Wesdome Provides Kiena Exploration Update; Drilling Continues to Grow Kiena Deep and Intercept High Grades Near Mine Infrastructure

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TORONTO, April 08, 2024 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Wesdome Gold Mines Ltd. (TSX: WDO, OTCQX: WDOFF) (“Wesdome” or the “Company”) today provides an update regarding its underground exploration activities at the Company’s 100% owned Kiena Mine in Val d’Or, Quebec.

Highlights Include:
Kiena Deep – Footwall Zone (Figure 1, Table 1)1

The latest drilling results have continued to better define the Footwall Zone:

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  • Hole N127-6913: 55.6 g/t Au over 3.5 m core length (25.7 g/t Au capped, 2.0 m true width)
  • Hole N127-6912: 13.8 g/t Au over 11.1 m core length (13.8 g/t Au capped, 5.0 m true width); and
    • 22.0 g/t Au over 6.7 m core length (19.6 g/t Au capped, 3.0 m true width)
  • Hole N127-6890: 35.7 g/t Au over 5.3 m core length (20.9 g/t Au capped, 3.0 m true width)

Kiena Deep – South Limb Zone (Figure 2, Table 1) 1

Drilling continues to extend this zone down plunge and confirm the continuity of high-grade mineralization:

  • Hole N103-6807W5: 30.3 g/t Au over 5.8 m core length (17.7 g/t Au capped, 5.0 m true width)
  • Hole N103-6807W4: 25.2 g/t Au over 6.0 m core length (18.4 g/t Au capped, 1.6 m true width)

Wish Zone area (Figure 3, Table 1) 2

Initial reconnaissance drilling closer to surface has intersected high-grade gold values similar to those at Kiena Deep:

  • Hole N033-6901: 36.4 g/t Au over 1.5 m core length

1. Assays capped at 90.0 g/t Au. True widths are estimated based on 3D models where available.
2. Assays uncapped. True widths currently unavailable.

Ms. Anthea Bath, President and Chief Executive Officer commented: “we expect that 2024 will see a significant increase in exploration at Wesdome with approximately $30 million budgeted between our two sites, or 185,000 meters across surface and underground exploration as well as delineation drilling. Currently, we are seeing immediate returns from this stepped-up effort at Kiena, with results that are not only expanding and defining existing zones at Kiena Deep, but also identifying potentially significant gold mineralization in historically underexplored areas like Wish from the 33-level.

As the main ramp at Kiena Deep progresses towards the 136-level by year end, additional drill platforms are being established to facilitate drilling in previously discovered but not fully explored zones. Initial drilling at both the Footwall and South Limb zones is being used to better define the high-grade mineralization with a view to converting existing Inferred Resources to the Indicated category. Drilling is also expected to continue to build upon our early success and aim to expand and extend the known size of these zones.

In the shallower Wish Zone area, the first hole we drilled from 33-level returned a high grade interval, which combined with other results in the same area, suggests the potential for additional high-grade lenses. This is highly prospective, and we expect to follow up this area with an expanded drill program in the coming months. Furthermore, as 33-level development is currently being rehabilitated further east of this zone, we expect to have more optimal drilling platforms available from the eastern side of the interpreted zone in the second half of 2024.

We underscore that these initial high-grade results are all in proximity to our existing underground infrastructure such that they could be low-cost to develop and potentially provide additional operational flexibility as we optimize the asset. With Kiena Deep open down-plunge, and significant gold mineralization being identified closer to surface at Wish, Presqu’île and Dubuisson, we expect Kiena’s track record of exploration success to continue,” Ms. Bath added.

Technical Details
Over the past several years, underground drilling has primarily focussed on testing areas proximal to the Kiena Deep A Zone. As part of this exploration focus, early success discovered the Footwall zones in 2021. Subsequently in 2022, exploration confirmed the presence of the South Limb at depth in a folded area of the Kiena Deep A Zone (see press release dated June 1, 2022), suggesting potential to expand the folded high grade structure. Later in 2022, drilling intersected two new zones in the relative high rock quality hanging wall basalt that returned up to 2,850 g/t Au over 1.5 meters (see press release dated November 16, 2022).

The Kiena Deep A Zone now extends continuously from 1,100 meters below surface and beyond current resources which extend to approximately 1,800 meters. More recently, drilling has been focussed on the South Limb and the Footwall zones and will continue to increase as exploration platforms become more available with the deepening of the main Kiena ramp. Growth in resource inventory in these areas has the potential to increase ounces per vertical meter and thereby provide opportunities for operational flexibility and increasing production from each level. Additional drill platforms at depth will also provide an opportunity to test the previously discovered Hanging Wall Zone in the Basalt as well as follow up on areas northeast of Kiena Deep for a parallel structure.

The Wish Zone area has remained underexplored until 2024. Initial reconnaissance drilling in 2024 approximately one kilometer east of the Kiena mine from the existing 33 level development has intersected narrow, high grade gold mineralization from quartz veining within a horizon of competent basalt, in contact with sheared ultramafic rocks. These results, combined with historic hole 4344 (65.5 g/t Au over 1.0 m core length), have identified gold mineralization proximal to the contact over 300 meters along strike (See Figure 3). Follow-up drilling is expected to focus on extrapolating this contact and related gold mineralization at depth, to provide an initial assessment of the size and potential continuity of the mineralization.

About Wesdome
Wesdome is a Canadian focused gold producer with two high grade underground assets, the Eagle River mine in Ontario and the recently commissioned Kiena mine in Quebec. The Company’s primary goal is to responsibly leverage this operating platform and high-quality brownfield and greenfield exploration pipeline to build Canada’s next intermediate gold producer. Wesdome trades on the Toronto Stock Exchange under the symbol “WDO,” with a secondary listing on the OTCQX under the symbol “WDOFF.”

For further information, please contact:

Raj Gill, SVP, Corporate Development & Investor Relations
Phone: +1 (416) 360-3743
E-Mail: [email protected]

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Technical Disclosure
The technical and geoscientific content of this release has been compiled, reviewed, and approved by Bruno Turcotte, P.Geo., (OGQ #453) Geology Superintendent of the Kiena mine, a “Qualified Person” as defined in National Instrument 43-101 – Standards of Disclosure for Mineral Projects.

Analytical work was performed by ALS Minerals of Val-d’Or (Quebec), a certified commercial laboratory (Accredited Lab #689). Sample preparation was completed at ALS Minerals in Val d’Or (Quebec). Assaying comprised fire assay methods with an atomic absorption finish. Any sample assaying >10 g/t Au was re-run using the fire assay method with gravimetric finish, and also with the metallic sieve method. 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.

Forward-Looking Information

This press release contains “forward-looking information” within the meaning of applicable Canadian securities legislation, including but not limited to statements regarding Wesdome’s exploration activities, budget allocations and operational plans at the Kiena Mine, including the construction of the Kiena Deep ramp; potential for gold mineralization in underexplored areas, development progress, resource conversion and expansion, and operational flexibility and optimization at Kiena that leverages existing infrastructure to lower costs; the potential to expand the folded high grade structure; the expected growth in resource inventory in the South Limb and the Footwall zones. Forward-looking statements are based on the opinions and estimates of management as of the date such statements are made and they are subject to known and unknown risks, uncertainties, and other factors that may cause the actual results, level of activity, performance or achievements of Wesdome to be materially different from those expressed or implied by such forward-looking statements or forward-looking information. Although management of Wesdome has attempted to identify important factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from those contained in forward-looking statements or forward-looking information, there may be other factors that cause results not to be as anticipated, estimated or intended.

There can be no assurance that forward-looking statements or information will prove to be accurate, as actual results and future events could differ materially from those anticipated in such statements. The Company undertakes no obligation to update forward-looking statements if circumstances, management’s estimates or opinions should change, except as required by securities legislation. Accordingly, the reader is cautioned not to place undue reliance on forward-looking statements.

Table 1: Kiena Underground Composite and Drilling Assay Results (Previously Unreleased)

Composite Results

Wish Area
Hole No. From
(m)
To
(m)
Core Length (m) Estimated True Width (m) Grade
(g/t Au)
Cut Grade
(90 g/t Au)
Target
N033-6889 430.8 432.7 1.9  – 5.1 5.1 Wish
N033-6901 252.1 253.0 0.9  – 13.6 13.6 Wish
N033-6901 533.8 535.3 1.5  – 36.4 36.4 Wish
South Limb
N103-6807W2 455.2 462.9 7.7 5.3 13.1 13.1 A Zone
N103-6807W4 159.4 165.4 6.0 1.6 25.2 18.4 A Zone
N103-6807W5 121.8 127.6 5.8 5.0 30.3 17.7 A Zone
N103-6839W7 480.4 488.0 7.6 5.6 18.2 18.2 A Zone
N103-6839W8 265.5 269.8 4.3 3.5 14.0 14.0 A1 Zone
N103-6839W9 237.7 242.5 4.8 3.0 24.9 24.9 A Zone
N103-6864W4 245.0 250.7 5.7 5.5 17.3 17.3 A Zone
N103-6864W6 155.0 158.2 3.2 2.3 23.4 23.4 A Zone
N103-6911W1 285.5 292.9 7.4 5.5 16.5 13.4 A Zone
N103-6911W2 203.1 206.7 3.6 3.0 7.5 7.5 A Zone
Footwall
N127-6890 235.0 244.0 9.0 4.5 9.9 9.9 BZA_1
N127-6890 268.0 280.3 12.3 5.0 8.2 8.2 A1 Zone
N127-6890 346.3 355.9 9.6 5.0 9.4 9.4 FWZ_3
N127-6890 363.0 368.3 5.3 3.0 35.7 20.9 FWZ_4
N127-6912 247.1 253.8 6.7 3.0 22.0 19.6 BZA_1
N127-6912 327.1 338.2 11.1 5.0 13.8 13.8 FWZ_2
N127-6913 337.4 340.9 3.5 2.0 55.6 25.7 FWZ_3

Assays

Hole ID Target From
(m)
To
(m)
Core Length
(m)
Au
Uncut
(g/t)
Au
Cut
(g/t)
 
 
 
N103-6807W2 South Limb – A Zone 455.2 455.7 0.5 33.6 33.6  
N103-6807W2 South Limb – A Zone 455.7 456.2 0.5 5.9 5.9  
N103-6807W2 South Limb – A Zone 456.2 457.1 0.9 0.1 0.1  
N103-6807W2 South Limb – A Zone 457.1 458.1 1.0 50.4 50.4  
N103-6807W2 South Limb – A Zone 458.1 459.1 1.0 0.9 0.9  
N103-6807W2 South Limb – A Zone 459.1 460.2 1.1 5.0 5.0  
N103-6807W2 South Limb – A Zone 460.2 461.4 1.2 19.4 19.4  
N103-6807W2 South Limb – A Zone 462.4 462.9 0.5 2.1 2.1  
N103-6807W4 South Limb – A Zone 159.4 160.4 1.0 1.6 1.6  
N103-6807W4 South Limb – A Zone 160.4 161.4 1.0 0.2 0.2  
N103-6807W4 South Limb – A Zone 161.4 162.4 1.0 0.5 0.5  
N103-6807W4 South Limb – A Zone 162.4 163.4 1.0 14.6 14.6  
N103-6807W4 South Limb – A Zone 163.4 164.4 1.0 3.4 3.4  
N103-6807W4 South Limb – A Zone 164.4 165.4 1.0 131.0 90.0  
N103-6807W5 South Limb – A Zone 121.8 123.3 1.5 0.7 0.7  
N103-6807W5 South Limb – A Zone 123.3 124.8 1.5 0.4 0.4  
N103-6807W5 South Limb – A Zone 124.8 125.8 1.0 0.1 0.1  
N103-6807W5 South Limb – A Zone 125.8 126.3 0.5 212.0 90.0  
N103-6807W5 South Limb – A Zone 126.3 126.9 0.6 110.0 90.0  
N103-6807W5 South Limb – A Zone 126.9 127.6 0.7 2.6 2.6  
N103-6839W7 South Limb – A Zone 480.4 481.4 1.0 1.0 1.0  
N103-6839W7 South Limb – A Zone 481.4 482.4 1.0 42.9 42.9  
N103-6839W7 South Limb – A Zone 482.4 483.4 1.0 8.3 8.3  
N103-6839W7 South Limb – A Zone 483.4 484.4 1.0 1.7 1.7  
N103-6839W7 South Limb – A Zone 484.4 485.4 1.0 0.6 0.6  
N103-6839W7 South Limb – A Zone 485.4 486.4 1.0 81.0 81.0  
N103-6839W7 South Limb – A Zone 486.4 487.2 0.8 1.3 1.3  
N103-6839W7 South Limb – A Zone 487.2 488.0 0.8 1.8 1.8  
N103-6839W8 A1 Zone 265.5 266.5 1.0 3.6 3.6  
N103-6839W8 A1 Zone 266.5 267.5 1.0 53.8 53.8  
N103-6839W8 A1 Zone 267.5 268.8 1.3 1.2 1.2  
N103-6839W8 A1 Zone 268.8 269.8 1.0 1.4 1.4  
N103-6839W9 South Limb – A Zone 237.7 238.7 1.0 34.0 34.0  
N103-6839W9 South Limb – A Zone 238.7 239.5 0.8 88.9 88.9  
N103-6839W9 South Limb – A Zone 239.5 240.5 1.0 5.5 5.5  
N103-6839W9 South Limb – A Zone 240.5 241.5 1.0 0.6 0.6  
N103-6839W9 South Limb – A Zone 241.5 242.5 1.0 8.5 8.5  
N103-6864W4 South Limb – A Zone 245 245.9 0.9 8.2 8.2  
N103-6839W4 South Limb – A Zone 245.9 246.8 0.9 3.2 3.2  
N103-6864W4 South Limb – A Zone 246.8 247.7 0.9 2.3 2.3  
N103-6864W4 South Limb – A Zone 247.7 248.7 1.0 0.1 0.1  
N103-6864W4 South Limb – A Zone 248.7 249.7 1.0 0.2 0.2  
N103-6864W4 South Limb – A Zone 249.7 250.7 1.0 86.3 86.3  
N103-6864W6 South Limb – A Zone 155 156.1 1.1 16.7 16.7  
N103-6864W6 South Limb – A Zone 156.1 157.2 1.1 0.1 0.1  
N103-6864W6 South Limb – A Zone 157.2 158.2 1.0 56.5 56.5  
N103-6911W1 South Limb – A Zone 285.5 286.2 0.7 57.8 57.8  
N103-6911W1 South Limb – A Zone 286.2 287.5 1.3 0.1 0.1  
N103-6911W1 South Limb – A Zone 287.5 289.0 1.5 0.7 0.7  
N103-6911W1 South Limb – A Zone 289.0 289.6 0.6 18.3 18.3  
N103-6911W1 South Limb – A Zone 289.6 290.5 0.9 1.4 1.4  
N103-6911W1 South Limb – A Zone 290.5 291.5 1.0 0.5 0.5  
N103-6911W1 South Limb – A Zone 291.5 292.4 0.9 0.1 0.1  
N103-6911W1 South Limb – A Zone 292.4 292.9 0.5 134.5 90.0  
N103-6911W2 South Limb – A Zone 203.1 203.7 0.6 40.3 40.3  
N103-6911W2 South Limb – A Zone 203.7 205.2 1.5 1.7 1.7  
N103-6911W2 South Limb – A Zone 205.2 206.7 1.5 0.1 0.1  
N127-6890 A Zone 235.0 236.0 1.0 3.8 3.8  
N127-6890 A Zone 236.0 237.0 1.0 10.8 10.8  
N127-6890 A Zone 237.0 238.0 1.0 4.9 4.9  
N127-6890 A Zone 238.0 239.0 1.0 4.2 4.2  
N127-6890 A Zone 239.0 240.0 1.0 5.7 5.7  
N127-6890 A Zone 240.0 241.0 1.0 46.4 46.4  
N127-6890 A Zone 241.0 242.0 1.0 1.4 1.4  
N127-6890 A Zone 242.0 243.0 1.0 3.5 3.5  
N127-6890 A Zone 243.0 244.0 1.0 8.7 8.7  
N127-6890 A Zone 268.0 269.0 1.0 12.1 12.1  
N127-6890 A Zone 269.0 270.0 1.0 3.7 3.7  
N127-6890 A Zone 270.0 271.0 1.0 2.7 2.7  
N127-6890 A Zone 271.0 271.8 0.8 16.9 16.9  
N127-6890 A Zone 271.8 272.5 0.7 17.9 17.9  
N127-6890 A Zone 272.5 273.5 1.0 0.2 0.2  
N127-6890 A Zone 273.5 274.5 1.0 0.8 0.8  
N127-6890 A Zone 274.5 275.3 0.8 8.5 8.5  
N127-6890 A Zone 275.3 276.3 1.0 23.4 23.4  
N127-6890 A Zone 276.3 277.3 1.0 4.1 4.1  
N127-6890 A Zone 277.3 278.3 1.0 5.0 5.0  
N127-6890 A Zone 278.3 279.3 1.0 9.0 9.0  
N127-6890 A Zone 279.3 280.3 1.0 6.9 6.9  
N127-6890 Footwall 346.3 347.3 1.0 20.7 20.7  
N127-6890 Footwall 347.3 348.1 0.8 0.1 0.1  
N127-6890 Footwall 348.1 348.8 0.7 0.3 0.3  
N127-6890 Footwall 348.8 349.8 1.0 23.3 23.3  
N127-6890 Footwall 349.8 350.8 1.0 0.9 0.9  
N127-6890 Footwall 350.8 351.8 1.0 2.3 2.3  
N127-6890 Footwall 351.8 352.9 1.1 13.4 13.4  
N127-6890 Footwall 352.9 353.7 0.8 12.4 12.4  
N127-6890 Footwall 353.7 354.5 0.8 1.4 1.4  
N127-6890 Footwall 354.5 355.2 0.7 19.7 19.7  
N127-6890 Footwall 355.2 355.9 0.7 4.9 4.9  
N127-6890 Footwall 363.0 364.1 1.1 1.0 1.0  
N127-6890 Footwall 364.1 365.1 1.0 0.4 0.4  
N127-6890 Footwall 365.1 366.1 1.0 1.0 1.0  
N127-6890 Footwall 366.1 367.1 1.0 0.1 0.1  
N127-6890 Footwall 367.1 367.6 0.5 200.0 90.0  
N127-6890 Footwall 367.6 368.3 0.7 123.5 90.0  
N127-6912 A Zone 247.1 248.0 0.9 26.2 26.2  
N127-6912 A Zone 248.0 248.5 0.5 3.8 3.8  
N127-6912 A Zone 248.5 249.5 1.0 106.0 90.0  
N127-6912 A Zone 249.5 250.2 0.7 0.5 0.5  
N127-6912 A Zone 250.2 250.9 0.7 2.0 2.0  
N127-6912 A Zone 250.9 251.8 0.9 1.6 1.6  
N127-6912 A Zone 251.8 252.8 1.0 4.3 4.3  
N127-6912 A Zone 252.8 253.8 1.0 8.4 8.4  
N127-6912 Footwall 327.1 328.1 1.0 33.5 33.5  
N127-6912 Footwall 328.1 329.1 1.0 13.1 13.1  
N127-6912 Footwall 329.1 330.1 1.0 19.4 19.4  
N127-6912 Footwall 330.1 331.1 1.0 9.3 9.3  
N127-6912 Footwall 331.1 332.0 0.9 0.5 0.5  
N127-6912 Footwall 332.0 332.9 0.9 8.8 8.8  
N127-6912 Footwall 332.9 333.9 1.0 3.4 3.4  
N127-6912 Footwall 333.9 334.9 1.0 1.7 1.7  
N127-6912 Footwall 334.9 335.4 0.5 0.1 0.1  
N127-6912 Footwall 335.4 336.2 0.8 0.5 0.5  
N127-6912 Footwall 336.2 337.2 1.0 58.8 58.8  
N127-6912 Footwall 337.2 338.2 1.0 5.3 5.3  
N127-6913 Footwall 337.4 338.5 1.1 0.4 0.4  
N127-6913 Footwall 338.5 339.3 0.9 213.0 90.0  
N127-6913 Footwall 339.3 340.2 0.9 14.4 14.4  
N127-6913 Footwall 340.2 340.9 0.7 0.2 0.2  
N033-6889 Wish 430.8 431.7 0.9 4.7 4.7  
N033-6889 Wish 431.7 432.7 1.0 5.5 5.5  
N033-6901 Wish 252.1 253.0 0.9 13.6 13.6  
N033-6901 Wish 533.8 535.3 1.5 36.4 36.4  

 

Figure 1 - April 8 Kiena Results

Figure 2 - April 8 Kiena Results

Figure 3 - April 8 Kiena Results

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