Pacific North West Capital Announces a New Platinum Group Metal Zone on its River Valley Project, Sudbury, Ontario

  • Discovery of a new PGM1 mineralized zone (Spade Zone) on its River Valley Property

  • Assays up to 8m @ 0.81 gpt2 Pd, 0.31 gpt Pt, 1.18 gpt 3E3, 0.04% Ni, 0.09% Cu from 184m down hole

  • Hosted internally within the River Valley Intrusion, stratigraphically above the typical contact style PGM mineralization. 

  • Further zone delineation drilling planned

1 PGM=Platinum Group Metals 
2 gpt=grams per tonne 
3 Pd+Pt+Au= Palladium + Platinum + Gold (aka 3E)


VANCOUVER, June 19, 2012 /CNW/ - Pacific North West Capital Corp. (TSX: "PFN" OTCQX: PAWEF; Frankfurt: P7J) is pleased to announce assay results for exploration drill holes in the River Valley 2012 phase I exploration program on its 100% owned River Valley PGM Property, located within 100 km northeast of Sudbury, Ontario. This phase of exploration focused on drill testing three targets internally within the River Valley Intrusion Complex (RVIC) for reef style platinum group metal (PGM) mineralization (Figure 1). Significant intercepts are listed in Table 1 and discussed below.  Details of the drill hole locations and orientations are provided in Table 2.

Spade Zone

The three drill holes at Spade Zone were designed to test an olivine-bearing gabbronorite unit for PGM mineralization, in follow-up to an intercept in a single hole (SL-01) drilled in the hanging wall to the Azen Zone in 2006.  All three holes intersected wide intervals of gabbronorite hosted PGM-Cu-Ni sulphide mineralization (Figure 2). Drill hole SL008 was drilled on the same section, but at a stepper angle than SL-01 in order to test for continuity of the mineralization at depth.  SL008 intersected two sequences of olivine gabbronorite hosting 3-5 % sulphides, from 34 metres to 166 metres down hole and from 180 to 261 metres down hole, samples which returned anomalous PGM assays and elevated nickel and copper assays. The best composited assay result was a 0.83 gpt 3E over 14 metres, from 182 to 196 metres down hole, including 1.04 gpt 3E over 4 metre from 186 to 190 metres down hole.

Drill hole SL009 was collared 75 metres to the east of SL008. The hole intersected a sequence of olivine gabbronorites from 77 to 99 metres down hole and gabbronorites from 173 to the 308 metre down hole. From 188 metres to 296 metres, the hole intersected a broad interval of 0.3-0.9 gpt 3E assays.  The best composite assay from this interval was 1.16 gpt over 3 metres from 271 metres.

Drill hole SL010 was drilled 50 metres east of SL008. The hole was collared in a sequence of gabbronorite-olivine gabbronorites that continued to 253 metres down hole. Assays from several intervals within the gabbronorite returned anomalous results for PGM+Au. The best composite assays were 1.18 gpt 3E over 8 metres from 184-192, including 2.36 gpt 3E over 2 metres.

Figure 1. Collar location map for the 2012 exploration drill holes on the River Valley Property, Sudbury region

Figure 2. Spade Zone Drill Holes Cross Section Drill Holes Location Map


The drill results for the 2012 program combined with the previous drilling reveal the presence of a previously unrecognized PGM mineralized zone, hereafter referred to as the Spade Zone, which is actually separate and apart from the Azen Zone. At this stage, the Spade Zone has been traced for only 125 metres along strike and from 80 metres to 200 metres depth. The zone is open along strike and up- and down-dip, and additional infill and extensional drilling has been recommended for this area.

Its location internally within the River Valley Intrusion means that Spade Zone represents stratiform or reef type PGM mineralization, rather than contact type PGM Mineralization like the underlying Azen Zone (more typical of River Valley PGM mineralization). Furthermore, higher values of Mg, Ni/Pd and Cu/Pd and lower Al, PGM and Pd/Pt suggest host rocks and contained sulphides at Spade Zone that are comparatively less fractionated. These results provide encouragement for systematic PGM exploration internally within the intrusion, using an exploration model based on multiple magmatic pulses in a dynamic system.

Other Targets

The three holes drilled at the Dragon target (Figure 1) were designed to test for PGM mineralization below mineralized grab samples of olivine gabbronorite. The holes intersected mineralized intercepts from 8 metres to 35 metres wide at shallow depths.  Drill hole DZ001 returned the best assay results: 2m @ 1.84 gpt 3E, including 1m @ 2.55 gpt 3E.

The three holes drilled at the East Banshee target (Figure 1) were designed to test an internal IP anomaly for PGM mineralization.  The holes did not return any significant PGM assay results. The IP anomaly is explained by the presence of gabbro with up to 10% magnetite grains.

Figure 3. Plan view of the New Mineralized zone at Spade Zone (new mineralization zone is not to scale).  This map shows the presence of a second PGM mineralized zone within the River Valley Intrusion.


Table 1 - Composited assay results for the 2012 exploration drill holes at Spade Lake

Hole No.   From  
 Length of the 
SL008 182 196 14 0.22 0.61 0.05 0.83   0.04     0.10  
 Including  186 190 4 0.29 0.75 0.07 1.04 0.05 0.13
SL009 271 278 7 0.24 0.65 0.03 0.92 0.05 0.07
Including 271 274 3 0.3 0.83 0.04 1.17 0.08 0.10
And 277 278 1 0.5 1.64 0.09 2.23 0.03 0.12
SL010 184 192 8 0.31 0.81 0.06 1.18 0.04 0.09
Including 186 189 3 0.56 1.5 0.1 2.16 0.08 0.15

Table 2 - Drill hole collar and end of hole Information

 Hole No.  Easting North  Elevation  Az   Dip    EOH (m) 
SL008  558746   5167457  270   360   -60 321
SL009 558792 5167449 268 360 -50 335
SL010 558691 5167424 267 360 -50 288

Qualified Person Statement

This news release has been reviewed and approved for technical content by Ali Hassanalizadeh M.Sc. P.Geo, Vice President, Exploration for PFN, a Qualified Person under the provisions of National Instrument 43-101.

About River Valley Project

In January 2011, Pacific North West Capital Corp. successfully negotiated the 100% acquisition of the River Valley PGM Project from Anglo Platinum Limited. The River Valley Project is one of North America's most advanced primary PGM deposits. The project has excellent infrastructure support and is located 100 km from the city of Sudbury, Ontario, Canada's largest nickel‐copper‐PGM mining and metal recovery centre.

River Valley is one of the largest undeveloped primary PGM Projects in North America.

Measured+Indicted Resources at a cut-off grade of 0.8 gpt PdEq Contained Metal
Zone  Pdeq Cut-off TONNES Pd (g/t) Pt (g/t) Rh (g/t) Au (g/t) Ag (g/t) Cu (%) Ni (%) Co (%) Pdeq (g/t) PGM+Au (oz) PdEq
Azen 0.80 - - - - - - - - - -   -    -
Banshee 0.80 - - - - - - - - - -   -    -
Dana North 0.80 23,698,480 0.63 0.23 0.022 0.04 0.59 0.07 0.02 0.003 1.49 688,310 1,104,410
Dana South 0.80 14,020,550 0.74 0.25 0.025 0.04 0.58 0.05 0.01 0.003 1.57 462,760 686,480
Lismer 0.80 26,282,420 0.49 0.19 0.018 0.04 0.18 0.06 0.02 0.003 1.25 606,860 1,024,830
Lismer Ext 0.80 13,690,300 0.57 0.23 0.021 0.04 0.12 0.06 0.02 0.002 1.37 365,150 586,770
Razor 0.80 - - - - - - - - - -   -    - 
Varley 0.80 13,647,800 0.53 0.21 0.019 0.03 0.17 0.05 0.01 0.002 1.27 339,980 540,420
Total Measured+Indicated     91,339,550 0.58 0.22 0.021 0.04 0.34 0.06 0.02 0.002 1.38 2,463,060 3,942,910
Inferred Resources at a cut-off grade of 0.8 gpt PdEq Contained Metal
Zone  Pdeq Cut-off TONNES Pd (g/t) Pt (g/t) Rh (g/t) Au (g/t) Ag (g/t) Cu (%) Ni (%) Co (%) Pdeq (g/t) PGM+Au (oz) PdEq
Azen 0.80 16,095,000 0.37 0.15 0.014 0.03 0.08 0.05 0.03 0.001 1.11 285,000 560,000
Banshee 0.80 3,320,000 0.35 0.19 0.015 0.03 - 0.05 0.01 - 1.00 62,000 103,000
Dana North 0.80 - - - - - - - - - -   -    - 
Dana South 0.80 - - - - - - - - - -   -    - 
Lismer 0.80 303,000 0.31 0.13 0.012 0.03 - 0.06 0.02 0.002 0.92 5,000 9,000
Lismer Ext 0.80 - - - - - - - - - -   -   - 
Razor 0.80 16,163,000 0.36 0.12 0.013 0.02 0.16 0.06 0.03 0.003 1.05 262,000 528,000
Varley 0.80 30,000 0.30 0.15 0.012 0.03 - 0.07 0.01 0.002 0.94 500 1,000
Total Inferred     35,911,000 0.36 0.14 0.014 0.03 0.11 0.06 0.03 0.002 1.07 614,500 1,201,000
Note: due to rounding, some totals may not appear to total properly                          
Mineral resources which are not mineral reserves do not have demonstrated economic viability. The estimate of mineral resources may be materially affected by environmental, permitting, legal, title, socio-political, marketing, or other relevant issues.       
Notes to Mineral Resources in above table
1.     The mineral resource estimates in this press release use the Canadian Institute of Mining, Metallurgy and Petroleum (CIM), Standards on Mineral Resources and Reserves, Definitions and Guidelines prepared by CIM Standing Committee on Reserve Definitions and adopted by CIM Council on November 27, 2010. The mineral resource estimates provided in this report are classified as "measured", "indicated", or "inferred" as defined by CIM. According to the CIM definitions, a Mineral Resource must be potentially economic in that it must be "in such form and quantity and of such grade or quality that it has reasonable prospects for economic extraction".
2.     For the River Valley project, a palladium equivalent (PdEq) cut-off grade was assigned based on economic assumptions from comparisons to other projects, and was used in the resource estimations. Resources reported in this press release use a cut-off of 0.80 g/t PdEq. Grades have assumed 100% recoveries. The parameters used to generate the PdEq value are provided below:
PdEq=( (Au grade*$Au*Factor1)+(Pt grade*$Pt*Factor1)+(Pd grade*$Pd*Factor1)+(Ni grade*$Ni*Factor2)+(Cu grade*$Cu*Factor2) +(Co grade*$Co*Factor3))/ ($Pd*Factor1)
$Au = US$1271 per oz.
$Pt = US$1885 per oz.
$Pd = US$896 per oz.
$Ni = US$ 9.74 per lb.
$Cu = US$3.00 per lb.
$Co = US$15.90 per lb.
Factor1 = 0.0321508 (converts ounce per tonne to grams per tonne)
Factor2 = 22.04622 (converts pounds to grade percent)
Factor3 = 0.002205 (converts pounds to ppm)
3.     The mineral resources were estimated using a block model with parent blocks of 10m x 10m x 5m and using ordinary kriging (OK) methods for grade estimation. A total of eight individual mineralized domains were identified. The determination technique of the mineral resource is based on the combination of geological modelling, geostatistics and conventional block modelling using the OK method of grade interpolation. The block model resource estimate prepared by the Tetra Tech, was based on more than 96,980 metres of diamond drilling in 462 diamond drill holes. The assay data was reviewed and a composite interval of 2.0 metres was used. Statistical and Variogram analyses were performed to determine the "nugget effect". Rhodium grades were not estimated by the OK methodology.
4.     Rhodium values were determined using a regression formula based on the platinum and palladium grades. Rhodium values are not incorporated into the PdEq value. The PdEq value also does not include silver.
5.     The QAQC protocols and corresponding sample preparation and shipment procedures for the River Valley Project have been reviewed and approved by Tetra Tech.

About Pacific North West Capital Corp

PFN is a mineral exploration company whose philosophy is to be a project generator, explorer and project operator in order to option/joint venture its projects through to production. PFN is focused on the discovery, exploration and development of PGM and nickel‐copper sulphide deposits in geologically prospective regions in North America, particularly Canada. The Company's key asset is its 100% owned River Valley PGM Project in the Sudbury region of northern Ontario. PFN also has PGM and nickel‐copper projects and properties in northwest Ontario, Saskatchewan, and Alaska, and an option to joint venture a base metal project in northwestern BC's Golden Triangle region. The Company continues to evaluate PGM and nickel‐copper properties and projects in North America for potential acquisition opportunities.

On behalf of the Board of Directors


Harry Barr
Chairman and CEO

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Forward Looking Statements: Certain information presented, including discussions of future plans and operations, contains forward-looking statements involving substantial known and unknown risks and uncertainties. These forward-looking statements are subject to risk and uncertainty, many of which are beyond control of company management. These may include, but are not limited to the influence of general economic conditions, industry conditions, fluctuations of commodity prices and foreign exchange rate conditions, prices, rates, environmental risk, industry competition, availability of qualified staff and management, stock market volatility, timely and cost effective access to sufficient working capital or financing from internal and external sources. Actual results, performance, or achievements may differ materially from those expressed or implied by these forward looking statements.


SOURCE Pacific North West Capital Corp.

For further information:

Harry Barr
Chairman & CEO
Pacific North West Capital corp.
Tel:  604-685-1870

Bill Stone
President  & COO
Pacific North West Capital corp.
Tel: 416-368-5268

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