New Found Intercepts 28.4 g/t Au over 13.8m and 25.0 g/t Au over 10.3m at Keats, Provides Exploration Overview
Vancouver, BC, February 11, 2021: New Found Gold Corp. (“New Found” or the “Company”) (TSXV: NFG, OTC: NFGFF) is pleased to announce recently received assay results from drilling at the Keats Zone (“Keats”), part of the Company’s ongoing 200,000 m diamond drill program at its 100% owned Queensway Project (“Queensway”), located on the Trans-Canada Highway 15 km west of Gander, Newfoundland.
- Highlights from these results are summarized below and in Figure 1.
Note that the exact orientation of the veins is uncertain but believed to be steeply dipping thus implying true widths of the high-grade zone to be in the 70% to 80% range of reported drill lengths.
- At Keats while mineralization remains open in all directions, we have observed a clear trend in the highest grade material forming a zone with a shallow plunge to the south along the Keats Baseline Fault.
- High-grade assay intervals received to date at Keats have correlated directly with the observation of significant visible gold in drill core. The Company is utilizing the observation of visible gold in drill core as the primary method to guide step-out drilling at Queensway.
- Assay results received from drilling to date have outlined an approximate 115m strike length of a thick, high-grade zone of gold mineralization at Keats. Logging and interpretation of drill core in step out holes to the north and south of this 115m interval have expanded the potential continuation of this zone to at least 260m of strike. This target zone remains open in both directions along strike and to depth.
- To the north the high-grade zone daylights at rock surface (under approximately 10m of glacial till), where broad intervals of near-surface high grade gold have previously been reported. Hole NFGC-20-41 for example was drilled in this area and returned two near surface intervals: 22.5 g/t Au over 10.4m and 31.4 g/t Au over 15.9m, with the first interval starting at 11.7m down hole (see the Company’s January 11, 2021 news release).
Denis Laviolette, President of New Found, stated: “Drilling to date at Keats is delineating a high grade, near surface zone with significant extent and size potential. We are continuing to step out on it to the north, to the south, and to depth. At the Lotto Zone 2 km north of Keats, step-outs from hole NFGC-20-17 (41.2 g/t Au over 4.75m and 25.4 g/t Au over 5.15 m, see the Company’s October 2, 2020 news release) appear to be delineating a new zone of near surface, high-grade gold. The Company believes that historical exploration at the Knob prospect located 2 km south of Keats which includes a historical resource outlined by Noranda has significant room for expansion and drilling is scheduled to start on this target shortly. Additional drills are being mobilized to the site to double the rig count from four to eight with the increase focused on exploring some of the more than fifteen high-grade gold zones along the Appleton and JBP faults and the many kilometers of strike along these fault zones that have not been drill tested to date. Numerous high-grade boulders and float samples located along the parallel JBP fault, 5 km to the east have yet to be sourced and recent geophysical interpretations are pointing toward a number of targets along a twelve kilometer section of this fault that warrant drilling.”
Drill Hole Interval Details
True widths of the new exploration intercepts reported in this press release have yet to be determined but are estimated to be 70% to 80% of reported core lengths. Assays are uncut, and calculated intervals are reported over a minimum length of 2 meters using a lower cutoff of 1.0 g/t Au. All HQ split core assays reported were obtained by either whole sample metallic screen/fire assay or standard 30-gram fire-assaying with ICP finish at ALS Minerals in Vancouver, British Columbia. The whole sample metallic screen assay method is selected by the geologist when samples contain coarse gold or any samples displaying gold initial fire assay values greater than 1.0 g/t Au. Any samples that returned over-limit values (>100 g/t silver) were analyzed with the Ag-OG62 procedure (Ag by HF-HNO3 -HClO4 digestion with HCl leach, ICP-AES or AAS finish). Drill program design, Quality Assurance/Quality Control and interpretation of results is performed by qualified persons employing a Quality Assurance/Quality Control program consistent with National Instrument 43-101 and industry best practices. Standards and blanks are included with every 20 samples for Quality Assurance/Quality Control purposes by the Company as well as the lab. Approximately 5% of sample pulps are sent to secondary laboratories for check assays.
The technical content disclosed in this press release was reviewed and approved by Greg Matheson, P.Geo., Chief Operating Officer and a Qualified Person as defined under National Instrument 43-101.
About New Found Gold Corp.
New Found holds a 100% interest in the Queensway Project, located 15 km west of Gander, Newfoundland, and just 18 km from Gander International Airport. The project is intersected by the Trans-Canada Highway and has logging roads crosscutting the project, high voltage electric power lines running through the project area, and easy access to a highly skilled workforce. With working capital of approximately C$72M the Company is well financed to continue its current 200,000m program, with a planned increase from the current four drills to eight drills in Q1, 2021. New Found has a proven capital markets and mining team with major shareholders including Palisades Goldcorp (33%), Eric Sprott (18%), Novo Resources (11%), Rob McEwen (7%), other institutional ownership (8%), and management, directors, and insiders (4%).
New Found acknowledges the financial support of the Junior Exploration Assistance Program, Department of Natural Resources, Government of Newfoundland and Labrador.
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New Found Gold Corp.
Per: “Craig Roberts“
Craig Roberts, P.Eng., Chief Executive Officer
Phone: (604) 562 9664
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Forward-Looking Statement Cautions:
This press release contains certain “forward-looking statements” within the meaning of Canadian securities legislation, relating to further the exploration and drilling on the Company’s Queensway gold project in Newfoundland. Although the Company believes that such statements are reasonable, it can give no assurance that such expectations will prove to be correct. Forward-looking statements are statements that are not historical facts; they are generally, but not always, identified by the words “expects,” “plans,” “anticipates,” “believes,” “intends,” “estimates,” “projects,” “aims,” “potential,” “goal,” “objective,” “prospective,” and similar expressions, or that events or conditions “will,” “would,” “may,” “can,” “could” or “should” occur, or are those statements, which, by their nature, refer to future events. The Company cautions that Forward-looking statements are based on the beliefs, estimates and opinions of the Company’s management on the date the statements are made, and they involve a number of risks and uncertainties. Consequently, there can be no assurances that such statements will prove to be accurate and actual results and future events could differ materially from those anticipated in such statements. Except to the extent required by applicable securities laws and the policies of the TSX Venture Exchange, the Company undertakes no obligation to update these forward-looking statements if management’s beliefs, estimates or opinions, or other factors, should change. Factors that could cause future results to differ materially from those anticipated in these forward-looking statements include risks associated possible accidents and other risks associated with mineral exploration operations, the risk that the Company will encounter unanticipated geological factors, the possibility that the Company may not be able to secure permitting and other governmental clearances necessary to carry out the Company’s exploration plans, the risk that the Company will not be able to raise sufficient funds to carry out its business plans, and the risk of political uncertainties and regulatory or legal changes that might interfere with the Company’s business and prospects. The reader is urged to refer to the Company’s reports, publicly available through the Canadian Securities Administrators’ System for Electronic Document Analysis and Retrieval (SEDAR) at www.sedar.com for a more complete discussion of such risk factors and their potential effects.