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Highlights include 39.0 metres (23.4m true width) of 5.69 g/t in HMP176W3 

THUNDER BAY, ON, Aug. 14, 2018 /CNW/ - Premier Gold Mines Limited (TSX-PG) is pleased to provide an update summarizing 13 new drill hole results from the Company's 100%-owned Hasaga Project located at Red Lake, Ontario. The 2018 program is primarily focused on infill and expansion of mineralization within the C-Zone and D-Zone target areas. Table 1 summarizes the highlights of these results.

The Hasaga Property is located in the Red Lake Greenstone Belt (RLGB), an Archean-aged greenstone belt within the Uchi Sub-province of the Superior Structural Province. The Red Lake district has produced nearly 29 million ounces of gold from multiple mineralization settings. Gold mineralization at the Hasaga Property occurs as quartz-veinlet stockworks veinlet arrays hosted predominantly within the Dome Stock (a granodioritic intrusion) and the nearby Hasaga Porphyry, a quartz-porphyry dike that occurs within a major shear-zone in the Balmer Assemblage.  The C-Zone occurs immediately down-plunge of the past producing Hasaga and Howey gold mines that collectively produced more than 600,000 ounces of gold between 1930 and 1952.

Figure 1 is a long section view displaying the pierce points of intercepts drilled in the 2017 - 2018 programs including details of select holes released today.

C-Zone Target Area

The drilling undertaken at the C-Zone target area includes a total of 13 holes and 9,816 metres of drilling in 2018. These results are being integrated into updated models expected to support a mineral resource estimate for the C-Zone in early 2019. 

Seven preliminary conclusions drawn from ongoing work at the C-Zone include:

  • Hole HMP176W3, which includes 39.0 metres (23.4 metres true width) grading 5.69 g/t gold, suggest that potential to further expand this mineralization at depth is excellent. The intercept is contained within 67 metres of mineralization grading 4.02 g/t gold.

  • The "C-Zone" discussed in earlier press releases has been modified to include the C-Zone, and the narrower and sub-parallel C2 Zone, located some 50 metres northwest of the C-Zone (see Figure 1).

  • The C-Zone shows a sub-vertical geometry with true widths up to 38 metres; initial modelling of the zone is using a 3-metre minimum width, however, a significant portion of the zone is modelled at true widths exceeding 10-metres (average true thickness of 16m). The Timmins West Mine in Ontario (Proven + Probable reserves of 654,000 ounces @ 3.15 g/t Au - http://www.tahoeresources.com ) may represent an analogue reflecting the potential and geometry of the mineralization being targeted at the C-Zone.

  • The C-Zone is enveloped within wider, lower-grade mineralization (C-Zone potential) that may be substantially deeper, suggesting the potential for another higher grade body to occur at depth.

  • To date, the C2 Zone is identified by nine drill holes together showing a sub-vertical geometry. Initial modelling of the zone is utilizing a 3-metre minimum width.

  • Drill spacing on the C-Zone is estimated at 40-metre centres, while the C2 Zone is estimated at 60-metre centres; additional drilling will be required to improve the confidence of modelled grade, continuity and geometry of the mineralization.

  • Core recoveries and RQD estimates on the drill core has to-date been very high, benefitting potential future underground development.

Figure 1: Longitudinal section looking west of the Hasaga Trend exploration program (CNW Group/Premier Gold Mines Limited)

"We are very pleased with our success to date at Hasaga and look forward to the next phase of exploration," commented Stephen McGibbon, Executive Vice-President of Premier Gold Mines Ltd. "We are modelling the C-Zone mineralization geometry with very attractive widths, suggesting that potential future production may be amenable to highly productive and low cost underground mining methods."

D-Zone Target Area

So far in 2018, a total of 11 holes and 8,088 metres of drilling has been completed in the Upper D-Zone target area. No additional drilling has been conducted in the Lower D-Zone target in 2018, however, future drilling will prioritize this area. Drill results in the Upper D-Zone have been mixed in 2018. Intercepts have been widespread, but often variable in grade and width. Additional drilling is required to resolve the greater complexity of mineralization versus the C-Zone. Currently, the Company is completing an outcrop stripping program designed to better understand controls on mineralization that may be impacting the D-Zone target area.

Overall, the US$2.8 million 2018 program has planned 20,000 metres of drilling. To date, some 19,500 metres of drilling has been completed and only a handful of pending results remain. The Company is contemplating an expansion of the program to continue drilling in key areas critical to the C-Zone model interpretation and to test new targets along the Hasaga –Buffalo corridor.

Table 1:    Summary of recent exploration results from the 2018 Deep Hasaga drill program

Hole ID

Coordinates(1)
(m)

Azimuth/Dip

Elevation
(m)

Section

Comment

From
(m)

To
(m)

Intercept
(m)

True Width
(m)

Au (g/t)

HMP174

441257/5651001

310 / -73

390

10900

D Zone

963.0

967.0

4.0

3.0

2.84







1019.0

1030.0

11.0

8.4

1.79

HMP175

440870/5654598

147 / -72

390

11000

D Zone

691.0

694.0

3.0

2.3

3.62







698.0

712.0

14.0

10.6

1.16

HMP176

441452/5651093

330 / -77

386

12100

C Zone Potential

1040.0

1041.0

1.0

0.5

6.02






C Zone

1056.0

1058.0

2.0

1.0

3.67






C2

1140.0

1142.0

2.0

1.0

3.22

HMP176W1

441452/5651093

330 / -77

386

12100

C Zone Potential

983.0

992.0

9.0

4.7

2.37






C Zone

1016.0

1021.0

5.0

2.6

2.68






C Zone Potential

1043.0

1047.0

4.0

2.1

2.87

HMP176W2

441452/5651093

330 / -77

386

12100

C Zone

970.0

1006.0

36.0

19.8

2.66






incl; VG

992.0

1006.0

14.0

7.7

4.01






C2

1042.0

1043.0

1.0

0.6

19.40

HMP176W3

441452/5651093

330 / -77

386

12075

C Zone

945.0

984.0

39.0

23.4

5.69






incl; VG

948.0

957.0

9.0

5.4

8.68






and; VG

979.0

984.0

5.0

3.0

16.19






C Potential; VG

1010.0

1012.0

2.0

1.2

15.89

HMP177

440871/5651597

147 / -66

385

11000

D Zone

560.0

564.0

4.0

3.0

3.10

HMP178

440871/5651597

147 /-60

384

11000

D Zone

489.0

501.0

12.0

9.1

2.77






incl

489.0

493.0

4.0

3.0

4.00







582.0

599.0

17.0

12.9

1.64

HMP179

440820/5651587

148 /-61

383

10850

D Zone

626.0

650.0

24.0

18.2

0.96

HMP180

440694/5651581

155 / -60

386

10750

D Zone

712.0

716.0

4.0

3.0

2.02

HMP181

440694/5651581

155 / -54

386

10750

D Zone

598.0

603.0

5.0

3.8

0.99

HMP182

440949/5651629

146 / -68

384

11050

D Zone

511.5

514.5

3.0

2.3

5.36






VG

649.0

654.0

5.0

3.8

4.37

HMP183

440951/5651627

138 /-55

386

11100

D Zone

430.0

558.0

128.0

Porphyry

Pending












(1) UTM NAD83, Zone 15

 

Abbreviations used in this press release are available by following this link (click here).

Stephen McGibbon, P. Geo., is the Qualified Person for the information contained in this press release and is a Qualified Person within the meaning of National Instrument 43-101. Assay results are from core samples sent to Activation Labs, an accredited mineral analysis laboratory in Thunder Bay, Ontario, for preparation and analysis utilizing both fire assay and screen metallic methods. For a complete description of Premier's sample preparation, analytical methods and QA/QC procedures refer to the technical report for the Hasaga Project dated February 24, 2017 (effective date December 30, 2016), entitled "National Instrument 43-101 Technical Report: Hasaga Project, Red Lake Mining District, Ontario, Canada" located on Premier's website and at www.sedar.com.

Premier Gold Mines Limited is a gold producer and respected exploration and development company with a high-quality pipeline of precious metal projects in proven, accessible and safe mining jurisdictions in Canada, the United States, and Mexico. Premier's team is focused on creating a low-cost, mid-tier gold producer through its two producing gold mines; and two advanced multi-million ounce development projects where permitting and pre-construction initiatives are in progress.

This Press Release contains certain information that may constitute "forward-looking information" under applicable Canadian securities legislation. Forward-looking information includes, but is not limited to, statements about the completion of the Financing, strategic plans, including future operations, future work programs, capital expenditures, discovery and production of minerals, price of gold and currency exchange rates, timing of geological reports and corporate and technical objectives.. Forward-looking information is necessarily based upon a number of assumptions that, while considered reasonable, are subject to known and unknown risks, uncertainties, and other factors which may cause the actual results and future events to differ materially from those expressed or implied by such forward-looking information, including the risks inherent to the mining industry, adverse economic and market developments and the risks identified in Premier's annual information form under the heading "Risk Factors". There can be no assurance that such information will prove to be accurate, as actual results and future events could differ materially from those anticipated in such information.  Accordingly, readers should not place undue reliance on forward-looking information.  All forward-looking information contained in this press release is given as of the date hereof and is based upon the opinions and estimates of management and information available to management as at the date hereof.  Premier disclaims any intention or obligation to update or revise any forward-looking information, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise, except as required by law.

Premier Gold Mines Limited (CNW Group/Premier Gold Mines Limited)

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