VANCOUVER, Dec. 30 /CNW/ - Freegold Ventures Limited (TSX: FVL,
Frankfurt: FR4N)("Freegold" or the "Company") is pleased to provide an update of its activities
during 2010. The Company is focused on gold exploration in Alaska and
has three primary projects, Golden Summit, Vinasale and the Rob
Project. Exploration in 2010 was focused on the Golden Summit and
At Golden Summit an induced polarization survey was undertaken during
July. The survey was limited to the western portion of the property
area and shows good correlation with known mineralization and has
identified several areas for followup drilling in order to expand the
known historic resources. Results of the survey will be utilized in
planning the 2011 drill program at Golden Summit. An expanded
geophysical program will also be undertaken to cover ground that is
immediately adjacent to the Golden Summit Project on which Freegold has
entered into a 20 year mining lease. Under the lease agreement Freegold
will make annual cash payments of US$100,000 per year and incur US$2.5
million in exploration expenditures over 4 years. After four years
Freegold will be required to make annual advance royalty payments of
US$100,000 and increase to US$200,000 after 10 years until the
commencement of commercial production. The property is subject to a 3%
NSR. The acquisition of the project consolidates the land package
including a number in lying fractions and will be important in the
future development of the Golden Summit Project.
A 43-101 resource calculation is currently underway on the western
portion of the project. This resource calculation is expected to be
completed by February. This will be the first 43-101 compliant resource
calculation completed at Golden Summit.
On Vinasale a total of 6 holes were completed during the 2010 drill
program for total footage of 6,386 feet (1,947 m). The program was
aimed at expanding the known resources as well as testing the weaker
geophysical anomalies to the northeast of the known mineralization.
VM10-01 was the northern most hole drilled in the Central Zone. The hole
intersected the mineralization approx 100 m west of the previously
drilled VM94-26 which was a vertical hole drilled to a depth 500 ft and
was the last hole drilled on the project prior to this year. Hole
VM94-26 intersected the mineralized zone from 368 ft to 458 ft (90ft @
0.066 oz/t) (27.4m @ 2.28 g/t). The results of VM10-01 have confirmed
the previous intersection and extended the mineralization to a vertical
depth of 886 ft. This hole intersected 234 feet of 0.044 oz/t (71.3m @
1.52 g/t) from 790 ft to 1024 ft.
Hole VM10-02 was collared approximately 60 metres southwest of hole VM
10-01. This hole intersected 184 ft @ 0.075 oz/t (56.1 m @ 2.58 g/t)
from 747 ft to 930 ft as well as 183.5 ft @ 0.046 oz/t (55.9 m @ 1.58
g/t) from 1028.5 ft to 1212 ft. The hole was aimed at confirming and
extending mineralization downdip from hole VM94-13, which was drilled
to a depth of 930 ft. Hole VM94-13 intersected the mineralization
between 95 ft -- 870 ft (775 ft @ 0.048 oz/t) (237.7 m @ 1.64 g/t).
Hole VM10-02 confirmed results of the previous drilling and extended
the mineralization to a vertical depth of 1,212 ft.
VM10-3, 10-04 and
10-5 were aimed at testing weaker geophysical anomalies. Anomalous
values were intersected in these holes.
Hole VM10-06 was a vertical hole that was terminated at a depth of 790
ft. This hole intersected 118.5 ft @ 0.068 oz/t (36.1m @ 2.33 g/t) from
447 ft to 565.5 ft as well as 53.5 ft @ 0.037 oz/t (16.3m @ 1.28 g/t)
from 627 ft to 680.5 ft. This hole was drilled 50 metres west of hole
VM94-26, and confirmed mineralization to the west and to the north of
To date mineralization in the Central Zone extends over a
length of 400 metres and remains open to the north, south and to depth.
Results of this summer's program will be incorporated into a 43-101
resource calculation which is expected to be completed by end of
January 2011. The 2011 exploration program will include a ground
geophysical survey, which is expected to commence in mid May 2011 and
will be followed by an expanded drilling program at Vinasale aimed at
continuing to expand the known resources.
In addition Freegold has also paid out its outstanding equipment loan
and continues to work with its creditors in order to ensure that its
long-term obligations are met. The Company recently completed a $5.3
million private placement in order to enable Freegold's ongoing
exploration programs on its Alaskan assets.
The Qualified Person who has reviewed the technical disclosure contained
in this release is David Adams, MSc.
About Freegold Ventures Limited
Freegold is a TSX listed company focused on the exploration of gold
projects in Alaska. In addition to the Golden Summit Gold Project, the
company holds a 100% in lease interest in the Rob Gold Project near the
Pogo Gold Mine in the Goodpaster Mining District of Alaska and has an
exploration agreement with option to lease the Vinasale Gold project in
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