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Wallbridge Demonstrates Potential to Expand Gold Resources and Commences 2024 Drill Program at Fenelon

TORONTO, Feb. 07, 2024 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Wallbridge Mining Company Limited (TSX:WM, OTCQX:WLBMF) (“Wallbridge” or the “Company”) today announced final results from the 2023 drill program that add near-surface mineralization adjacent to the Fenelon mineral resource and expand the mineralized area to the north and east at its 100%-owned Fenelon Gold project (“Fenelon”). After a short winter break, one drill rig has been mobilized and drilling has commenced.


  • Exploration drilling completed in 2023 has intercepted significant gold mineralization 1 km to the north (Target F1) and 2.5 km to the east (Target F5) of the Fenelon deposit, which remains open both laterally and at depth.
  • Results, such as 17.05 g/t Au over 2.75 m in hole FA-23-569, 80.51 g/t Au over 0.50 m in hole FA-23-566, and 4.36 g/t Au over 7.50 m in hole FA-23-568, demonstrate the potential to add near-surface, high-quality gold ounces proximal to the currently defined limits of the Fenelon resource.
  • The 2024 drill program has commenced at Fenelon with the objective to expand the limits of near-surface gold resources in the vicinity of the 2023 Preliminary Economic Assessment (“PEA”) mine design, offering the potential to improve the project’s overall economics.

“The positive results of the 2023 program demonstrate the ability to add near-surface gold mineralization in close proximity to the Fenelon resource, and to confirm the presence of new areas of prospective gold mineralization within a few kilometres of the deposit,” said Attila Péntek, Wallbridge’s Vice President, Exploration.

“This is in line with our stated goal to upgrade known gold resources and test priority grassroots exploration targets in 2024.”

Resource Step-out Drilling

Nine drill holes totaling 3,156 metres, including extensions to two previously drilled holes, targeted near-surface Area 51 gold zones adjacent to the PEA mine design which, due to lower drilling density, are not included in the current design.

The drilling mainly focused on the MIB (five holes) and Andromeda (four holes) mineralized zones within Area 51 (Figure 3). In both zones, positive drilling results, presented below, successfully expanded zones of known gold mineralization, further supporting the potential to increase gold resources. Additionally, follow-up infill sampling in hole FA-22-507 returned a new significant intercept in the Enterprise zone:

Andromeda (Area 51):
FA-23-569:17.05 g/t Au over 2.75 metres;
 1.37 g/t Au over 28.50 metres, including
 3.71 g/t Au over 4.00 metres, and
 3.06 g/t Au over 4.20 metres;
 11.81 g/t Au over 0.65 metres;
FA-23-570:0.97 g/t Au over 13.60 metres, including
 2.28 g/t Au over 2.90 metres;
 1.36 g/t Au over 7.50 metres, including
 3.21 g/t Au over 2.30 metres;
 12.04 g/t Au over 1.00 metre;
FA-23-571:2.01 g/t Au over 5.00 metres;
FA-23-572:13.78 g/t Au over 1.00 metres;
MIB (Area 51):
FA-23-566:80.51 g/t Au over 0.50 metre;
 29.42 g/t Au over 0.50 metre;
FA-23-568:4.36 g/t Au over 7.50 metres, including
 17.55 g/t Au over 1.50 metres;
FA-23-568:5.90 g/t Au over 1.80 metres;
FA-21-291:23.20 g/t Au over 0.50 metres;
Enterprise (Area 51):
FA-22-507:2.34 g/t Au over 6.00 metres;

Exploration Drilling

An additional five holes totalling 2,660 metres were drilled in the fall of 2023 to follow-up on the discovery of two new gold zones, Targets F1 and F5, which were first reported on May 8, 2023. The results for these and the remaining holes from the earlier program are reported below.

In Target F1, drilling continued to delineate the geometry of the newly discovered Jeremie Diorite body and the gold mineralization originally intersected in hole FA-23-546, which yielded 0.96 g/t Au over 21.05 metres. Hole FA-23-565 intersected Area 51-style gold mineralization, returning 8.71 g/t Au over 0.60 metre along strike of the original intersection in hole FA-23-546.

At Target F5, east of the Fenelon deposit, the drill holes continued to test favorable host rocks and gold-bearing structures encountered by previous drill programs. Hole FA-23-551, previously reported, intersected several instances of gold mineralization over a 150-metre corridor, including 14.90 g/t Au over 0.50 metre. Hole FA-23-563, reported below, intersected a wide zone of low-grade gold mineralization along a NW-SE trending structure, parallel to one of the main structural orientations at the Fenelon deposit. This gold zone, associated with strong alteration within and around an intermediate intrusion, yielded an average of 0.52 g/t Au over 18.45 metres. Additional gold mineralization was intersected in holes FA-23-562 and FA-23-563 in Target F5 and in hole FA-23-555A in Target F7, 1 km further east, as reported in Table 1.

Today, the Company reports final assay results for 24 drill holes, which include 9 resource step-out delineation holes and 15 first pass exploration holes to test new targets, along with infill sample results for 1 drill hole.

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Figure 1. Wallbridge’s Detour-Fenelon Gold Trend land package

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Figure 2. Fenelon Gold Project, Plan View, 2023 Exploration Drill Program

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Figure 3. Fenelon Gold Project, Plan View, Top 400m Vertical Depth. 2023 Resource Drill Program

Table 1. Wallbridge Fenelon Gold Property, Recent Drill Assay Highlights (1)
Drill Hole

FromToLengthAuAu Cut(2)Zone/Corridor

2023 Resource Drill Results (3)
Area 51 Infill Drilling- Andromeda     
FA-23-56951.2554.002.7517.0517.05Area 51
FA-23-56999.50128.0028.501.371.37Area 51
Including…99.50103.504.003.713.71Area 51
And...123.80128. 51
FA-23-569200.50202.001.503.613.61Area 51
FA-23-569400.00400.650.6511.8111.81Area 51
FA-23-570172.40186.0013.600.970.97Area 51
Including…172.40175.302.902.282.28Area 51
FA-23-570244.50252.007.501.361.36Area 51
Including…247.70250.002.303.213.21Area 51
FA-23-570263.50264.501.0012.0412.04Area 51
FA-23-57166.0071. 51
FA-23-572104.20109.505.301.051.05Area 51
FA-23-572406.50407.501.0013.7813.78Area 51
Area 51 Infill Drilling- MIB     
FA-23-56663.0064.501.504.354.35Area 51
FA-23-566113.50114.000.5080.5165.00Area 51
FA-23-566149.50151.001.503.453.45Area 51
FA-23-566243.00243.500.5029.4229.42Area 51
FA-23-566263.50265.301.803.013.01Area 51
FA-23-567No Significant Mineralization 
FA-23-568154.00161.507.504.364.36Area 51
Including...154.00155.501.5017.5517.55Area 51
FA-23-568199.70201.501.805.905.90Area 51
FA-21-271 EXTNo New Significant Mineralization 
FA-21-291 EXT437.00437.500.5023.2023.20Area 51
Area 51 Infill Sampling- Enterprise     
FA-22-507 (Infill)452.00458.006.002.342.34Area 51
2023 Exploration Drill Results (4)
Target F1     
FA-23-557305.00306.501.500.970.97New Zones
FA-23-557343.00344.501.502.202.20New Zones
FA-23-558141.00142.001.001.551.55New Zones
FA-23-558434.00435. Zones
FA-23-558444.00444.500.507.197.19New Zones
FA-23-558490.00491.401.402.232.23New Zones
FA-23-560328.10328.650.551.821.82New Zones
FA-23-561358.00358.800.801.341.34New Zones
FA-23-565273.50274.100.608.718.71New Zones
FA-23-573No Significant Mineralization 
Target F2/3- West     
FA-23-550No Significant Mineralization 
FA-23-553No Significant Mineralization 
Target F5     
FA-23-562558.50560.001.501.331.33New Zones
FA-23-563212.00213.501.503.183.18New Zones
FA-23-563268.55287.0018.450.520.52New Zones
Including…275.00281.006.000.900.90New Zones
Target F6- East     
FA-23-554No Significant Mineralization 
FA-23-555A160.00162.502.500.990.99New Zones
FA-23-556ANo Significant Mineralization 
Target F8     
FA-23-559No Significant Mineralization 
Target SLDZ     
FA-23-564No Significant Mineralization 
Note: True widths are typically estimated to be 50-80% of the reported core length intervals.
(1) Table includes only assay results received since the latest press release dated June 06, 2023.
(2) Au cut at: 100 g/t Au for the Tabasco/Contact /Cayenne zones; 65 g/t Au for the Area 51 zones.
(3) Resource drill hole intercepts are based on a metal factor (Au grade * intercept thickness) of at least 5 g/t*m.
(4) Exploration drill hole intercepts are based on a metal factor (Au grade * intercept thickness) of at least 1 g/t*m.

Assay QA/QC and Qualified Persons

Drill core samples from the ongoing drill program on the Detour-Fenelon Gold Trend Property are cut and bagged either on-site or by contractors and transported to SGS Canada Inc. for analysis. Samples, including standards and blanks for quality assurance and quality control, were prepared and analyzed at the SGS laboratories. Samples are crushed to 90% less than 2mm. A 1kg riffle split is pulverized to 85% passing 75 microns. 50g samples are analyzed by fire assay and AAS or ICP. Samples >10g/t Au are automatically analyzed by fire assay with gravimetric finish or screen metallic analysis. To test for coarse free gold and additional quality assurance and quality control, Wallbridge requests screen metallic analysis for samples containing visible gold. These and future assay results may vary from time to time due to re-analysis for quality assurance and quality control.

The Qualified Person responsible for the technical content of this press release is Christopher Kelly, M.Sc., P.Geo., Senior Geologist of Wallbridge.

About Wallbridge Mining

Wallbridge is focused on creating value through the exploration and sustainable development of gold projects along the Detour-Fenelon Gold Trend in Québec’s Northern Abitibi region while respecting the environment and communities where it operates.

Wallbridge’s most advanced projects, Fenelon Gold (“Fenelon”) and Martiniere Gold (“Martiniere”) incorporate a combined 3.05 million ounces of indicated gold resources and 2.35 million ounces of inferred gold resources. Fenelon and Martiniere are located within an 830 square kilometre exploration land package controlled by Wallbridge.

Wallbridge has reported a positive Preliminary Economic Assessment (“PEA”) at Fenelon that estimates average annual gold production of 212,000 ounces over 12 years.

Wallbridge also holds a 15.9% interest in the common shares of Archer Exploration Corp. (“Archer”) as a result of the sale of the Company’s portfolio of nickel assets in Ontario and Québec.

For further information please visit the Company’s website at or contact:

Wallbridge Mining Company Limited

Attila Péntek, Ph.D., P.Geo.

Vice President, Exploration


Victoria Vargas, B.Sc. (Hon.) Economics, MBA

Investor Relations Advisor


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