Victoria Gold Corp. "Victoria" or the "Company" is pleased to announce the drilling contract for the 2016 Olive-Shamrock exploration program has been awarded to Kluane Drilling Ltd, Yukon. Kluane Drilling is a family owned and operated Yukon company with global operations. Drilling is expected to start mid-April with two drills, increasing to four in early May.
"Victoria is very pleased to announce Kluane Drilling was awarded the exploration drilling contract focused on the Olive-Shamrock Zone," stated John McConnell, President & CEO. "With Eagle now fully permitted we are focused on other means of adding shareholder value. It is anticipated a maiden reserve on Olive-Shamrock will be incorporated in an updated Feasibility Study later this year".
2016 Olive-Shamrock Exploration Program
The Olive-Shamrock Zone is a near-surface mineralized target situated approximately 2 kilometers from the fully-permitted Eagle Gold project and has the potential to enhance Eagle Project economics by virtue of additional higher-grade ore; increased flexibility in mine planning and lowering capital intensity from shared infrastructure.
A $3.6 million exploration budget is planned for this year's Olive-Shamrock definition and exploration and is slated to begin in April 2016 and is expected to take 3.5 months to complete. The program will consist of diamond drilling, surface trenching and geophysical surveys over the Olive-Shamrock zone with a focus on the previously undrilled areas linking Olive and Shamrock mineralization. The exploration program will concentrate on expanding the strike length of confirmed near-surface, high-grade gold mineralization within the Olive-Shamrock shear zone trend and target the previously un-tested, 300 metre separation zone between the Olive and Shamrock mineralization. Several large chargeability anomalies were defined during the 2014 3D Induced Polarization geophysical survey. Further, the program is designed to result in the maiden Resource Estimate for the Olive-Shamrock Zone.
The technical content of this news release has been reviewed and approved by Paul D. Gray, P.Geo., as the Qualified Person.
About the Dublin Gulch Project
Victoria Gold's 100%-owned Dublin Gulch gold property is situated in the central Yukon Territory, Canada, approximately 375 kilometers north of the capital city of Whitehorse, and approximately 85 kilometers from the town of Mayo. The Property is accessible by road year-round, and is located within Yukon Energy's electrical grid. The Company has constructed and maintains a 100 person all-season camp at the project site.
The Property covers an area of approximately 555 square kilometers, and is the site of the Company's Eagle Gold Deposit. The Eagle Gold Deposit is expected to be Yukon's next operating gold mine and includes Probable Reserves of 2.3 million ozs of gold from 92 million tonnes of ore with a grade of 0.78 grams of gold per tonne, as outlined in a National Instrument 43-101 feasibility study. The NI 43-101 Mineral Resource has been estimated to host 222 million tonnes averaging 0.68 grams of gold per tonne, containing 4.9 million ounces of gold in the "Indicated" category, inclusive of Probable Reserves, and a further 78 million tonnes averaging 0.60 grams of gold per tonne, containing 1.5 million ounces of gold in the "Inferred" category.
The Olive-Shamrock target Olive lies 2 kilometers (km) from the proposed infrastructure at the Eagle Gold Project, along the Potato Hills Trend, importantly, drilling and surface trench results to date indicate the existence of near-surface, high-grade potential feed into Eagle operations. (see New Releases dated May 20, June 24, July 28, August 13, and Nov 4, 2014). Metallurgical testing completed in 2015 (see New Releases dated February 24, and August 7 2015) has indicated that the high-grade Olive-Shamrock Zone is amenable to Eagle Project heap leach recovery at the same crush size as Eagle Project feed.
Olive-Shamrock is defined by a broad gold/arsenic in-soils geochemical anomaly and lies on the intrusive-sediment contact of the Potato Hills Trend (as does the Eagle Deposit) and is punctuated by several historically exploited high-grade sulphide veins. The Olive area was mined on a small scale from shallow shafts and adits in the early 1900's and via placer mining in creeks draining the area. The Olive vein system is located near the top of Olive Gulch and consists of gold-bearing quartz-scorodite-arsenopyrite vein material centralized in a shear zone structure. More detail and a current summary of all Olive-Shamrock Zone exploration can be found on the Company's website.