VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA--(Marketwired - July 11, 2016) - Monument Mining Limited (TSX VENTURE:MMY)(FRANKFURT:D7Q1) "Monument" or the "Company" is pleased to announce that significant intercepts assay results have been received for the North of Alliance ("NOA") 7_8 deposit at the Burnakura Gold Project driven by Monument's fiscal 2016 exploration programs ("FY2016 Exploration Program"). The FY2016 Exploration Program includes infill and extensional drilling to update a resource statement that may potentially increase the life of mine for Burnakura Gold Project.
Highlight of the best intercepts and exploration progress at NOA7_8
||Interval Length /Grade
||6.00m @ 8.35 g/t
||12.00m @ 7.16 g/t
||8.00m @ 5.54 g/t
||6.00m @ 5.32 g/t
||4.00m @ 6.97 g/t
The 2016 drilling at NOA was designed to extend the life of mine at the existing optimized pits at Alliance and New Alliance ("ANA") and Federal City deposits, and de-risk the early stage of gold production under heap leach and CIL processes at the Burnakura Gold Project. It included confirmation drilling to NOA North, encompassing NOA 7_8, NOA 6 and NOA 4, and to NOA South deposits NOA1 and NOA2 (Figure 1). The FY2016 Exploration Program also aimed to verify the continuity of mineralization under open pits down dip to connect infill data points for potential super pits or underground mining in the second stage of production that was carried out previously by the previous owner.
The FY2016 Exploration Program at NOA7_8 deposit was completed by June 2016 and comprised of 64 exploration holes for 8,532 meters RC drilling, plus one metallurgical hole for 129.4 meters DD drilling (Figure 2). As a result 6,746 assay results have been received to date (including QAQC samples), confirming the good continuity of the known mineralization envelopes and their extensions down-dip. A follow up economic study is ongoing to optimize the early stage mine plan. In the meantime, the Company is planning a deep drilling program to extend resources and investigate underground production potential to confirm the economics for longer term production.
To view Figure 1 - Drill hole Location Plan for FY2016 Exploration Program in NOA deposits, please visit the following link: http://media3.marketwire.com/docs/NOA_deposits.jpg.
Preliminary Interpretation Results and Deep Drilling Follow-up
Table 1 "Significant Drill Intercepts > 1.0g/t - DD holes" is included in this news release, showing a breakdown of fire assay best intercept results completed by SGS Lab for intervals of mineralization greater than 1.0 g/t Au along with collar information for the RC drill holes (Table 2). The infill and extensional drilling was angled at around 60° towards the west, and has confirmed and allowed the Company to refine the understanding on the existing oxide and sulphide mineralized zones. Most of the significant intercepts come from infill drilling located in regions modeled previously as lower grade mineralization. This indicates that an upcoming resource model update should increase significantly the total Resource, while increasing the confidence in the geometry and grade continuity.
Table 2 in this news release shows the collar coordinates of highlighted exploration RC drilling in corresponding intercepts listed in the Table 1.
FY2016 drill holes, including the mineralized assay results greater than 1.0g/t Au at NOA7_8 highlighted at Figure 2 below, together with historical holes prior to FY2016, are being used as input data for the ongoing Resource estimation. The drill hole orientation for exploration drilling was designed to target perpendicular to mineralization for true thickness. The drill hole intercepts reported in this statement represent composited sample intervals obtained from drilling.
To view Figure 2 - Drill hole Collar Location Plan for NOA7_8 in FY2016, highlighting holes with composited assays greater than 1.0g/t, please visit the following link: http://media3.marketwire.com/docs/FY2016.jpg.
The available hard data information composed of historical drilling (1991-2013), BMGS Resource block model 2012, Rock Team Underground Mining Study 2012 and Monument drilling within FY2016 (highlighting significant assay results) were compiled and visualized in an integrated way, aiming to verify more closely the potential for underground mining mineralization at NOA7_8. The recent Monument drilling, even being predominantly shallower, provides important information evidencing the trends for gold spatial continuity.
Figure 3 presents a cross-section showing some of the significant intercepts listed in Table 1, together with the grade shell interpretation for the ongoing modelling. It could be observed that the recent Monument infill drilling has filled some information gaps, indicating in some cases a mineralization approximately matching the previously interpreted ore geometry however with much higher grade. In this and other sections it is clear that the mineralization is still open at depth. The mineralization is locally much thicker and consistently higher grade than modelled previously with the information then available.
Fault offsets may have displaced the mineralization, and or new pods may have been identified and should be investigated further. This is being better studied in the ongoing modelling. It is also clearly confirmed that the deposit mineralization is structurally controlled and there is a plunging of the high grades to north. The BMGS 2012 previous model is shown in 3D in Figure 4, indicating these gold high grade trends.
To view Figure 3 - Cross-section 7011330mN (+/- 10m), showing significant intercepts for Monument (in green label) and historical holes, in relation to the current interpretation and pits (section trace shown in plan view), please visit the following link: http://media3.marketwire.com/docs/NOA-7_8.jpg.
To view Figure 4 - Oblique view for block model and drilling in relation to actual (brown) and optimised (blue) pits, please visit the following link: http://media3.marketwire.com/docs/oblique.jpg.
The study of the available information and ongoing resource modeling update based on the new drilling information has evidenced positive indications for the increase of mineralized volume and gold grade/ounces for a good part of NOA 7_8, in particular coming from the significant intercepts observed. It has also enhanced the strong potential for the continuity of deep mineralization in the central and north portions of NOA 7_8 deposit.
The completion of the resource modelling will provide the mining department with an indication of possible CIL addition to the earlier phases of the LOM, while providing more updated model indication of the underground potential for designing a further deep drilling program. This will bring a more accurate picture of the potential for both expansion of the optimized pit for CIL high grade purpose, and opportunities for deep drilling and underground development in the near future.
Roger Stangler, Chief Managing Geologist of the Company, MEng, MAusIMM, MAIG, has prepared, reviewed, supervised the preparation and approved the scientific and technical disclosure in the news release as a Qualified Person under NI43-101 standards.
Monument Mining Limited (TSX VENTURE:MMY)(FRANKFURT:D7Q1) is an established Canadian gold producer that owns and operates the Selinsing Gold Mine in Malaysia. Its experienced management team is committed to growth and is advancing several exploration and development projects including the Mengapur Polymetallic Project, in Pahang State of Malaysia, and the Murchison Gold Projects comprising Burnakura, Gabanintha and Tuckanarra in the Murchison area of Western Australia. The Company employs approximately 240 people in both regions and is committed to the highest standards of environmental management, social responsibility, and health and safety for its employees and neighboring communities.
|Robert F. Baldock, President and CEO
|Monument Mining Limited
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To view Table 1: Significant Drill Intercepts > 1.0g/t – RC holes for 2015-2016 drilling programs in NOA 7_8, please visit the following link: http://media3.marketwire.com/docs/MONUMENT_Table1.pdf.
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Table 2: Significant Drill Intercepts: Collar coordinates in MGA94, Zone 50 grid