On July 31st, 2019, Wesdome Gold Mines Ltd announced additional outcomes from the in-progress underground definition and exploration drilling of the Kiena Deep A Zone at its wholly-owned Kiena Mine Complex, in Val d’Or, Quebec.
Four drills are still operating on the 1050 m level (“m-level”) exploration ramp executing the infill and immediate plunge extension drilling of the Kiena Deep A Zone in preparation for an updated resource estimate expected in the second half of this year.
The in-progress definition drilling has continued to corroborate the overall continuity of the geometry and the high-grade gold mineralization of the Kiena Deep A Zone that currently expands over 700 m along plunge.
In the meantime, a fifth drill is situated on the 670 m-level and is still returning high-grade intersections along the interpreted up-plunge extension of the Kiena Deep A Zone towards the VC zone area with one hole returning 31.1 g/t Au across 5.1 m. It is now inferred that A Zone is folded as it expands up-plunge to intersect the VC1 and VC6 zones.
The Company is planning to drive an exploration drift close to the 790 m-level to more effectively drill this area, which can also be employed for future development and production of the Kiena Deep A Zone and the VC zones.
Highlights of the new drilling are listed below:
Kiena Deep A Zone
- Hole 6456: 68.2 g/t Au across a core length of 19.0 m (28.1 g/t Au cut, 14.4 m true width)
- Hole 6450: 126.3 g/t Au across a core length of 4.3 m (23.6 g/t Au cut, 3.8 m true width) A2 Zone
- Hole 6449: 44.5 g/t Au across a core length of 9.0 m (17.0 g/t Au cut, 7.3 m true width)
- Hole 6449: 37.6 g/t Au across a core length of 4.6 m (28.5 g/t Au cut, 4.5 m true width) A1 Zone
- Hole 6505: 52.7 g/t Au across a core length of 4.7 m (32.0 g/t Au, 4.3 m true width)
All assays reduce to 90.0 g/t Au. True widths are calculated.
We are very pleased with the ongoing definition drilling that continues to confirm the overall continuity of the Kiena Deep A Zone, which has now been defined over 700 m along plunge. Additionally, we look forward to the upcoming update of the resource estimate that will include almost 50,000 additional meters of drilling since the first Zone A Resource Estimate dated December 12, 2018.
Mr Duncan Middlemiss, President and CEO, Wesdome Gold Mines Ltd
Middlemiss continued, “Drilling of the up plunge area continues to return high-grade intersections and will continue to better define this portion of the A Zone for inclusion into future resource estimates. We are considering the development of a second exploration ramp and drill platforms mid-level in the mine to better drill this area given its potential.”
He further added, “Our 2019 underground exploration program calls for 50,000 m of drilling (30,000 completed so far) in preparation for an updated resource estimate later this year, and we are excited for its completion. This information will then lead into a Preliminary Economic Assessment expected early in 2020 and next steps will be determined at that juncture.”