Eldorado Gold Announces a New Discovery at Lamaque and Increased Exposure to the Eastern Abitibi
VANCOUVER, Jan. 15, 2020 - Eldorado Gold Corp. (“Eldorado” or “the Company”) is pleased to announce the discovery of a new high-grade gold mineralization zone at its Lamaque Operations near Val d’Or, Quebec.
This discovery, called the Ormaque Zone, is located in a previously undrilled area approximately midway between the historically mined Sigma Deposit and the actively mined Triangle Deposit, in close proximity to the proposed transportation decline linking the Triangle underground mine and the Sigma Mill, all included in the growing Lamaque Operations.
Thirteen holes, totalling 10,096m of drill core, have been completed to target depth in the discovery area since July 2019. Assay results have now been received for seven drillholes, representing 4,424m or 44% of the total drilling.
The Company is also pleased to announce that it completed two transactions in December 2019 that add exposure to land packages with early stage exploration opportunities in the Eastern Abitibi.
- Drillhole highlights from Ormaque Zone include*:
- 27.30m @ 10.20 g/t Au (LS-19-009)
- 12.75m @ 11.51 g/t Au (LS-19-10A)
- 12.30m @ 26.82 g/t Au (LS-19-011)
- 16.25m @ 25.53 g/t Au (LS-19-013A)
*All assays listed in this release are capped at 70.0 g/t Au unless otherwise noted.
The PEA for Lamaque has been delayed to allow for incorporation of the Ormaque Zone as part of the study, including the pending assays from the 2019 drill program.
- The PEA will continue to consider the three distinct projects the Company has previously outlined, including a 2.8km ore transportation decline, upgrades to the Sigma Mill to allow for increased throughput, and construction of a paste plant to provide a long-term tailings solution.
- The PEA will also now include the Ormaque Zone which sits in very close proximity to the proposed decline route enabling convenient access for potential future underground drilling and development and synergies with the proposed decline infrastructure.
In December 2019, the Company completed two transactions that add exposure to early stage exploration opportunities in the Eastern Abitibi.
- Eldorado closed a CAD$4 million strategic investment in QMX Gold Corp. (QMX). As a result of the investment, the Company holds 19.99% of QMX’s issued and outstanding common shares (on an undiluted basis). QMX has an extensive land package to the north and east of the Lamaque property.
- Eldorado executed an option agreement with Sparton Resources that allows the Company to earn up to an initial 75% interest in Sparton’s Bruell Gold project located approximately 35 km east of the Lamaque project. In consideration for the option the Company has committed to funding approximately CAD$1.5 million exploration expenses and paying Sparton CAD$150,000.
George Burns, President and CEO of Eldorado Gold, said, “The discovery of the Ormaque Zone further confirms the geological prospectivity of our property and the tremendous potential we see at Lamaque. Additionally, the transactions demonstrate our commitment to growing our asset base in Quebec and increasing our exposure to early-stage exploration in the Eastern Abitibi. We remain committed to building value for our stakeholders from our assets in Quebec.”
Ormaque Zone Overview
The Ormaque Zone is centrally located in the Lamaque property, adjacent to the previously-mined Plug 5 deposit and approximately 2 km northwest of the Triangle deposit (Figures 1, 2). It was discovered by testing an undrilled gap in the east-west mineralized corridor that links the historic Lamaque Mine, the Parallel Deposit, and the Fortune gold zone.
The Ormaque Zone occurs mainly within the “C-porphyry” diorite, also the principal host to the Sigma Deposit, along its contact with andesitic volcaniclastic rocks of the Val-d’Or Formation. High gold grades are associated with quartz-carbonate-tourmaline veins, both within the veins themselves and in tourmaline-flooded wallrocks. Coarse visible gold is common. The mineralized veins are extensional veins to hybrid extensional shear veins typically dipping 10° to 25° WSW. Both are spatially associated with steeply NNW-dipping ductile-brittle fault zones (Figure 3). This vein-fault geometry is similar to that present at the historical Mine #2, located between the Ormaque Zone and the Sigma Mine.
Drilling at the Ormaque Zone in late 2019 tested an area measuring approximately 250m by 300m, at a drill spacing of 50-100m. Significant intercepts to date are summarized below in Table 1 and locations of 2019 drillholes are summarized in Table 2. Intercepts include numerous individual high grade veins with grades (uncapped) exceeding 100 g/t Au, as well as multiple intervals tens of metres thick consisting of stacked extensional veins within variably mineralized wallrock. Drilling to date has encountered these zones from 200m to 500m depth from surface. The vein system has not been tested to greater depths, and remains open at shallow levels to the north, south, and east. Drilling continues to test these open areas and to confirm continuity of mineralization between the reported intercepts.
Table 1: Significant exploration drillhole intercepts from the Ormaque Zone discovery. Results are limited to intervals with grade times thickness exceeding 15 gram/tonne-metres.
|HOLE ID||FROM (m)||TO (m)||LENGTH (m)||TRUE THICKNESS (m)||Au (ppm)||Au cap 70ppm (ppm)|
Table 2: Collar locations and orientations for drillholes completed in 2019 in the Ormaque Zone area
|HOLE ID||EASTING||NORTHING||ELEVATION||AZIMUTH||DIP||LENGTH||ASSAY RESULT STATUS|
About Eldorado Gold
Eldorado is a gold and base metals producer with mining, development and exploration operations in Turkey, Canada, Greece, Romania, and Brazil. The Company has a highly skilled and dedicated workforce, safe and responsible operations, a portfolio of high-quality assets, and long-term partnerships with local communities. Eldorado's common shares trade on the Toronto Stock Exchange (TSX: ELD) and the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE: EGO).
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Dr. Peter Lewis P.Geo., Eldorado’s Vice President, Exploration, is the qualified person as defined by National Instrument 43-101 Standards of Disclosure for Mineral Projects ("NI 43-101") responsible for, and has approved the scientific and technical disclosure of the exploration results contained in this press release. Eldorado operates its exploration programs according to industry best practices and employs rigorous quality assurance and quality control procedures. All results presented are based on half-core samples of diamond drill core prepared and analyzed at Bourlamaque Laboratories in Val d’Or, Quebec. All Au assays are based on fire assay analysis of a 30 gm charge followed by an atomic adsorption finish. Samples with Au grades above 5.0 g/t were re-assayed and completed with a gravimetric finish. Certified standard reference materials, field duplicate and blank samples were inserted regularly and were closely monitored to ensure the quality of the data.
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