TORONTO, Feb. 03, 2022 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- FenixOro Gold Corp (CSE:FENX, OTCQB:FDVXF, Frankfurt:8FD) is pleased to announce additional drill results including the deepest intersection of ore grade gold to date in the Abriaqui district. 

  • Hole P014 was drilled to a depth of 1008 meters and intersected 15.71 g/t Gold on the Orquidea vein at an elevation of 1245 meters. This intersection is 300 meters deeper than any previously known mineralization in the Abriaqui district. Mineralization remains open at depth on all veins intersected to date 
     
  • This depth will significantly impact the resource potential modeling on all veins (see Press Releases March 29 and September 28, 2021) 
     
  • The minimum proven vertical range of mineralization on the Orquidea vein is now 1000 meters and the new intersection extends the total vertical range of high grade gold in the greater Abriaqui system of veins to 1500 meters 
     
  • An intersection of 3.6m @ 7.26 g/t gold in P014 correlates with the Baul vein and the previously reported 7.7m @ 8.46 g/t in P006 (Press Release February 24, 2021). This correlation makes Baul the next formally modeled vein, significantly increasing tonnage estimates in the northern drill area. 

Fenixoro VP Exploration Stuart Moller commented on exploration results to date. “The 8000 meters of the first two phases of drilling have given us everything we could have anticipated: multiple mineralized veins with good gold grades, thicker zones of up to 20 meters with potential for eventual low cost bulk underground mining, a much greater than expected vertical extent of mineralization, and multiple new high quality drill targets in the southeast license and elsewhere. It’s hard to overstate the importance of the deep hit on Orquidea as it puts an additional 300 vertical meters in play for all the veins in the district and the system is still open at depth.”

Phase 2 drilling has ended with a total of 8062 meters in 16 holes, all in the northwestern licenses of the Abriaqui property (Figure 1). Hole P013 tested the southern extension of the Northwest Vein corridor (NWC). It intersected the Cascada and Santa Teresa veins north of the Cascada Fault but the intersections south of the fault are not yet correlated. Significant results are shown in Table 1.

P014 was designed as a deep test of the potential of the veins on the NWC. It was drilled to a depth of 1008 meters at an angle of -65 degrees from the horizontal. As with most deep holes, drilling was slow and difficult but most objectives were accomplished. The Santa Teresa and Orquidea veins were intersected but it appears that the hole ended just short of Romperopa 1. The deepest intersection of high grade gold, 0.55m @ 15.71 g/t on the Orquidea vein, was at an elevation of 1240 meters. This is the deepest hit to date in the Abriaqui district and it adds 300 meters to the known vertical interval of mineralization. The mineralogy and metal ratios are similar to those higher up in the same vein system indicating that there is no reason to believe that we are nearing the economic bottom of the system. 

The minimum vertical interval of potentially economic mineralization in the Orquidea vein is 1000 meters and, including samples taken from mines at higher altitude in the southeastern license, the vertical interval property-wide is 1500 meters. Figure 2 is a longitudinal section of the Orquidea vein showing the drill intersections to date along with sample data from near surface mines. The five drill intersections average 1.79 meters at 11.57 g/t gold. The mineralization is open laterally in both directions and at depth. Importantly, we now know that the geologic system at Abriaqui is capable of generating high gold grades to this depth and that all veins in the district should have similar depth potential. 

New Vein For Resource Model 
A 3.6 meter intersection with 7.26 g/t gold in the upper part of P014 correlates with the best intersection of the first drill phase, 7.7m @ 8.46 g/t in P006 and a thinner hit in hole P005 on the Baul vein. The vein, which is open to the northwest and at depth, will be the next formally modeled structure to be included in an eventual resource model.

Holes P015 and P016 were drilled from the same platform as infill holes on the NWC and the East-West trending corridor of veins respectively. Assays are awaited for both holes.

Figure 1. Drilling through January, 2022 in the main northwest vein zone. Gold assays in drill holes projected vertically to the surface. Orquidea and Baul Veins shown in blue

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Table 1. Recent drill results from holes P013 – P015

 

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Figure 2. Vertical longitudinal section of the Orquidea vein looking northeast showing resource potential block expanded at depth by 300 meters by the intersection in P014. The five drill intercepts average 1.79m @ 11.55 g/t gold.

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About FenixOro Gold Corp. 
FenixOro Gold Corp is a Canadian company focused on acquiring and exploring gold projects with world class exploration potential in the most prolific gold producing regions of Colombia. FenixOro's flagship property, the Abriaqui project, is the closest project to Continental Gold's Buritica project. It is located 15 km to the west in Antioquia State at the northern end of the Mid-Cauca gold belt, a geological trend which has seen multiple large gold discoveries in the past 10 years including Buritica and Anglo Gold's Nuevo Chaquiro and La Colosa. As documented in "NI 43-101 Technical Report on the Abriaqui project Antioquia State, Colombia" (December 5, 2019), the geological characteristics of Abriaqui and Buritica are similar. Since the preparation of this report a Phase 1 drilling program has been completed at Abriaqui resulting in a significant discovery of a high grade, "Buritica style" gold deposit. A Phase 2 drilling program has recently commenced. 

FenixOro's VP of Exploration, Stuart Moller, led the discovery team at Buritica for Continental Gold in 2007-2011. At the time of its latest public report, the Buritica Mine contains measured plus indicated resources of 5.32 million ounces of gold (16.02 Mt grading 10.32 g/t) plus a 6.02 million ounce inferred resource (21.87 Mt grading 8.56 g/t) for a total of 11.34 million ounces of gold resources Buritica began formal production in November 2020 and has expected annual average production of 250,000 ounces at an all-in sustaining cost of approximately US$600 per ounce. Resources, cost and production data are taken from Continental Gold's "NI 43-101 Buritica Mineral Resource 2019-01, Antioquia, Colombia" (18 March, 2019). Continental Gold was recently the subject of a takeover by Zijin Mining in an all-cash transaction valued at C$1.4 billion.