RCG Provides Dufferin Project Update
Mine access ramp reconditioned and tailings Cell 2 completed for near term bulk sampling operations. Development into Saddle 5 completed.
5,330 tonnes of material mined and processed yielded an average of 6.3 grams of gold recovered from limited initial bulk sampling during July and August
Test milling operations have produced 1,282.6 ounces
Bulk sample mining operations in Saddles 1, 4, and 5 proceeding well
Vancouver, BC – September 14, 2017 – Resource Capital Gold Corp., TSXV:RCG (“RCG” or the “Company”), is pleased to provide this project update at the Dufferin gold project in Nova Scotia (the “Project”). Following the receipt on June 12, 2017 of the transfer of the Industrial Approval and Environmental Approval permits (respectively, “IA” and “EA”), the Company immediately commenced to implement and conduct a systematic bulk sampling and test mining program at the Project. During the balance of June and early July, the mine access ramp was reconditioned and Cell 2 in the tailings impoundment facility was completed for use in near term operations in accordance with the approved IA. These activities enabled the Company to begin systematic bulk sampling mining and test milling operations to test the effectiveness of the Company’s planned operations and allow for further exploration of the Project’s resource potential.
During limited operations in July and August, a total of 5,330 tonnes of new material, from which was recovered an average of 6.3 grams of gold per tonne processed, were mined from Saddles 1, 2 and 4 and processed at the mill. A total of 1,282.6 ounces of gold have been produced and sold from test operations to date.
Development into a portion of Saddle 5 has been completed and bulk sampling has commenced there as well. The Dufferin project contains more than 14 east-west trending “saddle reef" quartz vein gold-bearing structures, each with free-milling gold. These 14 stacked gold reefs are part of a system of stacked gold reefs that is open at depth and extends along trend for over 3.2 kilometers. The Company has followed previous development in Saddles 1, 2 and 4 and extended additional development areas in Saddle 4 while developing down into Saddle 5. Development into Saddle 6 has commenced and is progressing.
With the development into a number of Saddles simultaneously, the Company is opening up a sufficient number of mining faces to enable a complete bulk sampling operation, designed to test the consistent and selective mining and milling of the highest grade materials available at any given time for hauling to the mill for processing. This will enable the Company to determine the mining efficiencies and enable a focused approach to mining the high gold content materials in order to determine cost margins for a more permanent operation.
“We are pleased with the performance and recoveries achieved at the mill from these initial operations,” said George S. Young, CEO of the Company. “The mine is progressing well in the bulk sampling operations being conducted, and we are seeing excellent opportunities to target and produce the highest grade material from numerous faces simultaneously as we develop into new areas in Saddle 4 and particularly for the first time in Saddle 5. While we explore from both underground and at surface to expand the deposit, we expect to see a consistent pattern of focused mining demonstrate high operating margins from this conscientious bulk sampling program. The exploration coupled with the bulk sampling are aimed at enabling us to bring the mine into full operation.”
The Company also announces that it has granted 9,250,000 stock options (the “Options”) to its Directors, Officers and selected employees. The Options have an exercise price of $0.20 per share and are exercisable for a three (3) year period ending September 13, 2020.
After giving effect to this option grant, a total of 9,250,000 stock options will be issued and outstanding with 905,780 remaining for future issuance under the Company’s amended stock option plan.
The Options are granted pursuant to the Company’s stock option plan, which was most recently approved by the shareholders of the Company at the annual general meeting of shareholders held on December 2, 2016.
About Resource Capital Gold and the Dufferin Project
Resource Capital Gold Corp. is developing the high-grade Dufferin Gold Mine and mill in Nova Scotia, with initial gold production from test milling achieved in March 2017. The Dufferin project covers 1,684 hectares in 104 mineral claims which contain more than 14 east-west trending “saddle reef" quartz vein gold-bearing structures, each with free-milling gold. The stacked gold reefs are open at depth and extend along trend for over 3.2 kilometers.
The Company is also advancing the Tangier and Forest Hill gold projects and is preparing preliminary economic assessments (“PEAs”) on both.
Additional information with respect to the Dufferin gold project is available in the revised technical report of the Company filed on SEDAR entitled “Revised Preliminary Economic Assessment of the Dufferin Gold Deposit”, dated as of April 3, 2017.
About the Forest Hill property
Forest Hill is an advanced gold project with a drilled gold resource. Gold was discovered in 1893, followed by production, which up to 1916 produced 26,792 ounces at an overall recovered grade of 16.6 g/t Au. In the 1980s, a 230-m shaft was sunk and approximately 94,000 tonnes of ore mined. A total of 10 km of underground workings exist on the project, along with 249 surface drill holes totaling 34,413 m and 127 underground drill holes totaling 7,267 m. The project comprises 1,840 hectares in 115 exploration claims.
Steeply dipping stratabound quartz veins on the south limb of the east-west trending Forest Hill anticline contain free-milling gold. Numerous veins have been encountered on the property, and they have been tracked for over 600 m along strike and 250 m down dip with excellent continuity demonstrated by drilling and mine workings.
The project shows very good grades, and bulk sampling during the 1980s returned grades between 9.2 g/t Au and 13.8 g/t Au for diluted ore, with 94.9% overall recovery, of which 74.2% recovery was attained by gravity methods alone. The expansion potential at Forest Hill is very good, with mineralization open at depth along the entire mineralized system.
Additional information with respect to the Forest Hill project is available in the technical report of the Company filed on SEDAR entitled “Technical Report - Forest Hill Gold Property, Nova Scotia, Canada”, with an effective date of April 10, 2017.
About the Tangier property
Tangier was the site of the first gold discovery in Nova Scotia in 1860. Total historic gold production up to 1919 is estimated at 29,000 ounces at a recovered grade of 17.5 g/t Au. The property saw several phases of bulk sampling during the 1980s and 1990s, the best of which was 2,578 tonnes with a recovered grade of approximately 16 g/t Au.
A total of 211 surface and underground drill holes have been completed on the property. Past mining activities have developed 3,300 m of underground workings. The mine sits on a project area of 1,904 hectares in 119 exploration claims.
The Tangier gold deposit is situated along the east-west trending Tangier anticline, a structure that has been traced for 7.3 km. Within this anticline, two sections totaling 1.4 km have been explored with drilling and past mining, which demonstrate good continuity of gold-bearing quartz veins to depths of 300 m. Gold-bearing quartz veins have been identified over a total strike length of 3.4 km on the property. This work has identified 70 or more gold-bearing quartz veins, demonstrating an extensive mineralized system.
Mineralization at Tangier consists of coarse flake gold and nuggets in generally stratabound quartz veins up to 1.5 meters thick containing calcite and up to 5% sulfide minerals, including pyrite, pyrrhotite, arsenopyrite, sphalerite, and galena. The characteristics of the mineralization indicate that the deposit is an orogenic gold deposit, similar to the Dufferin Mine and others in Nova Scotia’s Meguma Terrane.
Additional information with respect to the Tangier project is available in the technical report of the Company filed on SEDAR entitled “Tangier Gold Property Technical Report”, with an effective date of April 7, 2017.
The scientific and technical data contained in this news release was reviewed and approved by David Smith, CPG, who is a Qualified Person under National Instrument 43-101 Standards of Disclosure for Mineral Projects.
On behalf of the Board of Directors of Resource Capital Gold Corp.
George S. Young
For further Information please contact:
George S. Young at (604) 642 6114
Resource Capital Gold Corp.
Vancouver Park Place
666 Burrard Street, Suite 500
Vancouver V6C 3P6
P +1 604 642 6114
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