Multiple mineralized intercepts confirmed in all three secret spot drill holes
News Release – Vancouver, British Columbia – April 29, 2021: New Placer Dome Gold Corp. (“New Placer Dome” or the “Company”) (TSX-V: NGLD) (OTCQB:NPDCF) (FSE: BM5) is pleased to report the assay results for the final thirteen drill holes completed during 2020 at its flagship Kinsley Mountain Gold Project (“Kinsley Mountain”) in Nevada. Drilling at the Secret Spot has yielded a new discovery of near-surface Dunderberg shale hosted oxide gold mineralization, in addition to a new deeper Secret Canyon shale hosted high-grade sulphide gold intercept.
Three new gold discoveries were confirmed at Kinsley during the 2020 drill season: at Secret Spot, Western Flank Extension, and the Main Pit North oxide targets.
Kinsley Mountain is located 90 km south of the Long Canyon Mine, operated by Nevada Gold Mines. It hosts Carlin-style gold mineralization under and adjacent to a historical open-pit, run-of-mine heap leach operation, and hosts an Indicated Resource at the Western Flank Zone of 302,000 ounces of gold grading 6.11 g/t Au (1.54 million tonnes).
The recently completed 2020 Kinsley Mountain reverse circulation and diamond drill campaign comprised 49 drill holes totaling 17,970 metres (39 RC holes for 13,610 metres, and 10 diamond drill holes for 4,360 metres), and tested five target areas within the greater Resource area. To date, only 20% of Kinsley Mountain has been drill tested, with current results warranting further drilling to build on multiple new discoveries and increase the current indicated and inferred resource at the Western Flank Zone, Main Pit North Oxide and Secret Spot targets.
Diamond drill hole KMD20-006 testing across the Transverse fault intersected a total of four separate mineralized intervals, including multiple oxide gold zones from surface within Dunderberg shale, in addition to the highest-grade interval to date within the Secret Canyon shale at Secret Spot.
Max Sali, CEO and founder of New Placer Dome commented, “With the release of final assay results from our highly successful 2020 Kinsley Mountain drill campaign we now look forward finalizing plans for our follow-up 2021 resource expansion and delineation drill program targeting our three new discovery zones at the Western Flank, Secret Spot, and Main Pit North oxide targets. We now have multiple options for resource expansion and discovery across multiple stratigraphic horizons including near surface high-grade oxide at the Secret Spot and Main Pit North targets; in addition to deep high-grade sulphide at the Western Flank Zone and Secret Spot target.”
- 1.76 grams-per-tonne gold (“g/t Au”) (oxide) over 18.9 metres (“m”) from surface; including 4.46 g/t Au (oxide) over 6.1 m in KMD20-006 at Secret Spot (Figure 1, and Table 1)
- 3.81 g/t Au (sulphide) over 11.6 m from; including 11.3 g/t Au (sulphide) over 2.9 m in KMD20-006 at Secret Spot (Figure 2)
- 1.77 g/t Au gold (oxide) over 25.3 m; including 2.75 g/t Au over 10.1 m in KMD20-07B at Secret Spot (Figure 1)
- 0.79 g/t Au (oxide) over 39.8 m in KMD20-008 at Secret Spot (Figure 1)
- 0.53 g/t Au (sulphide) over 19.8 m in KMD20-003 at the Western Flank Zone (Figure 3)
- 0.64 g/t Au (oxide) over 10.7 m in KMR20-029 at the Main Pit North shallow oxide target (Figure 4)
- New Discovery at Secret Spot includes multiple at or near surface Dunderberg shale-hosted oxide gold drill intercepts that warrant immediate follow-up drilling
- Secret Canyon shale gold (sulphide) intercepts within KMD20-006 represent the highest-grade interval to date at Secret Spot; illustrating the potential of the Secret Spot target to yield high grade gold mineralization similar in tenor to the Western Flank Zone resource located 1.5 kilometres to the north
- At Western Flank, discovery of a broad zone of within-pit Hamburg limestone-hosted gold (sulphide) mineralization within drill hole KMD20-003 on the southeast margin of the resource is open to expansion in all directions
Table 1. Kinsley Mountain Gold Project 2020 Significant Drill Intercepts
*True widths of the mineralized intervals are interpreted to be between 60-90% of the reported lengths.
*Drill composites were calculated using a minimum cut-off of 0.20 g/t gold.
**“Sulphide” defined as CN soluble gold recovery of <50%
Drill hole KMD20-001 (-70/060), KMD20-002 (-72/037), KMD20-004 (-78/083), and KMD20-005 (-80/083) targeting the Western Flank Extension did not intersect significant mineralization. Drill hole holes KMR20-035 (-80/122), KMR20-036 (-85/020), and KMR20-037 (-82/250) targeting the Transverse fault at Shale Saddle also did not intersect significant mineralization (Figure 5).
Methodology and QA/QC
Assaying was performed by ALS Global (ALS), Vancouver Canada. ALS is an ISO-IEC 17025:2017 and ISO 9001:2015 accredited analytical laboratory that is independent of New Placer Dome and the QP. RC drill samples were subject to crushing to a minimum of 70% passing 2 mm, followed by pulverizing of a 250-gram split to 85% passing 75 microns. Gold determination was via standard 30-gram fire-assay (FA) analysis with atomic absorption spectroscopy (AAS) finish, in addition to 51 element ICP-MS. Samples returning greater than 10 g/t Au are subject to gravimetric finish. Gold values returning greater than 0.1 g/t Au are also subject leach analysis where the sample is treated with a 0.25% NaCN solution and rolled for an hour. An aliquot of the final leach solution is then centrifuged and analyzed by AAS.
New Placer Dome follows industry standard procedures for the work carried out on the Kinsley Mountain Gold Project, with a quality assurance/quality control (QA/QC) program. Blank, duplicate, and standard samples were inserted into the sample sequence sent to the laboratory for analysis. New Placer Dome detected no significant QA/QC issues during review of the data. New Placer Dome is not aware of any drilling, sampling, recovery or other factors that could materially affect the accuracy or reliability of the data referred to herein.
About New Placer Dome Gold Corp.
New Placer Dome Gold Corp. is a gold exploration company focused on acquiring and advancing gold projects in Nevada. New Placer Dome’s flagship Kinsley Mountain Gold Project located 90 km south of the Long Canyon Mine (currently in production under the Newmont/Barrick Joint Venture, Nevada Gold Mines), hosts Carlin-style gold mineralization, previous run of mine heap leach production, and NI 43-101 indicated resources containing 418,000 ounces of gold grading 2.63 g/t Au (4.95 million tonnes) and inferred resources containing 117,000 ounces of gold averaging 1.51 g/t Au (2.44 million tonnes). The Bolo Project, located 90 km northeast of Tonopah, Nevada, is another core asset, similarly hosting Carlin-style gold mineralization. New Placer Dome also owns 100% of the Troy Canyon Project, located 120 km south of Ely, Nevada. New Placer Dome is run by a strong management and technical team consisting of capital markets and mining professionals with the goal of maximizing value for shareholders through new mineral discoveries, committed long-term partnerships, and the advancement of exploration projects in geopolitically favourable jurisdictions.
The scientific and technical information contained in this news release has been reviewed and approved by Kristopher J. Raffle, P.Geo. (BC), Principal and Consultant of APEX Geoscience Ltd. of Edmonton, AB, a Director of New Placer Dome and a “Qualified Person” as defined in National Instrument 43-101 – Standards of Disclosure for Mineral Projects. Mr. Raffle has verified the data disclosed which includes a review of the sampling, analytical and test data underlying the information and opinions contained herein.
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 Technical Report and updated estimate of mineral resources on the Kinsley Project, Elko County, Nevada, U.S.A., effective January 15, 2020 and prepared by Michael M. Gustin, Ph.D., CPG, Moira Smith, Ph.D., P.Geo. and Gary L. Simmons, MMSA under New Placer Dome Gold Corp.’s Issuer Profile on SEDAR (www.sedar.com).
 Metallurgical testing indicates Western Flank Zone Secret Canyon sulphide is not carbon refractory or silica encapsulated. Flotation plus leached tails processing of Secret Canyon sulphide yielded 89-95% gold recovery, at 98.6-312 g/t gold concentrate grade.