Mr. Darin Wagner reports
BALMORAL'S NICKEL SULPHIDE PORTFOLIO EXPANDS WITH CONFIRMATION OF PRECIOUS METAL RICH NICKEL DISCOVERY AT BLUENOSE, RUM PROJECT, QUEBEC
Balmoral Resources Ltd. controls a portfolio of highly prospective nickel sulphide projects located in the greenstone belts of Ontario and Quebec. The company recently announced the first indications of nickel sulphide mineralization on its Rum project in Quebec (see NR19-13 -- July 30, 2019).
Balmoral is pleased to advise that follow-up hand stripping and sampling have significantly expanded the Bluenose nickel-copper-gold-PGE (platinum group element) zone and has confirmed the precious metal-rich nature of this new nickel sulphide discovery (see attached table). The Bluenose discovery is located on Balmoral's 100-per-cent-held Rum North property in the Lac Rocher nickel district of Quebec. Bluenose is one of 16 untested magmatic nickel sulphide targets recently acquired by Balmoral in the Lac Rocher district.
Bluenose nickel-copper-gold-platinum-palladium zone
Mapping of the stripped and washed discovery outcrop at Bluenose has outlined clear magmatic zoning/layering within the host intrusion. Disseminated sulphide mineralization occurs throughout the outcrop with five- to 50-centimetre-wide bands of more concentrated nickel-copper-gold-PGE bearing sulphide mineralization occurring at the contact between individual magmatic layers.
Over all, the intrusion becomes more olivine rich to the south/southwest and disseminated sulphide content, which appears to correlate well with grade, also increases toward the south/southwest. A zone of interstitial to blebby nickel sulphide mineralization occurs at the west-southwest edge of the outcrop as it dives under the overburden cover. The coarse interstitial and blebby sulphide mineralization, which are the typical precursors to massive sulphide development in magmatic nickel sulphide systems like the one being outlined at Bluenose, occurs proximal to untested electromagnetic anomalies located along the southwestern margin of the Bluenose intrusion. A similar EM anomaly occurs along the southeastern margin of the intrusion.
SAW CUT 30-CENTIMETRE GRAB SAMPLE RESULTS
Sample Ni Cu Co Au Pt Pd 3E S
No. % % ppm g/t g/t g/t g/t %
I101851 0.44 0.21 0.02 0.16 0.50 0.56 1.23 1.06
I101852 0.43 0.16 0.02 0.18 0.51 0.71 1.39 1.10
I101853 0.28 0.17 0.01 0.06 0.29 0.28 0.64 0.63
I101854 0.31 0.16 0.02 0.07 0.29 0.46 0.81 0.80
I101855 0.22 0.50 0.01 0.16 0.70 0.81 1.66 0.81
I101856 0.20 0.05 0.01 0.01 0.09 0.13 0.23 0.31
I101857 0.24 0.20 0.01 0.10 0.39 0.39 0.87 0.61
I101858 0.38 0.23 0.02 0.15 0.35 0.51 1.00 0.96
"Our mapping and sampling of the available outcrop at Bluenose provides clear evidence for magmatic layering, multiple phases of sulphide precipitation and a gravitational vector for the settling of olivine and sulphides. The interpreted direction of sulphide settling appears to correlate well with the conductors outlined by the airborne survey," said Michael Tucker, exploration manager for Balmoral. "The comparisons with the Lac Rocher deposit are obvious and, given the strength of the EM anomalies at Bluenose, we are looking forward to both the initial drill testing of this new discovery and evaluating the numerous similar targets we control in the district."
The Bluenose discovery exhibits similar nickel and copper grades to those observed on surface at Lac Rocher, but with a significantly higher precious metal content (gold, platinum and palladium). Drilling of low-level EM anomalies at Lac Rocher intersected massive nickel-copper sulphide mineralization which returned grades of 7 to 11 per cent nickel. Similar -- but stronger -- untested EM anomalies flank the Bluenose intrusion proximal to the new discovery.
Mapping has also identified a previously unknown mafic/ultramafic intrusion on the recently staked Rum Northwest property. This is the sixth new intrusions identified by Balmoral in the district, with the majority of the other magnetic targets recently staked by the company being completely covered by overburden.
Once final results are received from the recently completed channel sampling program, Balmoral will look to undertake additional ground geophysical work on several of the Rum targets, including Bluenose, prior to initial drill testing.
Balmoral's nickel project portfolio
The Rum project is one of three district-scale nickel sulphide projects wholly owned by Balmoral. The company's Grasset ultramafic complex project in west-central Quebec hosts the multimillion-tonne, high-grade Grasset Ni-Cu-Co-PGE deposit and recently discovered high-grade GUC Central zones. In Ontario the company controls the Gargoyle Ni-Cu-PGE project which feature a new, over-1,000-metre-long nickel sulphide discovery. This outcropping discovery is intimately associated with an extensive series of EM anomalies -- none of which have ever been drill tested.
With nickel inventories at multiyear lows and nickel prices near multiyear highs Balmoral's nickel project portfolio provides exposure to a suite of active, high-grade resource to discovery-stage nickel sulphide opportunities in Canada, including the largest, high-grade, open-ended nickel resource in Canada's vast Abitibi region.
The company will be active on all three projects over the months ahead with first pass and/or expansion drill testing planned on each of the projects in 2020.
Qualified person and quality assurance/quality control
Michael Tucker (MSc, PGeo, British Columbia, Ontario, temporary permit, Quebec), is the non-independent qualified person for the technical disclosure contained in this news release. Mr. Tucker supervised the Rum field program and reported exploration activities at Bluenose, reviewed the reported sample results and associated QA/QC data and approved of the technical information contained within this release.
Base metal analyses were initially obtained via multielement ICP-AES with four-acid digestion via ALS Canada Ltd. Nickel values in excess of 10,000 parts per million are reanalyzed using a sodium peroxide fusion followed by ICP-AES finish. PGE values were obtained via industry standard fire assay with ICP-AES finish using 30-gram aliquots. Gold analyses are obtained via industry standard fire assay with atomic absorption finish using 30 g aliquots. ALS Canada is ISO 9001:2015 certified and ISO 17025:2005 accredited.
About Balmoral Resources Ltd.
Balmoral is a multiaward-winning Canadian-focused exploration company actively exploring a portfolio of gold and base metal properties located within the prolific Abitibi greenstone belt. The company's flagship, 1,000-square-kilometre Detour gold trend project hosts the resource stage Bug and Martiniere West gold deposits and the Grasset nickel-copper-cobalt-PGE deposit. Employing an aggressive, drill-focused exploration style in one of the world's preeminent mining jurisdictions, Balmoral is following an established formula with a goal of maximizing shareholder value through the discovery and definition of high-grade, Canadian gold and base metal assets.
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