VANCOUVER:May 6th, 2020 - Freegold Ventures Limited (Freegold) (FVL: TSX) is pleased to announce assay results from its temporarily suspended drill program on its Golden Summit Project near Fairbanks, Alaska.
Drill results returned multiple intercepts of higher-grade mineralization within the projected extension of the Cleary Vein system (CVS). Hole GSDL2001 was drilled to a depth of 548 metres and intersected 188 metres grading 3.69 grams per tonne (g/t). Significantly, the last 20 metres graded 9.87 g/t Au, indicating the system is open to depth. GSDL2002, drilled 150 metres to the east of GSDL 2001, was drilled to a depth of 165 metres and had just intersected the projected CVS returning 2.4 g/t over 9 m before drilling activities were suspended due to COVID 19. Drilling on this hole will be resumed when the program restarts.
Kristina Walcott, President of Freegold states, “Management is tremendously excited with these results. The drill program is testing our interpretation that the high-grade CVS extends to the west and these results are confirming our interpretation.”
These intercepts correspond with Freegold’s revised interpretation that the strike of the Cleary Hill vein system may extend west of the old Cleary Hill Mine working towards the Dolphin intrusive in an area of limited previous drilling. As the district’s highest grade historical underground mine Cleary Hill produced 281,000 ounces at an average grade of 1.3 oz/t before production ceased in 1942. The historic Cleary Hill mine workings are projected to lie approximately 500-600 metres to the northeast of the current drilling.
Significant results are reported below:
|Hole Number||Dip||Azimuth||Depth (m)||From (m)||To |
Width refers to drill hole intercepts, true widths cannot be determined due to uncertain geometry of mineralization.
Drilling activities were suspended out of concern for the well-being of our employees, contractors, their families, and our communities. The Company is continuing to follow recommended guidelines to assist in minimizing the spread of COVID-19 including its adopted working from home policy for its corporate office and temporary cessation of its field activities. The Company is continuing to evaluate opportunities in order to safely resume its field activities.
Golden Summit was the subject of an intensive drill campaign between January 2011 and August 2013. A total of 36,159 metres were drilled and three NI 43-101 compliant resource updates were completed. In January 2016, a preliminary economic assessment (PEA) was produced by TetraTech (Press release – January 26th, 2016).
Drill cores were cut in half using a diamond saw, with one-half placed in sealed bags for preparation and subsequent geochemical analysis by ALS Chemex. All assays were performed by ALS Global Ltd., with sample preparation carried out at the ALS facility in Fairbanks, Alaska with subsequent analyses performed primarily using its Vancouver and Reno laboratories. A sample quality control/quality assurance program was implemented.
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.
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