Wesdome Announces Extension of Exploration Ramp at Kiena Deep A Zone Based on Continued High Grade Drilling Results and Expansion of Zone

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TORONTO, July 17, 2018 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Wesdome Gold Mines Ltd. (TSX:WDO) (“Wesdome” or the “Company”) today announces additional high grade results from the Kiena Deep A Zone, and plans for additional underground ramp development to test the on strike and down dip potential that remains open.

New drilling results from seven drill holes continue to return high grade values from multiple zones comprising the Kiena Deep A Zone. The new holes support the northern and southern extensions of the mineralization beyond a 350 metre strike length as identified by previous drilling announced in a news release dated June 26, 2018. Highlights of the new drilling are listed below and summarized in Table 1.


Kiena Deep A Zone

  • Hole 6325: 138.0 g/t Au over 13 m core length (16.4 g/t Au cut, 8.1 m true width)
  • Hole 6317: 17.8 g/t Au over 10.4 m core length (5.3 g/t Au cut, 10.4 m true width)
  • Hole 6326: 37.0 g/t Au over 3.6 m core length (7.0 g/t Au cut, 3.6 m true width)
  • Hole 6332: 58.3 g/t Au over 3.8 m core length (12.2 g/t Au cut, 2.4 m true width)

All assays cut to 34.28 g.t Au. True widths are estimated.

Following the continued success of the ongoing diamond drill program in the Kiena Deep A Zone, the Company announces it will extend the current exploration ramp by 450 metres at a cost of $2.4M. The additional development is planned to be completed early in Q4 and is required to explore the possible plunge extension of the Kiena Deep A Zone to the northwest, southeast and down dip. The new development will allow diamond drilling to be completed from a more optimal direction (i.e. to the northwest) to intersect the steeply plunging zone to the southeast and provide drilling platforms that will allow definition drilling in the central area of the Kiena Deep A Zone. The enhanced drill platforms will also facilitate the drilling of several step out exploration holes to illustrate the potential expansion of the zone.

Mr. Duncan Middlemiss, President and CEO commented, “Following the continued success of the Kiena Deep A Zone underground drilling program, we have decided to immediately extend drill drifts located off of the ramp by 450 metres, in order to effectively test the size of this deposit, and complete infill drilling more quickly. The planned 104 and 105 drift extensions are favourably located in an area to commence mining and development of the possible up plunge extension of the A Zone in any restart scenario. The 102 and 104 drifts will be developed first, and diamond drilling will commence from these platforms once completed. A fourth drill will then be moved from the VC Zone to the Kiena Deep A Zone in late Q3. The cost of the ramp extension will be funded internally, without material increases to the 2018 budget. We remain committed to developing a resource estimate in the fourth quarter and this development will greatly aid our understanding of this exciting discovery.”

In particular, the 104 and 105 drift extensions will provide an opportunity to further explore the northwest sector of the Kiena Deep A Zone and follow up on hole 6146 that intersected 6.63 g/t over 11.0 metres from a zone located over 150 metres to the northwest of our current drilling and could represent the up plunge extension of the A Zone. This mineralization is located almost 50 metres higher in elevation than the current ramp development. Additionally, the Bay 4 and 102 extension drifts will provide an excellent opportunity to extend the gold mineralization on the southeast side of the 103 drift and to follow up on hole 6299 that intersected multiple zones and returned 77.4 g/t Au over 14.4 metres and remains open to the southeast down plunge (See news release dated May 17, 2018).


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). Sample preparation was done at Techni-Lab (ActLabs) in Val d\'Or (Quebec). Assaying was done by fire assay methods and all samples with visible gold were assayed by metallic sieve method at Techni-Lab (ActLabs) laboratory in Ste-Germaine-Boule (Quebec). 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.


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 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

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Table 1: Kiena Deep Zone A Drilling Results
Hole No.From (m)To (m)Core Length (m)Estimated True width (m)Grade (g/t Au)(Cut Grade (g/t Au)Name Zone
631774.184.510.410.417.795.33A Zone
6320A256.3259. Zone
6320A273.4277. Zone
6320A354.4359.65.24.611.668.39A2 Zone
632379.990.810.910.96.736.73A Zone
63247582. Zone
6325489.0502.013.08.1138.0416.42A Zone
Including491.3497.15.83.3293.6929.03A Zone
6326260.4264.03.63.637.036.99A Zone
633288.892.63.82.458.3012.22A Zone

Hole No.From (m)To (m)Core Length (m)Grade (g/t Au)(Cut Grade (g/t Au)Name Zone
631774.174.80.721.4721.47A Zone
631774.875.81.00.620.62A Zone
631775.876. Zone
631776.877. Zone
631777.578.00.5293.3534.28A Zone
631778. Zone
631778.979. Zone
631779.880. Zone
631780.781. Zone
631781.682.40.817.4417.44A Zone
631782.483. Zone
631783.584.51.07.607.60A Zone
Hole No.From (m)To (m)Core Length (m)Grade (g/t Au)(Cut Grade (g/t Au)Name Zone
6320A256.3257.20.90.720.72A Zone
6320A257.2258.41.26.746.74A Zone
6320A258.4259. Zone
Hole No.From (m)To (m)Core Length (m)Grade (g/t Au)(Cut Grade (g/t Au)Name Zone
6320A273.4274.10.738.3134.28A1 Zone
6320A274.1275.00.92.822.82A1 Zone
6320A275.00276.01.00.530.53A1 Zone
6320A276.00277. Zone
6320A277.00277.90.91.951.95A1 Zone
Hole No.From (m)To (m)Core Length (m)Grade (g/t Au)(Cut Grade (g/t Au)Name Zone
6320A354.4355. Zone
6320A355.4356.41.00.610.61A2 Zone
6320A356.40357. Zone
6320A357.40358.41.00.680.68A2 Zone
6320A358.40359.61.248.4534.28A2 Zone
Hole No.From (m)To (m)Core Length (m)Grade (g/t Au)(Cut Grade (g/t Au)Name Zone
632379.980. Zone
632380.681. Zone
632381.682. Zone
632382.683. Zone
632383.684. Zone
632384.685. Zone
632385.686.61.030.9330.93A Zone
632386.687.61.019.6119.61A Zone
632387.688. Zone
632388.689. Zone
632389.690.81.24.754.75A Zone
Hole No.From (m)To (m)Core Length (m)Grade (g/t Au)(Cut Grade (g/t Au)Name Zone
632475. Zone
632475.977.01.10.410.41A Zone
632477. Zone
632478. Zone
632479. Zone
632480. Zone
632481. Zone
632482.082.50.544.4334.28A Zone
Hole No.From (m)To (m)Core Length (m)Grade (g/t Au)(Cut Grade (g/t Au)Name Zone
6325489.0489.80.81.671.67A Zone
6325489.8490. Zone
6325490.3491.31.01.461.46A Zone
6325491.3492.00.714.0314.03A Zone
6325492.0492.50.579.7234.28A Zone
6325492.5493.20.757.3734.28A Zone
6325493.2494.71.5886.8434.28A Zone
6325494.7495.50.8249.8634.28A Zone
6325495.5496.30.890.2834.28A Zone
6325496.3497.10.813.9613.96A Zone
6325497.1498.00.90.420.42A Zone
6325498.0499.01.01.741.74A Zone
6325499.0500.01.00.310.31A Zone
6325500.0500.50.514.4814.48A Zone
6325500.5501.00.5126.4434.28A Zone
6325501.0502.01.013.7913.79A Zone
Hole No.From (m)To (m)Core Length (m)Grade (g/t Au)(Cut Grade (g/t Au)Name Zone
6326260.4261. Zone
6326261.3262.00.7188.7534.28A Zone
6326262.0263.01.00.740.74A Zone
6326263.0264. Zone
Hole No.From (m)To (m)Core Length (m)Grade (g/t Au)(Cut Grade (g/t Au)Name Zone
633288.889. Zone
633289.690.61.00.740.74A Zone
633290.691.61.0209.3734.28A Zone
633291.692.61.09.819.81A Zone

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