Toronto, Ontario -- April 8, 2020 -- Wallbridge Mining Company Limited (TSX:WM, FWB: WC7) ("Wallbridge" or the "Company") announced today that, in response to latest COVID-19 plans of the Governments of Ontario and Quebec, Wallbridge's exploration activities, originally expected to be suspended until April 15, 2020 will remain suspended until at least May 4, 2020 at its 100% owned Fenelon gold project located in the Abitibi greenstone belt, Québec, as well as its operations in Ontario. Limited care and maintenance operations aimed at protecting the facilities and environment continue. The Company is also withdrawing its full-year 2020 exploration drilling guidance of 100,000 to 120,000 metres to assess COVID-19's impact. Our drill contractors remain prepared to continue drilling with six surface drill rigs as soon as site activities can be resumed.
To date, Wallbridge has had no suspected or confirmed cases of COVID-19, and has had a COVID-19 protocol in place to protect its workforce. Workers impacted by the suspension of activities will receive their base wages until May 4, 2020. Wallbridge, in these difficult times, thanks its workforce, partners and all stakeholders for their understanding and support, and is looking forward to resuming exploration activities when possible.
Wallbridge continues to maintain and advance its projects with staff working from home on permitting, engineering studies, geologic interpretation & modelling and exploration targeting. The assay laboratories are experiencing some delays, but are continuing to report assays which will be released as they become available. All results of the ~ 26,000 metres of drilling completed so far in 2020 should be received within the next 4-6 weeks.
About Wallbridge Mining
The Company is currently developing its 100%-owned Fenelon Gold Property, which is located proximal to the Sunday Lake Deformation Zone, in an emerging gold belt in northwestern Quebec with ongoing 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. Wallbridge is also the operator of, and a 16.5% shareholder in, Loncan Canada Inc., a privately-held company with a large portfolio of nickel, copper, and PGM projects in Ontario's Sudbury Basin.
As announced in Wallbridge Press Release dated March 02, 2020, Wallbridge and Balmoral Resources have entered into a definitive agreement, whereby Wallbridge will, among other things, acquire all of the issued and outstanding shares of Balmoral, in an all-stock transaction. The Balmoral transaction secures for Wallbridge a buffer of several kilometres surrounding its rapidly expanding Fenelon discovery providing room for growth, as well as future mine development flexibility. The transaction also significantly expands Wallbridge's land holdings in Quebec along the Detour Gold Trend (from 10.5 km2 to 739.0 km2), improving the Company's potential for further discoveries in this under-explored belt.
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
Chief Financial Officer
Tel: (416) 716-8346
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