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Wallbridge drills 0.51 m of 83.18 g/t Au at Fenelon

2020-01-27 18:48 ET - News Release

Mr. Marz Kord reports


Wallbridge Mining Company Ltd. has released assay results from the previously reported VG intersection in FA-19-089 and other mineralized intervals in grassroots drill holes completed in 2019 on its 100-per-cent-owned Fenelon gold property. FA-19-089, the first hole to test a target 800 metres along strike to the northwest of the known footprint of the Area 51 gold system, intersected 83.18 grams per tonne over 0.51 metre, highlighting the excellent potential for Area 51-style gold mineralization along the approximately four-kilometre strike length of the Jeremie pluton.

"It is quite remarkable that drill holes completed 800 metres northwest along strike of the current zones have intersected similar gold mineralization and host geology as that found in Area 51. Results continue to support continuity of gold mineralization along the more than two kilometres tested on the property thus far, and mineralization remains open along strike and at depth," stated Marz Kord, president and chief executive officer of Wallbridge. "Our drilling strategy for 2020 is: (1) continue the expansion of the Tabasco and Area 51 zones in anticipation of a resource estimate, (2) continue significant step-out drilling to extend the known gold zones deeper and along strike and (3) test grassroots targets along the more than four kilometres of favourable geology identified to date on the Fenelon property."


  • FA-19-089: 83.18 g/t Au over 0.51 metre: This intersection is located on Section 9300E, approximately 800 metres northwest of the currently known western extent of the Fenelon gold system on Section 9900E. This result was obtained from a visible gold-bearing vein similar in style and orientation to the veins hosted by the Jeremie pluton in Area 51.
  • FA-19-095: 5.05 g/t Au over 1.96 metres: This intersection is located on Section 9375E, approximately 500 metres northwest of the currently known western extent of the Fenelon gold system on Section 9900E.

"The high-grade results announced today highlight the excellent potential to discover Area 51-style mineralization along the entire four-kilometre strike length of the Jeremie pluton contact on the Fenelon gold property," stated Attila Pentek, vice-president, exploration, of Wallbridge. "FA-19-089 was our first drill hole to test this concept, targeting a structural-geophysical target in the Jeremy pluton, and our success reaffirms that the Jeremy pluton is a high-quality exploration target far into the northern part of the property. Similarly, anomalous gold mineralization in holes FA-19-083, -087 and -091, 1,600 metres to the east of the Main Gabbro zones, warrants follow-up drilling."

2019/2020 drill program

Six drill rigs are currently active on the property: five are focusing on exploration drilling from surface, doing large-spaced step-outs to define the footprint of the Fenelon gold system, and one underground drill rig is doing more closely spaced definition drilling of the Main Gabbro zones near the existing mine workings. A total of 75,000 metres were drilled in 2019, and the program is continuing in 2020 with the same drilling rate of approximately 9,000 metres per month for a projected total of 100,000 to 120,000 metres for the year. So far, a total of approximately 6,500 metres have been drilled in 2020.

Assay results of six surface holes of the 2019 exploration drill program are reported in the attached table. Assays, including further assays from FA-19-087, -091, -093, -095, are pending for 24 surface drill holes and 82 underground holes with the majority of the latter being short (less than 50 m) definition drill holes in the Main Gabbro zone.

All figures and a table with drill hole information of recently completed holes can be found on the company website.


Drill hole    From      To  Length        Au    VG (2)         Zone/corridor      
                (m)     (m)     (m)     (g/t)        
FA-19-083    91.00   92.00    1.00      4.89                  New zone, east     
FA-19-083   134.33  135.00    0.67      2.62                  New zone, east     
FA-19-087   441.64  442.30    0.66      1.94                  New zone, east     
FA-19-089   233.11  233.64    0.53      1.95             New zone, northwest
FA-19-089   576.25  577.71    1.46      1.41             New zone, northwest
FA-19-089   714.12  714.63    0.51     83.18       VG    New zone, northwest
FA-19-091   171.84  172.83    0.99      1.91                  New zone, east     
FA-19-093   424.00  425.15    1.15      8.39             New zone, northwest
FA-19-093   551.84  553.32    1.48      2.06             New zone, northwest
FA-19-093   580.99  582.35    1.36      2.20             New zone, northwest
FA-19-095   384.43  386.39    1.96      5.05             New zone, northwest

(1) Table includes only highlight assay results received since the latest press release.
(2) Intervals containing visible gold (VG).                                           
(3) True widths are estimated to be 50 per cent to 80 per cent of the reported core
    length intervals.

About the Fenelon gold property

The Fenelon gold property is located proximal to the Sunday Lake deformation zone, an emerging gold belt in northwestern Quebec. This major east-west structure in the northern Abitibi greenstone belt hosts the Detour Lake mine and is very similar to other breaks controlling world-class gold camps in the southern Abitibi, yet it remains underexplored due to thick glacial cover.

At Fenelon, secondary splays of the Sunday Lake deformation zone have controlled the emplacement of a significant gold system along and within the Jeremie pluton. Historically, exploration has focused on high-grade shear zones hosted in the Main Gabbro, and this is where Wallbridge completed a bulk sample of 33,500 tonnes grading 18.49 g/t gold.

In late 2018, exploration drilling discovered a new geologic setting with extensive vein- and shear-hosted gold mineralization along and within the pluton, naming it Area 51. The 75,000-metre 2019 drill program has proven the connectivity of Area 51 through the sediment-hosted Tabasco and Cayenne zones to the Main Gabbro and has significantly expanded the footprint and depth extent of the Fenelon gold system. The continuing, fully financed, 100,000-to-120,000-metre 2020 drill program is aiming to further define the size potential of the deposit and complete infill drilling in support of a maiden National Instrument 43-101 resource estimate.

Assay quality assurance/quality control and qualified persons

Drill core samples from the continuing drill program at Fenelon are cut and bagged either on site or by contractors, and transported to either SGS Canada Inc. or ALS Canada Ltd. for analysis. Samples, along with standards, blanks and duplicates included for quality assurance and quality control, were prepared and analyzed at SGS Canada or ALS Canada laboratories. Samples are crushed to 90 per cent or 95 per cent less than two millimetres. A one-kilogram riffle split is pulverized to greater than 95 per cent passing 106 microns or 85 per cent passing 75 microns. Fifty-gram samples are analyzed by fire assay and AAS. At SGS, samples greater than 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 person responsible for the technical content of this press release is Evan Slater, PGeo, MSc, senior project geologist of Wallbridge.

About Wallbridge Mining Company Ltd.

Wallbridge is establishing a pipeline of projects that will support sustainable 100,000-ounce-plus annual gold production as well as organic growth through exploration and scalability. The company is currently developing its 100-per-cent-owned Fenelon gold property, which is located proximal to the Sunday Lake deformation zone, an emerging gold belt in northwestern Quebec with continuing 100,000-to-120,000-metre exploration drill program in 2020, and a 33,500-tonne bulk sample and 75,000 metres of drilling completed in 2019. Wallbridge is also pursuing additional advanced-stage projects which would add to the company's near-term project pipeline.

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