Probe Metals Inc. has provided new results from the 2017 drill program at its 100-per-cent-owned Val d’Or East project located near Val d’Or, Que. In 2017, the company drilled 83,076 metres in 194 holes at Val d’Or East. The drill program was focusing on expansion and exploration drilling in and around the New Beliveau gold deposit and on other gold zones along a 2.5-kilometre strike length within the Pascalis gold trend. An updated resource estimate, incorporating new drill results from the 2016 and 2017 program, is planned for the first quarter of 2018. Owing to the success of the 2017 exploration program, the company has commenced an 85,000-metre drill program that will continue the resource expansion along the Pascalis gold trend as well as testing high-priority gold targets in new areas within its 327-square-kilometre land package during 2018.
Results from 38 holes (PC-17-198 to PC-17-235) totalling 16,104 metres drilled along the Pascalis gold trend continue to demonstrate strong potential for expansion and new discoveries surrounding the former Beliveau mine. Expansion drilling in the main dike 300 metres to the south has returned significant results with intercepts grading three grams per tonne gold over 83.1 metres starting at seven m depth, including 5.3 g/t Au over 13.6 metres, 5.9 g/t Au over 5.5 metres and 10.8 g/t Au over 11.4 metres in hole PC-17-207. Expansion drilling to the north of the New Beliveau deposit intersected 6.1 g/t Au over six metres at a vertical depth of approximately 300 metres in hole PC-17-224 along the eastern extension of the high-grade structure (1,122 g/t Au over 0.7 metre, DDH PC-17-100), while expansion drilling to the southwest of the New Beliveau deposit intersected 4.6 g/t Au over 6.5 metres at vertical depth of approximately 70 metres. Drilling to test the extension of the north zone, approximately 60 metres west of high-grade hole PC-17-168, intersected significant mineralization grading 3.2 g/t Au over 12.4 metres between 10.8 m and 23.2 m depth, while continued testing of the eastern extension of the south zone, 150 to 200 metres east of the discovery hole PC-17-143, intersected new mineralization grading up to 8.1 g/t Au over 3.5 metres between 77 m and 80.5 m depth.
Drill results from 31 holes (PC-17-236 to PC-17-267) that will be included in the updated resource estimate are still pending at the lab and will be released as soon as they are received.
Dr. David Palmer, president and chief executive officer of Probe, stated: “It is encouraging to see such strong drilling results from New Beliveau as we finish 2017 and start the 2018 drill program. The success of the drilling at New Beliveau to date bodes well for continued expansion in the drilling ahead. In addition to the achievements at New Beliveau, 2017 also saw an expansive regional exploration program that has generated a significant number of priority drill targets, all in areas that have seen very little historic exploration. Two thousand eighteen will be another pivotal year for the Val d’Or East project from the perspectives of resource expansion and potential new discoveries from the regional program. As we increase our efforts in advancing on Val d’Or East project in 2018 we would like to thank investors for their past and continued support.”
Mineralization intersected in all the gold zones are similar to that observed in the Beliveau deposit, and are characterized mainly by sulphide-bearing quartz-tourmaline veins typically associated with mineralized diorite dikes.
SELECTED DRILL RESULTS FROM THE VAL D'OR EAST DRILLING PROGRAM (1) Hole From To Length Au No. (m) (m) (m) (g/t) PC-17-138ext 676.4 679.8 3.4 4.7 PC-17-198 478.0 485.0 7.0 2.9 PC-17-200 152.4 153.4 1.0 14.6 PC-17-201 313.8 315.9 2.1 5.5 PC-17-202 101.4 105.1 3.7 2.8 PC-17-203 227.5 230.0 2.5 5.3 PC-17-204 21.1 32.2 11.1 1.3 70.3 84.0 13.7 2.4 PC-17-205 164.9 169.8 4.9 2.1 231.0 233.0 2.0 10.2 PC-17-206 97.8 99.3 1.5 8.5 231.6 235.1 3.5 3.9 PC-17-207 7.4 90.5 83.1 3.0 Including 16.7 30.3 13.6 5.3 Including 44.2 49.7 5.5 5.9 Including 61.5 72.9 11.4 10.8 PC-17-214 96.4 102.9 6.5 4.6 PC-17-215 123.5 127.1 3.6 5.7 PC-17-218 313.7 318.1 4.4 2.4 PC-17-224 318.9 328.0 9.1 4.2 Including 322.0 328.0 6.0 6.1 PC-17-230 30.1 34.1 4.0 2.8 PC-17-231 10.8 23.2 12.4 3.2 54.0 57.0 3.0 5.3 PC-17-232 341.0 342.5 1.5 8.8 PC-17-233 77.0 80.5 3.5 8.1 PC-17-235 236.5 239.0 2.5 6.9 477.5 479.5 2.0 5.7 (1) All the new analytical results reported in this release and in the table are presented in core length and uncut. Additional drilling is planned for the immediate area which will enable the true width determination.
2018 exploration program at Val d’Or East
Following a successful 2017 exploration program on its Val d’Or East project, the company is planning 85,000 metres of drilling for 2018. The proposed $12-million exploration program will focus on expanding the project’s current gold resources as well as delineate potential new gold deposits within its regional landholdings. There are presently five drills operating at the project.
- Approximately 50,000 metres of drilling will be focused on the potential expansion of the New Beliveau gold deposit to the north, west, east and south of its current limits as well as other gold zones on the property.
- Approximately 35,000 metres of drilling will be focused on testing numerous high-priority gold targets generated during the 2017 regional exploration program.
The New Beliveau gold deposit
The New Beliveau deposit consists predominantly of a series of parallel, east-west-trending, moderately dipping, mineralized zones hosting gold-bearing quartz-pyrite-tourmaline veins. Gold mineralization occurs in the veins but also in their immediate wall rocks. The sulphide content is generally 1 per cent to 5 per cent, but may reach up to 10 per cent in the higher-grade sections. The extent of the alteration zone, which consists of a mixture of quartz, tourmaline, dolomite, albite and euhedral pyrite, is commonly twice the thickness of the vein itself. The north-south-trending diorite dikes also contain significant gold with gold grades typically increasing in areas where the dikes are intersected by the east-west quartz-tourmaline veins. Wall rocks for both systems consist of intermediate volcanics rock.
Together with the Highway and North zones, the New Beliveau deposit hosts a National Instrument 43-101 inferred resources of 770,000 ounces at 2.6 g/t gold calculated at a 1.0 g/t cut-off above 350 m depth and 1.5 g/t cut-off below 350 m depth (see NI 43-101 technical report: mineral resource Val d’Or East property — Jan. 4, 2013).
The scientific and technical content of this press release has been reviewed, prepared and approved by Marco Gagnon, PGeo, executive vice-president, who is a qualified person as defined by National Instrument 43-101 — Standards of Disclosure for Mineral Projects.
During the last drilling program, assay samples were taken from the NQ core and sawed in half, with one-half sent to a certified commercial laboratory and the other half retained for future reference. A strict quality assurance/quality control 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 assay 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 5.0 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 Inc.
Probe Metals 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 Val d’Or East gold project, Quebec. The company is well-financed and controls a strategic land package of approximately 1,000 square kilometres of exploration ground within some of the most prolific gold belts.