- Over 37,000 metres of drilling completed since drilling recommenced in February
- Broad zones of higher than existing resource grade mineralization
- Updated Mineral Resource to be completed in 2022
Vancouver, December 7, 2021 - Freegold Ventures Limited (Freegold) (FVL:TSX, OTCQX: FGOVF) is pleased to announce results from an additional two holes (1091.8 metres ) from the ongoing drill program at its Golden Summit project, near Fairbanks, Alaska. As with previous results received and reported throughout the 2021 program these new intersections clearly demonstrate the potential for significant resource expansion potential at Golden Summit with higher that existing resource grades.
Highlights are as listed in the table below:
Width refers to drill hole intercepts, true width cannot be determined due to the uncertain geometry of mineralization.
Hole GS 2126 was drilled 25 metres to the south of drill hole GS 2017 which intersected the previously reported intercept of 588 g/t Au over 1.7 metres within a broader zone of 3.07 g/t Au over 98.2 metres from 300.5 to 398.7 metres ( 588 g/t Au intercept cut to 88 g/t Au) - (11.72g/t Au over 98.2 metres uncut). Results for hole GS2123 drilled to the west of GS2017 are pending.
Both GSDL2017 and GSDL2126 contain significant broad zones of higher-grade mineralization and these results continue to show that the grades in the Cleary Hill area are increasing and also thickening at depth in accordance with Freegold’s interpretation.
Previous drill holes in the Cleary Hill area were largely shallow in nature. The 2020-2021 drilling in the area was designed to test if the Cleary Hill mineralization extends to depth. The mineralization at Cleary Hill not only includes narrow high- grade veins, but also includes multiple veins, veinlets and stockwork zones within broad areas of intense silicification and alteration extending from the old Cleary Hill mine workings towards the Dolphin intrusive which has significant implications for both the grade and tonnage potential of the project. More recently, intrusive mineralization has been intersected at depth in the Cleary Hill area further substantiating Freegold’s interpretation that the Dolphin intrusive may underlie the Cleary Hill area.
Hole GS2129 was drilled towards the western side of the Dolphin intrusive near the historic Tolovana vein zone and in an area of limited previous drilling. Hole GS2129 returned 310.9 metres grading 0.83 g/t including 82.3 metres grading 1.85 g/t Au demonstrating the potential for significant resource expansion with the higher-grade intercepts lying outside of the boundaries of the current resource estimate.
The 2021 exploration program was not only designed to test for higher grade potential but was also designed to upgrade a portion of the mineral resource from the inferred to the indicated category, a necessary step in advancing the project through a pre-feasibility study. The Golden Summit project was the subject of an intensive drill campaign between January 2011 and August 2013. (36,159 metres of drilling). A preliminary economic assessment (the “PEA”) was completed in January 2016 - (Press Release January 25th, 2016). Please note that the PEA is preliminary in nature, that it includes inferred mineral resources that are considered too speculative geologically to have economic considerations applied to them that would allow them to be categorized as mineral reserves. There is no certainty that the PEA will be realized. Mineral resources that are not mineral reserves do not have demonstrated economic viability.
As part of the PEA a conceptual open pit, based on $1,300 Au, was produced by Tetra Tech. Using a $1,300 gold price only a portion of the previous overall global mineral resource falls within the conceptual pit and as a result only blocks falling within the $1,300 pit are now reported as Mineral Resource. The current mineral resource using a 0.3 g/t cut-off is 61,460,000 tonnes at 0.69 g/t (1,363,000 contained ounces) in the indicated mineral resource category and 71,500,000 tonnes at 0.69 g/t (1,584,000 contained ounces) in the inferred mineral resource category.
The results of the 2020-2021 drilling will be incorporated into an updated mineral resource estimate later in 2022.
Drill cores are logged, photographed and cut in half using a diamond saw, with one-half placed in sealed bags for preparation and subsequent geochemical analyses by ALS Global Ltd and/or Bureau Veritas, with sample preparation carried out in Fairbanks with subsequent analyses performed primarily using their Vancouver, Reno and/or Hermosillo, Mexico facilities. Freegold will continue to report assays as they are finalized. To date 65 holes have been drilled. Assays have now been reported for 20 of these holes. Freegold is continuing to cut and assay all drill core. Commercial assaying remains extremely slow as a result of COVID and this is not only being experienced by Freegold but also by other explorers world-wide; however, Freegold’s program is systematic evaluation of the mineralized zone and therefore not solely dependent upon individual hole results.
A sample quality control/quality assurance program is in place. Over 37,000 metres have been drilled since drilling recommenced in February 2021.
Drill Plan Map
Freegold continues to operate a full-service camp at Golden Summit with stringent COVID‐19 protocols in place.
The Qualified Person for this release is Alvin Jackson, PGeo – Vice President Exploration and Development for Freegold.
About Freegold Ventures Limited
Freegold is a TSX listed company focused on exploration in Alaska and holds through leases the Golden Summit Gold Project, near Fairbanks as well the Shorty Creek Copper –Gold Project near Livengood, where a 3,400 metre program was completed this summer. Assays are pending.
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