Monument Mining Limited "Monument" or the "Company" is pleased to announce that significant intercepts assay results have been received for the Buffalo Reef Central ("BRC") and Felda Land ("Felda") deposits at Selinsing Gold Mine driven by Monument's fiscal 2016 exploration programs ("FY2016 Exploration").
The FY2016 Exploration includes definition and extensional drilling and associated metallurgical test work to update resource statement that may potentially increase the life of mine for another five years. In parallel, sulphide ore treatment test work, mine optimization and economic study are progressing towards completion of an updated NI43-101 technical report.
Highlight of the best intercepts and exploration progress at BRC and Felda
FY2016 Exploration at BRC and Felda deposits included 71 exploration holes for 3,548 meters RC drilling and 5,964 meters DD drilling, plus 19 holes for 1,797 meters of metallurgical drilling (Figure 1"Drill hole Location Plan for composited assays greater than 1.0g/t"). 10,582 assay results have been received, confirming the good continuity of the known mineralization envelopes and their extensions down-dip. A follow-up drilling program to extend resources is being planned after the completion of an ongoing metallurgical drilling program.
Table 1 "Significant Drill Intercepts > 1.0g/t - DD holes" is attached to this News Release, showing a breakdown of fire assay best intercept results completed by SGS Lab for intervals of mineralization greater than 1.0 g/t Au along with collar information for the DD drill holes, in both local mine grid and national MRSO grid system. The majority of the infill and extensional drilling was angled at 60° towards the local mine grid west, and has confirmed the existing oxide and sulphide mineralized zones and also intersected a number of down-dip quartz stibnite high grade intervals, beyond the currently defined shallower, quartz-ankerite mineralization.
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Table 2 in this news release shows the collar coordinates of highlighted exploration HQ diameter DD (prefix MBRDD) and RC (prefix MBRRC) in corresponding intercepts listed in the Table 1.
FY2016 drill holes, including the mineralized assay results greater than 1.0g/t Au at BRC/Felda highlighted at Figure 1 above, together with holes prior to FY2016, are all being used in the ongoing Resource estimation. The drill hole orientation for exploration drilling was designed to target perpendicular to mineralization for true thickness. The drill hole intercepts reported in this statement represent composited sample intervals obtained from drilling.
Exploration Focus at Gold Portfolio in Malaysia
The following Figure 2 shows a regional geology map and gold mining context for the central gold belt surrounding Selinsing Gold Mine area in Pahang State, Malaysia.
To view "Figure 2-Central Gold Belt of Malaysia and locations of Selinsing, Buffalo Reef and other significant mines" please visit: http://media3.marketwire.com/docs/1050094Fig2x.pdf
The Company's exploration focus is to substantially replace gold inventory in the surrounding areas of the Selinsing Gold Mine in order to extend the economically recoverable life of mine to support sustainable production for another 5 years.
Previous exploration through 2013 to 2015 has provided better understanding of the geology, lithologies, structural, hydrothermal alteration and weathering controls on the mineralization of the properties in the Selinsing Gold Mine area, which supported and will continue to support together with FY2016 exploration identification of extensions of the known mineralization and new occurrences hosted in the same major north-south structure.
The fiscal 2016 drilling and geological program includes: exploration and extensional drilling, resource definition drilling, and infill drilling for improving the confidence in the continuity of the (high) grade intercepts and the knowledge of the geometry of the mineralized bodies, resulting in promotion of Inferred to Indicated Resource categories, and from Indicated to Measured Resource categories. The drilling has also been conducted to collect samples for metallurgical test work, specifically for ongoing sulphide gold recovery test work.
Buffalo Reef exploration is the current focus and is concentrated in BRC and Felda areas. Drilling was generally orientated east-west, with drill spacing of 40m by 40m infilled to 20m by 20m. The results have been highly encouraging; further investigation for extensions of the same type of mineralization along the strike structure and down-dip will continue.
The priority for the next few years' exploration will be primarily carried out at the Company owned property/tenements due to: existing good geological, structural and mineralization control; and metallurgical mining knowledge that has already been accumulated. Altogether, this will increase the possibility of finding new discoveries quicker and with a higher likelihood of success.
Additional promising targets are: (i) the down-dip and East extension of Felda and BRC, where there is a good chance of continuing to intercept high grade stibnite sulphide mineralization, and; (ii) Buffalo Reef South (BRS) extension to southeast and east (towards Felda), given the higher average grade of this deposit in comparison with BRC, Felda and Buffalo Reef North (BRN), possible south extension of same structure occurring in Felda and BRC, and potential to find additional Oxide Resources.
The incorporation of geometallurgical aspects to the database will guide Monument's drill programs towards potential future mining and gold production.
Buffalo Reef Gap (BRG) is a green field prospect located in the main structure between BRC and BRN, leading to an expectation of finding new mineralization envelopes. Bukit Ribu and Peranghi are targets also hosted in the same major North-South structure, with artisanal mining activities for Peranghi in the past, among other evidences of mineralization from Monument's own drilling. Those areas represent further long term exploration potential.
Remaining FY2016 Exploration Programs
The remaining FY2016 exploration plan is to complete the ongoing metallurgical drilling (Hallide leach - Pilot Plant test work sulphide sampling) and resource definition drilling in BRC and Felda areas, and extend exploration drilling at Felda Land.
The drilling data has been validated for geology analysis, grade shell interpretation and ongoing resource modelling. It was observed that the medium to high grades are in a good part associated to higher intensity of quartz vein zones, however many vein zones are actually barren rocks. The mineralization shows predominantly a tabular shape concordant with the regional shearing structuring, getting thicker and more rounded in depth, in the high grade stibnite sulphide occurrences. Infill and extensional drilling has been successful in confirming a good continuity of these bodies in a section or from one section to another, increasing the reliability of the interpretation.
Roger Stangler, Chief Managing Geologist of the Company, MEng, MAusIMM, MAIG, has prepared, reviewed, supervised the preparation and approved the scientific and technical disclosure in the news release as a Qualified Person under NI43-101 standards.