Minnova Corp. - 101.6 g/t Au Assay Results Associated with Visible Gold Discovered in Biggest Step-Out Drill Hole in History of PL Mine
Toronto, Ontario--(Newsfile Corp. - May 27, 2021) - Minnova Corp. (TSXV: MCI) (OTC Pink: AGRDF) ("Minnova" or the "Company"), a discovery-stage exploration and advanced development-stage gold company focused on the expansion and restart of our 100% owned PL Gold Mine in central Manitoba is pleased to announce recent assay results and on-site activities.
Following a detailed review and compilation of the Winter 2021 drill program the Company's technical team planned a 642 meter follow-up drill program consisting of 4 holes targeting: a) a south east trending mineralized vector on the main PL Deposit, b) shallow infill holes on the PL North Upper and Lower Zones to define mineralized structures in advance of planned open pit / bulk sample and c) a deeper, down dip hole to test the PL North mineralized trend at depth.
The Company announced that Visible Gold had been intersected in DDH M-21-048x on April 20, 2021 (see link to press release: MCI-Visible-Gold-and-PL-Mine-Phase-1.pdf). Assay results confirmed a bonanza gold grade of 101.6 g/t over 0.50 meter interval with a weighted average grade of 51.95 g/t over the 1 meter mineralized structure. The significance of the intercept is twofold:
- It is the biggest step-out hole in the history of the project highlighting the down-dip and on-strike resource expansion and exploration potential of the PL property (see Figure 1).
- This intercept is the 6th highest grade assay in the history of the PL Deposit and highlights the potential for extremely high gold grades to occur in the mineralized structures that make up the PL Deposit and the evolving PL North target area ("PLN").
Other positive assay results were returned from shallow drilling on PL North Upper Zone. These include 2.95 g/t over 1.75 meters starting at a depth of 2.5 meters in DDH M-21-082 and 1.02 g/t over 3.5 meters starting at a depth of 17.0 meters in DDH M-21-083. Near surface gold mineralization on the PL North Upper Zone is being evaluated for future development, initially as an open pit / bulk sample that would ultimately be developed into a new northern portal. A second decline will provide more direct access to PL Deposit reserves (see Note 1) targeted for initial development and optimize future underground mining operations. The benefits of a new northern decline were previously highlighted in the April 20, 2021 press release noted above.
PL North Lower Zone continues to evolve as a mappable mineralized structure. The presence of high-grade assays between the PL North upper and lower zones are interpreted as higher order shear zones and possibly conjugate shear zones that link the two main mineralized structures at PL North. In addition to these subsidiary mineralized zones, gold-bearing quartz veins are consistently intersected at depth within the footwall tonalite, below the PL North Lower Zone (see link to press release where new Tonalite hosted mineralized structures were originally highlighted: MCI-Corporate-Update-July-30-2020-FINAL.pdf ). These recently identified mineralized structures are interpreted to be the strike-extension of discontinuous, tonalite-hosted mineralized structures in the footwall of the PL Deposit, historically referred to as the Lower Lower Zone.
The Location of DDH M-21-048x and other PL North Target drilling, relative to the PL Mill and main PL Deposit is highlighted in Figure 1.
Figure 1: Location Map Highlighting Spring 2021 Drilling and PL Deposit Resource Model (Note 1)
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Gorden Glenn President & CEO commented: "We are pleased that assay results have confirmed bonanza grades associated with the visible gold observed in step-out hole M-21-048x. The exceptional grade and location of this intercept confirm the on-strike exploration and resource expansion potential that exists at the PL Mine. Further drilling is warranted to infill drill a large untested area underlying the PL mill.
We are currently active onsite planning work programs for additional drilling (step-out drilling and infill drilling). While on site we are also hosting local contractors and service providers to update our mine development and mill refurbishment cost estimates. All site visitors have commented on the sites clean and safe working condition (see Photo 1 below). This is a positive reflection on our management, site personnel, contractors and shareholders and we are always pleased to present our project to interested parties."
Table 1: Selected Assay Results (>2.00gpt) from the Spring 2021 PL Mine Drill Program
|Hole||Location||Target Zone||From (m)||To (m)||Length(m)||Au gpt|
|M-21-048x||373092E/6101499N||PLN Upper Zone||208.00||209.00||1.00||51.95|
|M-21-082||373997E/6100922N||PLN Upper Zone||2.50||4.25||1.75||2.95|
|PLN Intermediate Zone||45.50||48.94||3.44||1.48|
|PLN Lower Zone||65.00||66.92||1.92||2.91|
|M-21-083||372971E/6100982N||PLN Upper Zone||17.00||20.50||3.50||1.02|
|PLN Lower Zone||79.50||80.00||0.50||2.47|
|PLN Deep Zone||100.78||102.90||2.12||2.67|
|M-21-081||373960E/6099965N||PLD Main Zone||No significant results|
Note 1: Nokomis NI 43-101 mineral resource estimate was prepared by Leon McGarry, B.Sc., P.Geo., of CSA Global Pty Ltd., and is contained in the Technical Report entitled Feasibility Study, PL Gold Project, Manitoba, Canada filed on SEDAR on May 4, 2018.
Photo 1: PL Mine Site May 2021 Current Condition (left photo of north side of mill and right photo of south side of the mill)
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The Company will provide further progress updates as internal studies and site work advances during the summer of 2021 and over the remainder of the year.
About Minnova Corp.
Minnova Corp. is an emerging Canadian gold producer focused on restarting the PL Gold Mine and expanding gold resources on its PL and Nokomis gold deposits. The Company has completed a Positive Feasibility Study in support of restarting the PL Mine at an average annual production rate of 46,493 ounces over a minimum 5 year mine life. The resource remains open to expansion and future surface exploration work programs will target resource expansion. The PL Gold Mine has a relatively short pre-production timeline forecast at 15 months, benefits from a valid underground mining permit (Environment Act 1207E), an existing 1000 tpd processing plant, over 7,000 meters of developed underground ramp to -135 metres depth, is fully road accessible and close to existing mining infrastructure in the prolific Flin Flon Greenstone Belt of Central Manitoba.
Mr. Chris Buchanan, M. Sc., P. Geo., a consultant of the Company and a "Qualified Person" under National Instrument 43-101, has reviewed and approved the scientific and technical information in this press release.
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