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Orca Gold Announces a Maiden Resource at the Koné Prospect on its 100%-owned Morondo Gold Project in Côte d'Ivoire

VANCOUVER, Oct. 3, 2018 /CNW/ - Orca Gold Inc. (TSXV: ORG) ("Orca" or the "Company") is pleased to announce an inferred maiden mineral resource estimate ("Mineral Resource Estimate") at the Koné Prospect, on the Morondo Licence, and reports that it has closed its previously disclosed acquisition from Kinross (see Company news release on February 1, 2017) of a highly prospective land package of 2,268km2 in Côte d'Ivoire (Figure 1).

HIGHLIGHTS

  • The Côte d'Ivoire Exploration portfolio includes the Morondo Licence, first explored by Red Back Mining Inc. in 2010. The initial work by Red Back has been followed up by Orca leading to the discovery and definition of the Koné Prospect;
  • The Mineral Resource Estimate for the Koné Prospect comprises 34.1Mt grading 1.1g/t for 1.206Moz of gold at a 0.70g/t cut-off grade;
  • The Koné Prospect is characterized by the significant width of the mineralisation with true widths generally in excess of 150m (Figures 2 and 3);
  • The Mineral Resource Estimate extends over a strike length of 900m and to a maximum vertical depth of 260m;
  • The project is at early stage of evaluation and the drilling database contains 115 RC and 2 diamond holes for only 18,172m of drilling and considerable scope remains for further exploration;
  • The acquisition from Kinross comprises a land package of approximately 2,268km2 positioned on highly prospective structural trends related to known gold mineralization and forms a strategic portfolio for Orca's expansion in West Africa (Figure 1).

 

DETAILS

Mineral Resource Estimate at Koné Prospect

The Mineral Resource Estimate was undertaken by MPR Geological Consultants of Perth, Australia ("MPR") who estimated mineral resources using Multiple Indicator Kriging ("MIK") based on mineralised domains interpreted by MPR.

The Mineral Resource Estimate is shown below at a range of cut-off grades and by oxidation category at cut of grade of 0.70g/t:

Table 1: Koné Mineral Resource Estimate as at October 3, 2018

Deposit Cut Off Inferred
Mt Au g/t Au Koz
Koné Prospect 0.3 83.3 0.7 1,875
0.4 67.3 0.8 1,731
0.5 54.4 0.9 1,574
0.6 43.4 1.0 1,395
0.7 34.1 1.1 1,206
0.8 26.5 1.2 1,022
0.9 20.5 1.3 857
1.0 15.8 1.4 711

 

Table 2: Koné Mineral Resource Estimate at 0.7g/t cut off by Oxidation Category

Deposit Oxidation Inferred
Mt Au g/t Au Koz
Koné Prospect Oxide 2.8 1.1 99
Transition 2.0 1.1 67
Fresh 29.4 1.1 1,028
Total 34.1 1.1 1,206

 
Notes:

The Mineral Resource has been prepared in accordance with the Canadian Institute of Mining, Metallurgy and Petroleum "CIM Definition Standards for Mineral Resources and Mineral Reserves" (CIM, 2014). Numbers may not add up due to rounding.

 

Drilling to date at Koné totals 17,644m of reverse circulation ("RC") drilling in 115 holes and 528m of diamond drilling in two holes. Koné was discovered by Red Back Mining in 2010 with 4,284 m of shallow RC drilling completed. Following ministerial approval of Orca's acquisition of the project from Kinross (see Company news release on November 6, 2017), Orca has completed 13,888m of RC and diamond drilling including 13,728m in the resource area.

The mineralised package at Koné is up to 220m in true width, dipping 50-55° to the north west. Within this wide mineralised domain drilling has defined a series of lower angle (25-30°), higher grade structures (Figure 3) that form a core of mineralisation grading over 1.5g/t.

Mineralisation is hosted within a variably foliated diorite intrusive and is associated with biotite alteration, minor silicification, disseminated pyrite and quartz-carbonate-pyrite-chalcopyrite veining.

The Mineral Resource Estimate has been estimated within the central part of a 2.6km long gold in soil anomaly, which has been tested by 100m and closer spaced drill traverses (Figure 3). Mineralisation remains open with several low-grade intercepts received from first pass drilling to the north and little or no exploration carried out to the south. The southern margin of the resource is marked by one of the best intercepts received from Morondo in hole MRC069 which returned 41m grading 2.11g/t.

Notable Intercepts from Orca's drilling at Koné:

 
MRC053:  94m at 1.12g/t
MRC059:  108m at 0.94g/t
MRC064:  79m at 0.90g/t
MRC069:  41m at 2.11g/t
MRC071:  85m at 0.70g/t
MRC076:  39m at 0.98g/t
MRC081B:  51m at 0.89g/t
MRC094:  43m at 1.41g/t
MRC098:  78m at 1.19g/t
MRC110:  68m at 1.49g/t
MRC111:  67m at 1.86g/t
MRC114:  49m at 1.69g/t

 

A full listing of Orca's drill results from Koné is included in Appendix 1 below.

Metallurgical Test Work

Three composite core samples were submitted to ALS Ammtec in Perth, Australia for preliminary test work.

Comminution test work confirmed the moderate to soft nature of the rock with BWI values of 3.0, 5.2 and 10.7kwh/t for oxide, transition and fresh rock, respectively.

Whole rock bottle roll leach tests at -75µm grind returned recoveries of 97.8%, 96.5% and 91.4% for oxide, transition and fresh rock, respectively, with low reagent consumptions of 0.20kg/t CN and 1.0kg/t Lime.

Heap leach tests (coarse rock bottle rolls) returned recoveries of 95.5% for oxide, 79.1% for transition and 57.4% for fresh using a 5mm crush size.

Preliminary Economic Assessment

The Mineral Resource Estimate and first phase metallurgical test work will form the basis for a Preliminary Economic Assessment ("PEA") which is expected to be completed in early 2019.

Other Permits

The Company is also exploring on the other issued permits in its Côte d'Ivoire portfolio including the Korokaha North permit that lies adjacent to the east of Randgold's Tongon mining lease. Previous exploration on this permit by Red Back identified anomalies in soil geochemical sampling that will now be followed up by Orca.

Commenting on the new Mineral Resource Estimate, Hugh Stuart, President and Director of Orca Gold, said "It's very satisfying to be able to report the maiden resource for the Morondo Licence. With only a small amount of drilling in a short period of time, we managed to define a resource exceeding the 1Moz mark. Mineralisation at the Koné Prospect is remarkably coherent with significant mineralised widths, is easily amenable to open pit mining and shows good leach characteristics. Importantly, there is still a lot of work to do at Koné as it remains open, it is not yet fully explored or understood and is part of a growing mineralised trend that could provide further opportunity. We look forward to continuing exploration to increase this initial resource while at the same time preparing a PEA on the Koné Prospect."

Closing of Kinross Transaction

The Company has now completed its acquisition from Kinross Gold Corporation (TSX:K) (NYSE:KGC) ("Kinross"), of all of the issued and outstanding common shares of the two wholly-owned Kinross exploration subsidiaries located and operating in Côte d'Ivoire. The acquisition is pursuant to a share purchase agreement among Orca, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Orca and two wholly-owned subsidiaries of Kinross (the "Kinross Agreement") (see Company news release on February 1, 2017), which collectively owned and had rights to the Morondo, Korokaha North and Bassawa exploration licences, and four exploration licence applications (collectively, the "Côte d'Ivoire Exploration Assets").

The Côte d'Ivoire Exploration Assets are comprised of: the Morondo licence, located north of the town of Seguela, the Korokaha North licence and Korokaha South application which lie immediately adjacent to the east of Randgold's Tongon Mine; the Bassawa licence and Satama application, located on the southern extension of the Houndé Belt; and, the Zuénoula Ouest and Zuénoula Est applications, located 40km north west of Perseus's Yaouré project (Figure 1).

Under the terms of the Kinross Agreement, Orca has:

  • issued 10,633,169 common shares to Kinross, which are subject to a statutory hold period of four months, representing approximately 5.2% of the post-acquisition share capital of Orca;
  • granted to Kinross a right to maintain a 5% equity interest in the Company through participation in Orca's future equity financings, provided that at the applicable time Kinross holds a minimum equity interest in Orca of 5%;
  • granted to Kinross a two-year right of first refusal on any subsequent disposal of the Côte d'Ivoire Exploration Assets, in whole or in part, by Orca;
  • granted to Kinross a right of first offer on the Côte d'Ivoire Exploration Assets to take effect upon the expiry of the two-year right of first refusal; and
  • granted to Kinross a 2% net smelter return royalty on products mined and sold from the Exploration Assets.

 

In respect of the closing with Kinross, Richard Clark, CEO of Orca said: "The Company is very pleased to have achieved the completion of its agreement with Kinross on the Côte d'Ivoire Exploration Assets. I wish to take this opportunity to thank Kinross for its cooperation in achieving this end after a long administrative process. With Kinross' consent we have been able to commence exploration in Côte d'Ivoire before an official closing of the transaction. This has resulted in the early discovery of an exciting initial resource on the Morondo Licence, clearly demonstrating how prospective this strategic land package is."

FIGURE 1: Orca Exploration Portfolio in Côte d'Ivoire
 

FIGURE 2: Koné Prospect Map (Morondo License)
 

FIGURE 3: Koné Drill Section
 

About Orca Gold Inc.

Orca Gold Inc. (TSX-V: ORG) is a Canadian resource company focused on exploration and development opportunities in Africa, where it is currently focused on the development of its 70%-owned Block 14 Gold project in the Republic of the Sudan. The Company has an experienced board of directors and management team and a strong balance sheet.

The technical contents of this release have been approved by Hugh Stuart, BSc, MSc, a Qualified Person pursuant to National Instrument 43-101. Mr. Stuart is the President of the Company, a Chartered Geologist and a Fellow of the Geological Society of London.

The Mineral Resource estimate was carried out by Jonathon Abbott of MPR Geological Consultants of Perth, Western Australia who is considered to be independent of Orca Gold Inc. Mr. Abbott is a member in good standing of the Australian Institute of Geoscientists and has sufficient experience which is relevant to the commodity, style of mineralization under consideration and activity which he is undertaking to qualify as a Qualified Person under National Instrument 43‐101. Mr. Abbott consents to the inclusion in this press release of the information, in the form and context in which it appears.

Samples used for the results described herein have been prepared and analyzed by fire assay using a 50-gram charge at the Bureau Veritas facility in Abidjan, Côte d'Ivoire and at the Intertek laboratory in Tarkwa, Ghana in compliance with industry standards. Field duplicate samples are taken and blanks and standards are added to every batch submitted.

The Company will file a NI43-101 compliant Technical Report within 45 days of this release.

Cautionary Statement Regarding Forward-Looking Information

This press release contains forward-looking information and forward-looking statements within the meaning of applicable Canadian securities laws, including statements regarding Orca's (the "Company", the "Corporation", "we" or "our") plans and expectations relating to the Block 14 Gold Project ("Block 14") in northern Sudan and the Feasibility Study ("FS") currently being conducted by the Corporation. These statements relate to analyses and other information that are based on forecasts of future results, estimates of amounts not yet determinable and assumptions of management. Statements concerning mineral resource estimates may also be deemed to constitute "forward-looking statements" to the extent that they involve estimates of the mineralization that will be encountered if the property is developed. The assumptions, risk and uncertainties outlined below are non-exhaustive. Should one or more of these risks and uncertainties materialize, or should underlying assumptions prove incorrect, actual results, performance or achievements of the Corporation, or industry results, may vary materially from those described in this presentation.

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Forward-looking statements and forward-looking information are not guarantees of future performance and are based upon a number of estimates and assumptions of management at the date the statements are made including without limitation, assumptions about the following (the "Forward-Looking Factors"): future prices of gold and other metals; successful exploration, development, and production of Block 14; the timing and completion of the FS; performance of contractual obligations by counterparties; operating conditions; political stability; obtaining governmental approvals and financing on time; financial projections and budgets; obtaining licenses and permits; government regulation of the Corporation's mining activities; environmental risks and expenses; market conditions; the securities market; price volatility of the Corporation's securities; currency exchange rates; foreign mining tax regimes; insurance and uninsured risks; financial projections and results; competition; availability of sufficient capital, infrastructure, equipment and labour; dependence on key personnel; dependence on outside parties; conflicts of interest; litigation; land title issues; local community issues; estimation of mineral resources; realization of mineral resources; timing and amount of estimated future production; the life of Block 14; reclamation obligations; changes in project parameters as plans continue to be evaluated; and anticipated costs and expenditures and our ability to achieve the Corporation's goals. While we consider these assumptions to be reasonable, the assumptions are inherently subject to significant business, social, economic, political, regulatory, competitive and other risks and uncertainties, contingencies, many of which are based on factors and events that are not within the control of the Corporation and there is no assurance they will prove to be correct.

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Appendix 1: Orca 2017 - 2018 Morondo Drill Results in Full

Hole From To Metres Au g/t Uncut
MRC052 11 30 19 1.35
49 54 5 1.15
78 84 6 0.85
101 133 32 1.23
141 191 50 1.12
MRC053 36 43 7 1.71
57 151 94 1.12
168 173 5 1.10
181 185 4 0.61
MRC054 0 13 13 0.93
19 53 34 1.13
61 109 48 1.62
159 168 9 1.85
172 180 8 0.73
MRC055 0 27 27 1.02
36 78 42 1.24
133 140 7 1.11
MRC056 0 30 30 1.00
36 60 24 1.39
68 74 6 0.57
85 91 6 0.80
101 109 8 0.96
MRC057 90 104 14 0.73
111 146 35 1.09
MRC058 27 31 4 2.78
49 69 20 0.88
75 128 53 1.31
134 200 eoh 66 0.73
MRC059 0 25 25 1.56
37 145 108 0.94
MRC060 0 33 33 1.51
38 48 10 1.42
57 67 10 0.90
74 96 22 0.71
112 122 10 0.59
MRC061 1 42 41 0.66
55 79 24 0.61
MRC062 77 87 10 0.66
108 115 7 0.99
145 207 62 0.79
MRC063 76 117 41 0.84
132 170 eoh 38 1.00
MRC064 6 85 79 0.90
MRC065 176 185 9 0.47
212 215 3 2.43
MRC066 3 14 11 0.46
MRC067 57 86 29 0.58
122 128 6 1.39
204 212 8 0.79
MRC068 0 7 7 0.59
230 240 10 0.89
MRC069 34 59 25 0.44
69 80 11 0.75
98 112 14 0.62
169 210 41 2.11
MRC070 1 27 26 0.92
32 42 10 0.63
58 64 6 1.69
MRC071 1 86 85 0.70
MRC072 0 24 24 0.80
MRC073 2 8 6 0.93
15 21 6 2.25
27 42 15 1.72
45 62 17 2.17
89 97 8 1.57
MRC074B 19 29 10 1.08
38 46 8 0.64
112 133 21 1.03
MRC075 21 33 12 0.48
111 127 16 0.74
176 199 23 0.28
MRC076 93 110 17 0.62
121 160 39 0.98
173 195 22 0.99
210 225 15 0.63
MRC077 102 144 42 0.54
150 159 9 0.72
166 179 13 1.15
206 230 24 0.81
MRC078 0 38 38 0.51
123 135 12 1.02
MRC079 122 154 32 1.31
190 230 eoh 40 1.08
MRC080 133 137 4 1.42
145 179 34 0.54
190 198 8 0.97
MRC081B 152 199 47 0.80
204 255 51 0.89
MRC082 38 45 7 0.53
86 96 10 0.53
113 120 7 0.60
MRC083 4 17 13 0.53
MRC084B 89 93 4 5.68
MRC085B 112 141 29 0.95
MRC086B 147 159 12 0.77
186 197 11 0.93
MRC087 No Significant Intercept
MRC088 No Significant Intercept
MRC089 No Significant Intercept
MRC090 8 40 32 0.89
98 105 7 0.66
141 153 12 1.99
MRC091 55 75 20 0.65
114 129 15 0.88
141 147 6 1.17
MRC092 111 148 37 0.83
158 186 28 1.06
MRC093 142 148 6 0.76
167 173 6 0.66
184 216 32 0.97
244 255 11 0.89
276 288 12 3.10
MRC094 172 187 15 0.42
197 207 10 1.03
215 258 43 1.41
271 280 9 0.92
MRC095B 63 80 17 0.49
106 134 28 1.13
155 165 10 0.76
170 180 10 1.24
184 189 5 1.17
193 226 33 0.60
MRC096 202 209 7 0.94
216 230 14 8.66
234 248 14 1.07
MRC097 168 193 25 1.55
197 220 23 0.82
248 252 eoh 4 1.70
MRC098 92 95 3 1.34
112 121 9 0.49
125 203 78 1.19
207 230 23 1.23
252 280 eoh 28 1.00
MRC099 23 27 4 2.57
31 36 5 1.11
67 93 26 0.96
99 121 22 1.28
139 155 16 1.39
159 196 37 0.65
MRC100 3 14 11 0.83
17 40 23 1.80
43 97 54 0.98
103 137 34 0.66
141 152 11 1.33
158 162 4 0.94
MRC101 0 15 15 1.02
37 55 18 0.82
59 81 22 0.72
99 110 11 0.65
115 127 12 0.97
MRC102 56 90 34 0.65
MRC103 No Significant Intercept
MRC104 1 11 10 0.40
39 53 14 0.57
57 60 3 2.90
MRC105 0 17 17 0.70
58 65 7 0.76
79 93 14 0.83
MRC106 0 46 46 1.62
81 121 40 1.00
126 136 10 0.90
MRC107 2 28 26 0.73
37 59 22 1.53
67 83 16 0.74
99 107 8 0.77
116 158 42 1.35
185 200 15 1.20
MRC108 106 110 4 0.89
115 123 8 0.79
MRC109 107 110 3 0.48
123 133 10 0.85
166 176 10 0.77
178 225 47 1.76
MRC110 52 63 11 1.18
79 91 12 0.53
119 127 8 1.20
136 204 68 1.49
MRC111 0 12 12 0.48
21 48 27 1.41
64 84 20 1.16
95 162 67 1.86
188 192 4 8.28
222 232 10 0.53
MRC112 27 57 30 1.05
66 87 21 1.16
123 135 12 0.44
MRC113 50 65 15 0.89
75 95 20 0.70
125 151 26 0.69
166 178 12 1.33
MRC114 0 49 49 1.69
58 67 9 0.64
77 94 17 0.78
MRC115 0 63 63 1.42
   
Note: True widths are between 80 and 100% of drilled intercept length.
"Complete Intercept" column shows the intercept for the entire mineralised width.

SOURCE Orca Gold Inc.

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Elina Chow, Investor Relations, Catch Advisory Group Inc., 416.645.0935 x 226, [email protected] CNW Group 2018

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