First Phosphate Intersects Multiple High Grade Phosphate Layers at Its Bégin-Lamarche Property in Saguenay-Lac-St-Jean, Quebec, Canada
Saguenay, Quebec–(Newsfile Corp. – March 9, 2023) – First Phosphate Corp. (CSE:PHOS) (FSE: KD0) (« First Phosphate » or the « Company« ) is pleased to announce that it has obtained initial drill results from its Bègin-Lamarche property located in the region of Saguenay-Lac-St-Jean, Quebec, Canada.
- Four high grade phosphate layers returning grades of 7.8% to 10.6% P2O5 (phosphate)
- Layer 2 thickness of up to 83 m
- Strong apatite presence in drill holes along layer 2 strike
- Layer 2 strike follows over a 500 m length
- Magnetic trend continues for 1 km to the southeast
« These initial drill results confirm our earlier high grade surface findings and are some of the highest grade drill results ever established in the Saguenay-Lac-St-Jean region of Quebec, » commented First Phosphate President Peter Kent. « What is more, the Bégin-Lamarche property is optimally located within existing regional infrastructure and is situated at only 75 km driving distance from the deep sea port of Saguenay. »
|Table 1 – Assay Results|
|Hole||From (m)||To (m)||Length1 (m)||P2O5 (%)||TiO2 (%)||Layer|
1Length is measured along the full length of the hole. True width is estimated to be 60-80% of the core length.
The mineralization is found within nelsonitic peridotite containing 15-20% apatite on average. Hole BL-23-01 was drilled to the southeast and hole BL-23-02 was drilled to the northwest from the same location. Hole parameters are listed on Table 2. These 2 holes intersected four phosphate-bearing layers where apatite was identified in core sections. Layer 1 started in bedrock and it is possible that this layer may be thicker. Hole BL-23-02 was terminated while still in mineralization and it possible that layer 4 may be thicker as well. When drilling logistics permit, this hole will be deepened.
|Table 2 – Hole Parameters|
Quality Control (QA/QC)
The sampling of, and assay data from, the drill core is monitored through the Company’s implementation of a quality assurance – quality control (QA-QC) program designed to the CIM Mineral Exploration Best Practices Guidelines. Drill core (NQ size) is logged and samples are selected by Laurentia Exploration Inc. geologists and sawn in half with a diamond saw at the project site. Half of the core is retained at the site for reference purposes. Sample intervals may vary from 0.5 to 3 metres in length depending on the geological observations. Half-core samples are packaged and sent by ground transportation in sealed rice bags to an independent laboratory, Activation Laboratories Ltd. of Ancaster, Ontario (ISO/IEC 17025:2005 with CAN-P-1579). The core samples are crushed up to 80% passing 2mm (10 mesh), riffle split 250 g and pulverized (mild steel) to 95% passing -200 mesh. Each sample is analyzed for whole rock analysis (code 4B) for 10 major oxides and 7 trace elements by lithium metaborate/tetraborate fusion and analysis by ICP-OES. The laboratory has its own QA/QC protocols where blanks and internal standards are inserted alternatively every 10 samples. A formal chain-of-custody procedure was adopted for security of samples until their delivery at the laboratory.
Closing of the acquisition of 13 claims
Further to the Company’s press release dated March 6, 2023, the Company is pleased to announce that it has closed the acquisition of 13 additional mineral claims in the Bégin-Lamarche claim block representing approximately 612 ha. in the region of Saguenay-Lac-St-Jean, Quebec, for the consideration of $25,000 to be satisfied through the issuance of 27,173 common shares of the Company (the « Shares« ) at a deemed price of $0.92 per Share. The Company now holds 2,778 royalty-free claims covering an area of 1,531 sq. km in the region of Saguenay-Lac-St-Jean, Quebec, Canada.
The scientific and technical disclosure for First Phosphate included in this news release has been reviewed and approved by Gilles Laverdière, P.Geo. Mr. Laverdière is Geologist and a Qualified Person under National Instrument 43-101 – Standards of Disclosure of Mineral Projects (« NI 43-101 »).
About First Phosphate Corp.
First Phosphate is a mineral development company fully dedicated to extracting and purifying phosphate for the production of cathode active material for the Lithium Iron Phosphate (« LFP ») battery industry. First Phosphate is committed to producing at high purity level, at full ESG standard and with low anticipated carbon footprint. First Phosphate plans to vertically integrate from mine source directly into the supply chains of major North American LFP battery producers that require battery grade LFP cathode active material emanating from a consistent and secure supply source. First Phosphate holds over 1,500 sq. km of total land claims in the Saguenay-Lac-St-Jean Region of Quebec, Canada that it is actively developing. First Phosphate properties consist of rare anorthosite igneous phosphate rock that generally yields high purity phosphate material devoid of high concentrations of harmful elements.
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Peter Kent, President
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