- First phase of drilling has now been completed at the Fromenda Prospect, located 15km south-west of PMI Gold's Obotan Project, intersects further high grade gold mineralization of up to 38.18g/t Au.
- A total of 68 RC drill holes have been drilled for 6,775m. Assay results from the remaining 55 holes have now been received.
- The Fromenda Prospect lies within the Asankrangwa Gold Belt and sits on the prospective regional, north-east trending Fromenda Shear, which is parallel to the regional Nkran Shear to the west, at the intersection with favourable east-northeast trending cross-cutting structures.
- Significant results received include (true width is 60-70% of the downhole intersection lengths):
- 26m @ 1.74g/t Au from 82m
- 40m @ 2.06g/t Au from 55m
- 17m @ 4.28g/t Au from 4m (including 3m @ 15.58g/t Au from 12m)
- Results further confirm the occurrence of a gold system over a strike extent in excess of 500m, which remains open down-dip.
PMI Gold Corporation (TSX-V: PMV) (ASX: PVM) is pleased to announce the further positive results for the first phase of RC drilling carried out at the Fromenda Prospect. The Prospect is located within the Obotan Exploration Area of Influence defined by a 15km trucking radius of the Nkran Deposit where a feasibility study is due for completion planned within the September Quarter, to evaluate a proposed 200,000oz per annum operation.
The prospect is situated on the north-east trending regional Fromenda Shear, which is interpreted from geophysical data to occur towards the eastern margin of a regional, north-east trending structural corridor which extends over the 70km strike extent of PMI's Asankrangwa tenements. The corridor comprises a parallel series of at least three continuous, shear zones (Abore, Nkran and Fromenda) interpreted to control the regional distribution of gold mineralization, particularly at intersections with cross-cutting east-northeast structures as characterizes PMI's Obotan deposits to the north (NI43-101 and JORC Code compliant Mineral Resource estimate of Measured Resources of 15.57M tonnes at a grade of 2.47g/t for 1.23Moz, Indicated Resources of 29.21M tonnes at a grade of 2.00g/t for 1.88Moz and Inferred Resources of 21.91M tonnes at a grade of 1.99g/t for 1.40Moz).
Drilling at the Fromenda Prospect commenced in February 2012, with 68 RC holes drilled for a total of 6,775m. The drilling program was planned to evaluate the broader extent of the mineralized system at shallow depths, with some infilling of the historical drill pattern over a previously delineated gold in soil anomaly. The results of 13 holes were released in April (refer to ASX/TSX release dated April 30th 2012). All outstanding assays have now been received, with significant gold intercepts (>0.5g/t Au) listed in Table 1.
Highlights of the remaining results include:
- NBRC12-021 5m @ 1.33g/t Au from 36m
- NBRC12-030 2m @ 3.94g/t Au from 21m
- NBRC12-035 36m @ 1.74g/t Au from 82m (including 1m @ 11.78g/t Au from 86m)
- NBRC12-036 3m @ 2.07g/t Au from 116m
- NBRC12-038 40m @ 2.06g/t Au from 55m
- NBRC12-054 8m @ 6.80g/t Au from 18m (including 1m @ 38.18g/t Au from 25m)
- NBRC12-055 17m @ 4.28g/t Au from 4m (including 3m @ 15.58g/t Au from 12m)
Drilling has delineated a gold system over a strike extent in excess of 500m (Figure 2). Many of the largest gold deposits in Ghana have short strike lengths with substantial steep plunging deep roots. Gold is hosted in a steeply dipping stockwork of quartz veins hosted by a sequence of metavolcanics and sedimentary rocks (Figure 3). The drilling results have confirmed the internal continuity of known mineralization and extended it to depths in excess of 100m. It has also shown that the gold mineralization is open along strike to both the north and south, and is open down-dip offering the potential to be a more extensive system than presently drilled.
PMI Gold's Managing Director and CEO, Mr Collin Ellison, said the results from drilling at Fromenda clearly indicate the broader potential for the Fromenda Shear within the Belt to host significant gold mineralization.
"Further high grade values and broad intercepts received from the Fromenda Prospect confirm this area as a high priority target. Geological interpretations and modelling are ongoing to gain a greater understanding of the structural controls on mineralization and enable optimal planning of further drilling planned for later in the year."
On behalf of the Board,
Managing Director & CEO
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Competent Person Statement
The information in this announcement that relates to Exploration Results is based on information compiled by Thomas Amoah, who is employed by Adansi Gold Company (Gh) Ltd, a wholly owned subsidiary of PMI Gold Corporation. Mr Amoah, who is a Member of the Australian Institute of Geoscientists (MAIG), has sufficient experience which is relevant to the style of mineralization and type of deposit under consideration and to the activity which he is undertaking to qualify as a Competent Person as defined in the 2004 Edition of the 'Australasian Code for Reporting Exploration Results, Mineral Resources and Ore Reserves'. Mr Amoah consents to the inclusion in this report of the matters based on his information in the form and context in which it appears.
Scientific and technical information contained in this news release has been reviewed and approved by Thomas Amoah-n, MAIG, MSEG. a "qualified person" as defined under National Instrument 43-101. Field work was supervised by Mr Amoah (VP-Exploration). Drill cuttings were logged and sampled on site, with 3kg samples sent to the MinAnalytical prep laboratory on site, and analyzed for gold by fire assay-AA on a 50 gram sample charge or by screened metallics AA finish in MinAnalytical laboratory in Perth. Internal QC consisted of inserting both blanks and standards into the sample stream and multiple re-assays of selected anomalous samples. Where multiple assays were received for an interval, the final value reported was the screened metallic assay if available, or in lieu of that the average of the other results for the interval. Results from the QC program suggest that the reported results are accurate. Intercepts were calculated with a minimum 0.5 g/t Au cut off at the beginning and the end of the intercept and allowing for no more than three consecutive metres of less than 0.5 g/t Au internal dilution. True widths are estimated at from 60% to 70% of the stated core length.
Obotan Resource Estimate 2012:
Information that relates to Mineral Resources at the Obotan Gold Project is based on a resource estimate that has been completed by Mr Peter Gleeson, who is a full time employee of SRK Consulting, Australia. Mr Gleeson is a Member of the Australian Institute of Geoscientists (MAIG) and has sufficient experience which is relevant to the style of mineralisation and type of deposit under consideration and to the activity which he is undertaking to qualify as a Competent Person as defined in the 2004 Edition of the Australasian Code for Reporting of Exploration Results, Mineral Resources and Ore Reserves' and as a Qualified Person (by ROPO) as defined in terms of NI43-101 standards for resource estimation of gold. Mr Gleeson has more than 5 years' experience in the field of Exploration Results and of resource estimation in general. Mr Gleeson consents to the inclusion of matters based on information in the form and context in which it appears.
Cautionary Note Regarding Forward-looking Statements
This news release includes certain forward-looking statements or information. All statements other than statements of historical fact included in this release, including, without limitation, statements relating to the potential mineralization and geological merits of the Obotan, Kubi and Asanko Projects and the plans, objectives or expectations of the Company with respect to the advancement of these projects and completion of scoping and pre-feasibility studies, are forward-looking statements that involve various risks and uncertainties. There can be no assurance that such 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 Company's plans or expectations include risks relating to the actual results of current exploration activities; fluctuating gold prices; possibility of equipment breakdowns, delays and availability; exploration cost overruns; availability of capital and financing; general economic, market or business conditions; regulatory changes; timeliness of government or regulatory approvals; and other risks detailed herein and from time to time in the filings made by the Company with securities regulators, including in the section entitled "Risk Factors" in the Company's Annual Information Form dated September 20, 2011. In particular, statements relating to the Company's plans to complete a feasibility study on the Obotan Gold Project by the end of June 2012 are subject to various factors, including positive results from ongoing exploration; expansion and upgrading of existing mineral resources; and completion of favourable geotechnical drilling programs, metallurgical test work, mine plan engineering, environmental and community relations assessments, and preliminary economic assessments. Due to the uncertainty which may attach to inferred mineral resources, it cannot be assumed that all or any part of the inferred mineral resources will be upgraded to indicated or measured mineral resources as a result of continued exploration. The Company expressly disclaims any intention or obligation to update or revise any forward-looking statements whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise except as otherwise required by applicable securities legislation.