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Imperial Mining and SOQUEM Start Drilling at Carheil Copper-Zinc Project in Quebec

Mining News - Published on Wed, 22 Jan 2020

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Imperial Mining Group Ltd announced the start of its Fall 2019 and Winter 2020 exploration program on the Carheil Copper-Zinc project in the Abitibi region of northwestern Québec. The $1 million program, operated by SOQUEM, will involve downhole Time-Domain Electromagnetic surveys, 28 line-km of induced polarization geophysics and a contingent 52 line-km of IP survey depending on the Winter 2020 diamond drill results. A minimum of 3,500 meters of diamond drilling is planned to test several high potential Copper, Zinc, Silver and Gold targets west of the previously-defined B26 basemetal horizon, located south of the past-producing Selbaie Mine (historical past-production 53.0 Mt @ 1.9% Zn, 1.0% Cu, 40.7 g/t Ag 0.6 g/t Au).

The Project is located in Brouillan and Carheil townships, 5 km southwest of the past-producing Selbaie Mine. The property consists of 113 contiguous claims covering approximately 53.7 km2. Imperial holds a 100% interest in the Project subject to an option agreement signed in 2017 where SOQUEM can earn a 50% interest in the Project by carrying out exploration work totaling $3.750 million over four years. On completion of their 2020 exploration intentions, SOQUEM will have incurred approximately $2.75 million in cumulative exploration expenditures on the property.

A downhole Time-Domain EM survey commence this month and is expected to be completed by mid-December 2019. Abitibi Geophysics of Val d’Or, Québec, is the contractor for this program. The downhole TDEM survey will be conducted in two different areas to search for off-hole conductive bodies potentially related to a volcanogenic massive sulphide body.

The first area, the AG1 polymetallic Zone, is located at the southeast end of the property. Previous drilling in this zone identified a Zn, Ag, Cu and Au mineralized VMS system with intersections grading up to 1.58% Zn and 524.1 g/t Ag over 10.5m. However, limited downhole geophysics was performed in those boreholes. A total of four holes will be surveyed at the AG1 Zone to explore for potential extensions of the mineralization.

The second area, the Puiseaux Area, is located at the northeastern end of the property. During the 2019 Winter drill program, Soquem drilled a total of five holes along the southern limit of the property. Two boreholes intersected VMS style mineralization and alteration with the best intersection grading up to 3.06% Cu, 18.2 g/t Ag, 0.1 g/t Au over 4.9m related to a sulphide stringer mineralized zone. A total of three holes will be completed at the Puiseaux Area.

SOQUEM will conduct a total of approximately 28 line-km of grid preparation for an IP survey planned for February 2020. An additional 52 line-km of grid and IP survey could be performed if excellent results are obtained from the drilling on Zones 1 and 2. Contractors for these surveys have not been selected yet.

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Posted By : Rabi Wangkhem on Wed, 22 Jan 2020
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