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Message: Balmoral Intersects 10.62 Metres Grading 4.52 g/t Gold, Including 2.14 Metres Grading 17.58 g/t Gold,
as Bug South Gold Deposit Continues to Expand to Depth 2017-12-07 07:30:11 AM ET (GlobeNewswire)
Balmoral Resources Ltd. ("Balmoral" or the "Company") (TSX:BAR) (OTCQX:BALMF) today reported the successful expansion of the Bug South gold deposit on its flagship Martiniere Property in Quebec. Drill results were highlighted by an intercept of 10.62 metres grading 4.52 g/t gold, which included 2.14 metres grading 17.58 g/t gold from the Lower Zone, one of the two primary zones which comprise the Bug South deposit. The Bug South and other nearby gold deposits located along the Bug Gold Trend remain open for expansion to depth and will continue to be the focus of the planned winter 2018 drill program.
Balmoral's wholly owned Martiniere Property is located along the Detour Gold Trend 45 kilometres east of the Detour Lake Gold Mine and 45 kilometres north of the Casa Berardi Gold Mine in west-central Quebec. The Property hosts four known gold deposits (Bug North, Bug South, Bug Lower Steep and Martiniere West; see Figure 1), which are currently in delineation. The Property also features a series of recent, shallow gold discoveries which, like the recently discovered NW Zone (see below), continue to provide evidence for a large, robust gold system on the Property.
Holes MDE-17-300, 308 and 309 successfully extended the Bug South gold deposit to a vertical depth of over 400 metres, below which it remains open for further expansion (see Figure 2 and Figure 3). Each of these holes sits outside the current deposit outline with MDE-17-308 representing one of the strongest Lower Zone intercepts to date within the Bug South deposit.
Hole Section Azimuth Dip From To Interval* Gold Zone # (Metres) (Metres) (Metres) (g/t) Bug South Deposit MDE-17-300 5+65 SE 218 -51 597.35 599.63 2.28 1.95 Lower including 598.21 598.70 0.49 3.65 " MDE-17-308 4+75 SE 234 -50 315.30 322.44 7.14 0.93 HWP including 315.30 316.24 0.94 6.34 " 399.78 400.77 0.99 6.99 Upper 447.41 458.03 10.62 4.52 Lower including 455.89 458.03 2.14 17.58 " 507.39 522.73 15.34 0.59 FW including 507.39 510.54 3.15 1.59 " MDE-17-309A 4+75 SE 227 -51 168.12 172.45 4.33 1.01 Copper 459.46 461.97 2.51 4.13 HW 479.98 480.44 0.46 4.11 Upper 508.92 520.79 11.87 0.84 Lower including 511.80 512.65 0.85 5.77 " Bug North MDE-17-307 1+45 S 235 -45 150.00 153.38 3.38 1.28 473.63 544.45 70.82 0.54 Upper Bug including 488.92 489.73 0.81 4.37 " and 535.14 535.76 0.62 3.92 " 572.56 574.62 2.06 1.66 Lower Bug 716.60 775.44 58.84 0.45 West Contact including 722.30 724.48 2.18 6.77 " * Reported drill intercepts are not true widths. At this time there is insufficient data with respect to the shape of the mineralization to calculate true orientations in space. All values presented uncapped.
Hole MDE-17-309A intersected a previously unknown zone of gold-copper mineralization at shallow depths. The 4.33 metres interval starting at a down-hole depth of 168.12 metres returned 1.01 g/t gold and 0.19% copper within a zone of semi-massive sulphide mineralization.
Drilling also tested the down-plunge extent of the Bug North gold deposit intersecting a broad mineralized interval of 70.82 metres grading 0.54 g/t gold in hole MDE-17-307.
West Contact Gold Discovery
Hole MDE-17-307 also intersected the emerging West Contact Gold Zone. This new Zone, which was first identified earlier in 2017, is located approximately 100 metres to the west of the Bug Gold Trend and occurs at the contact between the West Gabbro and overlying sedimentary sequence. Hole MDE-17-307 intersected a broad gold mineralized zone at a vertical depth of slightly over 600 metres proximal to the contact. A 58.84 metre down hole interval graded 0.45 g/t gold, including 2.18 metres grading 6.77 g/t gold. All three holes which have intersected this new discovery have returned intercepts of greater than 6.0 g/t gold surrounded by a broad gold mineralized halo providing further evidence for the continuation of the Martiniere gold system to depth. The West Contact discovery occurs in a setting similar to the Martiniere West gold deposit located 600 metres further to the west. Large areas of the contact regime at depth remain untested and the discovery is open both up and dow n dip/plunge.
Drill hole MDE-17-305 tested the Southeast Zone but intersected heavy dyking near and along the Southeast Bug porphyry contact and as a result failed to return any intercepts of interest. Previous drilling suggests this dyking is spatially limited and that additional testing along strike/dip remains warranted.
Bug NW Gold Zone
On September 18, 2017 (see NR 17-16) Balmoral announced the discovery of the Bug NW Gold Zone. A series of holes were collared to follow-up this new discovery. Drilling successfully expanded the NW Zone before encountering the Lac du Doigt ("LdD") fault corridor along its northern margin. Based on observations to date the LdD fault appears to have potentially offset the Bug Gold Trend to the west into an untested area of the Property. Geophysical surveys will target this potential offset prior to drill testing during the latter half of the first quarter of 2018.
Hole Azimuth Dip From To Interval* Gold Zone # (Metres) (Metres) (Metres) (g/t) Bug NW Discovery MDE-17-310 035 -63 163.77 168.76 4.99 0.16 Lower 179.08 183.04 3.96 0.32 Upper MDE-17-311 035 -45 138.81 151.78 12.97 0.24 Upper MDE-17-312 007 -71 4 Holes (312 to 312 C) failed to penetrate overburden MDE-17-313 035 -55 131.74 132.33 0.59 26.60 New 230.88 244.43 13.55 0.52 including 232.76 233.77 1.01 4.86 309.00 319.56 10.56 0.19 Lower MDE-17-314A 035 -67 290.96 372.24 81.28 0.30 L and U including 293.72 304.24 10.52 1.01 Lower which includes 293.72 294.27 0.55 8.42 " and 356.19 356.92 0.73 4.21 Upper 406.62 407.30 0.68 3.63 HW 432.98 461.96** 28.98 0.29 New including 440.20 441.16 0.96 3.02 " MDE-17-315 040 -54 52.59 57.64 5.05 0.52 New 170.76 173.66 2.90 0.78 New MDE-17-316 035 -49 No Significant Results MDE-17-317 035 -64 41.41 42.39 0.98 2.44 108.84 110.30 1.46 1.75 242.16 261.03 18.87 0.32 Upper including 259.69 261.03 1.34 2.59 324.85 325.96 1.11 8.39 Lac Du Doigt MDE-17-318A 008 -74 34.89 42.63 7.74 1.30 including 41.84 42.63 0.79 6.68 197.2 203.8 6.60 0.47 Upper 232.77 239.96 7.19 0.90 including 232.77 233.77 1.00 5.42 MDE-17-319 035 -73 263.09 269.35 6.26 0.29 Lower * Reported drill intercepts are not true widths. At this time there is insufficient data with respect to the shape of the mineralization to calculate true orientations in space. All values presented uncapped. ** Terminated in mineralized interval
Winter 2018 Detour Gold Trend Program
Balmoral is currently finalizing plans for a $2.0 million dollar winter drilling and geophysical program on its Detour Gold Trend properties. This program is anticipated to commence in January of 2018. The Board of Directors of the Company have approved a minimum $8.2 million dollar 2018 budget which is fully funded.
As currently outlined the winter 2018 program will include additional testing of the Bug gold deposits, the gold mineralized LdD fault corridor, the recently discovered Horsefly Gold Zone, and other gold discoveries on the Martiniere Property. It will also tentatively include the first ground work on the large Hwy 810 Property located between the Martiniere Property and the Casa Berardi Gold Mine and further testing of targets throughout the central and eastern portion of the Company's extensive holdings along the Detour Gold Trend.
Three dimensional modelling ("wire framing") of the known gold deposits and zones which comprise the Martiniere gold system is on-going. The Company anticipates that this will be completed during the first quarter of 2018 to allow incorporation of the summer/fall drill results. The models developed will help to guide future expansion drilling and outline, if necessary, any infill drilling that might be required prior to completion of an initial resource estimate on the near surface portion of the Martiniere gold system. The Company will provide further guidance on the timing of an initial resource estimate once the wire framing process has been completed.
Mr. Darin Wagner (P.Geo.- B.C., Ont., Res. Permit Que.), President and CEO of the Company, is the non-independent qualified person for the technical disclosure contained in this news release. Mr. Wagner has supervised the work programs on the Martiniere property since inception, visited the property on multiple occasions, discussed and reviewed the results with senior on-site geological staff, reviewed the data from the drill core for the holes contained in today's release and reviewed the available analytical and quality control results.
Balmoral has implemented a quality control program for all of its drill programs, to ensure best practice in the sampling and analysis of the drill core, which includes the insertion of blind blanks, duplicates and certified standards into sample stream. NQ sized drill core is saw cut with half of the drill core sampled at intervals based on geological criteria including lithology, visual mineralization and alteration. The remaining half of the core is stored on-site at the Company's Martiniere field camp in Central Quebec. Drill core samples are transported in sealed bags to ALS Minerals' Val d'Or, Quebec analytical facilities. Gold analyses are obtained via industry standard fire assay with atomic absorption finish using 30 g aliquots. For samples returning greater than 5.00 g/t gold follow-up fire assay analysis with a gravimetric finish is completed. The Company has also requested that any samples returning greater than 10.00 g/t gold undergo screen metallic fire assay. Fo llowing receipt of assays, visual analysis of mineralized intercepts is conducted and additional analysis may be requested. ALS Minerals is ISO 9001:2008 certified and the Val d'Or facilities are ISO 17025 certified for gold analysis.
About Balmoral Resources Ltd. - www.balmoralresources.com
Balmoral is a well-funded, Canadian-based company actively delineating and expanding a series of gold deposits and recent discoveries on its Martiniere Property located within the prolific Abitibi greenstone belts in Quebec, Canada. The Company's 1,000 km Detour Gold Trend Project is also home to the Company's Grasset Ni-Cu-Co-PGE deposit and several other gold and base metal discoveries. Employing a drill focused exploration strategy in one of the world's preeminent mining jurisdictions, Balmoral is following an established formula with a goal of maximizing shareholder value through discovery and definition of high-grade, Canadian gold and base metal assets.
On behalf of the board of directors of
BALMORAL RESOURCES LTD.
President and CEO
For further information contact:
John Foulkes, Vice-President, Corporate Development
E-mail: [email protected]
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