Steppe Gold Provides Drilling and Exploration Update

Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia--(Newsfile Corp. - September 15, 2020) -  Steppe Gold Ltd. (TSX: STGO) ("Steppe Gold" or the "Company") is pleased to provide an update on the exploration drilling and trenching programs at the ATO Gold Mine and Uudam Khundii ("UK") Gold Project.

ATO GOLD MINE

Steppe Gold currently has three diamond core drilling rigs operating at the ATO Gold project on a 24hr basis. The drilling rigs are undertaking a program of infill and extensional drilling at the ATO1, ATO4 Deposits and the Mungu Discovery. The aim of the drilling program is to deliver resource upgrades on the existing ATO Deposits and to deliver a maiden resource on the Mungu Discovery before the end of 2020.

To date in 2020 Steppe Gold has drilled 23 diamond drill holes for a total of over 9,482 metres. The Company has now received results for infill drilling completed in 2019 and 9 holes from the 2020 drilling program.

Highlighted results for the 2019 drilling program include:

ATO4 Deposit

  • ATO-357                        22m at 2.4g/t gold from 85 metres
  • ATO-367                        10m at 4.59g/t gold from 219 metres

Mungu Discovery

  • MG-122                         34.3m at 7.6g/t gold, 24.11g/t silver from 259.7 metres
  • MG-130                         33.5m at 2.07g/t gold, 181g/t silver from 286 metres

A new, very high-grade base metal zone has also been discovered underneath the ATO1 Deposit which is now subject to additional drilling in the 2020 drilling program.

ATO-364                         6.48m at 0.46g/t gold, 40.69g/t silver, 1.39% copper, 4.66% lead and 20.88% zinc.

Better results from the 2020 drilling program received to date at the Mungu Discovery include:

  • MG-139                         19.3m at 6.77g/t gold, 28.6g/t silver from 219.2 metres
  • MG-140                         22.9m at 4.73g/t gold, 87.10g/t silver from 205.1 metres
  • MG-141                         11m at 4.83g/t gold, 249.03g/t silver from 168 metres
  • MG-142                         21m at 3.77g/t gold, 8.7g/t silver from 269 metres
  • MG-143                         38m at 1.32g/t gold, 78.44g/t silver from 257 metres
  • MG-144                         32m at 1.59g/t gold, 115.8g/t silver from 238 metres
                                          19.3m at 6.26g/t gold, 15.01g/t silver from 300 metres
                                          15m at 7.81g/t gold, 6.07g/t silver from 331 metres

Drilling programs at the ATO Gold Project will be ongoing for the remainder of 2020 and a substantial amount of results are pending that will be reported in the next 30 days.

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The Company is also actively progressing its bankable feasibility study ("BFS") in the Expansion of the ATO Gold Mine into fresh rock ores. The Company plans to provide regular updates on the BFS progress as data becomes available. External project finance advisers have been retained and discussions have already commenced with lending groups to enable the financing to progress in tandem with the BFS. Supported by a strong working capital position and regular cash flow from ATO operations, the Company is optimistic in concluding project finance for the construction of the CIL facility and remaining infrastructure, to allow for commencement of construction by mid 2021.

UUDAM KHUNDII PROJECT

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The Company has also commenced exploration programs at its Uudam Khundii Gold Project located in the exciting Bayankhongor Gold Belt of Southern Mongolia. To date Steppe Gold has completed 18 trenches for 933 metres in 2020 at the Milky Way Prospect and the Altan Sum Prospect. This work is ongoing with more trenching planned across all four prospects discovered.

At the Milky Way Prospect initial trenching results have highlighted a mineralised system of at least 700 metres in length and up to 12 metres wide with individual meter sampling results up to 1.49g/t gold, 450g/t silver, 2.98% copper, 3.98% lead and 0.31% Zinc. These are exciting early results and the Company is expanding its exploration efforts with a geophysical crew and drilling rig planned to be mobilized to site in the coming month.

Bataa Tumur-Ochir, President and Chief Executive Officer of Steppe Gold, stated, "The ATO Gold Project continues to delivery exciting and high-grade drilling results that demonstrate the robust nature of the ATO Gold Mine fresh rock deposits, which underpin the long-life nature of this exciting project. Early showings at the UK project are also positive and we look forward to updating all our stakeholders and shareholders on our progress."

Qualified Person
The technical content of this news release has been reviewed and approved by Enkhtuvshin Khishigsuren as the Qualified Person.

Steppe Gold Limited

Steppe Gold is Mongolia's premier precious metals company.

For Further information, please contact:

Bataa Tumur-Ochir, CEO and President

Shangri-La office, Suite 1201, Olympic Street
19A, Sukhbaatar District 1,
Ulaanbaatar 14241, Mongolia
Tel: +976 7732 1914

Cautionary Note Regarding Forward-Looking Statements:

The above contains forward-looking statements that are subject to a number of known and unknown risks, uncertainties and other factors that may cause actual results to differ materially from those anticipated in our forward-looking statements. Factors that could cause such differences include: changes in world commodity markets, equity markets, costs and supply of materials relevant to the mining industry, change in government and changes to regulations affecting the mining industry. Forward-looking statements in this release include, among other things, statements regarding the trading of the Common Shares and business, economic, and political conditions in Mongolia. Although we believe the expectations reflected in our forward-looking statements are reasonable, results may vary, and we cannot guarantee future results, levels of activity, performance or achievements. We disclaim any intention or obligation to update or revise any forward-looking statements whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise, except as required by applicable laws.

Table 1. 2019 drilling program results

IDLocationDrill HoleDepth (m)From (m)To (m)Core Length (m)Au (g/t)Ag (g/t)Cu (%)Pb (%)Zn (%)
1ATO-1ATO-356332.00292.00294.002.00.5134.150.452.197.77
2ATO-4ATO-357311.0085.00107.0022.02.413.400.030.110.21
including98.00102.004.07.002.750.020.040.04
including100.00101.001.018.454.500.040.030.06
3ATO-4ATO-358119.0070.0085.0015.00.8276.640.010.030.06
including80.0081.001.02.73140.000.010.030.08
87.0092.005.00.44131.220.000.020.05
4ATO-4ATO-359326.00161.00166.405.40.5810.100.000.010.01
268.00272.004.00.607.980.030.581.28
5ATO-4ATO-360128.0079.5584.004.50.98444.340.010.030.10
104.70114.009.30.7550.830.010.020.05
including107.00108.001.02.26114.000.010.060.17
6ATO-4ATO-361221.5065.0067.002.00.4382.700.020.070.15
7ATO-4ATO-362321.90129.00135.006.00.65116.980.010.080.24
273.00289.0016.01.202.970.100.390.74
including285.00287.002.04.6210.000.581.223.10
8ATO-4ATO-363275.000.0027.0027.00.925.280.080.370.06
82.0090.008.00.491.550.000.000.01
9ATO-1ATO-364386.00348.88352.003.11.9445.951.353.6012.25
including350.00352.002.02.8057.801.673.9715.85
353.00359.486.50.4640.691.394.6620.88
10ATO-4ATO-365350.00no significant intercepts
11ATO-4ATO-36692.00no significant intercepts
12ATO-4ATO-367293.00219.00229.0010.04.599.220.061.792.94
including222.00223.001.05.8019.400.166.2011.75
including225.00226.001.035.7048.100.226.798.31
13ATO-4ATO-368197.00120.00128.008.01.5315.510.010.070.12
150.00171.0021.00.6829.010.010.020.05
14ATO-1ATO-369440.00125.00125.700.70.399.400.172.738.34
418.00422.004.00.108.250.131.393.23
15ATO-4ATO-371305.0080.2287.657.40.95265.240.010.110.35
93.0097.004.00.422.950.000.000.00
16ATO-4ATO-372281.00193.00195.002.01.6318.350.352.736.34
239.00241.002.00.3411.500.010.020.02
17ATO-4ATO-373263.00179.00180.001.00.338.100.000.000.01
187.00196.759.70.817.590.010.030.05
18ATO-4ATO-374221.0092.0095.903.90.42381.970.050.050.08
123.95130.006.03.01809.170.050.170.45
153.32157.303.981.67335.720.020.050.12
19ATO-4ATO-375296.00230.75239.008.250.341.550.010.060.09
271.00273.002.00.437.150.131.622.72
20ATO-4ATO-376305.00247.00257.0010.00.6211.720.010.100.23
278.00285.007.01.2815.270.020.110.24
21ATO-4ATO-377212.00104.00112.008.01.274.030.050.410.90
158.57172.0013.430.8212.140.010.060.10
22ATO-4ATO-378278.00208.00214.006.01.0642.830.000.080.46
216.00228.0012.00.6117.430.000.020.05
243.00250.007.01.0049.810.000.020.03
23MunguMG-120356.00128.40152.5024.10.9043.650.000.010.02
236.50242.506.01.0026.880.000.000.03
24MunguMG-121329.00224.00225.001.00.400.600.000.010.02
25MunguMG-122401.00190.00205.0015.00.74235.730.010.040.09
212.00230.0018.00.64110.610.000.010.03
244.00257.5013.50.7885.220.000.010.03
259.70294.0034.37.6024.110.030.150.25
including279.00285.006.038.5737.170.160.841.28
including279.00283.004.055.9053.050.191.201.76
including280.00281.001.098.5064.700.191.283.24
295.00302.007.01.105.700.000.000.00
303.00311.008.01.306.610.000.010.01
343.00353.0010.00.768.840.000.010.01
26MunguMG-123380.00no significant intercepts
27MunguMG-124146.001.8057.0055.21.2161.450.000.010.01
28MunguMG-125290.0091.05116.5025.450.8436.110.000.000.01
29MunguMG-126404.00173.00181.758.751.5082.860.010.020.03
206.00221.0015.00.74155.710.000.020.04
223.00230.007.00.5186.190.000.010.02
231.00255.0024.01.3341.120.000.010.01
30MunguMG-127386.00no significant intercepts
31MunguMG-128408.00347.00352.005.00.767.080.000.010.02
32MunguMG-129335.00242.00246.004.00.5384.450.000.010.05
247.00265.8018.80.99109.080.000.020.04
33MunguMG-130348.00286.00319.5033.52.04181.870.010.030.07
including295.00296.001.06.30383.000.010.030.07
including299.00303.004.06.66704.750.020.120.28
including309.00311.002.02.89411.500.010.060.14
34MunguMG-131296.0083.0096.0013.00.7345.030.000.000.01
98.00103.005.00.4329.670.000.000.01
104.00109.165.160.5341.660.000.000.02
35MunguMG-132335.001.005.004.00.5241.920.000.010.00
141.00147.006.00.8931.050.000.000.01
36MunguMG-133287.00no significant intercepts
37MunguMG-134300.00no significant intercepts
38MunguMG-135305.00272.00275.003.01.4363.600.000.010.02
39MunguMG-136332.00309.60310.601.00.5414.100.000.000.02

 

 

Table 2. 2020 drilling program results

IDLocationDrill HoleDepth (m)From (m)To (m)Core Length (m)Au (g/t)Ag (g/t)Cu (%)Pb (%)Zn (%)
1MunguMG-137410.00313.00318.005.00.596.260.000.000.01
330.00334.004.00.498.180.000.000.01
2MunguMG-138453.00166.00177.2011.21.1952.880.000.010.03
221.00258.3037.31.4010.490.000.010.01
270.60281.0010.43.3447.210.010.030.07
3MunguMG-139452.00219.20238.5019.36.7728.600.020.040.07
including224.65226.501.858.1339.890.020.050.14
including227.50237.5010.011.0334.210.030.060.10
4MunguMG-140305.00205.10228.0022.94.7387.100.010.020.04
including205.10224.0018.95.26101.110.010.020.05
5MunguMG-141375.60153.00164.0011.02.4033.480.000.010.01
including159.00162.003.06.1837.530.000.010.01
168.00209.0041.01.94103.210.000.010.03
including168.00179.0011.04.83249.030.010.030.07
272.00288.0016.01.78357.810.010.050.08
6MunguMG-142392.00217.00248.0031.00.7272.860.000.010.03
269.00290.0021.03.778.700.010.020.04
including272.00280.008.08.0113.830.010.040.06
7MunguMG-143431.00257.00295.0038.01.3278.440.010.010.03
including281.00284.003.02.76171.670.010.020.06
297.00306.009.04.606.500.000.020.03
including303.00304.001.032.3013.100.000.060.07
389.00404.0015.02.1412.770.000.010.06
8MunguMG-144443.00238.00270.0032.01.59115.800.010.020.05
272.00285.0013.01.07247.520.010.040.10
300.00319.3019.36.2615.010.010.040.05
including305.00307.002.022.3529.550.020.190.13
331.00346.0015.07.816.070.010.090.16
including344.00346.002.032.9517.000.030.340.73
368.00375.007.01.983.360.000.010.01
9MunguMG-145314.00results pending
10MG-146470.00results pending
11MG-147287.00results pending
12MG-148452.00results pending
13MG-149389.00results pending
14MG-150381.00results pending
15MG-151446.00results pending
16MG-152473.00results pending
17MG-153560.00results pending
18MG-154470.00results pending
19MG-155207.00results pending
20MG-156491.00results pending
21MG-157419.00results pending
22ATO-1ATO-379401.00296.00302.006.00.807.680.430.513.26
307.00312.005.00.351.260.020.050.18
23ATO-1ATO-380461.00results pending

 

*Mineralization occurring at the mines, deposits, and discoveries listed above owned by third parties is not necessarily representative of mineralization that may be found on projects held by Steppe Gold described within.

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