Centurion Minerals Ltd. (TSXV: CTN) (the "Company" or "Centurion") is pleased to announce it has acquired the right to earn a 100% interest in the Casa Berardi West Gold Project (the "Project") located in the prolific gold producing, Harricana-Turgeon greenstone belt of the central Abitibi Subprovince of north-eastern Ontario.
- Historical exploration includes more than 70 RC drill holes returning encouraging results that include 18 samples greater than 1,000 ppb (1 g/t) Au and the highest returning 38,000 ppb (38g/t) Au;
- The Project is situated along structural corridors hosting world-class discoveries, operating mines, and significant past-producing operations, including:
- Hecla Mining's Casa Berardi Mine located 20 km NE with 3 million ounces ("Moz") Au in past production and 4 Moz Au in reserves and resources1;
- Aurileus Minerals' Mikwam Property with 1.81 million tonnes ("Mt") @ 2.34 g/t Au for 136,000 oz2;
- AMEX Exploration's recent Perron gold discovery that includes a drill hole returning 15.52 g/t Au over 15 .85 metres; located 12 kms from the Project3; and
- Normetal Mine's historical production of 10 Mt @ 2.2% Cu, 5.4% Zn, 0.5g/t Au, and 44.5 g/t Ag4;
- Numerous iron formations and shear zones proximal to a late granitic pluton has gold deposit analogies to the Musselwhite gold mine in northern Ontario; and
- Excellent access and infrastructure.
David Tafel, CEO of the Company commented: "We are very excited to have acquired a Project that is in the middle of a region of current and historical production and in close proximity to very recent new gold discoveries. Historic exploration and significant drill hole information on and near the Project claims has given our geological team confidence we can advance exploration quickly. As Centurion returns to its historic focus of mineral exploration, we believe the Project provides shareholders with an excellent opportunity for potential value creation."
Following approval of the previously announced spin-out of the Company's (cannabis) subsidiary at the upcoming Annual General and Special Shareholder Meeting on August 12th, 2022, and TSX Venture Exchange (the "TSX-V") approval of the (Casa Berardi West) Project transaction, the Company will immediately apply for a resumption of trading.
CASA BERARDI WEST PROJECT
The Project consists of 3 non-contiguous claim groups (Noseworthy, Newman and Hepburn) comprising a total of 11,600 acres or 4,700 hectares (the "Properties"), strategically located northeast of Cochrane, Ontario, in the metal endowed central north Abitibi greenstone belt (Figure 1).
Figure 1. Regional location of the Casa Berardi West claim groups.
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Structurally, the three claim groups are proximal to regional crustal scale deformation zones. The Noseworthy claim group lies just north of the Casa Berardi Deformation Zone, integrally related to the Mikwam gold deposit of Aurelius Metals Inc. to the east, and the Casa Berardi gold mine owned and operated by Hecla Mining Company. The Newman claim group hosts part of the Mikwam River Fault. The Hepburn claim group lies along an extension of rocks and structures believed to be related to the former Normetal VMS mine (15 kilometers away) and more recently to the high-grade gold discovery by AMEX Exploration Company at the Perron property located 12 kilometers to the east of the Hepburn claims (Figure 2).
Mineralization on the Project consists of:
- Banded iron-formation (BIF) hosted sulphides with indications of gold mineralization
- Shear-hosted gold mineralization
- Disseminated copper-bearing sulphide mineralization in tuffaceous rocks.
Figure 2. Geology, deposits and structural environment of the Casa Berardi West claim groups.
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Noseworthy Claim Group
The Noseworthy claim group has seen little systematic historical exploration despite its strategic location just north of the Casa Berardi Deformation Zone (CBDZ) that hosts the Mikwam gold deposit owned by Aurelius Minerals. The Mikwam gold deposit hosts a 43-101 compliant inferred resource of 1.81 million tonnes at an average grade of 2.34 g/t Au for a 136,000 contained ounces of gold at a reported cut-off grade of 1 g/t Au.
Newman Claim Group
The Newman claim group is dominated by a property long banded iron-formation. In 1987 Chesbar Resources ("Chesbar") completed 72 reverse circulation (RC) drill holes totaling 2,261 metres (m). Sampling of the tills at the bedrock-overburden interface and above bedrock resulted in one assay of 38,000 ppb (38g/t) gold (AFRI 42H08NE0048) and a number of others grading above 1,000 ppb (1 g/t) gold (Table 1).
Table 1. Highlighted results of the RC drilling, Chesbar Resources, 1987.
|Hole No.||Line No.||Station||ppb Au||g/t Au**||Location Comments|
|SRE-87-09||L24W||7+51S||820||0.82||1 sample above bedrock|
|SRE-87-13||??||7+04S||1300||1.30||1 sample above bedrock|
|SRE-87-26||L10E||5+03S||4500||4.50||3 samples above bedrock|
|SRE-87-31||L21E||4+48S||2400||2.40||1 sample above bedrock|
|SRE-87-53||L67E||6+69S||4900||4.90||4 samples above bedrock|
|SRE-87-53||L67E||6+69S||1000||1.00||3 samples above bedrock|
|SRE-87-57||L76E||7+02S||1500||1.50||2 samples above bedrock|
|SRE-87-60||L82E||8+32S||170||0.02||1 sample above bedrock|
|SRE-87-60||L82E||8+32S||38,000||38.00||3 samples above bedrock|
|SRE-87-65||L92E||8+63S||2100||2.10||1 sample above bedrock|
|SRE-87-70||L102E||8+50S||4500||4.50||1 sample above bedrock|
|SRE-87-70||L102E||8+50S||810||0.81||2 samples above bedrock|
* 0.011 oz/ton converted to ppb from 34.28 g/t Au in 1 Troy ounce per short ton.
** Converted by Centurion
Chesbar followed up the positive RC results with 8 diamond drill holes totaling 1,518m, but failed to explain the numerous elevated gold results from the RC drill program. Subsequent companies relied on airborne magnetic and electromagnetic surveys to generate drill targets for 2-5 drill hole programs.
Hepburn Claim Group
The Hepburn claim group lies 15km to the northwest of the former Normetal Cu-Zn mine which produced 10 million tonnes grading 2.2% Cu, 5.4% Zn, 0.53 g/t Au and 44.5 g/t Ag between 1938 and 1975. The claim boundary is also located 12km northwest of the Perron gold project recently discovered by Amex Exploration. On June 16, 2022, Amex announced high-grade diamond drilling results of 15.52 g/t Au over 15.85m and 11.27 g/t Au over 11m. (Figure 3)
Figure 3. Regional location of the Hepburn claim group along strike of AMEX Exploration gold discovery and former Normetal Cu-Zn mine.
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Seal River Exploration Ltd. drilled one hole in 1990 and intersected bands of cherty garnetiferous, sulphide-magnetite iron formation over widths of 2-4 m in amphibolitic mafic volcanics. From 117.65 m a 1 m section assayed 396 ppb Au. From 147.58 m, a 0.91 m section assayed 240 ppb Au (AFRI 32E04SE0026). Seal River returned and drilled 3 more holes PR91-1 through PR91-3 totaling 306.93 m. Holes PR91-1 and PR91-3 were drilled on the current Hepburn claim group. Hole PR91-1 failed to intersect any significant assays. Hole PR91-3 was drilled on the same horizontal loop electromagnetic (HLEM) anomaly 300m to the east of hole PR90-1 and intersected similar bands of cherty garnetiferous, sulphide-magnetite iron formation over widths of 0.5-2.13 m in amphibolitic mafic volcanics. Highlights from this hole include 306 ppb Au over 0.91 m (AFRI 32E04SE9301).
The Option Agreement enables Centurion to acquire a 100% interest in the Casa Berardi West Project for cash consideration totaling $114,000 and the issuance of 600,000 common shares over a 3-year period. The Optionors will retain a 2% NSR but Centurion has the right to acquire 50% of the NSR for $1,000,000. The transaction is subject to TSX Venture Exchange approval.
Mike Kilbourne, P. Geo, an independent qualified person as defined in National Instrument 43-101, has reviewed, and approved the technical contents of this news release on behalf of the Company.
Technical Report for the Casa Berardi Mine, Northwestern Quebec, Canada authored by Jonathan Archambault-Giroux, P.Geo, Effective date December 31, 2018.
Independent Technical Report, Mikwam Gold Property, Noseworthy Township, Ontario, Canada by Caracle Creek International Consulting Inc., Effective date December 8, 2016.
See press release TSXV:AMX dated June 16, 2022.
Centurion Minerals Ltd. is a Canadian-based company with a focus on mineral asset development in the Americas. The Company's lead investment is its interest in the Ana Sofia Agri-Gypsum Fertilizer Project, and it is also reviewing additional prospective, precious mineral exploration projects.
"David G. Tafel"
President and CEO
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