Toronto, Ontario – October 14, 2020 – Wallbridge Mining Company Limited (TSX:WM) (“Wallbridge” or the “Company”) is pleased to report continuing positive drill results from Area 51 on Wallbridge’s 100%-owned Fenelon Gold Property (“Fenelon” or the “Property”). Results of the 75-metre step-out drilling have further extended the Area 51 gold zones to the west and southeast, while in-fill drilling in Area 51 continues to define the distribution of gold mineralization consisting of numerous narrow, high grade veins within vein network zones tens of metres in width.
“Our systematic step-out drilling is now revealing strong Area 51-style mineralization continuing to the west on the new drill section 9750E,” said Attila Péntek, Vice President, Exploration of Wallbridge. “The mineralization is wide open to the west towards the intersection in FA-20-160 approximately 400 metres away. Similarly, the intersection of the newly discovered Hubble zone on section 10425E provides continuity in the southeast and a possible connection to the Area 51 mineralization recently discovered all the way to the Sunday Lake Deformation Zone.”
Additional assay results from FA-20-160, an exploration hole drilled 400 metres west of section 9750E (previously reported as 106 g/t Au over 0.60 metres in Wallbridge Press Release dated Sept 08, 2020), now confirm a total intersection of 13.03 g/t Au over 5.35 metres, including the 106 g/t Au over 0.60 metres reported previously (see Fig. 1).
Highlight intersections from in-fill and expansion drilling on Sections 9900E to 10350E include:
“Our infill drilling in Area 51 continues to show the characteristics of potentially bulk mineable mineralization over large widths with the optionality of selective mining of higher grades from some of the zones,” stated Marz Kord, President and CEO of Wallbridge. “Further infill drilling will increase our understanding of the high-grade domains within the larger mineralized intervals, as we work toward a maiden resource estimate for the Fenelon gold system.”
2020 Drilling Program Update
To September 30, 2020 approximately 75,000 metres of the planned fully-funded 100,000-metre 2020 drilling program have been completed. Currently, five of six drill rigs are focusing on expanding the Tabasco-Cayenne-Area 51 mineralization on the original Fenelon Gold Property, carrying out a combination of 50-100-metre step-outs and tighter-spaced in-fill drilling. The sixth drill rig is active on exploring the connection of the Tabasco-Cayenne-Area 51 gold system to the Ripley-Reaper Area and the Sunday Lake Deformation Zone. Consideration has been given to increase the scope and size of the planned 2020 and 2021 drilling programs to be able to fully assess the ultimate size potential of what is a rapidly growing gold system (see Wallbridge Press Release dated Oct 13, 2020).
Partial assay results of 16 surface drill holes (FA-20-138, -140, -144, -146, -147, -152, -153, 154, -155, -159, -159-W1, -160, -161, -167, -168, and -171) of the 2020 exploration drill program are reported in the Tables and Figures below. All figures and a table with drill hole information of recently completed holes are posted on the Company’s website under “Current Program” at https://www.wallbridgemining.com/s/fenelon.asp.
|Table 1. Wallbridge Fenelon Gold Property 2020 Drill Assay Highlights (1)|
|Drill Hole||From||To||Length||Au||Au Cut(2)||VG(3)||Zone/Corridor||Section|
|FA-20-138||88.50||115.80||27.30||1.44||1.44||VG||Area 51- Titan Zone 3||10050|
|Including…||96.55||100.40||3.85||8.13||8.13||VG||Area 51- Titan Zone 3||10050|
|FA-20-138||154.80||160.90||6.10||1.40||1.40||VG||Area 51- Titan Zone 1||10050|
|Including…||160.20||160.90||0.70||8.80||8.80||VG||Area 51- Titan Zone 1||10050|
|FA-20-140||622.75||660.20||37.45||1.43||1.43||Area 51- Laika Zone 1 & 2||10275|
|Including…||643.80||644.40||0.60||47.70||47.70||Area 51- Laika Zone 1 & 2||10275|
|And…||646.30||654.70||8.40||1.41||1.41||Area 51- Laika Zone 1 & 2||10275|
|FA-20-140||751.00||762.00||11.00||6.80||6.80||Area 51- Andromeda Zone 2||10275|
|Including…||751.00||753.00||2.00||35.81||35.81||Area 51- Andromeda Zone 2||10275|
|FA-20-140||794.60||795.35||0.75||9.15||9.15||VG||Area 51- Andromeda Zone 1||10275|
|FA-20-140||817.85||822.90||5.05||1.86||1.86||Area 51- Interstellar Zone 3||10275|
|Including…||821.90||822.90||1.00||5.31||5.31||Area 51- Interstellar Zone 3||10275|
|FA-20-140||840.80||841.80||1.00||5.81||5.81||Area 51- Interstellar Zone 3||10275|
|FA-20-140||860.55||861.55||1.00||9.54||9.54||Area 51- Interstellar Zone 2||10275|
|FA-20-144||345.85||347.50||1.65||4.79||4.79||Area 51- Hubble Zone||10350|
|FA-20-144||491.50||503.50||12.00||1.12||1.12||Area 51- Orion Zone 3||10350|
|Including…||502.00||503.50||1.50||4.34||4.34||Area 51- Orion Zone 3||10350|
|FA-20-144||820.00||862.50||42.50||1.09||1.09||VG||Area 51- Andromeda Zone 3 & 4||10275|
|Including…||847.00||849.00||2.00||9.13||9.13||VG||Area 51- Andromeda Zone 3 & 4||10275|
|And…||862.00||862.50||0.50||17.83||17.83||VG||Area 51- Andromeda Zone 3 & 4||10275|
|FA-20-146||227.70||235.50||7.80||1.33||1.33||VG||Area 51- Hubble Zone||10425|
|FA-20-146||686.50||730.00||43.50||1.13||1.13||VG||Area 51- Titan 1 & Laika Zone 3||10425|
|Including…||713.50||714.50||1.00||27.08||27.08||VG||Area 51- Titan 1 & Laika Zone 4||10425|
|FA-20-146||830.50||832.00||1.50||4.32||4.32||Area 51- Andromeda Zone 2||10425|
|FA-20-147||No Significant Mineralization*|
|FA-20-152||88.50||91.50||3.00||10.03||10.03||Area 51- Orion Zone||9900|
|Including…||88.50||90.00||1.50||16.60||16.60||Area 51- Orion Zone||9900|
|FA-20-153||246.80||258.15||11.35||2.45||2.45||VG||Area 51- Hubble Zone||10425|
|Including…||249.55||254.10||4.55||4.60||4.60||VG||Area 51- Hubble Zone||10425|
|FA-20-153||278.50||279.75||1.25||2.91||2.91||Area 51- Hubble Zone||10425|
|FA-20-153||569.10||583.00||13.90||1.46||1.46||VG||Area 51- Orion Zone 2 & 3||10425|
|Including…||581.20||583.00||1.80||6.46||6.46||VG||Area 51- Orion Zone 2 & 3||10425|
|FA-20-153||708.00||709.90||1.90||4.67||4.67||Area 51- Titan Zone 3||10425|
|FA-20-154||996.20||1005.35||9.15||4.40||4.40||Area 51- Enterprise Zone 2 & 3||9975|
|Including…||996.75||999.50||2.75||7.00||7.00||Area 51- Enterprise Zone 2 & 3||9975|
|And…||1004.70||1005.35||0.65||25.60||25.60||Area 51- Enterprise Zone 2 & 3||9975|
|FA-20-155||467.50||469.00||1.50||6.79||6.79||Area 51- Titan 1 & Laika Zone 3||10200|
|FA-20-155||483.00||490.00||7.00||0.97||0.97||Area 51- Laika Zone 2||10200|
|FA-20-155||505.00||507.00||2.00||2.29||2.29||VG||Area 51- Laika Zone 2||10200|
|FA-20-155||535.00||594.15||59.15||1.06||1.06||VG||Area 51- Laika 1 & Andromeda 2||10200|
|Including…||547.00||559.00||12.00||1.97||1.97||Area 51- Laika 1 & Andromeda 4||10200|
|And...||572.50||594.15||21.65||1.45||1.45||VG||Area 51- Andromeda Zone 3||10200|
|FA-20-155||649.00||665.50||16.50||1.06||1.06||Area 51- Andromeda Zone 1||10200|
|Including…||653.40||655.00||1.60||8.53||8.53||Area 51- Andromeda Zone 1||10200|
|FA-20-159||513.00||520.50||7.50||2.36||2.36||VG||Area 51- Laika Zone 2 & 3||10200|
|Including…||513.00||517.00||4.00||4.01||4.01||Area 51- Laika Zone 2 & 4||10200|
|FA-20-159||555.00||556.00||1.00||5.10||5.10||VG||Area 51- Laika Zone 1||10200|
|FA-20-159-W1||539.00||659.50||120.50||1.53||1.53||VG||Area 51- Laika Zone 2 to Andromeda Zone 2||10200|
|Including…||558.50||582.50||24.00||3.49||3.49||VG||Area 51- Laika Zones 1 & 2||10200|
|Which includes…||577.50||582.50||5.00||9.35||9.35||VG||Area 51- Laika Zone 1 & Andromeda Zone 4||10200|
|And...||638.00||659.50||21.50||2.45||2.45||VG||Area 51- Andromeda Zones 3 & 4||10200|
|FA-20-159-W1||721.00||743.50||22.50||1.22||1.22||VG||Area 51- Andromeda 1 & Interstellar 3||10200|
|Including…||721.00||722.55||1.55||4.54||4.54||VG||Area 51- Andromeda 1 & Interstellar 3||10200|
|And…||734.50||736.00||1.50||4.81||4.81||Area 51- Andromeda 1 & Interstellar 3||10200|
|FA-20-160||508.00||513.35||5.35||13.03||13.03||VG||Area 51 West Extension||9375|
|Including…||512.75||513.35||0.60||106.00||106.00||VG||Area 51 West Extension||9375|
|FA-20-160||606.00||609.00||3.00||1.05||1.05||Area 51 West Extension||9375|
|FA-20-161||270.25||272.20||1.95||5.90||5.90||Area 51- Orion Zone 2||9975|
|Including…||271.35||272.20||0.85||10.25||10.25||Area 51- Orion Zone 2||9975|
|FA-20-161||602.85||612.60||9.75||1.19||1.19||VG||Area 51- Andromeda Zone 4||9975|
|FA-20-166-W2||716.20||717.80||1.60||12.93||12.93||VG||Area 51- Laika Zone 1 & 2||10050|
|FA-20-167||286.95||287.75||0.80||6.41||6.41||Area 51- Andromeda Zone 3 & 4||9750|
|FA-20-167||322.00||323.50||1.50||9.60||9.60||Area 51- Andromeda Zone 2 & 3||9750|
|FA-20-167||357.80||380.25||22.45||1.02||1.02||VG||Area 51- Andromeda Zone 1 & 2||9750|
|Including…||357.80||362.75||4.95||2.88||2.88||VG||Area 51- Andromeda Zone 1 & 2||9750|
|Which includes…||357.80||358.45||0.65||14.60||14.60||VG||Area 51- Andromeda Zone 1 & 2||9750|
|And…||379.00||380.25||1.25||5.65||5.65||Area 51- Andromeda Zone 1 & 2||9750|
|FA-20-167||1075.50||1100.50||25.00||2.62||2.62||Area 51- New Zone||9750|
|Including…||1075.50||1080.30||4.80||12.48||12.48||Area 51- New Zone||9750|
|FA-20-168||89.00||97.50||8.50||1.75||1.75||Area 51- Orion Zone 4||9900|
|Including…||89.00||91.50||2.50||2.82||2.82||Area 51- Orion Zone 4||9900|
|And…||96.00||97.50||1.50||4.80||4.80||Area 51- Orion Zone 4||9900|
|FA-20-168||163.75||166.70||2.95||7.66||7.66||VG||Area 51- Orion Zone 2 & 3||9900|
|FA-20-171||418.65||473.65||55.00||1.81||1.81||VG||Area 51- Interstellar Zone 3||9750|
|Including…||435.30||442.90||7.60||3.73||3.73||VG||Area 51- Interstellar Zone 4||9750|
|And…||460.00||462.00||2.00||24.91||24.91||VG||Area 51- Interstellar Zone 5||9750|
|FA-20-171||719.00||726.45||7.45||5.02||5.02||Area 51- Milky Way Zone 1 & 2||9750|
|Including…||720.00||723.50||3.50||9.73||9.73||Area 51- Milky Way Zone 1 & 2||9750|
*metal factor of at least 5 g/t*m and minimum weighted average composite grade of 1 g/t Au
(1) Table includes only assay results received since the latest press release on Area 51 results dated Aug 13, 2020.
(2) Au cut at 140 g/t
(3) Intervals containing visible gold ("VG").
Note: True widths are estimated to be 50-80% of the reported core length intervals.
Assay QA/QC and Qualified Persons
Drill core samples from the ongoing 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 Inc. or ALS Canada Ltd. laboratories. Samples are crushed to 90% or 95% less than 2mm. A 1kg riffle split is pulverized to >95% passing 106 microns or 85% passing 75 microns. 50g samples are analyzed by fire assay and AAS. At SGS, samples >10g/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 re-analysis for quality assurance and quality control.
The Qualified Person responsible for the technical content of this press release is Christopher Kelly, P.Geo., B.Sc., Project Geologist of Wallbridge.
About Wallbridge Mining
Wallbridge is currently advancing the exploration and development of its 100%-owned Fenelon Gold property, which is located along the Detour-Fenelon Gold Trend, an emerging gold belt in northwestern Québec with an ongoing, fully-funded 100,000-metre exploration drill program in 2020.
The recent acquisition of Balmoral Resources has secured for Wallbridge a buffer of several kilometres surrounding its rapidly expanding Fenelon discovery providing room for growth, as well as future mine development flexibility. This acquisition has also significantly expanded Wallbridge's land holdings in Québec along the Detour-Fenelon Gold Trend (from 10.5 km2 to over 900.0 km2), improving Wallbridge's potential for further discoveries for over 90-kilometre strike in this under-explored belt.
Wallbridge is also the operator of, and a shareholder in, Lonmin Canada Inc., a privately-held company with a large portfolio of nickel, copper, and platinum-group metals (PGM) projects in Ontario's Sudbury Basin.
This news release has been authorized by the undersigned on behalf of Wallbridge Mining Company Limited.
For further information please visit the Company's website at www.wallbridgemining.com or contact:
Wallbridge Mining Company Limited
Marz Kord, P. Eng., M. Sc., MBA
President & CEO
Tel: (705) 682-9297 ext. 251
Victoria Vargas, B.Sc. (Hon.) Economics, MBA
Investor Relations Advisor
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