Frontline Gold Corporation
TSX VENTURE : FGC

Frontline Gold Corporation

April 09, 2010 16:48 ET

Frontline Gold Reports Excellent Initial Results from the Niaouleni Gold Project, Drilling Scheduled for Mid-April

HALIFAX, NOVA SCOTIA--(Marketwire - April 9, 2010) - Gregory Isenor, P.Geo., President and CEO of Frontline Gold Corporation ("Frontline") (TSX VENTURE:FGC) is pleased to provide this update on the 2010 exploration program at Frontline's 100% owned Niaouleni Gold Project ("Niaouleni") located in southern Mali, West Africa.

Highlights

  • Property wide soil and termite mound sampling program has identified two new target areas as well as confirmed the four previously known gold anomalous areas of artisanal activity with initial assay samples ranging up to 10,000 ppb gold or 10 grams gold per tonne 
  • Grab samples from existing artisanal workings have also generated high gold values ranging up to 10 grams gold per tonne
  • 10,000-m RAB drilling program scheduled to start on April 15th
  • Camp construction completed
  • Historical data compilation, review and analysis completed

Niaouleni 2010 Exploration Program Update

The 2010 exploration program for the Niaouleni Gold Project is comprised of four major components: camp construction, historical data evaluation, geochemistry (soils, termite mound and grab sampling), and drilling.

Geochemistry

There are significant amounts of geochemical data available from historical exploration. Frontline's 2010 soil and termite mound geochemical surveys have sampled all permit areas not previously sampled on the large property which strikes for more than 15 kilometres.

Termite mound sampling is a widely-accepted exploration technique used in both Africa and Australia for obtaining deep (+75 metres) samples. Comparable to the grab sampling program, the initial assay results contained values as high as 10 grams/tonne gold and a preliminary review of the data suggests that several new gold-anomalous areas have been identified.

These are new target areas not identified either by historic artisanal mining activity or by exploration programs conducted by prior permit holders. Once the complete geochemistry sample data base is received then the assay data will be plotted and maps generated and released.

Grab Sampling

A grab sampling program over areas of prior artisanal mining is complete. The program covered a number of locations across the 94 square kilometre permit area including the four major sites of old historic artisanal mining activity and initial review of the assays indicate values as high as 10,000 ppb (10 grams/tonne) gold.

Drill Program

A significant RAB (Rotary Air Blast) drilling program has been designed for 2010 with commencement planned for April 15th. This program will test targets identified by prior exploration including areas of old artisanal working and some of the new gold anomalous zones identified by the recently completed geochemistry.

Diamond drilling of selected verification holes to confirm historic drill results and new priority targets is planned.

Camp Construction

Frontline has constructed a year-round camp comprised of residential compounds, kitchen and dining facility and a digitally connected exploration headquarters. This exploration compound is approximately three hours drive from Mali's capital city of Bamako and is accessible by year-round roads.

Historical Data Complication and Analysis

The effective compilation, review and analysis of the approximately $10,000,000 of historical exploration at Niaouleni, all of which Frontline has acquired, is critical to maximizing the future success of exploration programs at Niaouleni. This process is now complete and the results will greatly assist the directing of future RAB and diamond drill programs.

Commentary

"We are pleased to announce that the 2010 exploration program is well underway on our 94 square kilometre Niaouleni Gold Project in south Mali and to provide our shareholders with this update," said Gregory Isenor, President and CEO of Frontline. "We have assembled a first-class exploration team and construction of a year-round road-accessible camp is complete. An extensive process of data compilation, review and analysis of an estimated $10,000,000 of historical exploration work is also complete. Our soil and termite mound geochemical survey, which included all areas not previously sampled including verification sampling of prior programs, has also been completed and initial assays are being received. Additional grab sampling at areas of artisanal mining has also been completed. Lastly, a substantial Rotary Air Blast ("RAB") drill program is well-advanced in planning with a scheduled start date in mid-April."

Niaouleni Gold Project

Located in south Mali, Niaouleni [pronounced ne-ow-len-ee] is comprised of two granted and one pending exploration permits covering 94 square kilometres. Accessible by year round road, Niaouleni encompasses over one third of a major 40 km mineralized structure extending from Niaouleni north to the Kobada Deposit where African Gold Group has launched an exploration program aimed at establishing a 1,000,000 ounce gold resource* and continuing to Golden Rim's Faraba Project. Niaouleni is an ancient artisanal gold mining site with recorded activity dating back to the fourteenth century. Since the 1960s, Niaouleni had been explored by both public and private companies and Frontline has acquired and now reviewed and analyzed all of that historical data.
* AGG news release February 18, 2010

The principal assets of Frontline are the 100% owned Niaouleni Gold Project in Mali and a 50% interest in the Jubilee Zinc Project and ancillary zinc properties, the Cape Breton Regional Zinc Claims and the Eastville Permits, all in Nova Scotia. (see news release January 4, 2010)

Gregory P. Isenor, P. Geo., is the Qualified Person as defined under NI 43-101 who has reviewed and is responsible for the technical information presented in this news release.

This press release includes certain statements that may be deemed "forward-looking statements". All statements in this release, other than statements of historical facts, that address future exploration drilling, exploration activities and events or developments that the Company expects, are forward looking statements. Although the Company believes the expectations expressed in such forward-looking statements are based on reasonable assumptions, such statements are not guarantees of future performance and actual results or developments may differ materially from those in forward-looking statements. Factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from those in forward-looking statements include market prices, exploitation and exploration successes, continued availability of capital and financing, and general economic, market or business conditions.

Neither the TSX Venture Exchange nor its Regulation Services Provider (as that term is defined in the policies of the TSX Venture Exchange) accepts responsibility for the adequacy or accuracy of this release.

Contact Information

  • Frontline Gold Corporation
    Greg Isenor
    President & CEO
    (902) 832-5555
    or
    Frontline Gold Corporation
    Tom Hickey
    Vice-President
    (902) 832-5555
    info@merrexgold.com