Pancon Acquires Ni-Cu-Co St. Laurent Project & Consolidates Its Battery & Energy Metals Strategy in Northern Ontario
Toronto, Ontario--(Newsfile Corp. - March 25, 2019) - Pancontinental Resources Corporation (TSXV: PUC) ("Pancon" or the "Company") is pleased to announce the acquisition of the St. Laurent Project (the "Project"), containing an advanced exploration target hosting a prominent 600-metre long electromagnetic (EM) anomaly with associated Ni-Cu-Co-Au-Pt-Pd mineralization. The Project covers 4,170 hectares and is located in St. Laurent Township, Northern Ontario, 160 kilometres northeast of Timmins, 50 kilometres south of Detour Lake Mine and 20 kilometres southeast of Casa Berardi Mine.
Pancon President and CEO Layton Croft stated: "The St. Laurent Project strengthens Pancon's strategy of exploring for essential battery and energy metals in low-risk jurisdictions near operating and former mines. It also brings a 5th project to Pancon's exploration portfolio in Northern Ontario, where we value our positive social license to operate. Past shallow drilling at our St. Laurent Project identified disseminated multi-element sulphide mineralization across notable widths trending towards a large gabbro-hosted magnetic feature. The Ni-Cu-Co-Au-Pt-Pd zone is open along strike and at depth. This mineralized zone, importantly, is coincident with a strong 600-metre long EM anomaly. Drilling to date has not yet intersected massive sulphides, and the EM anomaly has not yet been explained. The disseminated sulphide halo provides an important vector to guide our upcoming exploration work."
Concurrent with this acquisition, the Company has made the decision to terminate its Option Agreement on the McBride Project in southeastern Ontario.
Exploration Highlights and Analysis:
- In 1966, S. Gray, in association with Asarco Exploration, completed ground geophysics and 7 diamond drill holes (1,081 metres), from which disseminated sulphide assay results (for Ni and Cu only) were preserved for 3 holes:
|Source: Ministry of Northern Development and Mines assessment report 32E05SE0004.|
- In 1970, Asarco conducted ground geophysical surveys and geological mapping, followed by 4 diamond drill holes (411 metres) to test geophysical targets not associated with the area of the 1966 drilling, and for which assay results were not preserved.
- From 2004-2007, Eastmain Resources and Xstrata completed a series of airborne geophysical MegaTEM surveys. Using 200-metre line spacing, the surveys revealed a prominent 600-metre long EM anomaly, coincident with the 1966 diamond drilling. The EM anomaly is strong and plunging to the northeast, below detection limits of the survey, and terminates abruptly to the southwest. St. Laurent's gabbro-hosted geological setting and exploration characteristics provide an analogue to the former gabbro-hosted Montcalm Ni-Cu-Co Mine adjacent to Pancon's other Northern Ontario projects. For comparison, the EM anomaly associated with the former Montcalm Mine was approximately 200-metres long, and the actual Montcalm deposit was approximately 350-metres long.
- In 2008, Eastmain and Falconbridge completed 3 diamond drill holes (604 metres) to test St. Laurent's prominent EM anomaly. All 3 holes intersected a wide halo zone of highly anomalous disseminated low grade Ni-Cu-Co-Au-Pt-Pd mineralization. The source of the prominent EM anomaly has not yet been explained. Assay results as reported by Eastmain averaged:111
|Source: Ministry of Northern Development and Mines assessment report 20006295.|
- Ni-Cu-Co sulphide deposits may consist of massive, semi-massive and net-textured lenses with disseminated halos. Such halos can provide good exploration vectors to target massive sulphides. The Project's strong airborne EM anomaly is a conductive feature that is positioned coincident with the non-conductive disseminated mineralization. The sulphur content from the assayed Eastmain mineralized zones are relatively low, which is expected with disseminated sulphides. Projected to massive sulphides of approximately 35% S, St. Laurent's Ni grade could potentially be 4.8% and the Co grade could potentially be 0.2%, which are comparable massive sulphide grades found at the former Montcalm Mine. Calculating Ni and Co tenor to 100% sulphide is a common practice in Ni-Cu-Co exploration to determine potential economic possibilities of nickel sulphide mineralization.
- Eastmain's 2008 exploration report states: "drilling has indicated that the mineralization is open in all directions, and therefore a more aggressive drill program should be undertaken on the claim block."
- The Project's mineralized zones have an associated geochemical anomaly, providing a cost-effective exploration tool in addition to drilling.
St. Laurent Project Option Agreement:
On March 25, 2019, Pancon entered into an Option Agreement (the "Agreement") with 2681891 Ontario Inc. to earn a 100% interest in the St. Laurent Project, which consists of 191 single cell claims and 18 boundary cell claims within St. Laurent Township in the Larder Lake Mining Division (see map below).
Under the Agreement, to earn 100% interest, Pancon will pay a total of $145,000 cash and issue a total of 1,850,000 common shares over three years, as follows: (i) $15,000 cash and 250,000 common shares upon signing; (ii) $20,000 cash and 350,000 common shares at the first anniversary; (iii) $50,000 cash and 500,000 common shares at the second anniversary; and (iv) $60,000 cash and 750,000 common shares at the third anniversary. In addition, 2681891 Ontario Inc. retains a 2.5% net smelter royalty (NSR) on the Project, of which Pancon has the right to purchase 1% NSR for $1,000,000.
Project Location Map:
Figure 1. St. Laurent Project Location Map
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The technical information in this news release has been prepared in accordance with Canadian regulatory requirements as set out in NI 43-101 and reviewed and approved by Todd Keast, P.Geo., a Qualified Person as defined by NI 43-101. Mr. Keast is a member of Pancon's Technical Advisory Committee and Pancon's Projects Manager. Certain technical information within this news release is historical in nature and pre-dates NI 43-101 standards; this information is believed to be reliable however the Company has not verified this material.
About Pancon Resources:
Pancontinental Resources Corporation (TSXV: PUC), or Pancon, is a Canadian-based exploration company with a mission to generate value through responsible exploration of prospective assets proximal to producing/former mines in low-risk areas. Pancon holds five nickel-copper-cobalt projects in Northern Ontario. The Montcalm Project, Gambler Project, Nova Project and Strachan Project are adjacent to and near the former Montcalm Ni-Cu-Co Mine located 65 km northwest of Timmins. The St. Laurent Project has an advanced Ni-Cu-Co-Au-Pt-Pd target and is located 50 km south of Detour Lake Mine and 20 km southeast of Casa Berardi Mine. The Company also holds a 100% interest in the Jefferson Gold Project near Haile Gold Mine and adjacent to the former Brewer Gold Mine on the Carolina Gold Belt in South Carolina, USA.
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