Pasofino Gold Limited has announced that it has received positive results for trenches on strike from the Tuzon deposit at its Dugbe Gold Project, in which the Company has an option to earn a 49% economic interest (prior to the issuance of the Government of Liberia’s 10% carried interest). The trench results support Pasofino’s view that there are opportunities to add to the existing deposits.
Pasofino Gold Ltd. is a Canadian-based mineral exploration company listed on the TSX-V (VEIN). Pasofino, through its wholly-owned subsidiary, has an option to earn a 49% economic interest (prior to the issuance of the Government of Liberia’s 10% carried interest) in the Dugbe Gold Project.
A 6 km long Au in soil ‘trend’ extending south-westwards ‘on-strike’ from the 2 Moz Tuzon deposit was recognized in January 2021. Three ‘first pass’ trenches were completed in February 2021 to test the trend. All three returned anomalous Au results – up to 2 g/t Au in bedrock and an interval of 36 m grading 0.6 g/t Au.
These trench results are important as there has been no drilling on this trend; the soil anomaly is relatively subtle and was not targeted previously.
At the west end of the trend there are two trenches dating from 2011 that have not been drill-tested to date, despite having a best interval of 26 m grading 0.79 g/t Au.
These results highlight the potential for new discoveries within relative proximity to the existing deposits, within a trucking distance of the planned processing plant at Tuzon.
Ian Stalker, CEO, commented; “The trench results suggest that the mineralized layers hosting the Tuzon deposit may be more extensive than currently defined and provide us with some promising new drill targets. That these results are within 6 km of the 2.3 Moz’s Indicated Resources we have at the Tuzon and Dugbe F deposits makes it all the more meaningful and supports our view that there is more to be found on the 2,559 km2 land package.”
Pasofino recently completed a re-analysis of all historic soil geochemical data, taking into account structure and topography. This work highlighted several weak to moderate strength anomalies on strike of Tuzon. To test these, three trenches were completed during February 2021. They are variably spaced along a 6 km subtle Au-in soil anomaly defined by the 10 ppb contour, extending southwest from the 2 Moz (Indicated) Tuzon deposit (Fig. 1). This 6 km long trend was not tested until now as the Au in soil values are less obvious than others on the project area. Drilling is required to firm up on the concept but the trench results support the possibility of a ‘belt’ of mineralization extending southwestwards from Tuzon, located just north of the Dugbe Shear Zone. The anomaly is subdivided into the Tuzon South Target and the Dugbe Shear Target (DSZ target). At the western end of the trend trenches KHTR007 and KHTR008 dating from 2011 returned excellent results (best being 26 m grading 0.79 g/t Au) but were never followed up. New trench TZTR085 is encouraging being only 500 m southwest of the Tuzon deposit. The 52 m interval grading 0.18 g/t Au in this trench was sampled from mottled zone regolith as bedrock was not reached. A program to follow-up on the trenches will be implemented.
The trench start (collar) positions were determined using a handheld GPS and lidar data for elevation. Trenches were dug to 3 m or to ‘refusal’ (if bedrock reached) and were 200-204 m in length. Samples were all 2 m in length and taken from a horizontal channel 0.1 m above the trench floor. If an interval had bedrock in the floor of the trench small chips were taken with a chisel along the interval. Samples were prepared at Liberia Geochemical Services (Inc. in Monrovia) and analyzed by ALS in Burkina Faso, a facility compliant to ISO 17025:2005 for the analytical methods used for the samples. A certified standard was inserted into every 100 samples and a blank was inserted every 50 samples. A duplicate trench sample was collected every 75th sample. The results of the QAQC samples are acceptable. All samples were stored and transported to the laboratory securely and accompanied by a company representative until arrival at the laboratory. All samples were analyzed by fire assay with atomic absorption finish on a sample with 50g nominal weight. The Qualified Person has been unable to review QAQC data for the 2011 trenches but has observed them in the field.
Scientific or technical information in this disclosure that relates to exploration results was prepared and approved by Mr. Andrew Pedley, a full-time consultant of Pasofino Gold Ltd.’s wholly-owned subsidiary ARX Resources Limited. He is a member in good standing with the South African Council for Natural Scientific Professions (SACNASP) and is as a Qualified Person under National Instrument 43-101.
The 2,355 km2 Dugbe Project is located in southern Liberia and situated within the south westmost part of the Birimian Supergroup, which is host to the majority of West African gold deposits. To date, two gold deposits have been identified on the Project; Dugbe F and Tuzon. The deposits are located within 4 km of the Dugbe Shear Zone which is thought to have played a role in large scale gold mineralization in the area. A large amount of exploration in the area was conducted by Hummingbird, including 74,497 m of diamond coring. 70,700 m of this was at the Dugbe F and Tuzon deposits, discovered by Hummingbird in 2009 and 2011 respectively. Both deposits outcrop at surface and may be amenable to open-cut mining. In addition, there are a number of prospects within the Project area (Fig. 2). In 2019, Hummingbird signed a 25-year Mineral Development Agreement (MDA) with the Government of Liberia providing the necessary long-term framework and stabilization of taxes and duties. Under the terms of the MDA, the royalty rate on gold production is 3%, the income tax rate payable is 25% (with credit given for historic exploration expenditures), the fuel duty is reduced by 50%, and the Government of Liberia is granted a free carried interest of 10% in the Project. Over $70 million has been spent by Hummingbird on the Project.