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Turmalina Metals Corp. to Commence Trading on TSX Venture Exchange, and Reports High-Grade Gold-Silver-Copper Assays from Initial Drilling

VANCOUVER, Dec. 2, 2019 /PRNewswire/ - Turmalina Metals Corp. ("Turmalina" or the "Company") is pleased to announce that its common shares will start trading on the TSX Venture Exchange on Tuesday, December 3rd, 2019 under the symbol TBX.  

Highlights include:

  • A high-grade tourmaline gold-silver-copper breccia in Argentina with significant gold and copper grades, including some of the highest gold grades ever returned for tourmaline breccia-style mineralisation.

  • Multiple drill-ready targets at former mines that have had little or no prior drilling.

  • Consolidation of regional gold-copper breccia clusters provides outstanding growth potential. 

  • A team highly experienced in both exploration and mining: from discovery and resource development, through to mining studies and operations.  


Turmalina is focused on the exploration and development of high-grade gold-bearing tourmaline breccias at San Francisco (the "San Francisco Project"), located in the mining-friendly state of San Juan, Argentina. Turmalina has completed 10 diamond drill holes at the San Francisco de Los Andes breccia pipe at its San Francisco project. Significant intersections are reported in Table 1 below, and include:

  • 36.95m @ 6.31 g/t Au, 122 g/t Ag & 0.88% Cu (8.7 g/t AuEq) from 34.5m (SFDH-001)

  • 85.30m @ 4.43 g/t Au, 109 g/t Ag & 0.79% Cu (6.6 g/t AuEq) from 27.7m (SFDH-002)
  • 50.75m @ 3.62 g/t Au, 82 g/t Ag & 1.90% Cu (6.7 g/t AuEq) from 44.25m (SFDH-003)
  • 85.00m @ 2.65 g/t Au, 88 g/t Ag & 0.57% Cu (4.32 g/t AuEq) from 33m (SFDH-005)
  • 27.52m @ 3.00 g/t Au, 124 g/t Ag & 0.37% Cu (4.8 g/t AuEq) from 56.48m (SFDH-007)


Dr. Rohan Wolfe, Chief Executive Officer, states: "The identification and acquisition of these high-grade, gold-bearing tourmaline breccia projects is the result of two years of work and due diligence by our technical team including assessments on dozens of projects throughout South America. Our projects met strict criteria developed by our team of geologists and engineers, a process now validated through recent drilling.

The exceptional drill results at the San Francisco Project highlight the high-grade, gold-rich nature of the San Francisco breccias, returning some of the highest gold-grades recorded for this deposit style. Drilling of the San Francisco de Los Andes breccia pipe shows that the pipe flares outward with increasing depth, a geometry typical of tourmaline breccias that indicates increasing upside at depth. Most significantly the drilled breccia pipe is only one of over 60 breccias mapped to date on our property, with recent sampling by the company identifying several breccias that have returned 1 to 10 g/t gold from surface sampling. We are now keen to accelerate work on the ground."

The recently completed 1570m diamond drill program at the San Francisco project tested the depth extension of the San Francisco de Los Andes breccia pipe with 10 inclined holes drilled across the breccia. These holes intersected broad 40 to 200+ meter wide zones of strong, sulphide-rich breccia mineralisation (Figures 1 to 8) beneath several historic shallow holes drilled by private owners in 1990. The mineralogy and geological setting indicate that only the top of this breccia pipe has been exposed, and there is excellent potential for growth both at depth and laterally.

About the San Francisco Project

The 3404 ha San Francisco project is located in San Juan, Argentina. The project area contains over 60 tourmaline breccia occurrences, several of which have supported small-scale mining. The Company is focused on mapping and sampling the breccias in the project area, and drill testing the highest priority targets.

Other Projects

Turmalina has entered into an agreement to explore the Turmalina copper-gold molybdenum project located in Piura, Peru (the 'Turmalina Project'). The Turmalina Project hosts a cluster of undrilled tourmaline breccias that were historically mined for copper, gold and molybdenum. The Company is currently engaged in the permitting process and plans to commission a 43-101 report and start exploration should the permitting outcome prove to be favorable.  

An Experienced Team

Turmalina is led by an award-winning team of professionals highly experienced in all stages of exploration and mining – from discovery and resource development, through to mining and operations:

  • Dr. Rohan Wolfe, Chief Executive Officer and Director.  Former Exploration Manger Ivanhoe Mines Australia and Vice President HPX.

  • Bryan Slusarchuk, President and Director. Co-founder and former President and Director of K92 Mining.

  • Francisco "Chico" Azevedo, Vice President Business Development and Director. Former Exploration Manager Iamgold and Gold Fields

  • Miguel Inchaustegui, Independent Director. Former Vice-Minister of Mines, Peru, and Vice President Gold Fields.

  • Mark Eaton, Independent Director. Former Managing Director of Global Mining Sales for CIBC and current Executive Chairman of Belo Sun Mining Corp and current Director K92 Mining.

  • Alex Santos, Exploration Manager. Former Senior Geologist MMG and Gold Fields.

  • Doug Kirwin, Technical Advisor. Former Executive Vice President Ivanhoe Mines.

  • John Lewins, Technical Advisor. Current Chief Executive Officer and Director of K92 Mining.


Work Program

Mapping and sampling (rock chips and soils) are ongoing at the San Francisco project with the aim of defining and prioritizing the large number of breccias in the project area. The company is planning a second stage of drilling in early 2020, testing both the San Francisco de Los Andes breccia pipe and several new breccia targets. The company is also consolidating our regional holdings, with the project area being one section of an 80 km long gold-copper mineralised belt.  

At the Turmalina Project the Company is conducting social studies, validating mine grades and applying for all required permits before deciding whether to commit to exploration.

As these projects were previously privately held, and as tourmaline breccias have been underexplored by traditional explorers, our portfolio represents the emergence of new projects, new belts and new exploration paradigms in the public market.

Financial Status of the Company

Turmalina is well financed and has a strong cash position. There is no concurrent financing being conducted in conjunction with this listing of the common shares in the capital of the Company (the "Common Shares"), the Company having already raised capital including the most recently conducted private placement which consisted of the issuance of 14 million subscription receipts, which converted into Common Shares on November 28, 2019 on a one for one basis,  at $0.50 per subscription receipt for total gross proceeds of CAD $7 million. At listing, the Company has 48,950,000 Common Shares, 4,225,000 incentive Common Share purchase options and no warrants issued.

Hole ID

From

To

Interval

Au g/t

Ag g/t

Cu %

Pb ppm

Zn ppm

AuEq g/t

SFDH-001

34.5

71.45

36.95

6.31

122

0.88%

2336

464

8.8

SFDH-002

27.7

114

85.3

4.43

109

0.79%

4931

519

6.7

SFDH-002

28.3

51

22.7

6.66

86

1.46%

3414

26

9.5

SFDH-002

61

86

25

5.29

117

0.62%

3490

574

7.4

SFDH-003

44.25

95

50.75

3.62

82

1.90%

2826

1484

7.0

SFDH-003

44.25

71

26.75

5.47

97

0.33%

1100

552

7.0

SFDH-003

117

123

6

0.86

13

0.02%

3774

1112

1.0

SFDH-003

146

149

3

1.37

347

0.90%

14687

11080

6.5

SFDH-004

0

18

18

0.84

6

0.02%

596

217

0.9

SFDH-004

28

39

11

1.71

12

0.38%

1094

97

2.3

SFDH-004

54

56

2

0.91

29

0.65%

471

1404

2.1

SFDH-004

59

69

10

1.63

73

0.54%

7670

6077

3.1

SFDH-004

75

126.65

51.65

1.31

80

0.53%

10148

9194

2.9

SFDH-005

0

25

24

2.46

13

0.10%

643

121

2.7

SFDH-005

33

119

85

2.65

88

0.57%

6975

1620

4.4

SFDH-005

35

56

21

5.05

173

0.80%

13440

3344

8.0

SFDH-006

50.5

81

30.5

1.35

60

0.34%

10496

9002

2.5

SFDH-007

56.48

84

27.52

3

124

0.37%

8462

3010

4.9

SFDH-007

56.48

65

8.52

4.91

140

0.24%

11482

499

6.8

SFDH-007

107

122

15

1.04

47

0.37%

6201

9016

2.0

SFDH-007

135

138

3

0.91

3

0.46%

221

541

1.5

SFDH-007

141

145

4

0.58

18

0.10%

11123

2834

0.9

SFDH-007

150

155

5

1.13

53

0.52%

4246

1394

2.4

SFDH-007

150

166

16

0.82

281

1.59%

12665

5440

6.0

SFDH-007

158

166

8

0.83

444

2.45%

15244

8810

9.0

SFDH-008

22

24

2

1.53

10

0.04%

2893

125

1.7

SFDH-008

62.78

81

18.22

2.1

66

0.55%

3132

1273

3.6

SFDH-008

105

107

2

1.89

7

0.04%

798

1668

2.0

SFDH-008

114

123

9

0.6

24

0.48%

638

2532

1.5

SFDH-008

132

142

10

0.85

20

0.65%

1303

811

1.9

SFDH-008

145

159

14

0.79

10

0.23%

2592

1508

1.2

SFDH-008

162

166

4

0.52

12

0.18%

4467

27058

0.9

SFDH-008

169

187

18

0.61

19

0.30%

506

312

1.2

SFDH-008

190

201

11

0.73

32

0.41%

542

321

1.6

SFDH-009

70

74.7

4.7

2.05

71

0.90%

1984

1436

4.0

SFDH-010

38

42

4

0.65

46

0.37%

2077

363

1.6

SFDH-010

60.6

64.14

3.54

1.62

78

1.54%

3127

2075

4.5

SFDH-010

176

178

2

6.38

7

0.05%

252

142

6.5

 


Table 1: Drill hole intersections from Turmalina's drilling at the San Francisco de Los Andes breccia pipe.  Drill holes SF-009 and SF-010 indicate a new zone of breccia mineralization to the northwest of the main breccia pipe. Equivalent gold values (AuEq) are calculated assuming 100% recovery using USD$ 1450/t oz Au, $16.50/t oz Ag and $2.6/lb Cu. The true widths of the mineralised intervals reported are not known and additional drilling and geologic modelling will be required to better constrain the geometry of the mineralised zones.

 

Sampling and Analytic procedure

Turmalina Metals follows systematic sampling and analytical protocols which exceed industry standards and are summarized below.

All drill holes are HQ diameter diamond core holes.  Drill core is collected at the drill site and transported by vehicle to the Turmalina core logging facility in Villa Nueva, where recovery and RQD (Rock Quality Designation) measurements are taken before the core is photographed and geologically logged. The core is then cut in half with a diamond saw blade with half the sample retained in the core box for future reference and the other half placed into a pre-labelled plastic bag, sealed with a plastic zip tie, and identified with a unique sample number.  The core is typically sampled over a 1 to 2 meter sample interval unless the geologist determines the presence of an important geological contact. The bagged samples are then stored in a secure area pending shipment to the ALS sample preparation facility in Mendoza where they are dried, crushed and pulverized. Following sample preparation the prepared pulps are then sent to the ALS laboratory in Lima for assay. The samples are then analyzed using a 50g aqua regia digest and fire assay-AA finish analysis for gold and four acid digestion with ICP-MS analysis for 53 other elements. Samples with results that exceed maximum detection values for gold are re-analyzed by fire assay with a gravimetric finish and other elements of interest are re-analyzed using precise ore-grade ICP analytical techniques. Turmalina Metals independently inserts certified control standards, coarse field blanks, and duplicates into the sample stream to monitor data quality. These standards are inserted "blindly" to the laboratory in the sample sequence prior to departure from the Turmalina Metals core storage facilities.

Qualified Person

The scientific and technical data contained in this news release pertaining to the San Francisco and Turmalina projects has been reviewed and approved by Dr. Rohan Wolfe, Chief Executive Officer, MAIG, who serves as the Qualified Person (QP) under the definition of National Instrument 43-101.  

On Behalf of the Company,
Dr. Rohan Wolfe, Chief Executive Officer and Director.

Email: rohan@turmalinametals.com 
Mobile: +976 9999 6994
Address: #488 - 1090 West Georgia St, Vancouver, BC V6E 3V7.

Drill hole

East

North

Elevation

Azimuth

Dip

Length (m)

SFDH-001

442517

6588440

2750

20

-52

100.40

SFDH-002

442534

6588498

2763

200

-70

161.00

SFDH-003

442561

6588462

2747

280

-57

156.00

SFDH-004

442492

6588486

2765

100

-70

143.40

SFDH-005

442492

6588486

2764

345

-70

131.00

SFDH-006

442498

6588459

2759

20

-60

100.25

SFDH-007

442480

6588531

2776

165

-65

169.80

SFDH-008

442461

6588492

2766

60

-75

215.40

SFDH-009

442480

6588531

2776

240

-70

146.50

SFDH-010

442480

6588531

2776

345

-65

248.00

 

Table 2: Turmalina Metals drill hole locations. Co-ordinate projection - WGS84 UTM Zone 19 South.

 

Statements

About Turmalina Metals and the San Francisco Project:  Turmalina Metals is a TSXV-listed exploration company focused on developing our portfolio of high grade gold-copper-silver-molybdenum projects in South America. Our focus is on tourmaline breccias, a deposit style overlooked by many explorers. Turmalina Metals is led by a team responsible for multiple gold-copper molybdenum discoveries who are highly experienced in this deposit style. Our projects are characterised by open high-grade mineralisation on established mining licenses that present compelling drill targets. The principle project held by Turmalina is the San Francisco project in San Juan, Argentina. For further information on the San Francisco Project, refer to the technical report entitled "NI43-101 Technical Report San Francisco Copper Gold Project, San Juan Province, Argentina" dated November 17, 2019 under the Corporation's profile at www.sedar.com.

Forward Looking Statement:  This news release contains certain "forward-looking statements" within the meaning of such statements under applicable securities law. Forward-looking statements are frequently characterized by words such as "anticipates", "plan", "continue", "expect", "project", "intend", "believe", "anticipate", "estimate", "may", "will", "potential", "proposed", "positioned" and other similar words, or statements that certain events or conditions "may" or "will" occur. These statements are only predictions. Various assumptions were used in drawing the conclusions or making the projections contained in the forward-looking statements throughout this news release. Forward-looking statements are based on the opinions and estimates of management at the date the statements are made and are subject to a variety of risks (including those risk factors identified in the Corporation's prospectus dated November 21, 2019) and uncertainties and other factors that could cause actual events or results to differ materially from those projected in the forward-looking statements. The Corporation is under no obligation, and expressly disclaims any intention or obligation, to update or revise any forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise, except as expressly required by applicable law.

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