ExGen Resources Inc. is pleased to update drilling results for Phoenix Copper Ltd.’s (“Phoenix”) Empire Mine Project in Idaho, USA. ExGen owns 20% and Phoenix owns 80% of Konnex Resources, Inc. (“Konnex”), which holds the leases and claims to the Empire Mine Project. ExGen further has a 2.5% NSR royalty on the Empire Mine Project and owns 1,330,000 common shares of Phoenix.
ExGen reported an updated NI 43-101 resource estimate for the Empire Mine Project, in a news release on August 31, 2020. The updated resource estimate includes data from both the Empire Mine and Red Star drilling. ExGen reported positive metallurgical test results by AuRIC Metalurgical Labs, for the Empire Mine Project in a news release dated September 10, 2020.
To-date, Phoenix Copper Ltd., the project operator, has released results for 23 reverse circulation (RC) holes and 2 diamond drill core holes drilled at Empire as well as results for 4 core holes drilled at Red Star.
EMPIRE OPEN PIT GOLD ZONE
Drill results from the Empire Mine Gold Zone and the gold and copper grades continue to impress (Table 1 and 2). Gold grades in the trends targeted in this year’s drilling are consistent and remarkably high-grade, and considering their relatively shallow depths, should be readily accessible by open pit mining. These assays will be added to the database used in the calculation of the updated NI 43-101 resources estimate, which contained Measured, Indicated and Inferred Resources of 342,249 ounces of gold, 9.5 million ounces of silver, and 129,932 metric tons of copper, and used to recalculate the resource. Hardrock Consulting (HRC) is scheduled to update the resource in early Q4 2020 based on a data set consisting of 411 drill holes plus the assays from Empire channel samples due at any time. The resource update will be followed by an updated Preliminary Economic Assessment (PEA) in mid-Q4 2020. In addition, the metallurgical pilot testing program at AuRIC Laboratories in Salt Lake City, Utah is well underway and expected to provide additional reporting on ammonium thiosulfate (ATS) gold recovery in the coming weeks.
Holes KX20-01 and KX20-05 both returned significant, near-surface gold values at shallow depths. These shallow intercepts appear to be closely related to the higher-grade gold trend defined from the 2018 drilling. Holes KX20-09 returned 6.1 metres of 2.05 g/t gold and KX20-15 returned a gold value of 9.78 g/t over 1.5 metres. Of particular interest, in addition to gold, are the elevated silver and copper values shown throughout all of the drilling. Drill hole KX20-18 returned 1.5 metres of 508 g/t silver with 2.41 g/t gold and 6.13% copper, and holes KX20-19 and KX20-20 both showed values above 140 g/t silver, with copper intercepts above 4%. These results are not unusual given the polymetallic nature of the Empire Mine and are important in understanding the connection between the near surface, high-grade polymetallic oxide zones and the connection with the deeper, high-grade polymetallic sulphide vein system.
A total of 48 channel samples, each 1.6 m in length, were collected from limited outcroppings around the Empire Mine Open Pit Gold Zone. The channel samples were collected to aid in drill targeting and to provide grade and geological information on the magnetite skarn contact. In addition to the results from drilling, the assays for the 48 channel samples collected in the Empire Mine Open Pit Gold Zone returned respectable gold and copper grades on the surface, most notably 3.84 g/t gold, 74.1 g/t silver, and 2.83% copper (Table 3).
The results from core holes RSD20-01, -03, -04 and -06 (Table 4) confirm the orientation and continuation of the high-grade silver and lead system, both down-dip and to the south of the discovery outcrop, which was first discovered in the 2018 exploratory RC drilling program. Especially noteworthy are the results from core holes RSD20-01 and RSD20-03, with 1.5 metre intercepts of 204 g/t (6.56 oz/tonne) silver and 2.31% lead, and 360 g/t (11.57 oz/tonne) silver and 7.79% lead, respectively, though numerous other silver intercepts in excess of 115 g/t (3.70 oz/tonne) were received.
Holes RSD20-07 through RSD20-10 (results pending) were primarily drilled to give an indication of the limits of the mineralization, both geologically into the granite and at the limits of the patented claims to the north.
The Navarre Creek Gold claims are located 5 km west of the Empire Mine. Assays for the rock chip samples are pending.
QUALITY ASSURANCE AND QUALITY CONTROL PROTOCOLS
Rock, drill core and reverse circulation samples were analyzed by ALS Global, Reno, an ISO/IEC 17025:2005 accredited facility. Copper, zinc and silver were determined by the ICP method. Copper and zinc >1% ICP are assayed using four-acid digestion and silver >100ppm by four acid digestion, whereas gold was determined by a 30gm fire assay followed by atomic absorption. Standards, duplicates and blanks were inserted into the sample stream for QA/QC purposes. Blanks and duplicates were inserted roughly every 50ft and standards were inserted roughly every 100ft. Core samples are saw cut in half and stored in a secure facility. RC chips and channel samples are stored in the same secure facility. All samples are delivered to the laboratory under chain of custody protocol and submitted using sub-form sample numbers.
Jason Riley, CEO of ExGen commented: “We are encouraged to see the positive drilling results from both the Red Star deposit and the Empire Mine gold zone. We look forward to the updated 43-101 reports later this year.”
Kieran Downes, Ph.D., P. Geo., a Qualified Person as defined by National Instrument 43-101, has reviewed and verified the technical information provided in this release.
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