Nexus Gold (TSXV:NXS) is pleased to report that the Ontario Ministry of Energy, Northern Development and Mines, has issued an exploration drill permit for the Company’s 100%-owned McKenzie Gold Project
Nexus Gold Corp. (“Nexus” or the “Company”) (TSXV:NXS) (OTC:NXXGF) (FSE:N6E) is pleased to report that the Ontario Ministry of Energy, Northern Development and Mines, has issued an exploration drill permit for the Company’s 100%-owned McKenzie Gold Project, located in Red Lake, Ontario. The exploration drill permit allows the Company to move forward on its planned phase one drill program.
The phase one program will consist of a minimum 1000-meter diamond drill campaign to test the mineralization potential of several gold targets occurring within a corridor along the southern contact of the Dome Stock with felsic Volcanics of the Balmer Assemblage. Historic drilling conducted in 2005 along this corridor returned significant values, including 7.49 grams-per-tonne (“g/t”) gold (“Au”) over 8.2 meters, 15.54 g/t Au over .8 meter (includes 23.4 g/t over 0.3 meter), 4.47 g/t gold over 1.4 meters, 17.02 g/t Au over .5 meter, 23.87 g/t Au over .2 meter, and 2.1 g/t Au over 5.5 meters* (see figure 2).
The initial drill program at McKenzie is designed to follow up on anomalous rock samples that were collected as part of the 2019 fall prospecting program completed in the St. Paul’s Bay area of the property. The prospecting program traced the mineralized contact corridor to the property’s eastern boundary to further determine areas of interest on the property’s southern end. The focus of the prospecting was concentrated in and around Perch Lake, in the Saint Paul’s Bay area, located in the southernmost section of the 1,348.5-hectare property.
Through its onsite contractor, Rimini Exploration, Nexus is currently reviewing bid submissions from diamond drill contractors to complete the phase one drill program. Once the drill contractor has been selected and engaged, the Company plans to begin phase one drilling as soon as possible. This initial drill program is expandable, and the Company is currently reviewing additional targets to test if the decision is made in the near term to expand phase one meterage.
Figure 1: McKenzie Gold Project, Red Lake, Ontario, with area for upcoming drill program circled in red
“We’re pleased to begin drill testing McKenzie,” said president & CEO, Alex Klenman. “There are several areas of interest on the property, and we’re going to systematically work our way through these zones. This initial program will test an area that has already generated some high-grade drill intercepts in the past. McKenzie is our primary Canadian project, and we plan on conducting multiple drill programs at Red Lake this year. We believe McKenzie holds a lot of unrealized value and drilling is obviously the key to unlocking it,” continued Mr. Klenman.
Figure 2: Historic drill results in the southern section of the McKenzie Gold Project, Red Lake, Ontario
The southern portion of the McKenzie Gold Project is bordered by Premier Gold Mines Ltd Hasaga property and Pure Gold Mining’s Madsen Gold property.
* Note the reported lengths are intercepts and are not true widths
Warren Robb P.Geo., Vice President, Exploration, is the designated Qualified Person as defined by National Instrument 43-101 and is responsible for the technical information contained in this release.
Compilation Summary – McKenzie Gold Project
As reported in a Company news release dated October 11, 2019, Nexus received a compilation summary of important historic data from project geological consultants, Rimini Exploration. The compilation integrated the regional geological and regional geophysical data, thus allowing the Company’s geological staff to compare these trends to the information obtained through ground exploration conducted to date on the property. The more comprehensive data from the summary, coupled with the new data from the phase two prospecting program, was utilized in determining suitable areas to drill test.
The Rimini compilation summary produced historical data the Company was previously unaware of regarding multiple historical grab samples taken on the McKenzie claim block. The Company had previously disclosed several high-grade historical grab sample results on the property, including 331.14 g/t Au, 18.02 g/t Au, 212.8 g/t Au, 313 g/t Au, 18.02 g/t Au and 9.37 g/t Au. In the summer of 2019 Nexus conducted it’s first ground reconnaissance program at McKenzie and results returned notable sample assays, including 135.4 g/t Au and 9.3 g/t Au (see Company news release dated June 25, 2019).
Additional high-grade historical grab samples previously unknown to the Company and revealed in the Rimini summary include several high-grade assays, including 142.49 g/t Au, 115.2 g/t Au, 114.57 g/t Au, 93.71 g/t Au, 68.03 g/t Au, 53.01 g/t Au, and 16.65 g/t Au from areas located on McKenzie Island (north block).
The data compilation summary also indicated that little to no exploration has been conducted over the actual lake portion of the claim block. The Company has noted from the regional data that a number of northerly trending geophysical trends extend within the lake itself and is viewing these trends as potential faults or breaks within the Dome Stock.
Preliminary review of lake sediment sampling conducted on the property in 1989 indicates coincidental anomalous gold geochemical values occurring. Historical values obtained from the analysis of +150 mesh screened lake sediment samples returned values of 0.159 ounce-per-ton (5.45 g/t) Au, 0.154 ounce per ton (5.28 g/t) Au, and 0.116 once per ton (3.98 g/t) Au. The Company now intends to conduct more exploration activity within the lake-bound portion of the project area to determine the prospectivity of a large underexplored section of the property.
About the Company
Nexus Gold is a Canadian-based gold development company with an extensive portfolio of eleven exploration projects in Canada and West Africa. The Company’s West African-based portfolio totals five projects encompassing over 750-sq kms of land located on active gold belts and proven mineralized trends, while it’s 100%-owned Canadian projects include the McKenzie Gold Project in Red Lake, Ontario, the New Pilot Project, located in British Columbia’s historic Bridge River Mining Camp, and four prospective gold and gold-copper projects (3,700-ha) in the Province of Newfoundland. The Company is focusing on the development of several core assets while seeking joint-venture, earn-in, and strategic partnerships for other projects in its growing portfolio.
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NEXUS GOLD CORP.
President & CEO
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