Marban High Grade Western Zone Returns 9.8 g/t Au Over 5.8 Metres
November 16, 2011
Val-d’Or, Quebec -- NioGold Mining Corporation (TSX-V:NOX) (“NioGold”) is pleased to report on the final drilling results of the first program conducted under the terms of the Aurizon Mines Ltd. (“Aurizon”) earn-in option on the Marban Block property, located in the Malartic gold camp, Abitibi region of Quebec. A $5-million second phase program has been initiated.
Results from the last 31 drill holes of the first phase program are included in this release, of which 14 of the holes are on the Marban deposit and 17 are step out holes that tested the area between the Marban and Norlartic deposits. Drill results are tabled on the following pages.
Drilling highlights include:
The last series of drill holes on the Marban deposit were designed with the objective of extending the mineralised areas previously identified during this first phase program. The drill grid covered a lateral extension of 1.4 kilometres at 50-metre section spacing.
The Marban mineralised system has a funnel shape corresponding to a 400- to 700-metre wide folded structure in the upper part and a more steeply dipping root at depth, with thicknesses in the range of 100 to 200 metres. Mineralised zones and structures are developed in a strongly chloritized and schistose basalt. Gold grades typically correlate with an increasing density of quartz veining associated with disseminated pyrite. The hanging wall and footwall are composed mainly of ultramafic units.
Drilling from surface down to 250 metres:
Drilling below 250 metres:
Step out drilling
Three 300-metre spaced continuous NE-SW oriented exploration drill hole fences were completed between the Norlartic and Marban deposits. The fences consist of 18 shallow drill holes, for a total of 4,663.7 metres. Results were previously released for hole NL-11‑046.
Highlight from the westernmost fence:
Highlights of the central fence:
Highlights of the easternmost fence:
First phase program
The first phase program commenced on August 30, 2010, and was completed on August 9, 2011. The program consisted of 50,253 metres of diamond drilling (170 holes, 8 extensions) at a total cost of $6 million. Drilling was distributed between the Marban (41,270m) and Norlartic (4,319m) deposits and exploration drill hole fences between the two deposits (4,664m). Highlights include the identification of two new gold zones surrounding the former Marban mine named the ‘High Grade Western Zone’ and ‘Eastern Down Dip Zone’. Results were released for all holes drilled to date.
Second phase program
As reported on November 1, the $5-million second phase program will include 34,000 metres of diamond drilling on the Marban deposit, updated resource estimates and basic technical studies. Drilling and technical work are expected to commence in November 2011 and will continue through to the second quarter of 2012.
Aurizon can earn up to a 65% interest the Marban Block property under the terms of an option and joint venture agreement dated July 5, 2010 between NioGold and Aurizon. The initial 50% interest can be earned by incurring expenditures of C$20 million over three years, completing an updated NI 43-101 compliant mineral resource estimate, and by making a resource payment for 50% of the total gold ounces defined by the mineral resource estimate. NioGold is the project operator during the initial earn-in period (see news release dated July 6, 2010).
Drill Results - Marban Deposit
Drill Results - Exploration Fences
Technical Info, QA/QC and Qualified Persons
Reported intervals are in core lengths but are anticipated to approximate true width, except where structural complexities occur, as the holes were drilled near perpendicular to the principal local structural orientation.
Diamond drill holes were drilled with NQ-size core in order to obtain larger sample volumes of the mineralised zones, except for holes that traversed underground workings which were completed using BQ-size core. The core was sealed delivered by the drilling contractor to NioGold’s facilities located at the Norlartic mine site. The core was photographed for reference, logged and mineralised sections were sawed in half. Sample lengths vary between 0.5 to 1.5 metres. Half core samples were bagged, sealed and delivered to ALS Chemex in Val-d’Or, Quebec, an accredited laboratory. The remaining core is stored on site for reference. Samples were assayed by the fire-assay method using an atomic absorption finish on a 50-gram pulp split. A quality assurance and quality control program (QA/QC) was implemented by NioGold and the laboratory to insure the precision and reproducibility of the analytical method and results. The QA/QC program includes the insertion of standards, blanks and field duplicates in the sample batches sent to the laboratory and a systematic re-assaying of samples returning values above 2 g/t Au by the fire-assay method using a gravimetric finish. As well, pulps grading above 0.5 g/t Au are sent to Bourlamaque Assay Laboratories Ltd. in Val-d’Or for check assaying.
The drilling program is conducted under the supervision of Yan Ducharme, M.Sc., P.Geo. (OGQ), the Company’s Exploration Manager and a Qualified Person as defined by National Instrument 43-101. This news release was prepared by Rock Lefrançois, P.Geo. (OGQ), the Company’s President and a Qualified Person as defined by National Instrument 43-101.
NioGold Mining Corporation – « On Canada’s Golden Highway »
NioGold Mining Corporation is a mineral exploration company focused on GOLD. The Company’s flagship projects are located in the Cadillac - Malartic - Val-d’Or stretch of the prolific Abitibi gold mining district, Province of Quebec, Canada. The Cadillac, Malartic and Val-d’Or mining camps have produced over 45 million ounces of gold since the 1930’s and presently encompasses seven producing gold mines and a major mine development project (Canadian Malartic, Osisko Mining). NioGold’s land holdings within the Abitibi presently cover 125 km2 and encompass three former gold producers, namely the Norlartic, Kierens (First Canadian), and Marban mines that collectively produced 600,000 ounces of gold. NioGold has outlined Indicated resources of 598,000 ounces gold and Inferred resources of 361,000 ounces gold in and around these deposits.
NioGold’s experienced and qualified technical team will ensure the successful advancement of the Company’s projects towards the highest quality mineral resources. NioGold invites you to visit the company website at www.niogold.com.
For information on NioGold Mining Corporation contact:
Michael A. Iverson, Chairman & CEO
Dale Paruk, Vice-President
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CAUTIONARY NOTE TO U.S. INVESTORS
The United States Securities and Exchange Commission permits U.S. mining companies, in their filings with the SEC, to disclose only those mineral deposits that a company can economically and legally extract or produce. We use certain terms in this news release, such as 'measured resources', 'indicated resources' and 'inferred resources', which the SEC guidelines strictly prohibit U.S. registered companies from including in their filings with the SEC. U.S. investors are urged to consider closely the disclosure in our Form 20-F. The news release contains information about adjacent properties on which we have no right to explore or mine. U.S. investors are cautioned that mineral deposits on adjacent properties may not be indicative of mineral deposits on our properties.