- Notable results in all three deposit zones (East Zone, Pit Norte, and Pit Sul) include:
- FSA-246: 42m at 1.88 g/t Au from 145m;
- FSA-246: 18m at 7.21 g/t Au from 482m;
- FSA-264: 20m at 3.86 g/t Au from 102; and
- FSA-266: 33m at 2.58 g/t Au from 57m;
TORONTO, ON / ACCESSWIRE / September 20, 2022 / Cerrado Gold Inc. (TSX.V:CERT)(OTCQX:CRDOF) (“Cerrado” or the “Company”) is pleased to announce additional assay results from its ongoing infill drill program at the Serra Alta deposit at its Monte do Carmo Project located in Tocantins State, Brazil (“MDC”). The infill drill program commenced in Q4 2021 with the aim to upgrade resources into the Measured and Indicated categories, target new satellites, extensional zones, condemn areas of project infrastructure and support the ongoing Feasibility Study. This phase of drilling is expected to be completed early in Q4, 2022.
The Company is currently reporting assay results from 21 drill holes, totaling 4,081 m (see Tables 1 & 2) completed from April to July 2022. As of August 26, 2022, a total of 130 drill holes, totaling 31,815m have been completed as part of the 2022 program, including 109 holes at Serra Alta (infill, condemnation, and partial extensions); and 21 holes in the satellite exploration areas namely, Gogó de Onça and Capitao.
The Company currently has 5 drill rigs on site actively drilling, with three rigs focused on infill and geotechnical programs and two actively drilling at Gogó de Onça.
Drill Hole Highlights (All composites are reported as true thickness):
Serra Alta (Infill)
- 42m at 1.88 g/t Au from 145m
- Including 5m at 4.87 g/t Au from 168m
- 18m at 7.21 g/t Au from 482
- Including 4m at 21.43 g/t Au from 492m
- 15m at 3.71 g/t Au from 138m
- Including 2m at 25.68 g/t Au from 140m
- 20m at 3.86 g/t Au from 102m
- Including 3m at 14.07 g/t Au from 107m
- 9m at 7.24 g/t Au from 148m
- Including 1m at 55.30 g/t Au from 150m
- 28m at 2.13 g/t at 13.78 g/t Au from 44m
- 43m at 1.40 g/t Au from 114m
- Including 3m at 7.74 g/t Au from 119m
- 53m at 1.61 g/t Au from 75m
- Including 3m at 9.51 g/t Au from 92m
- 70m at 2.30 g/t Au from 41m
- Including 2m at 20.83 g/t Au from 90m
- 33m at 2.58 g/t Au from 57m
- Including 6m at 10.81 g/t Au from 63m
Mark Brennan, CEO and Co-Chairman commented “We are nearing completion of the Infill drilling campaign at Serra Alta, providing the resource base for the ongoing Feasibility expected to be completed by the end of Q1 2023. As can be seen by the holes reported today, the Serra Alta deposit at Monte do Carmo continues to show itself as a well endowed gold deposit with plenty of exploration potential.”
Serra Alta Infill
The main objective of the 21 infill drill holes reported today is to convert inferred blocks within and in close proximity, to the current open pit constrained resource estimate (Micon, 2021) into the Indicated category, closing the distance between holes informing blocks in the model. Some of these holes were extended beyond the current resource outline to test prospective extensional areas. Holes reported today include, 11 collared in the East Zone, 3 in Pit Norte and 7 in Pit Sul (see Figure 1 for drill hole locations, and Figure 2 for cross sections of highlighted holes).
Drill holes FSA-246, FSA-254, FSA-258, FSA-260, FSA-261, FSA-264, FSA-265, FSA-267, FSA-268, FSA-269 and FSA-271 were collared in the East Zone. The best reported intercepts in the East Zone correspond to holes FSA-246 and FSA-264 which were collared in the central and southern segment of the approximate 400m of strike that comprises the East Zone. Hole FSA-246 was drilled at a very shallow angle (19 degree) to optimize the perpendicularity to the quartz veins (single and as vein domain trend) and to efficiently determine the continuity of these veins at a proximal level to the hosting granite and its contact with the volcanic rocks (loci of best lateral continuity of mineralization). Hole FSA-264, collared in the southern segment of the east zone intercepted two outstanding segments: a shallower one with 20m at 3.86 g/t Au from 102m, including 3m at 14.07 g/t Au from 107m; and a deeper one with 9m at 7.24 g/t Au from 148m, including 1m at 55.30 g/t Au from 150m.
Drill holes FSA-252, FSA-257, and FSA-263 were collared in Pit Norte. Hole FSA-252, drilled in the northern segment of this zone intercepted a laterally extensive continuous zone that in the previous geological model (current resource) encompassed three narrow discrete vein trends separated by barren granitic gaps. The notable continuity points to the validity of possible “mushroom” shapes in some areas, where mineralization blossoms towards the granitic/volcanic contact. The continuous interval referred above returned 53m at 1.61g/t Au from 75m, including 3m at 9.51 g/t Au from 92m. Drill holes FSA-194, FSA-201, FSA-259, FSA-262, FSA-266, FSA270 and FSA-271 were collared in Pit Sul covering the full 200m strike length of this zone. Most relevant results are included in hole FSA-262, collared in the middle of the zone which crossed 70m at 2.30 g/t Au from 241 m, including 2m at 14.35 g/t Au from 45m. Hole FSA-262 reaffirms the lateral continuity of shallow mineralization in Pit Sul, which under the current PEA is to be part of the early mining phases.
Figure 1. Reported and Ongoing Drill Hole Locations
Figure 2. Select Highlighted Cross Sections of Reported Holes*
Note: Scale vary by section
Table 2. Drill Hole locations
|Zone||Hole number||UTM East
|Elevation m||Depth m||Azimuth||Dip|
*Collar coordinates by GNSS TP-20 UTM Coordinates, Datum: SAD69 / zone 22S.
*Azimuth Set by compass
*Dip and drill hole trajectory by DEVIFLEX Devico
Table 2. Drill Hole Composites – Infill Drilling
|DDH||From||To||LENGTH (m)||True Width (m)||Au (g/t)|
The Company is also pleased to announce that it has granted an aggregate of 1,987,500 incentive stock options to certain, directors, officers and other eligible participants under its amended and restated omnibus incentive plan. The options are exercisable, subject to vesting provisions, over a period of five years at a price of $1.10 per share. The Company has also granted a total of 820,000 Deferred Share Units to non-executive directors and 1,397,500 Restricted Share Units (“RSUs”) to executives and management. The RSUs are subject to vesting provisions.
Quality Assurance and Quality Control
Analytical work was carried out by ALS international lab (ALS). MDC send half core samples for sample preparation to the lab. The facilities of the prep lab are located in Goiânia, Brazil 835 km from the MDC project and alternatively in Belo Horizonte, Brazil 1,110 Km from the MDC project. MDC sends out samples to ALS international labs (ALS) with the prep lab located in Goiânia or alternatively in Belo Horizonte. ALS lab sends the prepared aliquots for analytical assay to their lab in Lima, Peru where the prepared samples are systematically analyzed for gold (ppm) by fire assay (Au-AA24) or gold (ppm) by metallic screen (Au-SCR24). Randomly the ICP (Inductively coupled plasma mass spectrometry) is done for trace elements in 4 acids (hydrofluoric, perchloric, nitric and hydrochloric) digestion (ME-MS-61). ALS has routine quality control procedures which ensure that every batch of samples includes three sample repeats and at least two commercial standards and two blanks. Cerrado uses standard QA/QC procedures, inserting reference standards and blanks, for the drilling program. The Reference material used are from CDN Resource Laboratories Ltd., ITAK (Instituto de Tecnologia August Kekulé Ltda. and OREAS).
Review of Technical Information
The scientific and technical information in this press release has been reviewed and approved by Sergio Gelcich, P.Geo., Vice President, Exploration for Cerrado Gold Inc., who is a Qualified Person as defined in National Instrument 43-101.
CEO and Co Chairman
Vice President, Corporate Development
Cerrado is a Toronto based gold production, development and exploration company focused on gold projects in the Americas. The Company is the 100% owner of both the producing Minera Don Nicolás mine in Santa Cruz province, Argentina, and the highly prospective development project, Monte Do Carmo located in Tocantins State, Brazil.
At Minera Don Nicolas, Cerrado is maximising asset value through further operation optimization and continued production growth. An extensive campaign of exploration is ongoing to further unlock potential resources in our highly prospective land package.
At Monte Do Carmo, Cerrado is rapidly advancing the Serra Alta deposit through Feasibility and production. The Serra Alta deposit Indicated Resources of 541 kozs of contained gold and Inferred Resources of 780 kozs of contained gold. The Preliminary Economic Assessment demonstrates robust economics as well as the potential to be one of the industry’s lowest cost producers. Cerrado also holds an extensive and highly prospective 82,542 ha land package at Monte Do Carmo.
For more information about Cerrado please visit our website at: www.cerradogold.com.
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