VAL D'OR, QC, Oct. 15 /CNW/ - Wesdome Gold Mines Ltd. is accelerating its
exploration program at the Kiena Mine Complex, Val d'Or, Quebec. Detailed
compilation work has identified several promising targets along a structural
corridor which rests north of the Cadillac Break and hosts the Goldex, Kiena
and Marban-Norlartic deposits. An aggressive surface and underground drilling
campaign is planned for 2008.
Work is currently underway on five targets located in close proximity to
existing infrastructure at the Kiena mine.
S-50 Depth Extension
On September 12, 2007, drilling began in order to test the S-50 Zone at
depth. A cross-cut with a drill bay was excavated at the 910 metre depth at
the Kiena mine. Three 600 metre long holes are being drilled in order to test
the S-50 Zone to a depth of approximately 1.3 kilometres, 200 metres below any
previous drill intercepts. A fourth hole will test the stratigraphy to the
southwest of the zone for parallel structures. The S-50 Zone provided
approximately 98% of the 1.56 million ounces of gold produced at the Kiena
mine until 2002 (Figure 1).
VC and North Zones - Open at Depth
A drill drift is being excavated at the 520 metre level, 700 metres north
of the Kiena shaft. This bay will be used to explore the VC Zone and the North
Zone at depth. Drilling is scheduled to begin by mid-November, 2007. The VC
Zone is presently being mined to a depth of 540 metres, and the North Zone is
in pre-production development at a depth of 430 metres. Both zones remain open
at depth (Figure 2).
Martin Zone Structure - Open to Southeast
An air-powered drill is scheduled to explore the Martin Zone between the
Martin Mine, which produced 139,000 tonnes of ore at 6.2gAu/tonne in the
1930's (NI 43-101 Technical Report of the Shawkey Property, 2004) and the more
recently discovered Martin Zone, located one kilometre to the northwest (see
press releases from October 19, 2006 and May 25, 2007). Three flat holes,
spaced about 70 metres apart are planned to test the structure at the 330
metre level from drill bays in the exploration drift. The target runs parallel
to this drift, approximately 50 metres to the southwest.
New Structure Shows Promise
While driving the 33-14 drift east, toward the 22 Zone, a unit of
feldspar porphyry with quartz-tourmaline veins was unexpectedly encountered.
Although the sample results were only anomalous (up to 0.84gAu/tonne) the unit
looked very interesting. A geotechnical drill hole, being planned to check the
ground conditions ahead of the drift, was backed up in order to test the
porphyry unit ten metres beside the drift. Core samples from this hole
returned 4.21gAu/tonne (cut to 34.28gAu/tonne) over a 14.95 metre core length,
including intervals of 8.45gAu/tonne (cut) over 4.6 metres in an altered
basalt with quartz-carbonate and quartz-tourmaline veins, and 4.52gAu/tonne
over a 4.95 metre core length in the feldspar porphyry. Wesdome hopes that by
drilling this target and the Martin Zone target a resource can be outlined
within easy reach of existing underground workings.
Drifting Nears 22 Zone - Drilling Commences
A surface drill is available to begin a 3000 metre drill program in early
to mid-October, 2007, as soon as permitting is complete. Six steeply inclined
holes are planned in order to test the Shawkey 22 Zone at a vertical depth of
330 metres. The Company interprets this zone to be an array of flat ladder
veins hosted by a vertically dipping feldspar porphyry sill and its immediate
country rocks. Previous drilling has traced the structure at shallow depth
over a strike length of 700 metres. This information will assist the planning
of a bulk sampling program to test the continuity and grade of the 22 Zone.
The 330 level access drift is currently 200 metres from the 22 Zone and is
expected to arrive near year end.
Having spent the year to date on rigorous compilation work and production
oriented definition work, we are excited about accelerating the multifaceted
This release was prepared by Paul Arscott, P.Geo and Chief Geologist,
Kiena mine and George Mannard, P.Geo. and Vice President Exploration, in their
capacity as Qualified Persons within the meaning of National Instrument
43-101. Assay work is performed by fire assay methods at the Kiena mine assay
laboratory. In addition to internal duplicates, standards and blanks the
geology department inserts blind standards and blanks at a frequency of one in
twenty samples to monitor quality control.
Wesdome Gold Mines Ltd. is an established Canadian gold producer with
mining operations and development projects in Wawa, Ontario and Val d'Or,
Quebec. The Company has 97 million shares issued and trades on the TSX
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