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Surge Copper drills 194 m of 0.76% CuEq at Ootsa

2021-09-07 09:07 ET - News Release

Mr. Leif Nilsson reports


Surge Copper Corp. has released assay results for multiple resource definition holes from the company's 100-per-cent-owned Ootsa property in British Columbia.


  • Hole S21-250 intersected 364 metres grading 0.56 per cent copper equivalent including 194 metres grading 0.76 per cent copper equivalent;
  • Hole S21-254 intersected 161 metres grading 0.37 per cent copper equivalent including 52 metres grading 0.59 per cent copper equivalent;
  • Recent drilling north of the Seel deposits has significantly extended a zone of breccia-style mineralization at the Seel breccia zone, and the company is currently evaluating the potential to expand high-grade near-surface mineralization in this area.

The company currently has two drills working at the Ootsa property focused on stepping out and constraining the extent of known mineralization at the East and West Seel deposits and surrounding area.

Leif Nilsson, chief executive officer, commented: "We have had a very busy summer field season and are excited to see results come in as we continue to push out the extents of the main mineralized zones at Seel and test high-potential targets in the nearby areas. Camp construction at Berg is advancing well and we anticipate mobilizing crews there in the near term as we continue to advance our regional target planning work."

West Seel drilling

Holes S21-245 to 250, 252 and 254 are all stepout or infill holes designed to expand or constrain West Seel mineralization with significant assay results summarized in the associated table.

Hole S21-250 was a 100-metre stepout on the northeast side of the West Seel long section and has successfully expanded a large zone of high-grade mineralization. This hole intersected 0.56 per cent copper equivalent over 364 metres from 440 metres depth, including 0.76 per cent copper equivalent over 194 metres from 560 metres depth. This large zone of high-grade mineralization shows good continuity with the holes above and remains open for expansion at depth. Hole S21-245 was drilled on the east side of the West Seel deposit oriented toward the northeast. The hole encountered 166 metres of 0.32 per cent copper equivalent from 180 metres depth and has expanded mineralization on the northeast side. Hole S21-247 also hit a modest zone of near-surface mineralization expanding West Seel toward the northeast.

Hole S21-252 successfully expanded mineralization on the southeast side of West Seel, partially filling in a gap between the West and East Seel deposits. Hole S21-254 was successful in expanding near-surface mineralization within the West Seel deposit returning 161 metres grading 0.37 per cent copper equivalent from nine metres depth.

Holes S21-246, 248, 249 and 251 did not encounter significant mineralization and constrain mineralization in those areas.

East Seel drilling

Holes S21-253 and 255 tested the east and southeast edges of the East Seel deposit. Hole S21-253 encountered 26 metres grading 0.24 per cent copper equivalent from 82 metres depth before encountering the East Seel fault which bounds mineralization on the southeast side. Hole S21-255 did not encounter significant mineralization and bounds the deposit to the east.

Expansion potential at Seel breccia zone

Recent stepout drilling north of the Seel breccia zone, located approximately 200 metres north of the East Seel deposit, has intersected sulphide-bearing breccia-style mineralization starting from surface. This zone is known to contain high-grade mineralization highlighted by hole S06-42 which intercepted 138 metres grading 0.84 per cent copper and 22.1 grams per tonne silver from 22 metres depth (previously released). One drill is currently focused on tracing the zone along strike and to depth to assess the potential to expand high-grade near-surface resources in the area. Breccia-style mineralization contains sulphides, including chalcopyrite, within a breccia matrix that also contains quartz and iron carbonate. Sulphide minerals in the breccia matrix include chalcopyrite, pyrite and sphalerite. Assays are pending for drill holes from this zone.

Ootsa exploration program update

Two core rigs are currently drilling at the Ootsa property and have completed over 14,000 metres of drilling in 27 holes since June, 2021. Results from 17 additional holes from Ootsa are pending. The current program is focused on testing the margins of the known mineralized zones and defining the extents of mineralization. Select exploration targets outside the known mineralized zones are also scheduled for drill testing.

Quality control

All drill cores are logged, photographed and cut in half with a diamond saw. Half of the core is bagged and sent to ALS Geochemistry in Kamloops, B.C., for analysis (which is ISO/IEC 17025 accredited), while the other half is archived and stored on-site for verification and reference purposes. Gold is assayed using a 30-gram fire assay method and 33 additional elements are analyzed by induced coupled plasma (ICP) utilizing a four-acid digestion. Duplicate samples, blanks and certified standards are included with every sample batch and then checked to ensure proper quality assurance and quality control.

About Surge Copper Corp.

The company owns a 100-per-cent interest in the Ootsa property, an advanced-stage exploration project containing the East Seel, West Seel and Ox porphyry deposits located adjacent to the open-pit Huckleberry copper mine, owned by Imperial Metals. The Ootsa property contains pit-constrained National Instrument 43-101-compliant resources of copper, gold, molybdenum and silver in the measured and indicated categories.

The company is also earning into a 70-per-cent interest in the Berg property from Centerra Gold. Berg is a large, advanced-stage exploration project located 28 kilometres northwest of the Ootsa deposits. Berg contains pit-constrained 43-101-compliant resources of copper, molybdenum and silver in the measured and indicated categories. Combined, the adjacent Ootsa and Berg properties give Surge a dominant land position in the Ootsa-Huckleberry-Berg district and control over four advanced porphyry deposits.

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