Alamos Gold Extends High-Grade Gold Mineralization Laterally and Down-Plunge at Island Gold
Alamos Gold Inc. (TSX:AGI; NYSE:AGI) ("Alamos" or the "Company") today reported new results from surface and underground exploration drilling at the Island Gold Mine, further extending high-grade gold mineralization in Island Main, East and West. All reported drill widths are true width of the mineralized zones, unless otherwise stated.
- 72.45 g/t Au (72.45 g/t cut) over 2.04 m (740-471-36).
Note: Drillhole composite intervals reported as "cut" may include higher grade samples which have been cut to 160 g/t Au for the Island East Area, and 225 g/t for Island Main and West.
"These latest results conclude another successful drilling campaign in 2020. Despite not completing as much drilling as planned due to COVID-19, the 2020 program included some of the best exploration results drilled to date at Island Gold. We expect these results to drive further growth in high-grade Mineral Resources at Island Gold with our 2020 year end update, improving already attractive economics with the Phase III shaft expansion, while also clearly demonstrating the significant ongoing growth potential of the deposit," said John A. McCluskey, President and Chief Executive Officer.
2020 Exploration Drilling Program - Island Gold Mine
Exploration activities at Island Gold were focused on continuing to define new near mine Mineral Resources, building on the success of the 2019 drilling program and the additional high-grade mineralization that was defined throughout 2020.
A total of 21,415 m of surface directional drilling, 8,352 m of underground directional drilling, and 15,170 m of standard underground exploration drilling was completed in 2020. This was down from 2019 and lower than the total budget of 76,000 m largely due to the COVID-19 related downtime of the Island Gold Mine during the second quarter of 2020. Exploration activities ramped up during the second half of 2020 and included the best surface exploration hole drilled to date at Island Gold.
New highlight intercepts can be found in Tables 1 and 2 and in Figures 1, 2, and 3 at the end of this news release.
2021 Exploration Drilling Program - Island Gold Mine
A total of $25 million is budgeted in 2021 for surface and underground exploration at Island Gold, up from the initial 2020 budget of $21 million. The focus remains on continuing to define new near mine Mineral Resources across the two-kilometre long Island Gold Main Zone, as well as advancing and evaluating several regional targets. The 2021 exploration budget includes 27,500 m of surface directional drilling, 24,000 m of underground directional drilling, 28,000 m of underground exploration drilling, and 900 m of underground exploration development to extend drill platforms on the 620, 790, and 840-levels.
A significantly larger regional exploration program including 25,000 m of drilling is also planned in 2021. The focus will be on evaluating and advancing exploration targets outside the main Island Gold Mine area on the recently expanded Island Gold property which now covers 14,929-hectares. This was increased by 57% with the acquisition of Trillium Mining in December 2020 adding significant exploration potential in proximity to the existing high-grade Mineral Resource in Island East and regionally.
Surface and underground directional drilling continues to extend gold mineralization beyond Mineral Resource blocks in the upper through lower portions of Island East with drill hole spacing ranging from 50 m to 100 m (Figures 1 and 2).
New highlights from the drilling program include (E1E-Zone) (Table 1):
Drillhole MH25-05 (54.18 g/t Au (31.94 g/t cut) over 6.54 m) intersected high-grade mineralization up to 70 m below and west of previously reported drillholes MH25-03 and MH25-04. As reported on September 17, 2020, these holes intersected wide, high-grade gold mineralization 40 m and 100 m, respectively, down-plunge from the existing high-grade Inferred Mineral Resource block which contained 719,800 ounces, grading 18.74 g/t Au (1.2 million tonnes) as of December 31, 2019. Using the cut weighted gold grade for metal factor calculation, drillhole MH25-04 (28.97 g/t Au (26.89 g/t cut) over 21.76 m) is the best surface directional hole drilled to date at Island Gold in terms of gold content for a drill hole intersect.
Drillhole 620-623-07 (21.88 g/t Au (21.88 g/t cut) over 2.52 m) intersected mineralization 80 m above and to the east of the nearest Inferred Mineral Resource block in the middle portion of Island East. Drillhole 620-623-04 (10.92 g/t Au (10.92 g/t cut) over 3.67 m) intersected mineralization within a 200 m gap between the Inferred Mineral Resource blocks in the upper and middle portions of Island East.
Drillhole 620-MH3-01 (14.41 g/t Au (11.08 g/t cut) over 3.61 m) also extended high-grade mineralization down-plunge from this same Inferred Mineral Resource block. Combined with previously reported drillholes 620-MH2-01 (29.05 g/t Au (26.67 g/t cut) over 4.86 m) and MH21-04 (44.30 g/t Au (44.30 g/t cut) over 2.25 m), these results continue to infill the 120 m gap between high-grade Inferred Mineral Resources in the middle and lower areas of Island East. They also continue to confirm the vertical continuity of the E1E Zone over 1.2 km, between a depth of 300 m and 1,500 m in the eastern part of the deposit.
Underground exploration drilling conducted from the recently established 840-level exploration drift was successful in expanding high-grade gold mineralization within a 300 m gap east of the Mineral Reserves of Island Main, and Inferred Mineral Resources blocks in Island East between depths of 850 m and 1,100 m (Figure 3). The 840-level exploration drift continues to advance to the east, providing improved access for further underground exploration drilling in the middle to upper areas of Island East. The drift will also allow for subsequent delineation drilling focused on converting Mineral Resources to Mineral Reserves.
New highlights from the underground drilling program include (E1E-Zone) (Table 2):
Underground directional drilling in the Island West area extended high-grade gold mineralization up to 45 m outside of the Inferred Mineral Resources (Figure 1).
New highlights from the underground directional drilling program include (E1E-Zone) (Table 1):
The Island Gold Deposit consists of a number of subparallel mineralized zones, with the majority of Mineral Reserves and Resources being defined in the C Zone and E1E Zone which constitute the main production horizons at the Island Gold Mine. Highlights of new intersections from underground and surface exploration drilling of parallel zones and zones in which the lateral continuity is not yet established ("Unknown Zone") include (reported composite intervals are core lengths) (Tables 1 and 2):
Chris Bostwick, FAusIMM, Alamos Gold's Vice President, Technical Services, has reviewed and approved the scientific and technical information contained in this news release. Chris Bostwick is a Qualified Person within the meaning of Canadian Securities Administrator's National Instrument 43-101 ("NI 43-101").
Exploration programs at the Island Gold Mine are directed by Raynald Vincent, P.Eng., M.G.P., Chief Geologist at the Island Gold Mine and a Qualified Person within the meaning of NI 43-101.
Alamos Gold maintains an internal QA/QC program at the Island Gold Mine to ensure sampling and analysis of all exploration work is conducted in accordance with best practices.
Access to the Island Gold Mine is controlled by security personnel. Drill core is logged and sampled at the core logging facility within the mine site under the supervision of a Qualified Geologist. A geologist marks the individual samples for analysis, and sample intervals, sample numbers, standards and blanks are entered into the database. The core is cut in half using an electric core saw equipped with a diamond tipped blade. One half of the core is placed into a plastic sample bag and sealed with zip ties in preparation for shipment. The other half of the core is returned to the core box and retained for future reference. The samples are placed in large heavy-duty nylon reinforced Fabrene bags, which are identified and sealed before being placed on pallets. The core samples are picked up at the mine site and delivered to Lab Expert in Rouyn-Noranda, Quebec.
Gold is analyzed by a one assay-ton fire assay (29.16 grams) with an Atomic Absorption (AA) finish. Samples greater than 6.8 g/t are re-analyzed using gravimetric finish methods. LabExpert has internal quality control ("QC") programs that include insertion of reagent blanks, reference materials, and pulp duplicates.
The Corporation inserts QC samples (blanks and reference materials) at regular intervals to monitor laboratory performance. Cross check assays are completed on a regular basis in a secondary accredited laboratory. The QA/QC procedures are more completely described in the Technical Report filed on SEDAR August 31, 2020.
Alamos is a Canadian-based intermediate gold producer with diversified production from three operating mines in North America. This includes the Young-Davidson and Island Gold mines in northern Ontario, Canada and the Mulatos mine in Sonora State, Mexico. Additionally, the Company has a significant portfolio of development stage projects in Canada, Mexico, Turkey, and the United States. Alamos employs more than 1,700 people and is committed to the highest standards of sustainable development. The Company's shares are traded on the TSX and NYSE under the symbol "AGI".
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Exploration results that include geophysics, sampling, and drill results on wide spacings may not be indicative of the occurrence of a mineral deposit. Such results do not provide assurance that further work will establish sufficient grade, continuity, metallurgical characteristics and economic potential to be classed as a category of Mineral Resource. A Mineral Resource that is classified as "Inferred" or "Indicated" has a great amount of uncertainty as to its existence and economic and legal feasibility. It cannot be assumed that any or part of an "Indicated Mineral Resource" or "Inferred Mineral Resource" will ever be upgraded to a higher category of Mineral Resource. Investors are cautioned not to assume that all or any part of mineral deposits in these categories will ever be converted into Proven and Probable Mineral Reserves.
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Cautionary Note to U.S. Investors - Mineral Reserve and Resource Estimates
All Mineral Resource and Reserve estimates included in this news release or documents referenced in this news release have been prepared in accordance with Canadian National Instrument 43-101 - Standards of Disclosure for Mineral Projects ("NI 43-101") and the Canadian Institute of Mining, Metallurgy and Petroleum (the "CIM") - CIM Definition Standards on Mineral Resources and Mineral Reserves, adopted by the CIM Council, as amended (the "CIM Standards"). NI 43-101 is a rule developed by the Canadian Securities Administrators, which established standards for all public disclosure an issuer makes of scientific and technical information concerning mineral projects. The terms "Mineral Reserve", "Proven Mineral Reserve" and "Probable Mineral Reserve" are Canadian mining terms as defined in accordance with NI 43-101 and the CIM Standards. The United States Securities and Exchange Commission (the "SEC") permits mining companies, in their filings with the SEC, to disclose only those mineral deposits that a company can economically and legally extract or produce. Alamos may use certain terms, such as "Measured Mineral Resources", "Indicated Mineral Resources", "Inferred Mineral Resources" and "Probable Mineral Reserves" which differ materially from the definitions in SEC Industry Guide 7 under the United States Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended. Investors are cautioned not to assume that all or any part of mineral deposits in these categories will ever be converted into Mineral Reserves. "Inferred Mineral Resources" have a great amount of uncertainty as to their existence, and great uncertainty as to their economic and legal feasibility. It cannot be assumed that all or any part of an Inferred Mineral Resource will ever be upgraded to a higher category. Under Canadian rules, estimates of Inferred Mineral Resources may not form the basis of feasibility or pre-feasibility studies, except in very limited circumstances. Disclosure of "contained ounces" in a Mineral Resource is permitted disclosure under Canadian regulations; however, the SEC normally only permits issuers to report mineralization that does not constitute "Mineral Reserves" by SEC standards as in place tonnage and grade without reference to unit measures.
The SEC has adopted final rules, effective February 25, 2019, to replace SEC Industry Guide 7 with new mining disclosure rules under sub-part 1300 of Regulation S-K of the U.S. Securities Act (the "SEC Modernization Rules"). The SEC Modernization Rules replace the historical property disclosure requirements included in SEC Industry Guide 7. As a result of the adoption of the SEC Modernization Rules, the SEC now recognizes estimates of "Measured Mineral Resources", "Indicated Mineral Resources" and "Inferred Mineral Resources". In addition, the SEC has amended its definitions of "Proven Mineral Reserves" and "Probable Mineral Reserves" to be substantially similar to international standards. The SEC Modernization Rules will become mandatory for U.S. reporting companies beginning with the first fiscal year commencing on or after January 1, 2021.
Table 1: Island Gold - Previously Unreleased Select Composite Intervals from Surface and Underground Directional Exploration Drilling
Composite intervals greater than 3 g/t Au weighted average, capping values:
Island Main and West @ 225 g/t Au; Island East @ 160 g/t Au.
Hole ID Zone Target Area From (m) To (m) Core Length (m) True Width (m) Au Uncut (g/t) Au Cut (g/t) Vertical Depth (m) 740-471-36 C Island West 458.60 461.40 2.80 2.04 72.45 72.45 1067 740-471-37 C Island West 387.30 390.60 3.30 2.00 10.88 10.88 1018 620-623-01 E1E Island East 651.10 654.60 3.50 2.23 3.58 3.58 1109 620-623-02 E1E Island East 451.00 457.00 6.00 2.09 6.76 6.76 938 620-623-04 E1E Island East 429.10 434.00 4.90 3.67 10.92 10.92 897 620-623-07 E1E Island East 410.60 414.20 3.60 2.52 21.88 21.88 880 620-MH3-01 E1E Island East 668.90 678.50 9.60 3.61 14.41 11.08 1135 MH24-01 E1E Island Main 1578.00 1581.30 3.30 2.70 5.98 5.98 1474 MH24-02 E1E Island Main 1597.80 1601.30 3.50 2.67 5.97 5.97 1490 MH25-05 E1E Island Main 1626.00 1634.50 8.50 6.54 54.18 31.94 1488 MH25-06 E1E Island Main 1592.50 1598.30 5.80 5.06 123.74 15.75 1431 MH26-01 E1E Island Main 1542.30 1547.00 4.70 2.83 15.26 12.69 1465 740-471-36 G Island West 470.15 475.00 4.85 3.31 5.76 5.76 1074 620-623-01 Unknown Island East 678.80 683.90 5.10 -- 16.92 16.92 1123 620-MH3-01 Unknown Island East 712.05 721.95 9.90 -- 4.62 4.62 1160 MH22-05 Unknown Island Main 1283.56 1293.75 10.19 -- 41.23 41.23 1161
Table 2: Island Gold - Previously Unreleased Select Composite Intervals from Underground Exploration Drilling
Composite intervals greater than 3 g/t Au weighted average, capping values:
Western and Main Extension areas @ 225 g/t Au; Eastern Extension area @ 160 g/t Au.
Hole ID Zone Target Area From (m) To (m) Core Length (m) True Width (m) Au Uncut (g/t) Au Cut (g/t) Vertical Depth (m) 840-572-09 E1E Island East 225.30 231.50 6.20 4.90 3.73 3.73 936 840-572-10 E1E Island East 201.50 209.30 7.80 5.46 8.78 8.78 898 840-578-04 E1E Island East 192.70 202.50 9.80 7.01 5.33 5.33 908 840-578-06 E1E Island East 290.00 297.50 7.50 3.57 4.15 4.15 1030 840-578-07 E1E Island East 291.00 297.10 6.10 3.51 6.07 6.07 1031 840-578-08 E1E Island East 249.40 253.50 4.10 2.58 10.41 10.41 987 840-578-09 E1E Island East 236.70 241.10 4.40 3.33 4.81 4.81 965 840-578-10 E1E Island East 266.80 272.40 5.60 2.40 9.35 9.35 1005 840-578-11 E1E Island East 181.30 188.05 6.75 5.89 18.64 18.64 881 840-578-12 E1E Island East 212.00 217.00 5.00 3.31 16.90 16.90 926 840-578-13 E1E Island East 303.75 309.00 5.25 2.00 97.76 36.40 1044 840-572-07 Unknown Island East 257.90 262.35 4.45 -- 5.83 5.83 994
Table 3: Surface and underground directional drill holes; azimuth, dip, drilled length, and collar location at surface (UTM NAD83)
Hole ID Azimuth (�) Dip (�) Drilled Length (m) UTM Easting (m) UTM Northing (m) UTM Elevation (m) Comments 620-623-01 154 -70 761 691707 5352177 -209 620-623-02 176 -50 552 691707 5352177 -209 620-623-03 163 -52 609 691707 5352177 -209 620-623-04 192 -48 513 691707 5352177 -209 620-623-05 177 -48 558 691707 5352177 -209 620-623-06 167 -43 459 691707 5352177 -209 620-623-07 145 -56 543 691707 5352177 -209 620-MH3-01 153 -70 795 691707 5352177 -209 740-471-36 85 -51 597 690297 5351608 -369 740-471-37 83 -52 528 690297 5351608 -369 MH22-06 342 -75 1088 691000 5350855 393 Cut from MH22-01 at 633 m MH24-01 338 -77 1665 692027 5351126 395 MH24-02 338 -77 1160 692027 5351126 395 Cut from MH24-01 at 607 m MH25-05 335 -80 703 692314 5351074 398 Cut from MH25-04 at 1026 m MH25-06 335 -80 1001 692314 5351074 398 Cut from MH25-01 at 678 m MH26-01 339 -79 1715 692210 5351208 394
Note: UTM mine surface elevation 382 m
Table 4: UG Exploration drill holes; azimuth, dip, drilled length, and collar location at surface (UTM NAD83).
Hole ID Azimuth (�) Dip (�) Drilled Length (m) UTM Easting (m) UTM Northing (m) UTM Elevation (m) 840-572-06 151 -43 381 691247 5351951 -460 840-572-07 148 -36 332 691247 5351951 -460 840-572-08 151 -32 351 691247 5351952 -459 840-572-09 149 -25 300 691247 5351951 -459 840-572-10 146 -17 297 691247 5351951 -459 840-578-04 150 -21 300 691308 5351963 -458 840-578-06 163 -41 345 691309 5351963 -457 840-578-07 154 -41 417 691308 5351963 -458 840-578-08 154 -36 354 691308 5351963 -458 840-578-09 146 -31 333 691308 5351963 -458 840-578-10 146 -37 360 691308 5351962 -458 840-578-11 146 -13 276 691308 5351963 -457 840-578-12 146 -24 303 691308 5351963 -458 840-578-13 146 -41 411 691308 5351962 -458
Note: UTM mine surface elevation 382 m
Figure 1: Island Gold Mine Longitudinal
Figure 2: Island Gold Mine Main and East Areas - Surface and Underground Directional Drilling Results
Figure 3: Island Gold Mine Main and East Areas - Underground Exploration Drilling Results