New Found Intercepts 31.88 g/t Au over 2.05m & 25.4 g/t Au over 2.25m at New Gold Discoveries on the JBP Fault Zone ~10km NE of the Keats/Golden Joint/Lotto Discoveries
Vancouver, BC, March 9, 2022 – New Found Gold Corp. (“New Found” or the “Company”) (TSX-V: NFG, NYSE-A: NFGC) is pleased to announce assay results from 51 diamond drill holes designed to test for epizonal style high-grade gold mineralization along the JBP Fault Zone (‘JBPFZ’). These holes were drilled as part of the Company’s ongoing 400,000m diamond drill program at its 100%-owned Queensway project located on the Trans-Canada Highway 15km west of Gander, Newfoundland.
- The JBPFZ is interpreted to consist of a network of NE-trending, steeply dipping, regional-scale, gold bearing shear zones that extend for +100km of strike parallel to and approximately 5km east of the Appleton Fault Zone (‘AFZ’). Reconnaissance diamond drilling completed to date has focused on a +3.5km segment of the JBPFZ that encompasses the 1744 and Pocket Pond target areas (Figure 1).
- Historic field work covering the JBPFZ corridor identified several very high-grade gold quartz float boulders (Figure 5) with textures and mineralization styles interpreted to be of epizonal origin and characteristic of the Keats/Golden Joint/Lotto discoveries along the AFZ (Figure 1) in addition to strong Au-in-till anomalies including one sample containing 1744 gold grains at the 1744 Zone. Drilling is targeting possible sources of these high-grade boulders and gold-in-till anomalies.
- Recent drilling intersected several near surface high-grade gold occurrences in the 1744 and Pocket Pond target areas. Highlights from this drilling are provided in Table 1 and include the intercepts of 31.88 g/t Au over 2.05m in NFGC-21-180 and 25.40 g/t Au over 2.25m in NFGC-21-304 and are interpreted to be epizonal style high-grade gold mineralization (Figures 1, 2, 3, 4, and 6).
- This drilling was designed to test initial target concepts over a large area, a +3.5km long domain of the JBPFZ that is up to 1km wide (Figure 1). While 51 holes have been reported here, drilling to date has only tested a small portion of this 3.5km long fault segment. The Company is very encouraged by the success rate in intercepting high-grade gold mineralization from this initial reconnaissance drilling. Ongoing exploration drilling will focus on stepping out from significant intervals of gold mineralization in addition to testing high-grade gold epizonal targets over large tracts of the JBPFZ corridor.
Melissa Render, P.Geo., VP Exploration for New Found, stated: “To date our drilling at Queensway has focused on the Appleton Fault Zone and has delivered outstanding results including high-grade discoveries at the Keats, Golden Joint and Lotto zones. As our understanding improves regarding the likely genesis of epizonal high-grade gold mineralization at the Appleton discoveries, the occurrence of boulders (Figure 5) displaying similar characteristics and very strong Au-in-till anomalies along the JBPFZ is highly encouraging, indicating excellent potential for discovery along this +100km long trend. Historic work has demonstrated widespread gold mineralization within the JBPFZ corridor which is interpreted to consist of a network of regional-scale gold-bearing shear zones. Characteristic of orogenic gold systems and similar to mineralization controls along the AFZ, our working concept is that high-grade epizonal style gold mineralization would be hosted in focused areas along the JBPFZ.
In 2019, our initial drill program concentrated on a short segment of the JPBFZ encompassing H-Pond and 1744 target areas and consisted of six diamond drill holes which returned very promising intercepts such as 6.73 g/t Au over 3.0m in NFGC-19-05 and 17.45 g/t Au over 2.0m in NFGC-19-09 (Figure 3). In late 2021, follow-up drilling commenced testing new targets along a broad expanse of the JBPFZ including 1744 and Pocket Pond target areas (Figure 1). This drilling has returned intervals of high-grade, near surface, epizonal style gold mineralization, with results including 31.88 g/t Au over 2.05m in hole NFGC-21-180 in the 1744 area (Figures 3 and 4). Ongoing drilling at JBP will step-out and continue to test around these high-grade intervals. We are excited that work at JBP is affirming the discovery potential for high-grade epizonal style mineralization similar to what we have encountered in our more advanced work along the AFZ. Our ramp up to 14 drills will give us flexibility to aggressively explore the full approximately 12.4km corridor of prospective strike along JBP on Queensway North.”
Queensway 400,000m Drill Program Update
Approximately 37% of the planned 400,000m program at Queensway has been drilled to date with approximately 24,900m of the core with pending assay results. Eleven core rigs are currently operating and New Found is targeting an increase in the drill count to 14 rigs by the end of Q1 2022.
Sampling, Sub-sampling, Laboratory and Discussion
True widths of the intercepts reported in this press release have yet to be determined but are estimated to be 55% to 65% of reported core lengths at 1744 and 75% to 90% at Pocket Pond. Infill veining in secondary structures with multiple orientations crosscutting the primary host structures are commonly observed in drill core which could result in additional variability in true width. Assays are uncut, and calculated intervals are reported over a minimum length of 2 meters using a lower cut-off of 1.0 g/t Au. All HQ split core assays reported were obtained by either complete sample metallic screen/fire assay or standard 30-gram fire-assaying with ICP finish at ALS Minerals in Vancouver, British Columbia, or by entire sample screened metallic screen fire assay at Eastern Analytical in Springdale, Newfoundland. The complete 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. 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 3% 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. Mr. Matheson consents to the publication of this news release dated March 9, 2022, by New Found. Mr. Matheson certifies that this news release fairly and accurately represents the information for which he is responsible.
About New Found Gold Corp.
New Found holds a 100% interest in the Queensway Project, located 15km west of Gander, Newfoundland, and just 18km 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. The Company is currently undertaking a 400,000m drill program at Queensway, now approximately 37% complete. The Company is well funded for this program with a current working capital balance of approximately $116 million.
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.
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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 assay results, exploration and drilling on the Company’s Queensway gold project in Newfoundland, interpretation of the assay results and the results of the drilling program, the discovery of zones of high-grade gold mineralization, follow-up step-out drilling and funding of the drilling program. 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,” “suggests,” “potential,” “goal,” “objective,” “prospective,” “possibly,” 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 with possible accidents and other risks associated with mineral exploration operations, the risk that the Company will encounter unanticipated geological factors, risks associated with the interpretation of assay results and the drilling program, 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 Annual Information Form and Management’s discussion and Analysis, 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.