Explor Resources Inc. ("Explor" or "the Corporation") (TSX VENTURE:EXS)(OTCQX:EXSFF)(FRANKFURT:E1H1)(BERLIN:E1H1) is pleased to announce an Exploration Program Update on the Timmins Porcupine West Property ("TPW Property" or the "Property") as provided by Teck Resources Limited ("Teck"). In December 2014, the Corporation signed an agreement with Teck under which Teck can acquire an initial 55% interest in the Timmins Porcupine West property by completing exploration work expenditures totalling $8,000,000 by May 1st, 2019.
A technical meeting was held on October 07, 2016 that reviewed results to date as well as plans going forward on the property as detailed below.
In 2016, the focus has been reviewing the volume of data received in 2015, and developing vectors to mineralization in order to make drilling more efficient. Key points of this work included:
- Development of a 'sericite index' reflecting particular white mica compositions, as mapped by Short Wave Infrared ("SWIR") techniques, which have a close spatial association with high grade gold intersections.
- Identification of key geochemical pathfinders to mineralization, including zinc, sulphur, lead, iron, among others.
- The combination of the alteration with the geochemistry can be used to identify 'near-hit' holes, and potential upside for West-Deep style mineralization.
The work completed by Teck to date has confirmed and identified a hydrothermal corridor (the "Porcupine Horizon") through geochemistry and SWIR data, and selection of 'near-hit' holes, techniques were investigated in an effort to vector to mineralization within this plane, and to increase drill metre efficiency through geophysics. The results of the alteration and geochemistry studies support the hypothesis of an approximately east-west corridor hydrothermal corridor, within which the West Deep Zone defines a discrete ore shoot. In April 2016, Teck conducted a borehole physical property survey using in-house equipment, as well as non-destructive benchtop studies of known mineralization to identify geophysics options.
The results indicated that mineralization is chargeable (IP), but produces false anomalies (non-gold bearing pyrite zones). The results also indicated that mineralization is conductive (EM), and did not produce significant false anomalies. The results of these studies indicate that EM should be able to detect West-Deep style mineralization.
Following the petro-physics work, a borehole EM study was designed to test real-world efficacy of the method. 4 holes were tested (TPW-11-43W6, TPW-11-45W3, TPW-10-34, and TPW-15-120) in order to confirm the method can detect mineralization in the West Deep zone, and to test the distance resolution of the technique.
- The technique was able to detect mineralization within approximately 30m of the boreholes. While this is useful for guiding step-out drilling within a shoot, it does not seem to see far enough off-hole to identify shoots around near-hit holes.
- Based on the results of the borehole EM, a VTEM survey was supported. Theoretical modeling of the EM response suggests that the VTEM technique should be able to detect a West-deep size body within approximately 200m of the surface (varying with size and conductance of a targeted body), with the opportunity to identify new shoots. The VTEM survey was flown the week ending September 23rd, and results are pending data processing by the contractor.
As far as expenditures on the property are concerned, Teck has forecasted approximately CA$316,000 expenditures for calendar year 2016. This brings the total forecast earn-in expenditures to approximately $2,130,000 CDN to year end.
Teck stated that as far as a fall/winter 2016/2017 drill program is concerned, Teck has planned a program and is presently waiting for budgetary approval as a program has been put forward.
The Timmins Porcupine West Gold Property consists of 185 unpatented mining units and 3 patented claims located in the Bristol and Ogden Townships in the Timmins-Porcupine Mining Camp for a total 3,200 hectares. The highway 101 bisects the property and provides access from the city of Timmins located 13 km to the east. The 3-D geological model may be viewed on our website: www.explorresources.com. The property has been explored since 1927 by numerous ground geophysical surveys and diamond drilling of up to 111 holes. In 1984, Dome Exploration discovered and delineated a gold mineralized zone that was approximately 350 meters long and 45 meters wide and open below 350 meters of vertical depth.
The Timmins Porcupine West Project has a structural target model developed by Explor based on the "Hollinger-McIntyre-Coniaurum System". The Hollinger-McIntyre-Coniaurum (HMC) System has produced a total of over 30 million oz of gold and is spatially associated with the Pearl Lake Porphyry.
Chris Dupont, P.Eng is the qualified person responsible for the technical information contained in this release.