Drilling Intersection Extends known Mineralization at Nalunaq
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Drilling Intersection Extends known Mineralization at Nalunaq

Tuesday, January 21, 2020 6:00 AM
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TORONTO, ON / ACCESSWIRE / January 21, 2020 / AEX Gold Inc. is pleased to provide an update on the Corporation's 2019 drilling program on its 100% owned Nalunaq license in South Greenland. New Main Vein intersections in an area down-dip of historic workings in the past producing Nalunaq Mine supports the exploration target described in the project's technical report entitled "An Independent Technical Report on the Nalunaq Gold Project, South Greenland" dated March 20, 2017 (effective date of December 16, 2016), prepared for Nalunaq A/S by SRK Exploration Services Ltd. (the "Nalunaq Technical Report"). The Nalunaq Technical Report is available on SEDAR (www.sedar.com) under AEX's issuer profile.

Key Highlights:

  • Nine holes drilled at Nalunaq for 1615 meters, seven reached target depth
  • Main Vein identified in six holes
  • 0.87 meter @ 46.1 g/t Au from 124 meters in hole AEX1902
  • Drilling has identified the Main Vein structure 300 meters along strike from the South Block workings, and more than 350 meters down dip, improving confidence in the exploration target towards the northeast and under the valley towards Ship Mountain (see Figure 2 below)
  • A comparison of gold grades from all historic surface drilling versus underground development samples suggests that drilling may underestimates true grade (see note on historical drilling at Nalunaq below)

Eldur Olafsson, CEO of AEX Gold, commented:

"The objective of the 2019 drilling program was to validate the structure extension of the Main Vein across the Kirkespir Valley from South Block towards Ship Mountain. The drilling results have outperformed our expectations, including a stand-out intersection of 46.1 g/t Au over a 0.87 meter true width, and have allowed us to demonstrate the extension of the mineralized structure over an extended distance from the historical mining zones, with the structure remaining open at depth and along strike. These results are very encouraging for the future growth of the Nalunaq mine and represent further validation of the wider AEX Gold strategy in Greenland. These positive results continue to demonstrate the growth potential of the company."

Drilling in 2019 aimed to test the projected extension of the South Block mineralization (Figure 1). Results are encouraging, with a high-grade intersection in AEX1902, and a 25 centimetres quartz vein intersected 350 meters from existing workings in hole AEX1905, confirming the presence of Main Vein at sea level, outside of the inferred resources described in the Nalunaq Technical Report. It should be noted that at Nalunaq, drilling is used primarily to determine the presence of Main Vein and has not been a good predictor of gold grades historically (this is discussed further in the following section).

Figure 1 Main Vein drilling intersections in an area down dip of South Block. Labels in bold denote new intersections.

Significant intersections from the 2019 drilling program are shown in Table 1, with the location of the drill holes displayed in Figure 2.


Table 1 Summary of significant Main Vein intersections from 2019 drill holes. Intervals are also provided as true widths. A lower cut-off of 0.05 g/t Au was used to report Main Vein intersections.

Hole ID

From

To

Down hole Length (m)

True Width (m)

Au (g/t)

Main Vein Description (True Width)

AEX1901

117

117.75

0.75

0.75

0.17

HW calc-silicate alteration

 

117.75

118.75

1.00

1.00

0.22

88 cm quartz vein from 117.81 m

AEX1902

124

125

1.00

0.87

46.1

Calc-silicate alteration and quartz veinlets

AEX1903

122.1

122.6

0.50

0.47

3.79

4 cm quartz vein and calc-silicate alteration

AEX1905

233.65

234.2

0.55

0.45

0.06

25 cm quartz vein from 233.83 m

AEX1906

191.5

192

0.50

0.43

0.18

15 cm quartz vein from 191.71 m

 

192

192.5

0.50

0.43

0.11

FW calc-silicate alteration

AEX1907

145

146

1.00

0.77

0.33

Quartz veinlets and silicification

 

Table 2 Summary of 2019 drill holes (Projection WGS 84 UTM zone 23N)

Hole ID

X

Y

Z

Core Diameter

Dip

Azimuth

AEX1901

509162

6691025

303

NQ

-65

310

AEX1902

509187

6691082

300

NQ

-80

300

AEX1903

509248

6691111

268

NQ

-65

310

AEX1904

509444

6691087

234

NQ

-70

310

AEX1905

509444

6691087

234

NQ

-85

310

AEX1906

509444

6691087

234

NQ

-65

310

AEX1907

509522

6691363

240

NQ

-85

310

AEX1908

509522

6691363

240

NQ

-60

310

AEX1909

509413

6691190

236

NQ

-85

310

 

Figure 2 Location of drill pads in relation to existing workings. 2019 pads in yellow. Projected Main Vein outcrop in blue, covered by glacial overburden in the valley.

A note on drilling at Nalunaq and the nugget effect - "Drill for structure, drift for grade."

The high variability of gold grades in high-nugget deposits such as Nalunaq means accurate estimation of grade from drilling data alone is challenging. Historic operators of the Nalunaq project defined mineral resources based predominantly on underground channel sampling from development drives, and drilling was only used as a guide to confirm the presence and thickness of the Main Vein. A comparison of all past surface drilling in mined areas with block model grades (estimated from underground channel samples which reconcile with production) suggests that surface drilling typically under-calls gold grade (Figure 3). This phenomenon is not unique to Nalunaq, and AEX emphasises that whilst drilling is useful for identifying the mineralised structure, it is not a reliable indicator of grade. With this in mind, the 2019 drilling program has been successful, locating the Main Vein structure in 6 holes. Ultimately, underground exploration development will be required in order to estimate grade and mineral resources above the inferred category.

Selective sampling of historic cores may have missed the Main Vein structure where there is no well-developed quartz vein. High gold grades can also occur in such cases, which are often subtle in appearance, for example the 46.1 g/t over a 0.87 meter true width intersection in hole AEX1902. In light of this, drill core from the 2017 drilling campaign will be resampled early in the 2020 season.

Figure 3 Main vein intercepts in surface drilling were compared to the nearest block identified in the block model described in the Nalunaq Technical Report (both datasets diluted to 1.5 m mining width) in mined areas. Grades are plotted on the above scatter plot. Points below the trend line show that drilling has historically under-called mined grade. Red dashed lines show 5 g/t Au cut-off (the mining lower cut-off). Note log scale.

Sampling and QAQC Disclosure for the 2019 Drilling Campaign

Those parts of the drill hole which were selected for sampling were cut in half using a diamond blade core saw. Where a bottom of hole orientation line was present, the cut line was marked approximately 5 degrees off axis, and the right-hand side of the core was sampled. Drill core samples were placed into calico bags with a sample ticket, weighed, and assigned a sample ID. Each sample was sealed with a security tag, which assigns a unique security ID to the sample. Samples were transported from site to an accredited laboratory for analysis; ALS, OMAC Laboratories, Loughrea, Co Galway, Ireland.

Sample preparation scheme PREP-31BY was used on all samples. This involves crushing to 70% less than 2mm, rotary split off 1 kg, and pulverizing the split to better than 85% passing 75 microns. Samples were then analysed by fire assay technique Au-AA26 which has a detection limit of 0.01 ppm Au. Samples containing visible gold and samples considered to be the Main Vein were assayed with screen-metallics fire assay technique Au-SCR24 which has a detection limit of 0.05 ppm Au.

The QA/QC program of AEX consists of the systematic insertion of certified standards of known gold content, and blanks, at a rate of 1 in 20 or 5% per QAQC type. In addition, ALS insert blanks and standards into the analytical process. The average sample mass was 1.89 kg.

Potential AIM Listing

AEX is in the preliminary stages of considering an additional listing on the AIM market of the London Stock Exchange plc ("AIM"), alongside its current listing on the TSX Venture Exchange, and has appointed Stifel Nicolaus Europe Limited to advise it on that process. The Corporation believes that an AIM listing may provide an optimal solution to support the growth of the Corporation's business. However, no decision has been made at this time as to whether or not the Corporation will apply for an AIM listing.

Qualified Person

The scientific and technical information presented in this press release has been approved by James Purchase, P.Geo. (OGQ 2082), Director of Geology and Resources of G Mining Services Inc. and independent to AEX Gold Inc. for purposes of National Instrument 43-101 - Standards of Disclosure for Mineral Projects ("NI 43-101"). Mr. Purchase is a member of the L'Ordre des Géologues du Québec, and a "qualified person" for purposes of NI 43-101. Mr. Purchase has visited the Nalunaq Project and has verified the exploration results reported in this press release.

Contact Information

George Fowlie, Director and CFO

1-416-587-9801

[email protected]

Eldur Olafsson, Director and CEO

+354 665 2003

[email protected]

Camarco (Financial PR)

Gordon Poole / Nick Hennis

+44 (0) 20 3757 4980

About AEX

AEX's principal business objectives are the identification, acquisition, exploration and development of gold properties in Greenland. The Corporation's principal asset is a 100% interest in the Nalunaq Project, an advanced exploration stage property with an exploitation license including the previously operating Nalunaq gold mine. AEX is incorporated under the Canada Business Corporations Act and wholly owns Nalunaq A/S, incorporated under the Greenland Public Companies Act.

Forward-Looking Information

This press release includes certain "forward-looking statements". All statements other than statements of historical fact included in this press release, including without limitation statements regarding the future plans and objectives of the Corporation and the ability of drilling results to accurately predict mineralization, are forward-looking statements that involve various risks and uncertainties. These forward-looking statements include, but are not limited to, statements with respect to long-term viability of restarting production at Nalunaq; the significance of the 2019 drill results presented in this press release; potential mineralization; the structure remaining open at depth and along strike; the ability of drilling at nugget-type deposits to accurately predict mineralization; the mineralized structure extending from the historical mining zones; the 2019 drill results validating the future growth of the Nalunaq mine; the growth potential of the company; the additional listing on the London Stock Exchange's AIM market; such additional listing being an optimal solution to support the growth of AEX's business; the ability to complete any proposed exploration activities and the results of such activities; pursuing successful production and exploration programs; and other information that is based on forecasts of future operational or financial results, estimates of amounts not yet determinable and assumptions of management. Any statements that express or involve discussions with respect to predictions, expectations, beliefs, plans, projections, objectives, assumptions or future events or performance (often, but not always, using words or phrases such as "expects" or "does not expect", "is expected", "anticipates" or "does not anticipate", "plans", "estimates" or "intends" or stating that certain actions, events or results "may", "could", "would", "might" or "will" be taken, occur or be achieved) are not statements of historical fact and may be "forward-looking statements". Forward-looking statements are subject to a variety of risks and uncertainties that could cause actual events or results to differ from those reflected in the forward-looking statements. There can be no assurance that forward-looking statements will prove to be accurate and actual results and future events could differ materially from those anticipated in such statements. Important factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from the Corporation's expectations include, among others, ability of exploration activities (including drill results) to accurately predict mineralization; errors in management's geological modelling; the ability of AEX to complete further exploration activities, including drilling; risks related to the ability to raise additional capital proposed expenditure for exploration work and general and administrative expenses; international operations; the actual results of current exploration activities; conclusions of economic evaluations and changes in project parameters as plans continue to be refined as well as future prices of gold and other precious and nonprecious metals. Although the Corporation has attempted to identify important factors that could cause actual results to differ materially, there may be other factors that cause results not to be as anticipated, estimated or intended. There can be no assurance that such statements will prove to be accurate as actual results and future events could differ materially from those anticipated in such statements. Accordingly, readers should not place undue reliance on forward-looking statements. Any forward-looking information included in this press release is based only on information currently available to the Corporation and speaks only as of the date on which it is made. Except as required by applicable securities laws, the Corporation assumes no obligation to update or revise any forward-looking information to reflect new circumstances or events.

No securities regulatory authority has either approved or disapproved of the contents of this press release. Neither TSXV nor its Regulation Services Provider (as that term is defined in the policies of the TSXV) accepts responsibility for the adequacy or accuracy of this release.

SOURCE: AEX Gold Inc.

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