Toronto, Ontario - July 25, 2018 - Wallbridge Mining Company Limited (TSX:WM, FWB: WC7) (“Wallbridge” or the “Company”) is pleased to announce positive initial results from its underground drill program and to provide an update on the ongoing development as part of the 35,000-tonne bulk sample and underground exploration program at its 100%-owned Fenelon Gold Property (“Fenelon”).
“The progress of our bulk sample is on budget and schedule and importantly without any safety or environmental issues. Since initiating our exploration program in early June of this year, which so far has included nearly 2,500 metres of underground drilling, we have continued to refine and increase the confidence in our geological model and confirm the kind of grades we expect to deliver from this bulk sample,” stated Marz Kord, President & CEO of Wallbridge. “We are quite excited with the high-grade intersections in these first 25 holes, 18 of which have visible gold. Due to their high-grade nature, a more robust assaying technique is needed, namely screen metallic, and as such assaying takes longer. We are eagerly awaiting the results of the rest of the drilled holes and look forward to continuation of the drilling which is planned for the rest of 2018. Over the next several months, we expect to continue to demonstrate the significant growth potential of Fenelon.”
The bulk sample program is designed to test six to seven stopes in several zones. Expected overall grade from these planned stopes is estimated to be 18 to 25 g/t gold. The geology team has developed an extensive sampling program to characterize the mineralized material during this bulk sample. Chip samples are collected from a sampling line across each development face and muck samples are also taken in a regular pattern on surface.
Drilling to date from the 5213 exploration drift has mainly targeted the Chipotle and Naga Viper zones in the upper 100 m, between levels 5132 and 5213. So far, six stopes have been drilled-off to the planned 6 to 7 m nominal spacing providing good confirmation of the geological model and continuity of the high-grade shoots. Drilling is now focusing on four additional stopes in the Naga Viper zone, including the high-grade shoot discovered last year with intersections that included 260.4 g/t Au over 7.02 metres, 141.2 g/t gold over 7.06 metres and 311.1 g/t gold over 3.06 metres (see Wallbridge Press Release dated December 13, 2017).
“Drilling so far has confirmed our modeling of the high-grade shoots and provides us with sufficient information now to optimize the stopes to be taken during the bulk sample. We continue defining high-grade shoots for future production, including some in the Naga Viper and Habanero zones discovered just last year. It will be an exciting phase of in-fill and resource expansion drilling. We will release results of this program as frequently as we receive assays results.”
A summary of the drill hole results from the underground drilling are reported in Tables 1 and 2 and also shown on Figures 1, 2, 3, 4 and 5 below.
Table 1. Wallbridge Fenelon Gold Property 2018 Underground Drill Assay Highlights
*Au capped at 140 g/t following InnovExplo's 2016 Mineral Resource Estimate.
**Intervals containing visible gold ("VG").
Table 2. Fenelon Gold Property drillhole information
|Drill Hole ID||UTM E||UTM N||Elevation||Length (Metres)||Azimuth||Dip||VG*||Note|
|18-1030-010||10566||10999||5213||100||205||-32||VG||Further Assays pending|
*Intervals containing visible gold ("VG").
Deeper drilling to test the down-plunge of known high-grade shoots is planned for Q4 of 2018 once the lower levels are developed.
A 10,000 metre surface drilling program is also scheduled to start in the latter part of this year to follow known mineralized zones and expand resources at depth and further away from the mine workings.
Wallbridge's Fenelon Gold Property is located in northwestern Quebec proximal to the Sunday Lake Deformation Zone ("SLDZ") which hosts the Detour Gold Mine in Ontario, and Balmoral Resources' gold deposits at Martiniere. The Fenelon Gold Property hosts the Discovery Zone gold deposit and surrounding 4 km strike length of a gold-hosting secondary splay of the SLDZ.
Since acquiring the property in late 2016, Wallbridge has completed an updated resource estimate and a positive pre-feasibility study on the existing resource (see Wallbridge Press Release dated February 02, 2017). In addition, Wallbridge has completed 33 drill holes totalling 6,348 metres in three surface exploration drilling campaigns at Fenelon. Drilling significantly extended existing zones and discovered several new parallel zones (see Wallbridge Press Release dated December 13, 2017). The current 35,000 tonne bulk sample and underground drilling program is designed to provide the information needed to make a production decision by Q1 2019.
Drill core samples from the ongoing drill program at Fenelon were cut and bagged on site and transported to SGS Canada Inc. Samples, along with standards, blanks, and duplicates included for quality assurance and quality control, were prepared and analyzed at SGS Canada Inc. laboratories. Samples are crushed to 90% less than 2mm. A 1kg riffle split is pulverized to >95% passing 106 microns. 50g samples are analyzed by fire assay and AAS. For samples >10g/t Au, 50g is automatically analyzed by fire assay with gravimetric finish. 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 Persons responsible for the technical content of this press release are Marz Kord, P. Eng., M. Sc., MBA, President & CEO and Attila Pentek, P.Geo., Ph.D., Vice President Exploration for Wallbridge Mining Company Limited.
About Wallbridge Mining
Wallbridge is establishing a pipeline of projects that will support sustainable production and revenue as well as organic growth through exploration and scalability.
Wallbridge is currently developing its 100%-owned high-grade Fenelon Gold property in Quebec with ongoing exploration and a bulk sample in 2018. Wallbridge is also pursuing other additional advanced-stage projects which would add to the Company's near term project pipeline. These discussions benefit from the operating capabilities Wallbridge demonstrated by safely and efficiently mining the Broken Hammer deposit in Sudbury, which was completed in October 2015. Wallbridge is also continuing partner-funded exploration on its large portfolio of nickel, copper, and PGM projects in Sudbury, Ontario, with a focus on its high-grade Parkin project.
Wallbridge also has exposure to exploration for copper and gold in Jamaica and British Columbia through its 11.5% ownership of Carube Copper Corp. (CUC:TSX-V, formerly Miocene Resources Limited, a Wallbridge spin-out of its BC assets).
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
Tel: (416) 704-0937
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