January 12, 2021, Toronto, Ontario – Troilus Gold Corp. (TSX: TLG; OTCQB: CHXMF) (“Troilus” or the “Company”) announces initial results from its Fall/Winter 2020 drill campaign at its 100%-owned Troilus property (the “Troilus Project”) located in north central Quebec.
Drill holes reported herein show significant extensions of gold mineralization beyond the PEA whittle pit published in 2020 (See press release dated August 31, 2020), which successfully outlined an estimated Inferred resource of 580,000 oz of gold equivalent (“AuEq”) ounces (22.6 Mt, at avg. grade of 0.80 g/t AuEq) in the Southwest Zone (“SWZ”) (See Figure 1). This new zone, initially discovered and drilled in late 2019 and early 2020, is located approximately 3 kilometres southwest of the former mine and main mineral resource area and is believed to represent one of the most important near-term mineral growth targets on the Troilus property.
Southwest Zone drilling highlights include:
A 3D model of the new Southwest Zone results and associated cross sections can be viewed on Troilus' website at: https://www.troilusgold.com/investors/presentations/drill-results
Justin Reid, Chief Executive Officer of Troilus, commented, “In just twelve months, our geology team has discovered, interpreted, outlined, and is now extending what could be the most significant new drill results in the Frôtet-Evans Belt since the discovery of the Troilus Mine nearly 35 years ago. Today’s results from the Southwest Zone reaffirm our belief that the sizeable mineral resource estimates that we have already outlined around the past producing mine are only scraping the surface of the Troilus mineralized system, and highlight the potential positive impact they could have on the pre-feasibility study we intend to complete later this year. We remain focused on the Southwest Zone as a priority target as we aim to further expand and define the extent of this zone.”
These results continue to validate the Company’s new structural model for gold mineralization at Troilus developed by the exploration team over the last three years. This geologic reinterpretation has been successfully applied to the main Z87, Z87 South, J Zones and more recently to the Southwest Zone, where the overall estimated Indicated mineral resources have grown 142% and estimated Inferred mineral resources have grown 350% in 24 months with only 80,500 metres drilled (see press release announcing the latest mineral resource estimate dated July 28, 2020). This summer’s field exploration program, developed using the same methodology, has also demonstrated success at a regional scale as new targets were defined and discoveries made on Troilus’s recently expanded 107,000 hectare property (see latest regional exploration press release dated December 9, 2020).
UPDATE ON OPERATIONS DURING COVID-19 PANDEMIC
On January 6th, 2021, the government of Quebec announced a new lockdown for several sectors of the Quebec economy, however, mineral exploration companies with commitments and essential work are permitted to continue with operations. The Troilus site re-opened effective January 11th, 2021, following a temporary closure over the holiday break. Current operations remain focused on essential activities related to the ongoing drill program. Strict COVID protocols and screening remain in place at site to protect the health of employees, contractors and our local communities and we will continue to closely monitor the provincial government’s directives and public health guidelines.
Figure 1: New Drill Hole Locations in the Southwest Zone
Figure 2: Section N9400; View of drill hole TLG-ZSW20-201
Figure 3: Section N9550; View of drill hole TLG-ZSW20-204
Table 1: Summary of New 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 2020, 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., Chief 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 107,326 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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