ValOre Drills Near Surface Mineralization at Santo Amaro Target, Pedra Branca
Highlights include: 36 m at 2.22 g/t 2PGE+Au from 43 m, including 9.12 m at 6.38 g/t 2PGE+Au
October 20, 2021
Santo Amaro Drilling Update – Oct 20, 2021
Vancouver, B.C. ValOre Metals Corp. (“ValOre”; TSX‐V: VO; OTC: KVLQF; Frankfurt: KEQ0, “the Company”) today provided an update on 2021 drilling from the Santo Amaro target at ValOre’s 100%-owned Pedra Branca Platinum Group Elements (“PGE”, “2PGE+Au”) Project (“Pedra Branca”) in northeastern Brazil.
“2021 drilling at Santo Amaro has greatly advanced the interpreted geological model for the resource-associated ultramafic package, allowing for more targeted resource expansion drilling and a higher level of confidence in future resource estimations,” stated ValOre’s VP of Exploration, Colin Smith. “Significant drilling results include the 110-metre ultramafic intercept in DD21SA42, a ~95 metre step-out hole drilled to the southeast of the current resource; multiple near surface intervals of mineralization within and along strike from the current resource; and mineralized intercepts better defining the NW mineralized zone, situated ~250 metres northwest of the current resource.”
Key Updates on 2021 Santo Amaro Core Drilling:
- 19 holes drilled totaling 2,204 metres (“m”), with a primary focus of resource expansion;
- All 19 completed holes intercepted the target UM intrusion, with assays received in full for 7 holes (12 holes pending), and the final drill hole currently in progress;
- Near surface mineralization encountered in 7 of the 7 holes received to date, with a highlight of:
- 36 m at 2.22 grams per tonne palladium + platinum + gold (“g/t 2PGE+Au”) from 43 m, including 9.1 m at 6.38 g/t 2PGE+Au from 43 m in drill hole DD21SA30;
- Assays pending for a 110-metre chromite-bearing ultramafic intercept in step-out hole DD21SA42;
- Advancement of NW mineralized zone, situated ~250 metres northwest of the resource:
- All 6 drill holes intercepted target ultramafic (“UM”) intrusion (assays pending);
- Upon completion of the final hole, both drill rigs to be mobilized to the Santo Amaro South target, 1.5 kilometres (“km”) south, to drill 200 m in 4 holes, and thereafter to the Massapê target, 30 km southwest, to drill 1000 m in 10 holes.
*Reported core assay interval lengths are estimated to represent 90-100% true width
Santo Amaro Target and the 2019 Mineral Resource Domain
Santo Amaro is one of five currently defined PGE deposit areas at Pedra Branca, which together host an inferred resource totalling 1,067,000 ounces (“oz”) of 2PGE+Au contained in 27.2 million tonnes (“Mt”) grading 1.22 g/t 2PGE+Au. Summary Table of the 2019 Inferred Resource and Pedra Branca Resource Estimate NI 43-101 Technical Report, May 2019.
The 2019 Santo Amaro mineral resource was defined by 5 pre-ValOre drill holes spaced 45-60 m apart, along a collective geological trend of 215 m, which together comprise an inferred resource of 203,000 oz at 1.19 g/t 2PGE+Au in 5.3 Mt. To improve geological constraint for the next resource re-estimation, 10 scissor holes were drilled in 2021 from 5 pads (2 holes per pad) to the north of the resource holes, with each pad having 1 vertical hole (-90° dip) and 1 angled hole to the south (-50° dip). Shallow, well-mineralized 2PGE+Au intercepts have been returned for all holes received to date (7 received, 12 pending), greatly improving drill-confirmed defined continuity of the resource area and exposing strong resource upside to the east and southeast of previous drilling. See Table 1 below for a summary of significant drill core assays from the 2021 scissor holes and CLICK HERE for a plan map of Santo Amaro drilling to date (Figure 1).
Resource Expansion Potential Along Strike
While PGE mineralization in the UM intrusion that hosts the Santo Amaro resource remains open in both directions along strike, the easterly extension exhibits a potential thickening of the target package and was subsequently targeted with 2 holes in 2021. Both holes intercepted broad, shallow intervals of chromite-bearing UMs along trend from the existing resource, with DD21SA42 transecting 110 m of the target host intrusion and DD21SA40 transecting 24 m (assays pending).
The resource strike potential also remains open to the west, as evidenced by western-most 2020 drill hole DD20SA23, which returned 20 m at 0.98 g/t 2PGE+Au from surface (CLICK HERE for news release dated January 15, 2021). Potential geological continuity has been built with the advancing Northwest target area, which would more than double the trend of shallow PGE-bearing ultramafics at Santo Amaro.
Northwest Target Area (“NW”)
An emerging shallow PGE body approximately 250 m north-northwest of the resource area was drilled with 6 holes totaling 729 m in Q3-Q4 2021, with the goal of incorporating the zone into a future inferred resource estimate. All 6 holes intercepted the target shallow UM intrusion, building strong geological continuity across the 200 m by 300 m zone. Assays remain pending for 5 out of the 6 NW holes, with the DD21SA27 returning 31 m at 0.26 g/t 2PGE+Au from 88 m, including 4.0 m at 0.99 g/t 2PGE+Au from 88 m.
Table 1: Significant Core 2PGE+Au Assays from 2021 Santo Amaro Drilling (Partial Results)
|DD21SA25||41.90||99.76||57.86||0.01||0.29||0.30||0.60||58 m at 0.60 g/t 2PGE+Au from 42 m|
|DD21SA26||34.02||62.60||28.58||0.04||0.54||0.26||0.83||29 m at 0.83 g/t 2PGE+Au from 34 m
incl. 12 m at 1.12 g/t 2PGE+Au from 43 m
|DD21SA27||8.50||13.00||4.50||0.01||0.12||0.12||0.26||4.5 m at 0.26 g/t 2PGE+Au from 8.5 m
and 31 m at 0.26 g/t 2PGE+Au from 88 m
incl. 4.0 m at 0.99 g/t 2PGE+Au from 88 m
|DD21SA28||19.95||27.60||7.65||0.05||1.30||1.60||2.96||7.7 m at 2.96 g/t 2PGE+Au from 20 m
incl. 3.0 m at 5.24 g/t 2PGE+Au from 22 m
|DD21SA29||22.55||51.42||28.87||0.14||0.89||0.38||1.41||29 m at 1.41 g/t 2PGE+Au from 23 m|
|DD21SA30||42.55||78.15||35.60||0.02||1.16||1.05||2.22||36 m at 2.22 g/t 2PGE+Au from 43 m
incl. 9.1 m at 6.38 g/t 2PGE+Au from 43 m
|DD21SA32||18.14||41.00||22.86||0.03||0.84||0.20||1.07||23 m at 1.07 g/t 2PGE+Au from 18 m
incl. 8.0 m at 2.13 g/t 2PGE+Au from 22 m
*Reported core assay interval lengths are estimated to represent 90-100% true width
**Assays pending for drill holes DD21SA31, and DD21SA33 to DD21SA42
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Qualified Person (QP)
The technical information in this news release has been prepared in accordance with Canadian regulatory requirements set out in NI 43-101 and reviewed and approved by Colin Smith, P.Geo., ValOre’s QP and Vice President of Exploration.
About ValOre Metals Corp.
ValOre Metals Corp. (TSX‐V: VO) is a Canadian company with a portfolio of high‐quality exploration projects. ValOre’s team aims to deploy capital and knowledge on projects which benefit from substantial prior investment by previous owners, existence of high-value mineralization on a large scale, and the possibility of adding tangible value through exploration, process improvement, and innovation.
In May 2019, ValOre announced the acquisition of the Pedra Branca Platinum Group Elements (PGE) property, in Brazil, to bolster its existing Angilak uranium, Genesis/Hatchet uranium and Baffin gold projects in Canada.
The Pedra Branca PGE Project comprises 51 exploration licenses covering a total area of 55,984 hectares (138,339 acres) in northeastern Brazil. At Pedra Branca, 5 distinct PGE+Au deposit areas host, in aggregate, a current Inferred Resource of 1,067,000 ounces 2PGE+Au contained in 27.2 million tonnes grading 1.22 g/t 2PGE+Au (CLICK HERE for ValOre’s July 23, 2019 news release). All the currently known Pedra Branca inferred PGE resources are potentially open pittable.
Comprehensive exploration programs have demonstrated the "District Scale" potential of ValOre’s Angilak Property in Nunavut Territory, Canada that hosts the Lac 50 Trend having a current Inferred Resource of 2,831,000 tonnes grading 0.69% U3O8, totaling 43.3 million pounds U3O8. For disclosure related to the inferred resource for the Lac 50 Trend uranium deposits, please CLICK HERE for ValOre's news release dated March 1, 2013.
ValOre’s team has forged strong relationships with sophisticated resource sector investors and partner Nunavut Tunngavik Inc. (NTI) on both the Angilak and Baffin Gold Properties. ValOre was the first company to sign a comprehensive agreement to explore for uranium on Inuit Owned Lands in Nunavut Territory and is committed to building shareholder value while adhering to high levels of environmental and safety standards and proactive local community engagement.
On behalf of the Board of Directors,
James R. Paterson, Chairman and CEO
ValOre Metals Corp.
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