September 20, 2018, Toronto, Ontario - Troilus Gold Corp. (TSX-V: TLG) (“Troilus” or the “Company”) is pleased to provide further drilling results from its 100% owned Troilus gold and copper property located Northeast of the Val-d’Or district in Quebec, Canada (the “Troilus Project”). The 36,000 metre drill program was designed to confirm and expand existing mineral resources from the historically producing Troilus mine, as well as explore down dip and along strike from known mineralization.
J4 and J5 Zones (J4 and J5), two smaller scale historic open pits are located 200 metres and 1 kilometre directly Northeast of Z87 and are characterized by the same mineralization and geology as Z87 (Figure 1). Exploration in these areas and to the Northeast, along trend, was historically limited due to the unfavourable gold market and corporate focus on production.
Fourteen (14) drill holes, totaling approximately 3,300 metres of drilling were designed to test the dip and strike potential of the J5 Zone at the Troilus Gold property (Figure 2&3). J5 historically produced a modest 50,000 tons of material at the end of mine production, just prior to shutting down in 2010. The historical resource in this area was delineated by limited drill data (6 drill holes) and defined mineral resource estimates to less than 50 metres from surface. All fourteen drill holes (14) successfully intersected gold-bearing mineralization within the same stratigraphy as historically produced at J4 and J5. J4 and J5 remain open down dip and along strike beyond the limits of this drill program potentially signifying open pittable resource opportunities.
Additionally, three (3) holes, TLG-ZJ5-022, 031, and 034, were pushed beyond the expected limits of the J5 mineralized zone at depth. These holes targeted the J4 Zone extension of Z87. All three holes intersected both the J4 and J5 mineralized horizons at the targeted depth. Current surface exploration will focus on further extending this mineralization to the Northeast.
“The drilling at J5 may have successfully identified some of the most meaningful new mineralization at Troilus to date,” said Blake Hylands, VP Exploration of Troilus Gold Corp. “The mineralization at J5 and the strike extensions at J4, have led to multiple new targets to the Northeast of J5.”
“We are extremely excited about these near surface results.” said Justin Reid, CEO of Troilus Gold Corp. “We have previously shown the great potential to continue to expand the Z87 zone at depth as a potential underground target and are now introducing new possibilities for potential shallow scenarios at not only the immediate mine site but also across our land package.”
Ouyr 2018 drilling program has completed at the Troilus Project. Ninety (90) diamond drill holes were completed for a total of 36,000 metres of drilling. A large backlog in the labs has now been cleared and we expect to continue delivering the bulk of our Z87, J4 and J5 results to the market in due course.
A targeted regional exploration program is underway at the Troilus project focused on extensions of mineralized zones to the northeast and Southwest. Structural studies and geophysical techniques are being combined with geological mapping to outline potential drilling targets as part of the 2019 exploration drill program.
Figure 1: Geologic plan map showing location of main target across TLG land package
Figure 2: Plan view of drilling at J5 Zone
Figure 3: 3D image of resource constraining shells (purple, red, and green). Green traces showing 2018 J4 & J5 drilling
*Metal grades uncut
**AuEq based on $1300/oz Au, $3/lb Cu and 100% recovery. Au g/t + (Cu g/t * Cu price (g)) /Au price (g)
Figure 4: Drill sections looking Northeast of drilling results from holes
Figure 4a: Drill hole sections looking Northeast TLG-Z8718-022
Figure 4b: Drill hole sections looking Northeast TLG-Z8718-023
Figure 4c: Drill hole sections looking Northeast TLG-Z8718-026
Figure 4d: Drill hole sections looking Northeast TLG-Z8718-029
36,000 Metre 2018 Drill Program
From 1996 to 2010, Z87 produced the majority of the over 2 million ounces of gold and 70,000 tonnes of copper produced at the Troilus Project. The Z87 pit was ultimately 350 metres deep and had a strike of approximately 900 metres. The Z87 zone is the focus of the current underground estimated mineral resource, representing over 1.6 million ounces of indicated and 360,000 ounces of inferred material (Figure 5).
Mineralization at the Troilus Project is hosted in breccias and amphibolite grade metamorphic rocks within a much broader, 4.5 kilometre by 400 metre, metamorphosed diorite, known as the Troilus Diorite. Fine-grained disseminated gold accounts for approximately 90% of mineralization at Troilus, primarily as native gold and electrum with grains as large as 20 microns. Chalcopyrite, Pyrite, and Pyrrhotite are broadly disseminated throughout the mineralized body, which are rarely associated with gold (<1-3%). Vein-hosted gold accounts for approximately 10% of mineralization which are responsible for high grade intercepts (>50gpt over 1 m) at Troilus.
The broad geology and style of mineralization at Z87 creates a large deposit area, nearly 1 kilometre along strike and 30-50 metres wide, which remains open both along strike and down dip. The 2018 drill program at Z87 was designed to:
J4 and J5, two smaller scale historic open pits located 200 metres and 1kilometres directly Northeast of Z87 are characterized by the same mineralization and geology as Z87; both remaining open at depth and along strike.
Management believes the inherited Troilus database suggests the potential for additional near surface mineralization at J4 and J5. The objective of the 2018 drill campaign, at J4 and J5, was to expand the pit constrained and underground estimated mineral resource below these lesser historic pits, with the intent of recognizing material that could contribute to an early production scenario.
The Southwest Zone is located along the margin of the Troilus Diorite and surrounding volcanics, 3.5 kilometres Southwest of Z87 (Figure 4). Historically this area exhibited significant mineralization from drilling including intercepts as high as 36m @ 1.23g/t Au, and 18m @ 1.06g/t Au. Historic drilling in this area was limited, leaving the opportunity to explore, and potentially outline new mineralization at surface.
The Southwest Zone exemplifies near term, blue sky opportunity at Troilus, and is currently the focus of a significant, property wide exploration program. The Troilus Diorite remains underexplored and highly prospective.
Figure 4: Troilus Project Geology and Target Map
Figure 5: Troilus Estimated Underground Resource
During the Zone 87 drill program, one metre assay samples are taken from NQ core and sawed in half. One-half is sent for assaying at AGAT Laboratory, a certified commercial laboratory, and the other half is retained for results, cross checks, and future reference. A strict QA/QC program is applied to all samples; which include insertion of one certified mineralized standard and one blank sample in each batch of 25 samples. The gold analyses were by fire-assay on 30 grams of pulp with an atomic absorption finish. Repeats were carried out by fire-assay with a gravimetric finish on each sample containing 3.5 g/t Au or more.
About Troilus Gold Corp.
Troilus is a Toronto-based, Quebec focused, advanced stage exploration and early-development company focused on the mineral expansion and potential mine re-start of the former gold and copper Troilus mine. The 4,700-hectare Troilus property is located northeast of the Val-d’Or district, within the Frotêt-Evans Greenstone Belt in Quebec, Canada. From 1997 to 2010, Inmet Mining Corporation operated the Troilus project as an open-pit mine, producing more than 2,000,000 ounces of gold and nearly 70,000 tonnes of copper.
The technical and scientific information in this press release has been reviewed and approved by Bruno Perron, P.Eng., Senior Technical Manager, who is a Qualified Person as defined by National Instrument 43-101. Mr. Perron is an employee of Troilus and is not independent of the Company under National Instrument 43-101.
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Mineral Resources are not Mineral Reserves and do not have demonstrated economic viability. There is no certainty that all or any part of Mineral Resources will be converted to Mineral Reserves. Inferred Mineral Resources have a lower level of confidence that that applied to an Indicated Mineral Resource and must not be converted to a Mineral Reserve. Quantity and grades are estimates and are rounded to reflect the fact that the Mineral Resource Estimate is an approximation. For more information with respect to the key assumptions, parameters and risks associated with the mineral resource estimates discussed herein, see the Company’s technical report entitled “Technical Report on the Troilus Gold Copper Mine Mineral Resource Estimate, Quebec, Canada” dated November 20, 2017 (the “Technical Report”) available under the Company’s profile at www.sedar.com.
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