April 25, 2023 (Source) – Troilus Gold Corp. (“Troilus” or the “Company”, TSX: TLG; OTCQX: CHXMF; FSE: CM5R) reports assay results from Zone X22 (“X22”) at its Troilus Project, located in northcentral Quebec, Canada. The results herein are part of a completed 7,800-metre drill campaign focused on defining and expanding the X22 body of mineralization, a new high-grade gold zone extending from the formerly mined Z87 pit, which was identified in late 2022 (see Figure 1). The program has been successful in identifying continuous mineralization over a strike length of 1 kilometre. While the initial delineation drill program at X22 is complete, over 2,300 metres of assays are pending and will be reported as they become available.
The results herein demonstrate further mineral continuity within previously discovered high-grade zones along the X22 mineralized corridor. With the exception of a few shallow intercepts in hole X22-23-006, all results reported lie entirely outside of the PEA pit shells and the intention is for them to be included in the upcoming Feasibility Study.
Zone X22 Drill Intercept Highlights:
- 130.83 g/t AuEq over 1m within a broader intersection of 19.88 g/t AuEq over 7m, as well as 11.62 g/t AuEq over 1m and 5.16 g/t AuEq over 1m, 50m from surface in hole X22-23-030, intersecting up-dip mineralization by 100 metres from previously reported hole X22-23-027, which intersected 2.72 g/t AuEq over 34m, incl. 10.83 g/t AuEq over 6m and 4.14 g/t AuEq over 3m (see Figure 2)
- Hole X22-23-015 confirmed 50 metres of up-dip mineralization with at-surface intersections of 1.44 g/t AuEq over 4 m (33- 37m downhole) and 1.01 g/t AuEq over 24 m within a broader intersection of 0.75 g/t AuEq over 46m, demonstrating mineral continuity from previously reported hole X22-22-002 which intersected 0.77 g/t AuEq over 50m, incl. 2.42 g/t AuEq over 9m (see Figure 3)
- Hole X22-23-006 was extended to Z87 at depth and intersected 2.05 g/t AuEq over 20.55m, below the PEA pit shell, and also drilled 3.33 g/t AuEq over 6.55m, defining a previously unmodelled hanging wall zone that lies just below the PEA pit shell.
Justin Reid, CEO of Troilus Gold, commented, “We are very pleased to see the continued positive results from X22, demonstrating a consistent pattern of significantly higher-grade zones across the entire strike length. Our understanding of this new deposit and its impact on the upcoming Feasibility Study is improving and we look forward to reporting the remaining results from this initial drill program in the coming weeks.”
Drill hole X22-23-030 intersected 0.76 g/t AuEq over 6m at surface (15-21m downhole), exceptional high grades of 130.83 g/t AuEq over 1m within a broader intersection of 19.88 g/t AuEq over 7m as well as 0.86 g/t AuEq over 15m, including 1.03 g/t AuEq over 7m, 11.62 g/t AuEq over 1m and 5.16 g/t AuEq over 1m 50m from surface. Hole X22-23-030 confirmed high-grade mineralization 100 metres up-dip beyond hole X22-23-027, which returned strong intercepts 2.72 g/t AuEq over 34m, including 4.14 g/t AuEq over 3m and 10.83 g/t AuEq over 6m (see March 23rd, 2023, press release) and remains open at depth (see figure 2).
Drill hole X22-23-015 intersected 1.44 g/t AuEq over 4 metres at surface, as well as 1.01 g/t AuEq over 24m within a broader intersection of 0.75 g/t AuEq over 46m and confirmed mineralization up-dip by 50 metres from previously drilled hole X22-22-002 reported on February 16th, 2023, which intersected 0.77 g/t AuEq over 50m, including 2.42 g/t AuEq over 9m. Hole X22-23-015 also confirms mineral continuity over 100 metres as previously reported hole X22-23-014 intersected 0.77 g/t AuEq over 12m and 1.37 g/t AuEq over 12m within a broader intersection of 0.72 g/t AuEq over 42m, 50 metres down-dip beyond hole X22-22-002 (see March 23rd, 2023, press release). This zone of mineralization remains open at depth (see Figure 3).
X22 has consistently returned above average grades across the NE-SW mineralized deformation corridor. Most recently, holes X22-23-027 and X22-23-030 have shown high-grade structures returning results orders of magnitude greater than what has traditionally been referred to as high-grade at Troilus. Initial results from the southern area are highly encouraging and several holes are still awaiting assays. While the initial planned 7,800 metre drill program is complete, zone X22 remains wide open to the southwest towards the Gap Zone, as well as at depth, and the Company intends to continue selectively and systematically drilling X22 with two rigs based on the results it obtains to further define this growing body of mineralization.
Figure 1 – Plan View of Zone X22 Showing Current and Previously Reported Drill Holes
Figure 2 – Section 12,575N (B – B’ Figure 1) Facing North Showing Results for Hole X22-23-030 and Hole X22-23-034
Figure 3 – Section 13,025N (A – A’ Figure 1) Facing North Showing Results for Hole X22-23-015
Table 1 – Zone X22 Drill Results
of PEA Pit Shell
*Note drill intervals reported in this news release are down-hole core lengths as true thicknesses cannot be determined with available information.
Quality Assurance and Control
During the Zone X22 drill program, one meter assay samples were taken from NQ core and sawed in half. One-half was sent for assaying at ALS Laboratory, a certified commercial laboratory, and the other half was retained for results, cross checks, and future reference. A strict QA/QC program was applied to all samples; which included insertion of one certified mineralized standard and one blank sample in each batch of 25 samples. Every sample was processed with standard crushing to 85% passing 75 microns on 500 g splits. Samples were assayed by one-AT (30 g) fire assay with an AA finish and if results were higher than 3.5 g/t Au, assays were redone with a gravimetric finish. For QA/QC samples, a 50 g fire assay was done. In addition to gold, ALS laboratory carried out multi-element analysis for ME-ICP61 analysis of 33 elements four acid ICP-AES.
The technical and scientific information in this press release has been reviewed and approved by Nicolas Guest, P.Geo., Senior Project Geologist, who is a Qualified Person as defined by NI 43-101. Mr. Guest is an employee of Troilus and is not independent of the Company under NI 43-101.
About Troilus Gold Corp.
Troilus Gold Corp. is a Canadian-based junior mining company focused on the systematic advancement and de-risking of the former gold and copper Troilus Mine towards production. From 1996 to 2010, the Troilus Mine produced +2 million ounces of gold and nearly 70,000 tonnes of copper. Troilus is located in the top-rated mining jurisdiction of Quebec, Canada, where it holds a land position of 435 km² within the prospective Frôtet-Evans Greenstone Belt. Since acquiring the project in 2017, ongoing exploration success has demonstrated the tremendous scale potential of the gold system on the property with significant mineral resource growth. The Company is advancing engineering studies following the completion of a robust PEA in 2020, which demonstrated the potential for the Troilus project to become a top-ranked gold and copper producing asset in Canada. Led by an experienced team with a track-record of successful mine development, Troilus is positioned to become a cornerstone project in North America.
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Mineral Resources that are not Mineral Reserves do not have demonstrated economic viability; the estimate of Mineral Resources in the updated Mineral Resource statement may be materially affected by environmental, permitting, legal, title, taxation, socio-political, marketing, or other relevant issues. There is no certainty that the Indicated Mineral Resources will be converted to the Probable Mineral Reserve category, and there is no certainty that the updated Mineral Resource statement will be realized.
The PEA is preliminary in nature, includes inferred mineral resources that are considered too speculative geologically to have the economic considerations applied to them that would enable them to be categorized as mineral reserves, and there is no certainty that the PEA will be realized. Mineral resources that are not mineral reserves do not have demonstrated economic viability. The PEA is subject to a number of risks and uncertainties. See below and the Company’s latest technical report available on SEDAR for more information with respect to the key assumptions, parameters, methods and risks of determination associated with the foregoing.
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