January 28, 2020, Toronto, Ontario – Troilus Gold Corp. (TSX: TLG; OTCQB: CHXMF) (“Troilus” or the “Company”) is pleased to announce results from its recent 2,500 metre drill program in the Southwest Zone (the “Southwest Zone”) at its 100%-owned Troilus property (the “Troilus Project”) located northeast of Chibougamau, Quebec. All seven drill holes successfully intersected gold including high-grade intersections and demonstrated geology similar to that of Z87. Initial drilling at the Southwest Zone tested an area of 500m x 250m located just 3.5 kilometres south of the Z87 pit and readily accessible from the existing mine road (see Figures 1 & 2).
Highlights from the Southwest Zone include*:
*See Table 1 for all drill intercepts
Justin Reid, Chief Executive Officer of Troilus commented, “We are very pleased with these initial results from the Southwest Zone. This short drill campaign has identified a sizeable new zone of mineralization targeted from our regional ground exploration program. The Southwest Zone exhibits similar geology and mineralization to that of the Z87 pit located just 3.5 km away, where almost 2 million ounces of gold was produced historically. All seven drill holes have returned mineralized intersections worthy of follow up. In light of these results, we plan to immediately expand upon this initial work with more focused drilling in the area. It is our view that the Southwest Zone may have the potential to add to Troilus’ already compelling estimated mineral resources at the Troilus Project which include 4.71 million ounces of Indicated gold equivalent and 1.76 million ounces of Inferred gold equivalent as announced in November of last year.” (see press release dated November 12, 2019)
Mr Reid continued, “The Southwest Zone has always been thought to represent a near-term blue-sky opportunity at Troilus. This general area was sporadically drilled from 1986 to 2000 with results exhibiting the potential for significant mineralization; including intercepts as high as 36m at 1.23g/t Au, and 18m at 1.06g/t Au. A showing in the Southwest Zone, coined the “Sand Pit”, discovered during the 2018 field campaign (see press release dated December 4th, 2018) coupled with our new structural interpretation of the mineralized system in this area, were the foundation for this program.”
“These results were achieved by applying the same structural model used at Z87 and J Zones, where we have been able to add in excess of 2.7 million ounces in the estimated Indicated mineral resource category and 1.06 million ounces in the estimated Inferred mineral resource category over the last 24 months,” commented Blake Hylands, SVP Exploration for Troilus. “These results support management’s belief that the Troilus deposit extends well beyond the known zones of mineralization. We continue to move away from the genetic model that had previously defined the deposit and focus on the controls that host mineralization. The Southwest Zone was our opportunity to take what we have learned over the last two years and attempt to answer questions in an area that had been known, but misunderstood since the discovery of the Troilus mine complex. The team is excited to grow the Southwest Zone and to apply this same exploration approach along the more than 20 kilometre untested trend.”
Based on these initial results, Troilus will undertake further exploration with another 4,000 to 5,000 metres of drilling planned for the Southwest Zone. The objective of this additional drilling will be to cover a larger area and confirm that the mineralization being observed is homogeneous throughout. The Company has engaged the services of drilling company Forages Chibougamau Ltée. and two drills have been mobilized at site.
Figure 1: Plan view of Troilus Property Showing Mineral Resource Areas, Geological and Structural Interpretation of Mineralized Zones. Drilling is underway in the Southwest zone which is 3.5 kilometres south of Z87 and accessible from the main road.
Figure 2: Southwest drill hole locations.
Figure 3: Section view of drill hole TLG-ZSW19-177.
Figure 4: Section view of drill holes TLG-ZSW19-173 and TLGZSW19-174.
Table 1: Summary of Southwest Zone Drill Results
*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 Southwest Zone drill program in 2019, one metre 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 Bertrand Brassard, M.Sc., P.Geo., Senior Project Geologist, who is a Qualified Person as defined by NI 43-101. Mr. Brassard is an employee of Troilus and is not independent of the Company under NI 43-101.
About Troilus Gold Corp.
Troilus is a Toronto-based, Quebec focused, advanced stage exploration and early-development company focused on the mineral expansion and potential mine re-start of the former gold and copper Troilus mine. The 16,000-hectare Troilus property is located northeast of Chibougamau, within the Frotêt-Evans Greenstone Belt in Quebec, Canada. From 1996 to 2010, Inmet Mining Corporation operated the Troilus project as an open pit mine, producing more than 2,000,000 ounces of gold and nearly 70,000 tonnes of copper.
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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.
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