Troilus Discovers New 4.4 Km Gold Trend With Surface Samples Up to 32.2 G/T and 25.4 G/T Gold; Provides Summary of Regional Exploration
MONTREAL, Nov. 02, 2022 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Troilus Gold Corp. (« Troilus » or the « Company », TSX: TLG; OTCQX: CHXMF) provides an overview and initial results from the Summer 2022 regional exploration program on its Troilus property, located in north-central, Quebec, Canada, within the eastern portion of the Frotet-Evans Greenstone Belt.
Between May and October, Troilus undertook an extensive fieldwork program in collaboration with Dahrouge Geological Consulting and IOS Services Geoscientifiques, focusing on the southern and eastern portions of its property. Activities included field mapping and prospecting, mechanical trenching, channeling, drone mapping, and soil/till sampling. Over the course of the program, Troilus collected 2,618 soil samples, 1,757 rock samples, 1,027 channel samples and 1,201 till samples.
Initial interpretation of results from the Pallador target and surrounding claims (see Figure 1) have revealed a multi-kilometre gold trend, marked by the discovery of a 1.5 g/t gold outcrop sample and several surrounding high-grade boulder samples returning up to 32.2 g/t gold, 25.4 g/t gold and 9.7 g/t gold (see Figure 2). This discovery forms « Rocket », a prospective new target which the Company believes could be lithologically and structurally connected to Sumitomo and Kenorland Minerals (80%/20%) Regnault Target, located ~2 km North, which has returned high grade drill results up to 8.47 g/t gold over 29.08m. The Rocket and Pallador targets are accessible via road from the main Route du Nord, which leads to the main mineral zones and Troilus mine site.
Justin Reid, CEO of Troilus Gold, commented, « The discovery of the Rocket gold occurrence in conjunction with various other high-grade surface samples over a multi-kilometre trend is a testament to the excellent geological and structural modelling completed by our exploration team. These very encouraging results expand upon other prospective regional targets identified on our property and reaffirms our belief that our main mineral deposits at the former mine site are not isolated, but rather part of a district-scale gold system. We look forward to further exploration work at this new target, having a high level of confidence in our ability to expand upon these findings as our understanding of the area continues to improve. »
Rocket Target: Discovery of Gold in Outcrop Within a Multi-Kilometre Trend
The primary focus of the 2022 regional exploration program was our Pallador target and surrounding claims acquired from UrbanGold Minerals (« UGM ») in May 2021. This area is located 2.5km southeast of Sumitomo’s high-grade gold Regnault target (see Figure 2). The Company aimed to follow-up on high-grade boulder samples from 2020, which returned up to 102.5 g/t Au, 33.3 g/t Au, 14.1 g/t gold Au and 11.3 g/t gold, as well as results from a maiden drill program completed at Pallador in 2020 and 2021, which returned up to 4.74 g/t gold over 2.05m including 19.2 g/t Au over 0.5 m (hole UPR-21-09) and 2.02 g/t gold over 1.80m (hole UPR-20-03).
Results from B-Horizon soil sampling programs identified a strong trend of gold-in-soil anomalies covering 4.4 kilometres that further reinforced the prospectivity of these claims. Furthermore, high-resolution airborne geophysics results provided support in developing a structural interpretation of the region, suggesting these gold-in-soil anomalies could be located in zones lithologically and structurally connected to Sumitomo’s high-grade gold Regnault target (8.47 g/t gold over 29.08m obtained in 2020, hole 20RDD007).
With an improved geological understanding of the area, the 2022 field work program led to the discovery of the Rocket target, where outcrop samples as well as several high-grade grab and chip samples covering a ~1km Superscript 2 area strongly overlapped gold-in-soil anomalies. The Rocket target is interpreted to be located at the eastern side of the Regnault intrusive suite (host rock of Sumitomo’s Regnault target), and contains numerous NW-SE shear zones with a trend of high-grade gold boulders overlapping the soil anomaly.
Prospecting Results Highlights from Rocket and Pallador Targets:
- 32.2 g/t gold (Boulder sample G721233)
- 25.4 g/t gold (Boulder sample G720061)
- 23.7 g/t gold (Boulder sample G720001)
- 9.7 g/t gold (Boulder sample G722669)
- 7.6 g/t gold (Boulder sample G721410)
- 4.7 g/t gold (Boulder sample G720169)
- 4.4 g/t gold (Boulder sample G720004)
- 3.2 g/t gold (Boulder sample G720169)
- 1.5 g/t gold (Outcrop sample G722422)
- 1.4 g/t gold (Boulder sample G721315)
Figure 1 – Plan map of the Troilus property outlining areas covered during the 2022 Regional Exploration Program
Figure 2 – Pallador and Rocket Targets with Prospecting Highlights
Quality Assurance and Quality Control Protocols
All grab and chip samples were collected by hand and were located by hand-held GPS, bagged and sealed, and sent for assaying at ALS Laboratory, a certified commercial laboratory. Every sample was processed with standard crushing to 85% passing 75 microns on 500 g splits. Samples were assayed for Au by (50 g) fire assay and AAS. In addition to gold, ALS carried out multi-element analysis (ME-ICP61 analysis) of 33 elements using four acid digestion with ICP-AES finish.
The technical and scientific information in this press release has been reviewed and approved by Kyle Frank, P.Geo., Manager of Exploration, who is a Qualified Person as defined by NI 43-101. Mr. Frank is an employee of Troilus and is not independent of the Company under NI 43-101.
About Troilus Gold Corp.
Troilus Gold Corp. is a Canadian-based junior mining company focused on the systematic advancement and de-risking of the former gold and copper Troilus Mine towards production. From 1996 to 2010, the Troilus Mine produced +2 million ounces of gold and nearly 70,000 tonnes of copper. Troilus is located in the top-rated mining jurisdiction of Quebec, Canada, where is holds a strategic land position of 1,420 km2 in the Frotet-Evans Greenstone Belt. Since acquiring the project in 2017, ongoing exploration success has demonstrated the tremendous scale potential of the gold system on the property with significant mineral resource growth. The Company is advancing engineering studies following the completion of a robust PEA in 2020, which demonstrated the potential for the Troilus project to become a top-ranked gold and copper producing asset in Canada. Led by an experienced team with a track-record of successful mine development, Troilus is positioned to become a cornerstone project in North America.
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