VANCOUVER, British Columbia, Sept. 08, 2021 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — P2 Gold Inc. (“P2” or the “Company”) (TSX-V:PGLD) reports results from the first two holes of Phase One drilling at the Sullivan Zone of its Gabbs Project located on the Walker-Lane Trend in Nevada.
“The first two holes have confirmed our understanding of Gabbs’ potential,” commented Joe Ovsenek, President and CEO of P2. “Hole GBD-001, drilled in the center of the Sullivan Zone, intersected the near-surface higher-grade gold-copper domain identified in historical drilling, with width and assays exceeding our expectations. Moreover, hole GBD-002 extended the gold-copper mineralization to the northwest. With four diamond holes completed to confirm our geological model, we have now mobilized the reverse circulation drill to begin infill and expansion drilling.”
Select drill results (see Table 1 below for drill results) from holes GBD-001 and GBD-002 include:
- Hole GBD-001 intersected 1.15 g/t gold equivalent (0.81 g/t gold and 0.30% copper) over 140.67 meters, including 39.32 meters grading 2.71 g/t gold equivalent (2.12 g/t gold and 0.51% copper); and
- Hole GBD-002 intersected 0.39 g/t gold equivalent (0.12 g/t gold and 0.23% copper) over 46.33 meters, including 28.04 meters grading 0.47 g/t gold equivalent (0.14 g/t gold and 0.29% copper) starting from surface.
Drill hole GBD-001 was drilled in the center of the Sullivan Zone to test the full width of the zone and confirm the higher-grade gold–copper domain encountered by prior operators. Historically, drilling at the Sullivan Zone focused on the near surface oxide gold mineralization, with a significant number of holes stopped in mineralization or not assayed for copper. The mineralization intersected in drill hole GBD-001 is approximately 70 meters thicker than defined by the historical drilling; almost doubling the historical thickness of the mineralized zone and at higher average grades. The high-grade mineralization is hosted by an intensely sericite altered monzonite, with lower grade gold mineralization extending up into the overlying gabbro, and copper–gold mineralization extending well into the underlying chlorite altered pyroxenites.
Drill hole GBD-002 was drilled at the limits of the historical drilling included in the Sullivan Zone Mineral Resource(1). This hole successfully extended the known mineralization by approximately 50 meters to the northwest and was collared entirely within the altered footwall pyroxenites. Additional drilling is planned further to the north and northwest of GBD-002 to test for additional extensions of the mineralization and the monzonite that hosts the high-grade mineralization in hole GBD-001.
GBD-002 is located approximately 500 meters northwest of GBD-001. A plan map and sections for drill holes GBD-001 and 002 of the Gabbs 2021 Drill Program are available here.
Table 1: Selected Gabbs Drill Results, September 2021 (GBD-001 and GBD-002)(1, 2)
|(1)||True thickness to be determined.|
|(2)||All samples were submitted for preparation by ALS Global at its facilities in Elko, Nevada, with the analysis completed at ALS Global facilities in Reno, Nevada, and North Vancouver, British Columbia. All samples were analyzed using multi-digestion with ICP finish and fire assay with AA finish for gold. Samples with over 10 ppm gold were fire assayed with a gravimetric finish. One in 20 samples was blank, one in 20 was a standard sample, and one in 20 samples had a sample cut from assay rejects assayed as a field duplicate.|
|(3)||Gold Equivalent calculations were consistent with the Sullivan Zone Mineral Resource(1) which used US$1,600 per ounce gold, US$3.00 per pound copper, and copper recoveries of 90%.|
Oxide mineralization was encountered down to approximately 130 meters in hole GBD-001 and over the entire length of hole GBD-002. Recently completed metallurgical test work by P2 confirmed that the gold and copper mineralization yield relatively high recoveries for both heap leach and conventional milling options. The oxide copper was not included in the gold equivalent calculation for the Sullivan Zone Mineral Resource(1) and as such represents a significant opportunity to increase the contained gold equivalent ounces.
Gabbs 2021 Exploration
To date, a satellite hyperspectral survey, ground geophysics survey, Phase One metallurgical program and diamond drill program have been completed at Gabbs. The 2021 Gabbs diamond drill program consisted of four holes drilled at the Sullivan Zone totaling approximately 600 meters. A trade off study is underway to test the potential economics of heap leaching versus milling the oxide mineralization. The results of this study will be used to define the Phase Two metallurgical program.
A reverse circulation drill has mobilized to site and has commenced drilling with nine holes drilled to date. Assays for the remaining diamond drill holes and the reverse circulation drill holes will be released upon receipt.
Ken McNaughton, M.A.Sc., P.Eng., Chief Exploration Officer, P2 Gold, is the Qualified Person (“QP”), as defined by National Instrument 43-101, responsible for the Gabbs Project. Mr. McNaughton has reviewed, verified and approved the scientific and technical information in this news release.
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(1) See P2 Gold news release dated February 23, 2021 and Gabbs Project Technical Report filed on www.sedar.com on March 11, 2021.