Premier Expands High-Grade Mineralization at the El Nino Mine, Nevada

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Includes 25.9 m of 13.33 g/t Au and 18.3 m of 26.76 g/t Au


Thunder Bay, February 16, 2021 - Premier Gold Mines Limited (TSX:PG) (OTCPK: PIRGF) (“Premier”, “the Company”) is pleased to announce additional results from the 2020 drill program focused on expanding mineralization at the El Nino underground mine on the Company’s 40%-owned South Arturo Property. Located on the prolific Carlin Trend of Nevada, the South Arturo Mine is a joint venture between Premier and Nevada Gold Mines LLC, a joint venture between Newmont Mining Corporation and Barrick Gold Corporation (“Barrick”) operated by Barrick.  


Highlight intercepts from the drill program include:

  • 25.9 m of 13.33 g/t Au includes 18.3 m of 15.84 g/t Au (SEC20004)
  • 10.7 m of 10.70 g/t Au and 16.8 m of 8.57 g/t Au and 18.3 m of 6.77 g/t Au (SEC20008)
  • 9.1 m of 24.11 g/t Au and 6.1 m of 7.84 g/t Au and 3.1 m of 20.45 g/t Au (SEC20009)
  • 3.1 m of 29.21 g/t Au and 18.3 m of 26.76 g/t Au and 4.6 m of 7.05 g/t Au (SEC20010)
  • 3.1 m of 55.73 g/t Au and 3.1 m of 7.08 g/t Au (SEC20011)
  • 6.1 m of 10.46 g/t Au and 10.0 m of 9.45 g/t Au (SER20022)

Highlight intercepts from previously released drill holes in 2020 include:

  • 41.1 m of 7.37 g/t Au (SEC20003)
  • 100.6 m of 5.72 g/t Au (SER20018)
  • 39.6 m of 17.11 g/t Au (SER20019)
  • 45.7 m of 6.79 g/t Au includes 9.1 m of 10.15 g/t Au and 4.6 m of 18.82 g/t Au (SER20025)


“The highly successful drill campaign in 2020 at El Nino has returned numerous impressive intercepts with excellent grade and width that bode well for the future of the mine”, stated Ewan Downie, President and CEO of Premier. “Multiple holes from the program intersected multiple zones of mineralization and we expect an increase reserves and resources and an expanded mine life. The deposit remains open at depth and along strike”.

El Nino is a Carlin-type deposit hosted in a silica-sulphide breccia within the Rodeo Creek formation near the contact with the Bootstrap limestone. Ore from El Nino is processed at Nevada Gold Mines’ nearby Goldstrike facility.  Exploration drilling in 2020 tested the down-plunge extent of mineralization at intersections of favorable structures, where high-grade ore often resides.

Results received to date (see Figure 1 and Table 1) indicate that the 2020 delineation campaign has successfully extended high-grade mineralization more than 100 m below existing mine workings and confirms the likelihood to continue expanding high-grade mineralization at depth. The irregularly shaped mineralization mapped from mining excavations suggest true widths are 40% to 80% of the core lengths summarized in Table 1. Assays results from six drill holes completed in the northern portion of the lower El Nino target are pending. In 2021, 6,000 metres of drilling is planned to further define and expand the ore body that remains open at depth to the east and along strike north and south.  

Figure 1 – El Nino isometric view - Drilling from underground platforms



In addition to the drilling completed in 2020 at El Nino, a surface drilling program was also completed proximal to the Phase 1 pit and Phase 3 deposit in an effort to better define near-surface mineralization potentially amenable to heap leach processing and to test potential high-grade targets. Results from this program are expected to be received in the first quarter. Part of the ongoing work being performed at South Arturo include trade-off work associated with the Phase 3 project (open pit vs underground) and progressing a revised mineral resource estimate that will then be completed once all assay results from 2020 are received.



Qualified Person

Stephen McGibbon, P. Geo., Executive Vice President, Corporate and Project Development, is the Qualified Person for the information contained in this press release and is a Qualified Person within the meaning of National Instrument 43-101. The primary assay laboratories for the South Arturo Mine are ALS Minerals and American Assay Labs (American Assay) in Reno, Nevada. For a complete description of sample preparation, analytical methods and QA/QC procedures, refer to the technical report dated January 25, 2021 (effective date December 1, 2020), titled “Preliminary Feasibility Study for the South Arturo Mine, Elko County, NV” located on Premier’s website and at 

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About Premier & i-80

Premier is a gold producer and respected exploration and development company with a high-quality portfolio of precious metals projects in proven, accessible, and safe mining jurisdictions in Canada, the United States and Mexico. On December 16, 2020, Equinox Gold Corp. and Premier Gold Mines Limited announced that the companies have entered into a definitive agreement whereby Equinox Gold will acquire all the outstanding shares of Premier. Concurrently, Premier will spin-out to its shareholders shares of a newly created US-focused gold production and development company to be called i-80 Gold Corp.

Premier remains focused on creating i-80 as a Nevada-focused mining company with an organic pipeline of assets to achieve mid-tier gold producer status. In addition to its producing mine, El Nino at South Arturo, Premier is beginning to plan for future production growth through the potential addition of the Phases 1 & 3 projects at South Arturo, advancing the Pinson underground and open pit opportunities at the Getchell Project, and completing permitting and the underground development plan for the 100%-owned McCoy-Cove Property.


For further information, please contact:

Ewan Downie, President & CEO                   


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