- New results continue to return impressive gold grades and thickness
- M zone resource expansion drilling results returned best intercept to date on the Monique property: 4.7 g/t Au over 26.0 metres (7.5 g/t Au over 26.0 metres – uncut), including 182.0 g/t Au over 0.9 metre at 300 metres vertical depth, open along strike and at depth
- Drilling results continue to confirm expansion and continuity of the A, B, I & M zones with highlights of up to 3.8 g/t Au over 21.7 metres, 3.1 g/t Au over 19.5 metres, 1.4 g/t Au over 19.5 metres, 5.8 g/t Au over 3.3 metres and 5.8 g/t Au over 3.0 metres, between surface and 300 metres vertical depth
- Three drills active on the Val-d’Or East Project for current 45,000-metre program; 125,000-metre drill program planned for 2022
TORONTO, Oct. 26, 2021 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Probe Metals Inc. (TSX-V: PRB) (OTCQB: PROBF) (“Probe” or the “Company”) is pleased to provide the third set of results from the 2021 drill program on its 100%-owned Val-d’Or East Monique property (the “Property”) located near Val-d’Or, Quebec. Results from seven (7) holes totalling 2,843 metres from the 45,000-metre ongoing drilling program revealed significant, new high-grade mineralized intersections along strike and at depth in the A, B, I and M gold zones southeast of the former Monique open pit mine (see figure 1). This year’s drill program on the Monique property is focussed on resource expansion as well as resource conversion. Results from over 70 drill holes are pending. Selected highlights from the current drill results are presented below.
David Palmer, President and CEO of Probe, states, “Since its discovery in 2019, the M zone has quickly expanded into one of the key mineralized systems on the property. Today’s results demonstrate the incredible exploration potential that exists on the Val-d’Or East Project, with the M Zone returning one of the highest-grade intercepts to date beyond the boundary of the current resource. These kinds of results will definitely help build ounces in the next resource update and advance the project towards development, potentially increasing the production profile, pit sizes, and mine life. We are currently planning an extensive exploration program for 2022, which will represent the largest program to date for Val-d’Or East.”
Expansion drilling holes MO-21-123 to 127 were designed to test the extension of the A, B, I and M zones laterally and from surface to 350 metres depth. The upper part of hole MO-21-122 tested the continuity of the A and B zones while the lower part explored the extension of the I and M zones, at shallow (open pit) depths. Infill hole MO-21-121 was designed to test the eastern extension of the J and G zones inside the conceptual pits between surface to 100 metres depth. All the expansion drilling holes released today returned significant new gold intercepts, which are all open along strike and at depth. Based on the new results, additional expansion and infill drilling has been planned to test the continuity of these zones. We are currently planning a 125,000-metre drill program at Val-d’Or East for next year. The program will focus on the conversion of inferred resource into indicated category, while still targeting significant expansion. Two drills are now active on infill drilling at the Monique eastern A, B, E, I and M zones area while a third drill is turning on the Courvan trend area.
All results released today will be included in an updated resource for the Val-d’Or East project, which will form the basis of the prefeasibility study (PFS) expected to be completed in 2023. The PFS is an important step in advancing the project to production and work will run concurrently with environmental studies and permitting.
Selected drill results from holes MO-21-121 to 127 at the Monique Area drilling program are, as follows:
|Hole Number||From (m)||To (m)||Length (m)||Gold (g/t)||Zone / Host Rock|
|MO-21-121||39.8||59.0||19.2||0.5||J / Volcanics|
|MO-21-121||79.6||92.0||12.4||0.5||G / Volcanics|
|MO-21-122||229.5||249.0||19.5||3.1||B / Volcanics-Felsic dyke|
|Including||229.5||235.1||5.6||8.8||B / Volcanics-Felsic dyke|
|MO-21-122||318.0||323.0||5.0||0.9||I / Volcanics|
|M / Volcanics|
|M / Volcanics|
|Including||393.4||394.3||0.9||182.0||M / Volcanics|
|MO-21-123||279.2||287.6||8.4||2.0||A / Volcanics|
|Including||280.2||281.2||1.0||12.4||A / Volcanics|
|MO-21-124||47.5||67.0||19.5||1.4||A / Volcanics|
|Including||47.5||48.5||1.0||18.9||A / Volcanics|
|MO-21-124||178.1||189.4||11.3||0.6||B / Volcanics|
|MO-21-124||251.1||252.1||1.0||9.5||I / Volcanics|
|MO-21-125||229.7||239.5||9.8||0.9||A / Volcanics-Felsic dyke|
|MO-21-125||330.0||333.0||3.0||5.8||I / Volcanics-Felsic dyke|
|MO-21-126||388.0||391.3||3.3||5.8||M / Volcanics|
|MO-21-127||104.3||126.0||21.7||3.8||A / Volcanics-Felsic dyke|
|Including||107.4||116.0||8.6||7.9||A / Volcanics-Felsic dyke|
|MO-21-127||140.0||151.0||11.0||1.7||B / Volcanics|
|MO-21-127||344.0||353.7||9.7||1.3||M / Volcanics-Felsic dyke|
(1) All the new analytical results reported in this release and in this table, are presented in core length. True width is estimated between 65 to 95 % of core length. A capping of 100 g/t is used for the Monique Gold Trend Deposits.
About the Monique Property
The Monique property is located 25 km east of Val-d’Or, in Quebec, and consists of 21 claims and one mining lease covering a total area of 5.5 square kilometres in Louvicourt township. The property hosts a current measured and indicated mineral resource of 13,619,000 tonnes at a grade of 1.54 g/t for 672,800 ounces of gold and inferred mineral resource of 11,733,000 tonnes at a grade of 1.78 g/t for 671,400 ounces of gold (source: Probe Metals NI 43-101 Technical Report Val-d’Or East Project – June 2021). The Property is part of the Company’s Val-d’Or East Project and the consolidated land package stands at 436 square kilometres.
Gold mineralization on the Monique property is mainly associated with three deformation zones that cross the property with an orientation of 280° and a 75°- 80° dip to the north. Gold mineralization is defined by a network of quartz/tourmaline/carbonate veins and veinlets with disseminated sulphides in the altered wall rocks. A total of 16 gold zones have been discovered on the property, to-date. Some mineralized zones have been defined from surface to a depth of 575 metres and vary in width from 1 metre to up to 60 metres. Mineralized structures extend laterally up to 900 metres.
The Monique open pit mine began commercial production in 2013 and ceased production at the end of January 2015. A total of 0.58 Mt of mineralized material was extracted at a grade of 2.53 g/t Au, from the surface to 100 metres depth for a total of 45,694 ounces of gold.
The scientific and technical content of this press release has been reviewed, prepared and approved by Mr. Marco Gagnon, P.Geo, who is a “Qualified Person” within the meaning of NI 43-101, and Executive Vice-President and a director of Probe.
During the last drilling program, assay samples were taken from the NQ core by sawing the drill core in half, with one-half sent to a certified commercial laboratory and the other half retained for future reference. A strict QA/QC program was applied to all samples, which includes insertion of mineralized standards and blank samples for each batch of 20 samples. The gold analyses were completed by fire-assays with an atomic absorption finish on 50 grams of materials. Repeats were carried out by fire-assay followed by gravimetric testing on each sample containing 3.0 g/t gold or more. Total gold analyses (Metallic Sieve) were carried out on the samples which presented a great variation of their gold contents or the presence of visible gold.
About Probe Metals
Probe Metals Inc. is a leading Canadian gold exploration company focused on the acquisition, exploration and development of highly prospective gold properties. The Company is committed to discovering and developing high-quality gold projects, including its key asset the multimillion-ounce Val-d’Or East Gold Project, Québec. The Company is well-funded and controls a strategic land package of approximately 1,000-square-kilometres of exploration ground within some of the most prolific gold belts in Québec. The Company was formed as a result of the $526M sale of Probe Mines Limited to Goldcorp. Eldorado Gold Corporation currently owns approximately 11.5% of the Company.
On behalf of Probe Metals Inc.,
Dr. David Palmer,
President & Chief Executive Officer
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