Kintavar Exploration Inc. [KTR-TSXV; 58V-FSE] reported results from the summer drilling at the MLI corridor and the exploration plans for the upcoming months at the Mitchi-Wabash district, Quebec, including follow-up drilling at the Lara zone (Wabash project) targeting the high-grade horizon, and infill drilling at the Sherlock zone (Mitchi project) to bring it toward a maiden resource estimate.
Wabash – MLI Corridor: All the 6 holes along the 100-metres strike length within the Lara zone have successfully intersected the polymetallic mineralization with copper, silver, lead and zinc. From two to four mineralized marble and diopside gneiss horizons have been intersected in each hole with width ranging from 3 metres to 25 metres.
Best intercepts include 5.35 metres of 1.19% copper and 28.4 g/t silver within a wider intersection of 19 metres of 0.59% copper and 19.1 g/t silver in hole WAB-22-22. A detailed table of the main mineralized intercepts can be seen on the company’s original press release, including the associated Pb and Zn grades.
The drilling program targeted and successfully intersected the mineralization from surface and up to a depth of 75 metres.
Although the mineralization was intersected in all the holes, a strong variation in thickness and grade has been observed associated with structural controls. As a result, additional drilling to target the extensions of the high-grade zone are being planned for November and December.
Two drill holes were added into the Indiana zone which successfully demonstrated the extension of the MLI corridor for over 1km with the best intercept of 0.36% copper and 39.6 g/t silver over 8.45 metres in hole WAB-22-31. Already confirmed by trenching along the MLI corridor, the mineralization extends along the structure with local pinching and swelling (boudinage) structures and some faults. Additional drilling will be required to locate and connect the best mineralized horizons.
Mitchi – Sherlock zone: Following the review of all the mineralized zones identified to date (Mitchi: Sherlock/Watson, Elementary/Conan, Nasigon, Huard and Roccia, and Wabash: MLI, Wabash North (Cloutier), Richer and Cooper), the corporation intends to gradually add infill drilling into various zones in order to bring them towards a resource estimate. In parallel to the drilling planned at Lara, an infill drilling program is being planned for the Sherlock zone.
The Sherlock zone has already been demonstrated to extend for over 500 metres E-W and up to 300 metres N-S. The drilling will focus on areas with mineralization starting from surface and where thickness and grade are the most significant in the top 100 metres. The drilling program is expected to be completed by end of December. Permits are already in place for both Lara and Sherlock drilling programs.
“The Grenville geology presents challenges and amazing opportunities while the local infrastructure amplifies the potential of the entire region. The size of the stratiform copper basins combined with the local structural complexities have created many zones where the mineralization starts from surface. Over the last 5 years we discovered over 9 mineralized zones of interest with more zones still being worked on. With copper demand poised for significant growth over the next decade, it is now the perfect time to start adding infill drilling into some of our most advanced zones which will lead us to our first resource estimates in the region. Additional metallurgical and sorting testwork is expected to take place over the next 6 months as well which will ultimately help better understand the economics of the Mitchi-Wabash district.” commented Kiril Mugerman, President and CEO.
Kintavar’s flagship project is the Mitchi – Wabash copper-silver district (approx. 39 000 hectares, 100% owned) located 100 km north of the town of Mont-Laurier and 15 km East of the town of Parent in Quebec. Both properties cover an area of more than 300 km2 accessible by a network of logging and gravel roads with access to hydro-electric power already on site, major regional roads including railroad and a spur. Osisko holds a 2% NSR on 27 claims of the southern portion of the Mitchi property, outside of the sedimentary basin.