tested. Petrographic studies are underway along with a ground magnetic survey. An induced polarization survey is due to commence in late May 2023 and preliminary metallurgical test work is expected to commence on drill samples in Q3 2023.
Sampling, Sub-sampling and Analysis
Geological consultants from RSC were responsible for the design of a strict QA/QC program consistent with industry best practice. Drilling of the reported intervals was by both reverse-circulation (RC) and diamond drilling. RC samples were split at the rig using a Metzke splitter, before being transported to a secure location for logging. Diamond drill core was cut in half longitudinally at site using a diamond saw and half of the core (in 1-meter intervals) was transported to a secure location for logging.
All samples were submitted to Nabro Laboratories Limited (Nabro), Asmara, Eritrea, for sample preparation. Samples were crushed (to 90% passing 2.8 mm) and pulverised (to 85% passing 75 microm). Two scoop samples were taken from the pulveriser bowl: approximately 120 g for laboratory analysis and approximately 100 g for portable X-ray fluorescence (pXRF) analysis. The coarse and pulp rejects were stored at a warehouse in Asmara. The Company inserted certified reference material from OREAS (www.ore.com.au) into the sample stream, while Nabro inserted barren granodiorite material into the sample stream as a blank. Drill samples were shipped to ALS Geochemistry (ALS), Loughrea, Ireland, for analysis. ALS analysed all drill samples for gold by method Au-AA26 (50 g charge fire assay, AAS finish). ALS is independent of the Company and its quality management systems framework is accredited to ISO/IEC 17025:2005or certified to ISO 9001:2015standards.
About Alpha Exploration Ltd.
Alpha is an exploration company listed on the TSX-V exchange under the symbol ALEX that has made three important discoveries in two years at it's Kerkasha Project in Eritrea:Aburna orogenic goldAnagulu porphyry gold-copperTolegimja volcanogenic-massive-sulphide (VMS)
The company is managed by a group of highly experienced and successful professionals with many years of experience carrying out exploration and resource development programs in Eritrea and Sudan and is focused on the discovery of world class economic gold and base metals deposits in the highly prospective Arabian-Nubian shield, on either side of the Red Sea. Alpha currently holds a 100% interest in the large (771 km2) Kerkasha Exploration License in southwest Eritrea, located 135 km west-southwest of the capital city of Asmara. Since acquiring the property in January 2018, the company has spent ~CAD$16 million on exploration and identified 20 prospects of which six have been drilled to date.
All scientific and technical information in this press release, including the results of the Aburna drill program and how these results relate to the ongoing exploration at the Kerkasha Project has been reviewed, verified, and approved by Michael Hopley, President, Chief Executive Officer of Alpha and a "qualified person" for the purposes of national Instrument 43-101 - Standards of Disclosure for Mineral Projects.
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