Toronto, Ontario – May 14, 2020 – Wallbridge Mining Company Limited (TSX:WM, FWB: WC7) (“Wallbridge” or the “Company”) announced today that it resumed exploration activities at its 100% owned Fenelon gold project located in the Abitibi greenstone belt, Québec, on May 11, 2020 as a result of the Quebec government's confirmation that all mining sector activities in the province was allowed to resume as of that date.
“Our top priority is always the health and safety of our employees,” said Wallbridge President and CEO Marz Kord. “We have been fortunate to have no confirmed cases of COVID-19 amongst our staff and we want to keep it that way. The Company has rigorous safety protocols in place to address COVID-19 at Fenelon, such as temperature screening, compliance with additional hygiene measures, and task observation to ensure that all work is performed respecting physical distancing and the use of appropriate personal protective equipment.”
The Fenelon gold project was put on limited care and maintenance aimed at protecting the staff, contractors, surrounding communities, facilities and the environment effective March 23, 2020 in response to COVID-19. Since that date, staff has been busy working remotely on geological modelling, technical studies, and other project-related activities. The Company plans to operate 4 drills operating for the foreseeable future. As previously announced, the Company has revised its fully-funded 2020 Fenelon exploration program to an estimated 70,000 to 80,000 metres of drilling in light of the recent suspension of activities due to COVID-19. Management is also developing 2020 exploration programs for the Balmoral Resources Ltd. (“Balmoral”) land package, to be undertaken following closing of the Balmoral acquisition, expected to be completed on or about Friday, May 22, 2020.
The Company would like to thank its workforce, partners and all stakeholders for their understanding and support over the past few weeks, and is looking forward to the resumption of exploration activities and continuing the momentum that has been generated over the past year.
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 a current exploration drill program of 70,000 to 80,000 metres 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 the Wallbridge press release dated May 8, 2020, Balmoral Resources Ltd. (“Balmoral”) securityholders voted in favour of the resolution approving the acquisition of 100% of Balmoral by Wallbridge by way of a plan of arrangement (the “Arrangement”), expected to be completed on or about Friday, May 22, 2020. The Arrangement secures for Wallbridge a buffer of several kilometres surrounding its rapidly expanding Fenelon discovery providing additional exploration upside potential 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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