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K2 Gold Corporation (“K2” or the “Company”) (KTO:TSX-V) is pleased to announce that it has signed an option agreement (the “Agreement”) to acquire a 100% interest in the Mojave Gold Project or “Mojave Project”.
The Mojave Gold Project is located 230km northwest of Las Vegas and 100km west of the Nevada-California border. It covers an area of approximately 5,780 hectares of land under the jurisdiction of the Bureau of Land Management (BLM). Mobil first discovered mineralization in the district in 1984. Since the mid 1980’s, Mojave has been worked by several senior, mid-tier and junior companies including BHP, Newmont and more recently SSR. Each subsequent company that has explored the property since discovery has endorsed the geological model and improved the overall potential by finding further distinct locations of gold bearing rocks at surface over a 7km by 5km area. Newmont, BHP and Asamara Minerals have drilled the project, and each program was successful in discovering mineralization from different locations several kilometers apart. Approximately 150 drill holes have been drilled to date covering an area of 7km by 5km covering 5 targets (Dragonfly, South Dragonfly, Newmont, Soda Ridge and Soda Canyon). Additional priority drill targets in 4 other areas (Stegosaurus Ridge, Far North, Far South and Blade zones) have yet to be fully explored and drill tested.
The Mojave Project is predominantly a surface and near-surface Carlin-type, sediment-hosted oxide gold system. In addition to 8 distinct zones of Carlin type mineralization now recognized, the eastern side of the Newmont zone and the Stegosaurus zone also host the potential for a porphyry Cu-Mo-Au and/or skarn targets.
“The Mojave Gold Project represents one of the ‘best early stage’ gold exploration camps I have ever seen in my career. The acquisition of this project represents a significant step forward for K2,” stated John Robins, Chairman of K2.
Steve Swatton, CEO of K2, commented, “I believe the Mojave Gold Project will significantly enhance our portfolio and complement our gold properties in the Yukon and Alaska by ensuring the possibility of year round exploration. The Mojave Project has delivered positive historical drilling and other exploration results from programs by several senior mining companies over the past 35 years. We believe it is an outstanding opportunity, and we look forward to working with the local communities in progressing this project through the different phases of exploration.”
Highlights of Historical drilling from BHP and Newmont:
Dragonfly and Newmont zones are located approximately 3km apart, South Dragonfly straddles between Dragonfly and Newmont.
Highlighted results from historical trenches
The qualified person has not verified the drilling data disclosed in this release, including sampling data and assays. These data come from historical reports made between 1984 and 2013 by various parties.
K2’s first phase of exploration is expected to comprise confirmatory mapping, rock sampling and soil sampling in areas of known gold mineralization. This work is anticipated to be followed by exploration of alteration targets and ground follow up of the areas having potential for porphyry copper and base metals.
One of the most significant under explored base metal and gold areas, Stegosaurus Ridge, is a 3km by 500m hill of Cu-Ag base metal showings that was previously mined during the early half of the last century. This area is distinguished by a significant alteration footprint over the entire ridge, large gravity and magnetic geophysical anomaly, coupled with 700+ anomalous chip samples. Stegosaurus Ridge is located 3km north west of the Newmont zone.
Summary of the Terms of the Agreement
K2 can earn a 100% interest in the Mojave Gold Project by paying an aggregate of US$1.4 million over a period of four years as follows: (i) US$112,500 within 10 business days of receipt of TSX Venture Exchange (the “TSXV”) approval of the Agreement and on the six month anniversary of the Agreement; (ii) US$125,000 on the 12 and 18 month anniversaries of the Agreement; (iii) US$150,000 on the 24 and 30 month anniversaries of the Agreement; (iv) US$175,000 on the 36 and 42 month anniversaries of the Agreement; and (v) US$275,000 on the 48 month anniversary of the Agreement, and by and issuing an aggregate of 2.4 million shares, 480,000 within 10 business days of receipt of TSXV approval and 480,000 each year thereafter for four years.
In addition, following the exercise of its option, K2 has agreed to make an annual pre-production payment of US$275,000 per year until the achievement of commercial production and to grant a 3% net smelter returns royalty with respect to all mineral produced from the Mojave Project, subject to a minimum annual royalty payment following commercial production of US$300,000. The royalty will be subject to certain buy-down rights in K2’s favour.
K2 may terminate the Agreement at any time during the option period. The Agreement is subject to the acceptance of the TSXV.
In connection with the Agreement, the Company has, subject to TSXV acceptance, agreed to pay a finder’s fee of C$25,000 each to Ashworth Explorations Ltd. and Chris Taylor, to be satisfied in shares of K2.
The scientific and technical information contained in this news release has been reviewed and approved Jo Price, VP Exploration P.Geo., a Qualified Person under National Instrument 43-101 — Standards of Disclosure for Mineral Projects (“NI 43-101”).
For additional information please contact Stephen Swatton at 604-331-5093.
On behalf of the Board of Directors,
President and CEO
K2 Gold Corporation.