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Wesdome Announces Ongoing Exploration Drilling of Kiena Deep A Zone Continues to Extend Zone Up and Down Plunge

TORONTO, Jan. 28, 2019 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Wesdome Gold Mines Ltd. (WDO.TO) (“Wesdome” or the “Company”) today announces additional high grade results from the ongoing underground exploration drilling of the Kiena Deep A Zone at its 100% owned Kiena Mine Complex, in Val d'Or, Quebec.

Since the October 12th cut off date for drill data used in the recent resource estimate released on December 12, 2018, exploration and definition drilling has been ongoing with 5 drills at the Kiena Deep A Zone. Since this time, approximately 4,200 metres in 16 holes have been completed. The ongoing drilling is utilizing the newly developed ramp and crosscut extensions completed in November, which enhance drill angles and drill efficiencies. These platforms now allow diamond drilling to be able to intersect the up and down plunge extension of the Kiena Deep A Zone consistently.

The ongoing definition/infill drilling has continued to confirm the overall continuity of the Kiena Deep A Zone and improve our understanding and confidence in the controls on gold mineralization. Drilling to date has identified a well-defined, moderate plunge of approximately 45 degrees to the SE to the gold mineralization that occurs predominantly along the basalt – chlorite-carbonate schist boundary. Ongoing drilling has continued to expand the Kiena Deep A Zone up and down plunge, in excess of 50 additional metres in each direction, and has also provided additional confidence in our understanding of the up and down plunge potential and focus for drilling. Four drills are in operation on the 1050 m level exploration ramp completing the infill and plunge extension drilling, and a 5th drill is now drilling at the 670 m elevation to test the interpreted up plunge extension of the A Zone towards the VC zone area. This up plunge extension is understood to be in excess of 425 metres and would be in addition to the 500 metres of plunge length already defined by drilling (Figure 1A and 1B and 2). This has the potential to significantly add to the resource base, and could be a vital enhancement in any restart scenario.

Highlights of the new drilling are listed below and summarized in Table 1.

Highlights:

Kiena Deep A Zone

  • Hole 6384A: 33.7 g/t over 30.6 m core length (28.4 g/t Au cut, 15.0 m true width)  

  • Hole 6378: 36.5 g/t Au over 7.0 m core length (18.4 g/t Au cut, 5.0 m true width)

  • Hole 6392: 153.4 g/t Au over 1.4 m core length (35.4 g/t Au cut, 1.3 m true width)

  • Hole 6402: 51.9 g/t Au over 7.6 m core length (17.9 g/t Au cut, 7.6 m true width)

  • Hole 6409: 39.8 g/t Au over 4.7 m core length (20.0 g/t Au cut, 3.6 m true width)

All assays cut to 90.0 g/t Au. True widths are estimated.

Mr. Duncan Middlemiss, President and CEO commented, “We are very pleased with the recent drill results that continue to confirm the continuity and mineability of the Kiena Deep A Zone. Our current program is targeting the up and down plunge extensions and recent resource infill. Based on these objectives, we are extremely encouraged by these results. Drilling has continued to return very high-grade results both up and down plunge from the area of the present resource estimate and we are confident this will continue to grow. Additionally, the down plunge and portions of the down dip extension of the A zone remain open and will also be a focus of the continued drilling. Our 2019 underground exploration program calls for 50,000 meters of drilling with 5 drills in preparation for an updated resource estimate later in the year. This information will then lead into a Preliminary Economic Assessment and next steps will be determined at that juncture. At this point I would say we are very encouraged with the ongoing success of our Kiena Deep Exploration program and the obvious restart ramifications that it may bring.”

TECHNICAL DISCLOSURE

The technical and geoscientific content of this release has been compiled, reviewed and approved by Bruno Turcotte, P.Geo., (OGQ #453) Senior Project Geologist of the Company and a "Qualified Person" as defined in National Instrument 43-101 -Standards of Disclosure for Mineral Projects.

Analytical work was performed by Techni-Lab (ActLabs) of Ste-Germaine-Boule (Quebec), a certified commercial laboratory (SCC Accredited Lab #707) and by ALS Minerals of Val-d’Or (Quebec), a certified commercial laboratory (Accredited Lab #689). Sample preparation was done at Techni-Lab (ActLabs) and at ALS Minerals, both in Val d'Or (Quebec).  Assaying was done by fire assay methods with an atomic absorption finish.  Any sample assaying >3 g/t Au was rerun with by fire assay method with gravimetric finish, and any sample assaying >10 g/t Au was rerun with the metallic sieve method in both laboratories.  In addition to laboratory internal duplicates, standards and blanks, the geology department inserts blind duplicates, standards and blanks into the sample stream at a frequency of one in twenty to monitor quality control.

ABOUT WESDOME

Wesdome Gold Mines has had over 30 years of continuous gold mining operations in Canada.  The Company is 100% Canadian focused with a pipeline of projects in various stages of development.  The Company’s strategy is to build Canada’s next intermediate gold producer, producing 200,000+ ounces from two mines in Ontario and Quebec.  The Eagle River Complex in Wawa, Ontario is currently producing gold from two mines, the Eagle River Underground Mine and the Mishi Open pit, from a central mill.  Wesdome is actively exploring its brownfields asset, the Kiena Complex in Val d’Or, Quebec.  The Kiena Complex is a fully permitted former mine with a 930-metre shaft and 2,000 tonne-per-day mill.  The Company has further upside at its Moss Lake gold deposit, located 100 kilometres west of Thunder Bay, Ontario.  The Company has approximately 134.2 million shares issued and outstanding and trades on the Toronto Stock Exchange under the symbol “WDO”.

For further information, please contact:
     
Duncan Middlemiss or Lindsay Carpenter Dunlop
President and CEO   VP Investor Relations
416-360-3743  ext. 29   416-360-3743  ext. 25
dmiddlemiss@wesdome.com   ldunlop@wesdome.com
     
220 Bay St, Suite 1200    
Toronto, ON, M5L 1E9    
Toll Free: 1-866-4-WDO-TSX    
Phone: 416-360-3743, Fax: 416-360-7620    
Website: www.wesdome.com    

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Table 1: Kiena Deep A Zone Drilling Results

Composites

Hole No. From
(m)
To (m) Core Length
(m)
Estimated True
width (m)
Grade
(g/t Au)
Cut Grade
(g/t Au)
Name Zone
6297 228.8 232.5 3.7 3.6 2.28 2.28 A Zone
6297 243.5 247.5 4.0 3.9 3.65 3.65 A1 Zone
               
6313 101.5 104.3 2.8 2.2 5.75 5.75 A Zone
               
6378 221.3 228.3 7.0 5.0 36.50 18.35 A Zone
               
6379 150.2 152.8 2.6 1.6 7.94 7.94 A Zone
               
6384A 260.0 274.0 14 4.0 4.98 4.98 Zone
6384A 280.0 310.6 30.6 **15.0 33.72 28.36 A Zone
               
6392 166.8 168.2 1.4 1.3 153.43 35.38 A Zone
               
6394 166.0 168.0 2.0 1.8 3.08 3.08 A Zone
               
6402 59.1 66.7 7.6 7.6 *51.92 *17.89 A Zone
6402 102.2 105.7 3.5 3.5 *6.54 *6.54 A2 Zone
               
6403 57.7 61.0 3.3 3.2 *22.28 *22.28 A Zone
               
6409 559.6 564.3 4.7 3.6 39.79 20.00 A Zone
               
6409 572.3 575.3 3.0 2.0 5.43 5.43 A1 Zone
               
6409 583.3 587.3 4.0 2.7 2.68 2.68 A2 Zone
Note: * Preliminary Results; Re-assay by Metallic Sieve Method is pending  
Note **: Estimated true width is based on two holes (6384 and 6384A)  
   

Assays

 
Hole
No.
From
(m)
To
(m)
Core Length
(m)
Grade (g/t
Au)
Cut Grade (90 g/t
Au)
Name
Zone
6297 228.8 229.6 0.8 1.50 1.50 A Zone?
6297 229.6 230.5 0.9 0.70 0.70 A Zone?
6297 230.5 231.5 1.0 3.14 3.14 A Zone?
6297 231.5 232.5 1.0 3.46 3.46 A Zone?
             
Hole
No.
From
(m)
To
(m)
Core Length
(m)
Grade (g/t
Au)
Cut Grade (90 g/t
Au)
Name
Zone
6297 243.5 244.5 1.0 4.37 4.37 A1 Zone?
6297 244.5 245.5 1.0 3.50 3.50 A1 Zone?
6297 245.5 246.5 1.0 1.10 1.10 A1 Zone?
6297 246.5 247.5 1.0 5.62 5.62 A1 Zone?
             
Hole
No.
From
(m)
To
(m)
Core Length
(m)
Grade (g/t
Au)
Cut Grade (90 g/t
Au)
Name
Zone
6313 101.5 101.9 0.4 36.08 36.08 A Zone
6313 101.9 102.9 1.0 0.90 0.90 A Zone
6313 102.9 103.9 1.0 0.26 0.26 A Zone
6313 103.9 104.9 1.0 1.30 1.30 A Zone
             
Hole
No.
From
(m)
To
(m)
Core Length
(m)
Grade (g/t
Au)
Cut Grade (90 g/t
Au)
Name
Zone
6378 221.3 222.3 1.0 5.70 5.70 A Zone
6378 222.3 222.8 0.5 251.90 90.00 A Zone
6378 222.8 223.6 0.8 147.63 90.00 A Zone
6378 223.6 224.6 1.0 0.17 0.17 A Zone
6378 224.6 225.3 0.7 2.49 2.49 A Zone
6378 225.3 226.3 1.0 0.20 0.20 A Zone
6378 226.3 227.3 1.0 0.64 0.64 A Zone
6378 227.3 228.3 1.0 3.01 3.01 A Zone
             
Hole
No.
From
(m)
To
(m)
Core Length
(m)
Grade (g/t
Au)
Cut Grade (90 g/t
Au)
Name
Zone
6379 150.2 151.1 0.9 22.66 22.66 A Zone
6379 151.1 152.0 0.9 0.01 0.01 A Zone
6379 152.0 152.8 0.8 0.30 0.30 A Zone
             
Hole
No.
From
(m)
To
(m)
Core Length
(m)
Grade (g/t
Au)
Cut Grade (90 g/t
Au)
Name
Zone
6384A 260.0 261.0 1.0 25.30 25.30 Zone?
6384A 261.0 261.5 0.5 0.38 0.38 Zone?
6384A 261.5 262.0 0.5 0.03 0.03 Zone?
6384A 262.0 262.5 0.5 1.12 1.12 Zone?
6384A 262.5 263.0 0.5 1.74 1.74 Zone?
6384A 263.0 263.5 0.5 8.03 8.03 Zone?
6384A 263.5 264.0 0.5 3.88 3.88 Zone?
6384A 264.0 265.0 1.0 1.56 1.56 Zone?
6384A 265.0 266.0 1.0 2.31 2.31 Zone?
6384A 266.0 267.0 1.0 5.96 5.96 Zone?
6384A 267.0 268.0 1.0 3.36 3.36 Zone?
6384A 268.0 269.0 1.0 2.61 2.61 Zone?
6384A 269.0 270.0 1.0 1.14 1.14 Zone?
             
Hole
No.
From
(m)
To
(m)
Core Length
(m)
Grade (g/t
Au)
Cut Grade (90 g/t
Au)
Name
Zone
6384A 280.0 281.0 1.0 61.80 61.80 A Zone
6384A 281.0 282.0 1.0 40.30 40.30 A Zone
6384A 282.0 283.0 1.0 84.60 84.60 A Zone
6384A 283.0 284.0 1.0 8.75 8.75 A Zone
6384A 284.0 285.0 1.0 17.85 17.85 A Zone
6384A 285.0 286.0 1.0 11.95 11.95 A Zone
6384A 286.0 287.0 1.0 8.79 8.79 A Zone
6384A 287.0 288.0 1.0 46.90 46.90 A Zone
6384A 288.0 289.0 1.0 109.00 90.00 A Zone
6384A 289.0 290.0 1.0 138.00 90.00 A Zone
6384A 290.0 291.0 1.0 3.66 3.66 A Zone
6384A 291.0 292.0 1.0 41.30 41.30 A Zone
6384A 292.0 293.0 1.0 31.20 31.20 A Zone
6384A 293.0 294.0 1.0 31.60 31.60 A Zone
6384A 294.0 295.0 1.0 187.00 90.00 A Zone
6384A 295.0 296.0 1.0 11.25 11.25 A Zone
6384A 296.0 297.0 1.0 29.30 29.30 A Zone
6384A 297.0 298.0 1.0 29.60 29.60 A Zone
6384A 298.0 299.0 1.0 77.50 77.50 A Zone
6384A 299.0 300.0 1.0 4.76 4.76 A Zone
6384A 300.0 301.0 1.0 3.62 3.62 A Zone
6384A 301.0 302.0 1.0 4.74 4.74 A Zone
6384A 302.0 303.0 1.0 1.58 1.58 A Zone
6384A 303.0 304.0 1.0 2.22 2.22 A Zone
6384A 304.0 305.0 1.0 19.20 19.20 A Zone
6384A 305.0 306.0 1.0 6.76 6.76 A Zone
6384A 306.0 307.0 1.0 8.53 8.53 A Zone
6384A 307.0 307.6 0.6 1.03 1.03 A Zone
6384A 307.6 308.3 0.7 1.84 1.84 A Zone
6384A 308.3 309.2 0.9 1.16 1.16 A Zone
6384A 309.2 309.9 0.7 6.18 6.18 A Zone
6384A 309.9 310.6 0.7 3.90 3.90 A Zone
             
Hole
No.
From
(m)
To
(m)
Core Length
(m)
Grade (g/t
Au)
Cut Grade (90 g/t
Au)
Name
Zone
6392 166.8 167.3 0.5 420.55 90.00 A Zone
6392 167.3 168.2 0.9 5.03 5.03 A Zone
             
Hole
No.
From
(m)
To
(m)
Core Length
(m)
Grade (g/t
Au)
Cut Grade (90 g/t
Au)
Name
Zone
6394 166.8 167.3 0.5 3.17 3.17 A Zone
6394 167.3 168.2 0.9 0.13 0.13 A Zone
6394 167.3 168.2 0.9 5.86 5.86 A Zone
             
Hole
No.
From
(m)
To
(m)
Core Length
(m)
Grade (g/t
Au)
Cut Grade (90 g/t
Au)
Name
Zone
6402 59.1 60.4 1.3 *289.00 *90.00 A Zone
6402 60.4 61.5 1.1 7.34 7.34 A Zone
6402 61.5 62.7 1.2 2.92 2.92 A Zone
6402 62.7 64.0 1.3 0.55 0.55 A Zone
6402 64.0 65.2 1.2 3.18 3.18 A Zone
6402 65.2 66.7 1.5 1.88 1.88 A Zone
             
Hole
No.
From
(m)
To
(m)
Core Length
(m)
Grade (g/t
Au)
Cut Grade (90 g/t
Au)
Name
Zone
6402 102.2 103.3 1.1 *20.48 *20.48 A2 Zone?
6402 103.3 104.5 1.2 0.18 0.18 A2 Zone?
6402 104.5 105.7 1.2 0.11 0.11 A2 Zone?
             
Hole
No.
From
(m)
To
(m)
Core Length
(m)
Grade (g/t
Au)
Cut Grade (90 g/t
Au)
Name
Zone
6403 57.7 58.2 0.5 *54.20 *54.20 A2 Zone?
6403 58.2 59.1 0.9 0.17 0.17 A2 Zone?
6403 59.1 59.9 0.8 0.07 0.07 A2 Zone?
6403 59.9 60.4 0.5 *67.60 *67.60 A2 Zone?
6403 60.4 61.0 0.6 *20.70 *20.70 A2 Zone?
             
Hole
No.
From
(m)
To
(m)
Core Length
(m)
Grade (g/t
Au)
Cut Grade (90 g/t
Au)
Name
Zone
6409 559.6 560.6 1.0 *183.00 *90.00 A Zone
6409 560.6 561.3 0.7 0.28 0.28 A Zone
6409 561.3 562.3 1.0 0.05 0.05 A Zone
6409 562.3 563.3 1.0 0.15 0.15 A Zone
6409 563.3 564.3 1.0 3.61 3.61 A Zone
             
Hole
No.
From
(m)
To
(m)
Core Length
(m)
Grade (g/t
Au)
Cut Grade (90 g/t
Au)
Name
Zone
6409 572.3 573.3 1.0 *15.10 *15.10 A1 Zone
6409 573.3 574.3 1.0 0.13 0.13 A1 Zone
6409 574.3 575.3 1.0 1.06 1.06 A1 Zone
             
Hole
No.
From
(m)
To
(m)
Core Length
(m)
Grade (g/t
Au)
Cut Grade (90 g/t
Au)
Name
Zone
6409 583.3 584.1 0.8 3.92 3.92 A2 Zone
6409 584.1 584.7 0.6 3.43 3.43 A2 Zone
6409 584.7 585.3 0.6 1.33 1.33 A2 Zone
6409 585.3 586.3 1.0 0.22 0.22 A2 Zone
6409 586.3 587.3 1.0 4.51 4.51 A2 Zone
Note: * Preliminary Results; Re-assay by Metallic Sieve Method is pending  
   
   

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