Wesdome Announces Definition Drilling of Kiena Deep A Zone Continues to Confirm Continuity

 
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TORONTO, Oct. 31, 2018 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Wesdome Gold Mines Ltd. (TSX: WDO) (“Wesdome” or the “Company”) today announces additional high grade results from the ongoing underground exploration drilling of the Kiena Deep A Zone at its 100% owned Kiena Mine Complex, in Val d\'Or, Quebec.

Recent infill drilling has continued to confirm the overall continuity of the Kiena Deep A Zone and improve our understanding and confidence in the controls on gold mineralization. Additionally, continued three-dimensional modelling of the Kiena Deep A Zone and independent review of the geologic interpretation has provided additional confidence in our understanding of the up and down plunge potential and focus for ongoing drilling.

Following the continued success of the ongoing diamond drill program, the Company took the decision to extend the current exploration platforms by a total of 450 metres to continue to define the possible extension of the Kiena Deep A Zone to the northwest, southeast and down dip. This additional development will be completed by November 5, 2018.

As this drill drift development continues, 4 drills are in operation on the A Zone and remain focussed on definition drilling, with less focus on extension drilling along the margins of the mineralized zone, until once the additional development is completed in the next week. The Q4 resource estimate will include all data as of October 12, 2018, which includes drilling over approximately 400 metres of the potential 1 km of plunge length interpreted from limited drilling. This additional potential will be the focus of ongoing drilling and included in an updated resource estimate in 2019.

Since September, a total of 21 holes totalling 5,600 metres have been completed (Figure 1A and 1B). Highlights of the new drilling are listed below and summarized in Table 1.

Highlights:

Kiena Deep A Zone

  • Hole 6376: 21.1 g/t over 6.1 m core length (5.1 g/t Au cut, 5.4 m true width)  

  • Hole 6367: 13.5 g/t Au over 9.1 m core length (10.3 g/t Au cut, 9.1 m true width)

  • Hole 6366: 43.7 g/t Au over 2.4 m core length (12.1 g/t Au cut, 1.9 m true width)

  • Hole 6380: 17.9 g/t Au over 10.3 m core length (8.9 g/t Au cut, 8.6 m true width)

All assays cut to 34.28 g/t Au. True widths are estimated.

Mr. Duncan Middlemiss, President and CEO commented, “We are very pleased with the recent drill results that continue to confirm the continuity and mineability of the Kiena Deep A Zone. Additionally, we remain excited by the up plunge extension of the A Zone that would have the potential to significantly add to the resource base, and could be a vital enhancement in any restart scenario. We remain committed to developing a resource estimate in the fourth quarter and recognize at this time that this will definitely be a ‘snapshot in time’ as we have not closed off the Deep Zone A up and down plunge. Additionally, the resource estimate will include a review of the grade capping that would have a significant impact on the average grade of the deposit.”

Recent drilling has identified a well-defined, moderate plunge of approximately 45 degrees to the SE to the gold mineralization that occurs predominantly along the basalt – chlorite-carbonate schist boundary (See news release dated September 11, 2018). Continued 3D modelling of the geology, structure and mineralized quartz veins have increased our understanding and confidence in the up and down plunge potential of the Kiena Deep A Zone that could extend over 1 km along plunge towards the VC6 zone (Figure 2: 3D view of the Kiena Deep A Zone). 

This updated geologic interpretation has been verified by independent review by two consulting firms including InnovExplo, who support the interpretation of the Kiena Deep A Zone, and will be incorporated into the Q4 resource estimate.

Additionally, the down plunge and portions of the down dip extension of the A Zone remains open and will also be a focus of the continued drilling.

TECHNICAL DISCLOSURE

The technical and geoscientific content of this release has been compiled, reviewed and approved by Bruno Turcotte, P.Geo., (OGQ #453) Senior Project Geologist of the Company and a "Qualified Person" as defined in National Instrument 43-101 - Standards of Disclosure for Mineral Projects.

Analytical work was performed by Techni-Lab (ActLabs) of Ste-Germaine-Boule (Quebec), a certified commercial laboratory (SCC Accredited Lab #707). Sample preparation was done at Techni-Lab (ActLabs) in Val d\'Or (Quebec).  Assaying was done by fire assay methods and all samples with visible gold were assayed by metallic sieve method at Techni-Lab (ActLabs) laboratory in Ste-Germaine-Boule (Quebec). In addition to laboratory internal duplicates, standards and blanks, the geology department inserts blind duplicates, standards and blanks into the sample stream at a frequency of one in twenty to monitor quality control.

ABOUT WESDOME

Wesdome Gold Mines has had over 30 years of continuous gold mining operations in Canada.  The Company is 100% Canadian focused with a pipeline of projects in various stages of development.  The Company’s strategy is to build Canada’s next intermediate gold producer, producing 200,000+ ounces from two mines in Ontario and Quebec.  The Eagle River Complex in Wawa, Ontario is currently producing gold from two mines, the Eagle River Underground Mine and the Mishi Open pit, from a central mill.  Wesdome is actively exploring its brownfields asset, the Kiena Complex in Val d’Or, Quebec.  The Kiena Complex is a fully permitted former mine with a 930-metre shaft and 2,000 tonne-per-day mill.  The Company has further upside at its Moss Lake gold deposit, located 100 kilometres west of Thunder Bay, Ontario.  The Company has approximately 134.2 million shares issued and outstanding and trades on the Toronto Stock Exchange under the symbol “WDO”.

For further information, please contact:

Duncan Middlemiss
President and CEO
416-360-3743  ext. 29
dmiddlemiss@wesdome.com
orLindsay Carpenter Dunlop
VP Investor Relations
416-360-3743  ext. 25
ldunlop@wesdome.com
   
220 Bay St, Suite 1200
Toronto, ON, M5L 1E9
Toll Free: 1-866-4-WDO-TSX
Phone: 416-360-3743, Fax: 416-360-7620
Website: www.wesdome.com
  

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Table 1: Kiena Deep Zone A Drilling Results

Hole No.From (m)To (m)Core Length (m)Estimated True width (m)Grade (g/t Au)Cut Grade (g/t Au)Name Zone
6298261.0265.84.82.817.619.31A1 Zone
        
6366210.1212.52.41.943.6812.12A1 Zone
        
6367203.9213.09.19.113.5010.28A Zone
        
6376223.3240.817.515.78.833.08A1 Zone
Including234.7240.86.15.421.055.12A1 Zone
        
6380185.0195.310.38.617.798.86A Zone
Including191.8195.33.52.947.3321.03A Zone
        
6380196.8205.48.68.33.973.97A1 Zone
Including196.8198.82.01.98.448.44A1 Zone
        
6381435.0439.64.62.612.349.06A Zone
        
6381456.7460.03.32.05.745.74A1 Zone

Assays

Hole No.From (m)To (m)Core Length (m)Grade (g/t Au)(Cut Grade (g/t Au)Name Zone
6298247.8248.81.00.840.84A Zone
6298248.8249.60.80.380.38A Zone
6298249.6250.40.80.650.65A Zone
6298250.4251.30.92.342.34A Zone
6298251.3252.10.84.394.39A Zone
       
Hole No.From (m)To (m)Core Length (m)Grade (g/t Au)(Cut Grade (g/t Au)Name Zone
6298261.0262.31.37.897.89A1 Zone
6298262.3263.31.00.050.05A1 Zone
6298263.3264.31.00.100.10A1 Zone
6298264.3264.80.50.020.02A1 Zone
6298264.8265.81.074.1234.28A1 Zone
       
Hole No.From (m)To (m)Core Length (m)Grade (g/t Au)(Cut Grade (g/t Au)Name Zone
6366210.1210.80.75.145.14A1 Zone
6366210.8211.81.00.030.03A1 Zone
6366211.8212.50.8135.2934.28A1 Zone
       
Hole No.From (m)To (m)Core Length (m)Grade (g/t Au)(Cut Grade (g/t Au)Name Zone
6367203.9204.91.063.6034.28A Zone
6367204.9206.01.125.4025.40A Zone
6367206.0207.01.04.804.80A Zone
6367207.0208.01.00.140.14A Zone
6367208.0208.80.82.032.03A Zone
6367208.8209.81.01.871.87A Zone
6367209.8210.40.60.530.53A Zone
6367210.4211.51.15.555.55A Zone
6367211.5212.51.01.051.05A Zone
6367212.5213.00.530.8830.88A Zone
       
Hole No.From (m)To (m)Core Length (m)Grade (g/t Au)(Cut Grade (g/t Au)Name Zone
6376182.3183.31.02.662.66A Zone
6376183.3184.31.04.914.91A Zone
6376184.3185.31.01.161.16A Zone
       
Hole No.From (m)To (m)Core Length (m)Grade (g/t Au)(Cut Grade (g/t Au)Name Zone
6376223.3224.31.01.931.93A1 Zone
6376224.3225.31.03.433.43A1 Zone
6376225.3226.31.01.891.89A1 Zone
6376226.3227.31.00.960.96A1 Zone
6376227.3228.31.04.574.57A1 Zone
6376228.3229.31.02.372.37A1 Zone
6376229.3230.31.02.422.42A1 Zone
6376230.3231.31.00.750.75A1 Zone
6376231.3232.31.01.801.80A1 Zone
6376232.3233.31.00.750.75A1 Zone
6376233.3234.10.82.022.02A1 Zone
6376234.1234.70.60.400.40A1 Zone
6376234.7235.30.69.069.06A1 Zone
6376235.3235.90.60.240.24A1 Zone
6376235.9236.40.50.270.27A1 Zone
6376236.4237.30.90.200.20A1 Zone
6376237.3238.31.03.553.55A1 Zone
6376238.3239.31.03.943.94A1 Zone
6376239.3239.80.51.371.37A1 Zone
6376239.8240.30.50.050.05A1 Zone
6376240.3240.80.5228.5634.28A1 Zone
       
Hole No.From (m)To (m)Core Length (m)Grade (g/t Au)(Cut Grade (g/t Au)Name Zone
6380185.0185.80.810.7010.70A Zone
6380185.8186.30.53.863.86A Zone
6380186.3187.31.00.970.97A Zone
6380187.3188.31.00.530.53A Zone
6380188.3189.31.00.180.18A Zone
6380189.3190.31.00.450.45A Zone
6380190.3190.80.57.437.43A Zone
6380190.8191.30.50.660.66A Zone
6380191.3191.80.51.901.90A Zone
6380191.8192.30.533.6633.66A Zone
6380192.3192.80.54.354.35A Zone
6380192.8193.30.5218.3834.28A Zone
6380193.3193.80.53.513.51A Zone
6380193.8194.30.511.1611.16A Zone
6380194.3194.80.529.4829.48A Zone
6380194.8195.30.530.7930.79A Zone
       
Hole No.From (m)To (m)Core Length (m)Grade (g/t Au)(Cut Grade (g/t Au)Name Zone
6380196.8197.30.56.446.44A1 Zone
6380197.3197.80.56.606.60A1 Zone
6380197.8198.30.57.407.40A1 Zone
6380198.3198.80.513.3013.30A1 Zone
6380198.8199.30.50.860.86A1 Zone
6380199.3199.80.50.990.99A1 Zone
6380199.8200.30.51.971.97A1 Zone
6380200.3201.31.08.208.20A1 Zone
6380201.3202.31.01.201.20A1 Zone
6380202.3203.31.00.040.04A1 Zone
6380203.3204.20.91.391.39A1 Zone
6380204.2204.80.65.645.64A1 Zone
6380204.8205.40.62.112.11A1 Zone
       
Hole No.From (m)To (m)Core Length (m)Grade (g/t Au)(Cut Grade (g/t Au)Name Zone
6381435.0436.01.00.830.83A Zone
6381436.0437.01.00.280.28A Zone
6381437.0438.11.148.0034.28A Zone
6381438.1439.61.51.911.91A Zone
       
Hole No.From (m)To (m)Core Length (m)Grade (g/t Au)(Cut Grade (g/t Au)Name Zone
6381456.7457.91.21.521.52A1 Zone
6381457.9459.01.10.110.11A1 Zone
6381459.0460.01.017.0017.00A1 Zone

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