Alexandria Minerals has begun a 30,000 metre program at its Orenada Zone 4 gold project in Val d'Or, Quebec.
The summer drilling program is specifically focused on defining and expanding the Company's near-surface gold resources in and around Zone 4, where it has identified a stacked, high grade gold vein system.
The Zone 4 property is located seven kilometres southeast of Val d'Or, Quebec, at the western end of Alexandria's 35 kilometre-long property package. The property package straddles the Cadillac Break, a major regional fault zone where mines have produced some 100 million ounces of gold over the past 90 years.
Three drill rigs are now on site for the summer program, where the focus is infill drilling in the open pit area (area of the 2009 resource estimate), as well as step-out drilling to the west and also to the east, toward Zone 2.
Eric Owens, President and CEO of Alexandria, stated, "We're well-capitalized and ready to build upon the success of our winter program, which was our first comprehensive drill program to test for high-grade gold veins at Zone 4. Although some assays are still pending from that program, it has already extended the length of the veins from 300 metres to 700 metres along strike. This summer we look to expand on that further by focusing on a two kilometre stretch east and west of Zone 4."
AZX's winter drilling program was completed in late April, 2017, totalling 9,100 m for 35 holes to test high grade veins. Recent gold assays attest to the robust widths and grades of the veins, such as 9.00 g/t gold over 13.89m, including 16.23 g/t gold over 5.05m; 6.29 g/t gold over 15.35m; 4.85 g/t gold over 12.00m, including 9.15 g/t gold over 3m and 3.82 g/t gold over 63.70m (in Diamond Drill Hole OAX-17-100; see the Company's press release dated May 10, 2017). Assays are still pending from 17 holes of the 35 holes completed during the winter drill program. These assays are expected to be received and released in the coming weeks.
Alexandria has drilled a total of 43 holes at Zone 4 testing for high grade veins, totaling 12,249 metres. This program includes three holes in early 2015, five holes for 2,346 metres in the fall of 2016, and most importantly, the recently completed 9,100 metre program in 2017. The 2017 program to date highlights the growth potential of the gold veins, expanding known gold mineralization well beyond the previous limits of 300 metres along strike and 200 metres to depth. High grade assays have now extended the limits to 700 metres long by 350 metres depth, and mineralization is open in all directions.