Toronto, Ontario -- May 31, 2016 - Wallbridge Mining Company Limited (TSX: WM, FWB: WC7) ("Wallbridge") announces additional drilling results and the initiation of the permitting process, including an environmental baseline study, for a potential bulk sample on its flagship Parkin Properties exploration project in Sudbury, Ontario. The Parkin Properties are being explored for nickel, copper, and platinum group metal mineralization.
New Drill Result Highlights*:
*Drill core length is reported. Horizontal width perpendicular to the Parkin Offset dyke is approximately 60-75% of the drill core length.
"We continue to have excellent results from our exploration programs at Parkin as demonstrated by the results reported in the last few months. Attractive copper, nickel, and PGM grades continue to be intersected and the mineralization intersected in the most recent holes is expanding the near-surface mineralization yet further north. With over nine kilometres of strike length with similar under-explored geology, the potential for further discoveries of new zones on the Parkin Offset dyke looks very promising," said Marz Kord, President and CEO of Wallbridge, "We will continue to expand the mineralization and evaluate the possibility of a surface bulk sample on the southern portion of Parkin while advancing our other business opportunity, the Fenelon Mine Project purchase and its eventual development."
"These most recent drilling results are from initial widely spaced holes that are just starting to define a new zone that has significant widths at very shallow depths and which is open for further drilling," stated Joshua Bailey, Vice President Exploration for Wallbridge, "This new zone was not included in the historic resource and, along with other recently released results, represents significant progress towards Wallbridge's objective of building significant near surface tonnage at Parkin."
Discussion of Parkin Drill Results
The Parkin Properties are being explored for high-grade polymetallic nickel, copper, and platinum group metals (PGMs) over a 9.4 km strike length of the Parkin Offset Dyke. Parkin includes the past-producing Milnet Mine, the high-grade Milnet 1500 Zone, and a historic near surface resource (Figure 1 and Figure 2).
Nickel, copper and platinum group metal mineralization at Parkin is typical of that hosted by quartz diorite offset dykes in the Sudbury mining camp. Offset dyke structures are responsible for approximately one third of all ore mined in Sudbury. Examples include the prolific deposits at Vale's North and South Mines hosted by the Copper Cliff Offset Dyke; Vale's recently commissioned Totten Mine in the Worthington Offset Dyke and KGHM International Ltd.'s Victoria project, also hosted in the Worthington Offset Dyke (Figure 3).
The current program is focused in the area of the historic near surface resource (Figure 4, Figure 5, and Figure 6). One objective is to determine the viability of initial test mining within the top 50-100 metres from surface. Another objective is to establish a significant resource from surface to 600 metres depth with an exploration target of 1.5 - 5.0 million tonnes with typical Sudbury grades including 0.8-1.2 % nickel, 1.0-1.5 % copper, 1.0-1.2 g/t platinum, 1.0-1.5 g/t palladium, and 0.5-0.8 g/t gold. Longer term the project has significant additional potential at depth and along the strike length of the Property.
This exploration target is conceptual in nature, is based on the size of the area, the nature of nearby mineralization in the historic resource and in recent drilling, borehole geophysics results, and examples of similar offset dyke deposits elsewhere in Sudbury. The target is not necessarily indicative of mineralization on the property and there has been insufficient work to date to determine whether deposits of this size exist. Further drilling is necessary to test this potential.
Results to date have identified several thicker zones of high grade mineralization within and adjacent to the historic resource and within 50 metres of surface. These are currently being evaluated for possible bulk sampling. Results to date have also substantially expanded the extent of mineralization from surface to 600 metres depth in the area of the historic resource and support the potential for the exploration target described above. Wallbridge has also made considerable progress in understanding the broader structure of the Parkin Offset Dyke and the larger scale discovery potential it has at depth and along strike.
Drill holes WMP-196 to WMP-200 were drilled as step-outs following up previously released drill hole WMP-195 which intersected 7.46 metres of 1.36 % nickel, 1.02 % copper, and 1.59 g/t TPM (including 0.67 g/t platinum, 0.74 g/t palladium, and 0.18 g/t gold) from 58.60 to 66.06 metres down hole (see Wallbridge Press Release dated May 10, 2016).
Illustrations showing the recent drilling will be posted on Wallbridge's website at: http://www.wallbridgemining.com/s/parkin-offset.asp.
Table 1. 2016 Ni-Cu-PGM Drill Results at Parkin
|WMP-1431||No Significant Mineralization|
|WMP-1441||No Significant Mineralization|
|WMP-1461||No Significant Mineralization|
|WMP-1471||No Significant Mineralization|
|WMP-1481||No Significant Mineralization|
|WMP-1491||No Significant Mineralization|
|WMP-1511||No Significant Mineralization|
|WMP-1562||No Significant Mineralization|
|WMP-1582||No Significant Mineralization|
|WMP-1592||No Significant Mineralization|
|WMP-1632||No Significant Mineralization|
|WMP-1662||No Significant Mineralization|
|WMP-1672||No Significant Mineralization|
|WMP-1682||No Significant Mineralization|
|WMP-1692||No Significant Mineralization|
|WMP-1713||No Significant Mineralization|
|WMP-1743||No Significant Mineralization|
|WMP-1773||No Significant Mineralization|
|WMP-1863||No Significant Mineralization|
|WMP-1933||No Significant Mineralization|
|WMP-1943||No Significant Mineralization|
|WMP-196||No Significant Mineralization|
|WMP-198||No Significant Mineralization|
|*Drill core length. Horizontal width perpendicular to the Parkin Offset dyke is approximately 60-75% of the drill core length.|
|**Total precious metals ("TPM") equals Pt + Pd + Au, rounded to two decimals|
|1Previously disclosed, see Wallbridge Press Release dated March 1, 2016|
|2Previously disclosed, see Wallbridge Press Release dated April 4, 2016|
|3Previously disclosed, see Wallbridge Press Release dated May 10, 2016|
Other Activities in Sudbury
Wallbridge is currently evaluating the results from the recent drilling to determine the viability of a potential bulk sample to better characterize the near surface mineralization and its metallurgical recoveries. To provide for this possibility, Wallbridge has initiated the permitting process for a potential bulk sample.
As part of this, Wallbridge is pleased to announce that is has retained Tahgaiwinini Technical & Environmental Services Group ("TTESG") to complete an environmental baseline study for the project. TTESG is owned and operated by Wahnapitae First Nation and has previous experience working with Glencore, Vale, KGHM International, and Cliffs Natural Resources. Wahnapitae First Nation is located several kilometres to the southeast of the Parkin Properties.
Wallbridge is also pleased to announce that it has been accepted as a successful applicant for the Junior Exploration Assistance Program ("JEAP") for two projects, including additional drilling planned on the Parkin Properties later in 2016 as well as a regional boot and hammer exploration project underway this summer on various properties in the Sudbury area. JEAP is sponsored by the Ontario Prospectors Association and the Northern Ontario Heritage Fund Corporation and has committed to provide Wallbridge with a grant equal to 33.3 percent of approved eligible exploration expenditures up to a total of $100,000 on each of the two projects.
Parkin Properties Overview and Background
This is the first year of an option agreement on the Parkin Properties funded by Lonmin Plc with a budget of CAD $2.126 million starting in October 2015. Sixty drill holes totalling 11,030 metres have been completed as part of this program. Significant assay results are summarized in Table 1. Modelling; permitting activities, including the environmental baseline study; and some boot and hammer fieldwork will continue through the summer at Parkin. As previously stated, Lonmin Plc may maintain their option by funding a minimum budget of CAD $3.258 million in the second year of the option agreement which starts October 1, 2016. Drilling is expected to resume at that time.
Lonmin Plc may earn up to a 50% interest in the Parkin Properties by funding aggregate payments and exploration expenditures of CAD $11.083 million over four years (see Wallbridge press release dated September 16, 2015). Lonmin may then earn up to an additional 15% in each Parkin Property by funding them through to a feasibility study.
Wallbridge attracted this joint venture funding from Lonmin in the fall of 2015, following the successful results of four drill holes completed last winter and mechanical stripping and channel sampling completed last summer.
In February 2015, Wallbridge secured an option to re-purchase Impala Platinum Holdings Limited's ("Implats") 49.6% interest in the Parkin Properties from an earlier joint venture at a substantial discount to Implats $7.2 million prior expenditure (see Wallbridge press release dated February 11, 2015).
Between 2008 and 2012 Wallbridge completed drilling on the Parkin Properties through the earlier joint venture funded largely by Implats. That work included drilling in 2008 and 2009 in the current target area which yielded significant mineralization. Drilling from 2010 to 2012 was directed further north with much deeper drilling beneath the Milnet mine after the discovery in 2009 of the very high grade Milnet 1500 Zone, which remains open.
Table 2. Drill Hole Information
|Hole ID||UTM E||UTM N||Length (m)||Azimuth||Dip|
Samples were prepared at ALS Chemex Ltd. laboratories in Sudbury and then shipped to their analytical facilities in Vancouver. Samples were analyzed for Au, Pt, and Pd by standard lead oxide collection fire assay fusion with an atomic emission spectrometry (ICP-AES) finish. Samples were analyzed for base metals, silver and trace elements using a four acid (HCIO4-HNO3-HF and HCI) near total digestion and a combination of ICP-MS and ICP-AES finish. Cu and Ni over-limits or samples submitted as ore grade were analyzed using HNO3-HClO4-HF-HCl acid digestion, HCl leach and ICP-AES (some conditions require an AA finish). Sulphur over-limits were analyzed using Total Sulphur by LECO.
The Qualified Person responsible for the technical content of this press release is Joshua Bailey, P.Geo., M.Sc., Vice President Exploration For Wallbridge Mining Company Limited. Mr. Bailey has prepared, supervised and approved the scientific and technical disclosures in this press release.
About Wallbridge Mining
Wallbridge creates value through the acquisition, discovery, development, and production of metals. Wallbridge is working to establish a portfolio of projects that will support sustainable production and revenue as well as organic growth through exploration and scalability.
Wallbridge is currently in discussions regarding several advanced stage projects which could become the Company's next production platforms. These discussions benefit from the operating capabilities Wallbridge demonstrated by safely and efficiently mining the Broken Hammer deposit, which was completed in October 2015.
Wallbridge is continuing active partner-funded exploration on its large portfolio of nickel, copper, and PGM projects in Sudbury, Ontario. Most of this work is funded by joint venture partners and has led to the discovery of numerous mineral occurrences including the Broken Hammer deposit.
Wallbridge has further exposure to active exploration for copper and gold in Jamaica and British Columbia through its 16.8% ownership of Carube Copper Corp. ("Carube Copper") (CUC:TSX-V, formerly Miocene Resources Limited). Carube Copper's activities in Jamaica benefit from the funding by OZ Minerals Limited ("OZ Minerals"), with whom Carube Copper has two joint ventures.
For Further Information
Please visit the Company's website at www.wallbridgemining.com, or contact:
Wallbridge Mining Company Limited
Joshua Bailey, M.Sc., P.Geo
Vice President Exploration
Tel: (705) 682-9297 ext. 240
Vice President Corporate Communications
Tel: (705) 682-9297 ext. 263
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