Thor Announces Strong Initial Segilola Infill Drilling Results And Segilola Exploration Plan For Q3 2020
July 22, 2020
Thor Explorations Ltd. (TSX VENTURE: THX) (“Thor” or the “Company”) is pleased to announce the first set of drill results from its infill diamond core drilling program at its Segilola Gold Project in Nigeria, which is scheduled to pour first gold in Q2 next year. The infill diamond core drilling program was designed to provide further verification of the scheduled first three months of plant feed material.
Significant intersections include:
- Drillhole GCD03: 6m grading at 5.35g/tAu
- Drillhole GCD04: 13m grading at 4.86g/tAu
- Drillhole GCD08: 9.1m grading at 4.60g/tAu
- Drillhole GCD07: 5.1m grading at 6.78g/tAu
The drill results, which consisted of eight diamond core holes, are very encouraging as they have, in most cases, returned higher grades than those estimated in the Definitive Feasibility Study “DFS”) resource block model. These results provide additional confidence that key production milestones will be achieved.
Segun Lawson, President & CEO, stated: “This in an excellent start to this year’s drilling. These results are in the Stage 1 pit design and provide additional confidence for the key first three months of production. Management has always had confidence in the DFS resource model and this first set of drilling results confirm this. We look forward to providing further updates through the course of the year.”
The complete list of results from this program a tabled below.
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Table 1: Infill resource drilling significant results (0.5g/tAu lower cut off, 3m internal dilution)
Exploration Plan for Nigeria in Q3 2020
The Company is also pleased to announce its exploration plan in Nigeria for Q3 2020. Century Mining Co. Ltd (CMC), has been contracted to undertake a 5,000m program of reverse circulation (RC) drilling in order to complete initial testing of satellite targets obtained in the geochemical sampling program. In addition, CMC will carry out approximately 2,000m of diamond drilling. This program is expected to commence toward the end of July.
The Exploration Plan consists of a three-tiered exploration strategy:
- Resource Development Drilling: To further enhance the existing in-pit resource with additional infill drilling (approximately 1,200m drilling)
- Near Mine and Regional Exploration: Drill identified satellite deposit targets in both the near-mine and regional settings (approximately 4,300 drilling)
- Segilola Underground Resource Exploration: Explore the down-dip underground extensions of the Segilola deposit (approximately 1,600m drilling)
Resource Development Drilling
The northern zone of the Segilola resource averages 6.05g/tAu reported at a 0.64g/tAu cut off. Several high grade south-plunging shoots are interpreted to continue below the extents of the current DFS open pit design in the northern portion of the resources (Figure 1). The targeted shoots potentially exceed the average resource grade of 6g/tAu. Additional drilling is designed to further test the continuity of the shoots with the objective of deepening the pit in this area in order to increase the total recoverable ounces.
Figure 1: Longitudinal section showing high grade shoots below northern section of the open pit
Near-Mine and Regional Exploration
In Q1 and Q2 2020, target generation for exploration has been ongoing with extensive areas being covered by auger drilling and stream sediment sampling. To date, approximately 1,300 auger samples and 700 stream sediment samples have been collected, as shown in Figure 2. Satellite deposit targets in both the near-mine and regional settings have been identified and the Company is commencing an RC Drilling Program on these targets of approximately 4,300 drilling.
Figure 2: Map showing targets areas for RC drilling program
Segilola Underground Resource Exploration
At Segilola the mineralised system has been drilled intensely over a strike length of 1.8km and to an average vertical depth of 215m. This drilling has defined a total open pit/underground Indicated Resource of 469,000 ounces Au at 4.7g/t Au and a total open pit/underground inferred resource of 163,000 ounces at 7.8g/tAu (Table 3). This equates to approximately 2,950 combined ounces per vertical metre (OVM).
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Table 3: Segilola Mineral Resource Estimate
Current data indicates that several steeply-plunging shoots extend down-dip from the central portions of the known resource (Figures 3 and 4). A comprehensive diamond drilling program has been designed to test for the down-dip extensions of the resource with the objective of increasing the underground resource.
Figure 3: Longitudinal section showing underground drilling target areas
Figure 4: Longitudinal section from the north showing underground drilling target areas
Further details can be found on the Company’s website: www.thorexpl.com
Thor Explorations Ltd. is a Canadian mineral exploration company engaged in the acquisition, exploration and development of mineral properties located in Nigeria, Senegal and Burkina Faso. Thor holds a 100% interest in the Segilola Gold Project located in Osun State of Nigeria and a 70% interest in the Douta Gold Project located in south-eastern Senegal. Thor also holds a 49% interest in the Bongui and Legue gold permits located in Houndé greenstone belt, south west Burkina Faso. Thor trades on the TSX Venture Exchange under the symbol “THX”.
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