Osino Resources Expands Twin Hills Central Strike Length to 1500M and Discovers New High-Grade Shoots, Phase 2 Drilling Progressing Well
- 327m @ 0.76g/t (OKD058: 22 - 349m), incl. 94m @ 1.35g/t
Osino Resources Corp. (TSXV:OSI.VN) (FSE:RSR1) (OTCQB:OSIIF) ("Osino" or "the Company"), is pleased to provide an update on the resource drilling and exploration of Osino's Twin Hills Central ("THC") gold project in north-central Namibia, where the Company holds a dominant 7,000 km land position. THC is part of the large, sedimentary-hosted and structurally controlled Twin Hills gold system which was discovered by Osino in 2019.
Heye Daun, Osino's President & CEO commented: "The results of this year's drilling have far exceeded our expectations and have further strengthened our conviction in Twin Hills Central's growing stature as Namibia's next major gold deposit. The closely spaced drilling (50x50m collars) demonstrates excellent continuity of mineralization along strike, down dip and towards the north-east where we have discovered an unexpected but welcome, shallower zone of mineralization. Hole OKR080 on the north side is particularly exciting as it intercepted high grade in a new shoot (8m @ 3.67g/t) and ended in another high-grade intercept of 3m @ 5.46g/t. There have also been several mineralized holes in the gap between the western and eastern lobes (including two with shallow higher grade) in an area previously thought to be barren. We are accordingly putting in place the manpower and infrastructure to be able to expand our drilling rate next year beyond the currently used 8 rigs. This will enable us to fast-track the development drilling whilst at the same time expanding brownfields exploration and target testing to make new discoveries."
Twin Hills Central Resource Drilling
In-fill and step out drilling to define a Maiden Resource Estimate ("MRE") is underway at THC with five diamond and three RC drill rigs. The first phase of the MRE drilling (33,300m) was completed on October 11 and after a short break the second phase (20,000m) commenced on October 27, to be completed by February 2021. As much as possible, but likely not all, of that drilling will be included in the 43.101 compliant resource estimate which Osino plans to publish before the end of Q1 2021.
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Drilling is being carried out on 50 x 50m drill spacing, covering the entire THC deposit, with drill depths of mostly 200m at 60 degrees inclination towards the south. Two deep holes (OKD058 and OKD022) were drilled towards the NNW (opposite to all the other holes) to test the continuity and down-dip extent of the mineralization and to see if there are other mineralizing structures not picked up in the rest of the holes.
Drilling on the western lobe of THC has defined a very wide, consistently mineralized zone vertically down to 350m and open to depth. Recent drilling indicates that the mineralization continues in a narrower zone along strike to the southwest.
The eastern lobe of THC has grown significantly since the previous news release, dated August 24, 2020. A new zone of high-grade gold to the north of the previously known mineralization was discovered with hole OKR080 (8m @ 3.67g/t). In addition, the eastern lobe has been expanded on strike by about 150m to the east along the strong IP anomaly and west into the gap between the western and eastern lobes, which was previously thought to be barren.
The gap between the east and West Lobes has been greatly diminished with the discovery of shallow high-grade mineralization in hole OKR056 (25m @ 2.00g/t) as well as the expansion of the East Lobe.
Assays received for the West Lobe (or what is sometimes referred to as the "bulge") have confirmed and extended the unusual width and continuity of mineralization, which is exceptionally wide for an orogenic style deposit. It now has a maximum apparent width of 250m and is continuous down dip to beyond 300m (refer to Figure 2).
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The West Lobe also has a higher-grade core, which plunges towards the northeast and deeper holes confirm that this mineralization keeps going to depth in the northeasterly direction. In addition, recent drilling on the south western edge of this lobe indicates that a narrow zone of gold mineralization continues in this direction as well (refer to Figure 1). Phase 2 drilling will include further deep drilling to test the mineralization at depth and along strike to the west and northwest.
The East Lobe has mineralization up to 100m wide and 300m down dip, potentially going deeper as indicated on Figure 3 below. The grades in the East Lobe are generally higher than in the West Lobe and appear to be focused into narrower zones, although the style of mineralization and host rocks are the same.
The size of the East Lobe has increased substantially and has extended the strike extent of THC by 150m to the east and remains open along strike and depth. Recent drilling indicates that the mineralization continues to the east of the previously reported margin, along a strong IP anomaly which is visible in Figure 1.
Hole OKR080, which is the most northerly hole drilled on the East Lobe to date, intersected a previously unknown zone of high-grade mineralization (8m @ 3.67g/t) and also ended in high grade at 220m (3m @ 5.15g/t). Refer to Figure 4 above.
Additional drill holes have now been added to the north and east of the East Lobe for the Phase 2 drilling to be completed before February 2020.
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The area between the West and East Lobes has had significant additional drilling since the previous news release dated August 24, 2020, and a number of mineralized intercepts have been returned including 25m @ 2.00g/t (OKR056) and 96m @ 0.74 incl. 18m @ 1.31g/t (OKR064).
The results to date indicate that the mineralization continues between the West and East lobes as a series of wider spaced zones. This augurs well for the development of a continuous large-scale pit over the entire THC strike length.
Drill Plan and Table of Significant Intercepts
Figure 5 below is a plan of all holes drilled and planned for the THC maiden resource estimate. The collars in blue with black center are completed holes that have assays outstanding. The holes planned for Phase 2 of the MRE drill program are shown as black squares.
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Figure 5: Plan of THC MRE drill program. Solid colors - assays received. Blue with black center - assays awaited. Black square - planned for Phase 2 November 2020 - January 2021.
The table on the following pages summarizes the significant intercepts received since the previous news release of drill assays from THC.
Table 1: Significant Intercepts for Drill Holes received since previous news release (August 24)
Hole From To Width Grade X Y DIAMOND DRILL HOLES OKD022* 67 399 332 0.82 601076 7584724 incl. 12 1.66 and 9 1.69 and 57 2.08 and 5 1.16 and 25 2.12 OKD052 6 23 17 0.85 601074 7584723 incl. 3 2.49 OKD055 166 246 80 0.85 601010 7584906 incl. 25 53 25 1.70 OKD058* 22 349 327 0.76 600137 7584341 incl. 94 1.35 and 23 1.22 OKD064 25 58 33 0.50 601173 7584750 incl. 5 1.57 OKD066 No significant intercepts 599959 7584534 OKD067 No significant intercepts 601263 7584785 OKD068 152 257 105 0.70 600943 7584933 incl. 38 1.33 OKD070 159 201 42 0.84 601211 7584927 incl. 12 1.13 and 7 1.21 and 7 1.44 OKD072 118 159 41 0.76 601074 7584878 incl. 14 1.08 OKD074 16 247 231 0.64 600043 7584464 incl. 20 1.50 and 46 1.00 OKD075 205 241 36 0.53 600470 7584742 incl. 10 1.01 OKD076 29 34 5 0.53 600321 7584577 incl. 38 42 4 0.51 and 50 57 7 0.69 and 67 75 8 0.45 and 82 86 4 0.62 and 100 123 23 0.65 and 128 136 8 0.80 and 161 165 4 0.83 and 181 187 6 0.60 and 201 204 3 1.04 and 252 267 15 0.84 OKD077 120 317 197 0.51 600025 7584508 incl. 6 1.18 and 4 1.21 and 2 1.63 and 13 1.53 and 21 1.09 OKD079 78 252 174 0.56 600132 7584499 incl. 58 0.93 and 18 1.56 OKD080 200 233 33 0.96 601105 7584941 incl. 7 2.11 OKD081 138 303 165 0.76 600117 7584547 incl. 8 1.13 and 9 1.17 and 12 1.44 and 22 1.56 OKD083 183 348 165 0.67 600191 7584633 incl. 27 1.10 OKD084 170 204 34 0.77 600598 7584842 OKD085 246 275 29 1.00 601089 7584987 OKD086 No significant intercepts 601703 7585011 OKD087 96 139 43 0.63 600376 7584704 incl. 8 1.09 OKD088 116 131 15 1.15 600576 7584761 incl. 191 197 6 1.59 OKD089 125 131 6 1.03 601152 7584957 incl. 207 224 17 0.52 and 255 260 5 1.89 OKD095 165 167 2 0.84 601196 7584976 and 181 184 3 0.60 and 232 261 29 0.48 OKD100 24 255 231 0.65 600224 7584539 incl. 21 1.12 and 26 0.95 and 24 0.93 and 7 1.23 and 6 1.03 RC DRILL HOLES OKR022 70 79 9 1.15 601106 7584782 OKR023 43 126 83 0.66 601045 7584813 Incl. 16 1.37 and 4 1.59 and 7 1.71 OKR024 No significant intercept 599962 7584378 OKR025 79 109 30 0.51 601090 7584831 OKR026 44 67 23 0.69 599983 7584333 and 93 103 10 0.60 OKR027 24 106 82 0.61 600072 7584369 incl. 20 1.35 and 7 1.07 OKR028 80 87 7 0.82 601137 7584844 incl. 101 105 4 1.11 OKR029 38 177 139 0.80 600056 7584413 incl. 40 1.04 and 23 1.45 and 7 1.75
* Reverse hole - drilled on azimuth of 340 degrees
Unconstrained intersections - all intercepts above 0.4g/t reported
Notes: All reported intercepts are apparent widths rounded to the nearest meter. True widths are unknown at this stage. Total intercepts reported are unconstrained. Included intercepts are at 0.4g/t cut-off, minimum 2m wide and no more that 2m internal dilution. Collar positions are in UTM WGS84 surveyed by digital GPS.
David Underwood, BSc. (Hons) is Vice President Exploration of Osino Resources Corp. and has reviewed and approved the scientific and technical information in this news release, and is a registered Professional Natural Scientist with the South African Council for Natural Scientific Professions (Pr. Sci. Nat. No.400323/11) and a Qualified Person for the purposes of National Instrument 43-101.
All Osino sample assay results have been independently monitored through a quality assurance / quality control ("QA/QC") program including the insertion of blind standards, blanks and duplicate samples. QA/QC samples make up 10% of all samples submitted. Logging and sampling is completed at Osino's secure facility located in Omaruru near the Twin Hills Project. Drill core is sawn in half on site and half drill-core samples are securely transported to the Actlabs sample prep facility in Windhoek, Namibia. The core is dried, crushed to 90% -10mesh, split to 350g and pulverised to 90% -140mesh. Sample pulps are sent to Actlabs in Ontario, Canada for analysis. Gold analysis is by 30g fire assay with AA finish and automatically re-analysed with Gravimetric finish if Au >5g/t. In addition, pulps undergo 4-Acid digestion and multi-element analysis by ICP-AES or ICP-MS. RC drill samples are prepared at Actlabs sample prep facility in Windhoek, Namibia. The RC chips are dried, crushed to 90% -10mesh, split to 350g and pulverised to 90% -140mesh. Sample pulps are sent to Actlabs in Ontario, Canada for analysis. Gold analysis is by 30g fire assay with AA finish and automatically re-analysed with Gravimetric finish if Au >5g/t.
About Osino Resources
Osino is a Canadian gold exploration company, focused on the acquisition and development of gold projects in Namibia. Having achieved our initial vision of finding Namibia's next significant gold deposit, we are now focused on rapidly advancing the exciting Twin Hills gold discovery and to make new discoveries elsewhere along the belt. This we will achieve with Osino's winning formula of combining innovation & drive with technical experience & strong financial backing.
Our portfolio of exclusive exploration licenses is located within Namibia's prospective Damara mineral belt, mostly in proximity to and along strike of the producing Navachab and Otjikoto Gold Mines. Osino is targeting gold mineralization that fits the broad orogenic gold model. We are actively advancing a range of gold discoveries, prospects and targets across our approximately 7,000km ground position by utilizing a portfolio approach geared towards discovery.
Our core projects are favorably located north and north-west of Namibia's capital city Windhoek. By virtue of their location, the projects benefit significantly from Namibia's well-established infrastructure with paved highways, railway, power and water in close proximity. Namibia is mining-friendly and lauded as one of the continent's most politically and socially stable jurisdictions. Osino continues to evaluate new ground with a view to expanding its Namibian portfolio.
Further details are available on the Company's website at https://osinoresources.com/
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