Premier Gold Mines Limited (TSX-PG) is pleased to provide initial assay results from the first drill hole on the 2017 surface drilling program at the Company’s 100%-owned Hasaga Project (the Property) in the Red Lake gold mining district of Northwestern Ontario. Drilling on the program is targeting the potential for higher grade mineralization along the Hasaga Porphyry trend at depth, proximal to historic results. The Hasaga Property was Premier’s largest exploration program in 2016 and is budgeted to spend a further $3 million to $4 million in 2017.
Highlights from hole HMP151 include the following:
- 10.94 g/t Au across 54.0m beginning at 771.0m
- Intercept includes higher grade intervals of 23.32 g/t Au across 8.0m and 25.56 g/t Au across 5.0m
- Visible gold noted in 10 samples over the intercept
- True width of the intercept is estimated to be at least 18 metres wide
Premier will showcase portions of this drill intercept in the “Core Shack”, (booth 3105A) at the upcoming Prospector’s and Developer’s Convention (PDAC) in Toronto that begins on March 5, 2017.
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The Hasaga Zone (See Figure 1) is host to the past-producing Hasaga, Buffalo and Howie Mines and is being evaluated for both its lower grade, open-pit mineable potential as well as higher grade mineralization that may occur at depth. Premier regards the Hasaga Property as having exploration potential similar to other historic mining camps in Ontario, where gold resources have been discovered at the site of a past-producing mines. In January, Premier confirmed the multi-million ounce potential of the shallower target areas.
“This initial drill result validates historic drilling on the property.” commented Stephen McGibbon, Premier’s Executive Vice-President on the Company’s C-Suite Blog. “We will generate a lot of attention at Hasaga in 2017 should subsequent holes expand and add continuity to this discovery.”
Premier’s exploration plan for 2017 is designed to test the potential for deeper higher grade mineralization. Historic drill holes HRL-88-02, HRL-88-03 and HRL96-02 were completed by earlier operators on the property, but never adequately followed up. These historic results and today’s release of HMP151 are believed to represent mineralization characteristic of the C-Zone at the Hasaga Mine. If the 2017 exploration program is successful in establishing continuity and scale to this C-Zone discovery, Premier believes it will represent a highly attractive potentially bulk mineable underground opportunity. Initially a minimum of 10 broadly spaced “mother” holes will be drilled to frame the Hasaga Deep Target area and provide platforms for future wedge drilling on promising trends.
Figure 1: Isometric View of Hasaga Property & Mineral Resources
Two drills are currently active on the Hasaga Property. Premier will consider expansion of the current program as further results become available.
Stephen McGibbon, P. Geo., 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. Assay results are from core samples sent to either Accurassay Laboratories or Activation Labs, both accredited mineral analysis laboratories in Thunder Bay, Ontario, for preparation and analysis utilizing both fire assay and screen metallic methods.
Premier Gold Mines Limited is a gold producer and respected exploration and development company with a high-quality pipeline of precious metal projects in proven, accessible and safe mining jurisdictions in Canada, the United States, and Mexico.
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