Chalice expands North American presence with farm-in deal on advanced and highly prospective Canadian gold project
21 Apr, 2015, 11:00 ET
Multiple drill -ready targets; outstanding exploration upside; potential to rapidly delineate gold resources
- Joint venture agreement signed with Northern Superior Resources Inc. (TSX-V: SUP) giving Chalice the right to earn a 65% interest in the advanced Croteau Est Property.
- The Croteau Est Property, located in Québec, includes a 25km strike length of prospective stratigraphy with numerous targets where previous drilling has returned outstanding intercepts such as:
- 7.35m @ 10.24g/t Au from 170.15m (CR011-05) *'
- And 10.55m @ 10.63g/t Au from 179.95m
- Incl. 5.25m @ 20.56g/t Au from 181.75m
- 19.55m @ 8.55g/t Au from 90.75m (CRO12-10)*'
- 9.75m @ 3.50g/t Au from 171.60m (CRO12-29)*'
- 7.65m @ 3.08g/t Au from 160.25m (CRO12-34)*'
- And 11.6m @ 3.17g/t Au from 238.55m
- 12.55m @ 2.29g/t Au from 207.45m (CRO12-41)*'
- 6.85m @ 21.32g/t Au from 240.65m (CRO12-46)*'
- 7.35m @ 10.24g/t Au from 170.15m (CR011-05) *'
- At the main prospect, Croteau Bouchard Shear Zone (CBSZ), continuous plus 1 g/t Au mineralisation has been defined over a 1.1km strike, 180m width and to a depth of 575m (Figure 4). The mineralisation remains open in all directions. Limited drilling between surface and -250m at CBSZ.
- The agreement has a minimum expenditure commitment of C$0.5M within 12 months and the Company can earn its equity by spending C$4M within three years.
- The property offers outstanding potential to rapidly delineate a JORC/NI43-101 resource and to make significant new gold discoveries – establishing an attractive growth pipeline for Chalice in North America alongside its 1.3Moz1 Cameron Gold Project, where a Preliminary Economic Analysis (PEA) is underway.
*(all intersections are downhole lengths; see Appendix 1 for survey details)
'(0.5g/t Au cut-off grade, with up to 2m internal dilution)
PERTH, Western Australia, April 21, 2015 /CNW/ - Chalice Gold Mines ("The Company") ASX:CHNTSX:CXN is pleased to announce that it has further expanded its presence in North America after securing an agreement to earn a majority stake in a highly prospective and advanced gold property in Canada.
The Company has signed a joint venture agreement with Canadian gold explorer Northern Superior Resources Inc. (TSX-V: SUP) giving it the right to earn a 65% interest in the Croteau Est gold property located in Québec (see Figure 1 below).
The property includes a coherent, well defined zone of plus 1 g/t Au mineralisation at CBSZ plus extensive, highly prospective geological trends with outstanding gold geochemical anomalies.
Croteau Est complements Chalice's 100%-owned Cameron Gold Project in Ontario – an advanced gold asset which it acquired last year as the foundation for its North American growth strategy. Cameron has a number of attractive attributes, including good grades (refer Table 1 for full details), low political risk in a mature mining jurisdiction with low costs, conventional metallurgy, and a mid-sized gold project that is well within Chalice's funding and development capability.
Croteau Est Joint Venture
The Croteau Est Property is located near Chibougamau in Québec and comprises 213 claims covering 8,316 hectares which are 100%-owned by Northern Superior and 109 claims totaling 3,856 hectares which are under option to Northern Superior.
Under the Croteau Est agreement, Chalice can earn a 65% interest in the property by spending a total of C$4 million on exploration over three years, with a minimum exploration commitment of C$500,000 in the first 12 months. Upon earning a 65% interest, the joint venture becomes a contributing joint venture which is subject to a standard dilution calculation.
The property is located close to a number of historical copper-gold mines in the Chapais-Chibougamou region. The project is well serviced by road, rail and air services, offering year-round access, and is located close to grid power.
The tenement package includes a 25km strike length of prospective stratigraphy, including 17 drill ready targets requiring immediate follow-up and a significant body of quartz-carbonate-sericite alteration and pyrite mineralisation which has been defined as the CBSZ. A total of 44 diamond drill-holes have been completed into the CBSZ (Figures 2, 3 and 4).
Previous drilling has returned some outstanding intersections including 10.55m @ 10.63g/t Au from 179.95m (CRO11-05), 19.55m @ 8.55g/t Au from 90.75m (CRO12-10), 6.85m @ 21.32g/t Au from 240.65m (CRO12-46) (true widths of the drill hole intersections cannot be determined with the information currently available). A full listing of drill statistics for the CBSZ is provided in Appendix 1, and JORC table 1 can be found at Appendix 2. Significant trench assays are given in Appendix 3.
The joint venture will be managed by Chalice, however, Chalice has entered into a Technical Services Agreement with Northern Superior whereby Northern Superior will provide services on commercial terms enabling Chalice to build on their knowledge base and existing excellent relationships with the community. Chalice has also secured the services of a highly experienced Canadian based geologist and mining executive as the Company's in-country manager to oversee all of Chalice's projects in Canada.
The Croteau Est Property is managed under a Pre-Development Agreement with the First Nation community of Oujé-Bougoumou, the Cree Regional Authority and the Grand Council of the Cree.
Other Terms Relating to the Joint Venture Agreement
Under the joint venture agreement, if a party's interest is diluted below 10%, its interest will be converted to a NSR interest as follows:
With respect to any claims which are already subject to an NSR (to a third party):
for period(s) where the price of gold (as quoted on the London Gold Fix) is less than C$1,800 per ounce, a 1% NSR; and
for period(s) where the price of gold (as quoted on the London Gold Fix) exceeds C$1,800 per ounce, a 2% NSR; and
With respect to all other claims, a 2% NSR, and in each case, one-half of the NSR can be bought back for C$1,000,000.
Miro Advisors acted as advisors to the transaction for Chalice.
Chalice's Managing Director, Tim Goyder, said the farm-in agreement with Northern Superior was consistent with the Company's broader strategic objective, which is to build a quality mid-tier gold business based on multiple near-to- medium term production opportunities in quality jurisdictions. He said:
"Canada is a Tier One jurisdiction in every respect – offering outstanding geological potential, high quality infrastructure, low operating costs, cheap and readily available power. Since acquiring the Cameron Project last year we have been actively reviewing and assessing potential bolt-on growth opportunities in North America. We are very pleased to have reached agreement with Northern Superior, which is an established and respected Canadian exploration company, to farm-in to an outstanding gold exploration project in Croteau Est.
"The Croteau Est Project offers a unique combination of great location, with the potential to establish a resource quickly, walk-up drill targets and a great operating environment. This is a high quality, advanced exploration play – not a conceptual or greenfields project – and has clear potential to deliver a resource in the near term. We are looking forward to commencing exploration activities as soon as possible to unlock this potential."
Competent and Qualified Persons Statement
The information relating to the Cameron Gold Project Mineral Resource is extracted from the ASX Announcement entitled "Chalice Files Updated 43-101 Technical Report" released on 29 July 2014 and is available to view at www.chalicegold.com. The company confirms that it is not aware of any new information or data that materially affects the information included in the original market announcement and, in the case of estimates of Mineral Resources, that all material assumptions and technical parameters underpinning the estimates in the relevant market announcement continue to apply and have not materially changed. The Company confirms that the form and context in which the Competent Person's findings are presented have not materially modified from the original market announcement.
The information in this report that relates to Exploration targets and results is based on information compiled by Mr Gary Snow, a Competent Person who is a Fellow of the Australasian Institute of Mining and Metallurgy and is a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Geoscientists. Mr Snow is a full-time employee of the company and has sufficient experience to the activity being undertaken to quality as a Competent Person as defined in the 2012 Edition of the 'Australasian Code for Reporting of Exploration Results, Mineral Resources and Ore Reserves' and is a Qualified Person under National Instrument 43-101 – 'Standards of Disclosure for Mineral Projects'. The Qualified Person has verified the data disclosed in this release, including sampling, analytical and test data underlying the information contained in this release. Mr Snow consents to the inclusion in the report of the matters based on his information in the form and context in which it appears.
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SOURCE Chalice Gold Mines Limited
Image with caption: "Figure 1: Croteau Est Location, Québec (CNW Group/Chalice Gold Mines Limited)". Image available at: http://photos.newswire.ca/images/download/20150421_C4889_PHOTO_EN_14536.jpg
Image with caption: "Figure 2: CBSZ Location and Regional geology plan (CNW Group/Chalice Gold Mines Limited)". Image available at: http://photos.newswire.ca/images/download/20150421_C4889_PHOTO_EN_14537.jpg
Image with caption: "Figure 3: Plan view of the CBSZ showing outline of quartz-carbonate-sericite-pyrite zone and cross cutting QFP (quartz feldspar dikes) (CNW Group/Chalice Gold Mines Limited)". Image available at: http://photos.newswire.ca/images/download/20150421_C4889_PHOTO_EN_14538.jpg
Image with caption: "Figure 4: MineSite model of the CBSZ quartz-carbonate-sericite-pyrite zone (oblique view looking south southwest; holes numbers are abbreviated to sequential numbers only; full hole numbers are CRO-year-sequential number (CNW Group/Chalice Gold Mines Limited)". Image available at: http://photos.newswire.ca/images/download/20150421_C4889_PHOTO_EN_14539.jpg
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For further information: please contact: Tim Goyder, Managing Director, Chalice Gold Mines Limited, Telephone +61 9322 3960; For media inquiries, please contact: Nicholas Read, Read Corporate, Telephone: +618 9388 1474
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