Qubec Junior Seeks Gold in Old Camp Further Assays Pending

One Qubec-based junior is exploring mineralized buildings in and across the past-producing Belleterre gold mine. The Important Investor discusses the corporate’s first drill outcomes with administration.


Amidst rising inflation ranges not seen for the reason that Nineteen Seventies, a Russia-Ukraïne battle that causes commodity market disruptions, and a Fed unsure what to do with rates of interest, Vior Inc. (VIO:TSXV; VL51:FRA) stays targeted on gold exploration.

The junior lately acquired the long-awaited outcomes from the Section I drill program at its flagship Belleterre gold mission in Québec, located about 100 kilometers south of Rouyn-Noranda. Administration was pleased with the outcomes, highlighted by one bonanza-grade intercept of 0.5 meter grading 55.2 grams per tonne gold (55.2 g/t Au).

As well as, the corporate accomplished the primary holes of a 4,000-meter Section II drill marketing campaign focusing on the validation of high-grade feeder buildings surrounding the past-producing Belleterre gold mine. The core seems encouraging to administration.

A drill exams underground buildings on the past-producing Belleterre gold mine, 100 kilometers south of Rouyn-Noranda in Quebec, Canada.  Supply: Vior Inc.

Vior’s Section I drill program consisted of 5 holes for a complete of three,857 meters.

Section I used to be designed to check the continuity of a number of gold-bearing veins at depth and higher outline the geological framework of the historic Belleterre mine pattern, which has seen restricted historic drilling beneath the 200-meter degree.

Drilling efficiently intersected the down-dip projections of a number of traditionally mineralized vein buildings and different beforehand unrecognized gold-bearing quartz veins and buildings. The complete drill outcomes could be noticed within the desk beneath:

The spotlight — and likewise the one financial drill outcome — is gap BV21-001, with 0.5 meter at 55.21 g/t Au. Though the 8 meters at 1.58 g/t Au intercept didn’t look financial, Vice-President of Exploration Laurent Eustache mentioned it (mixed with historic information) not solely signifies width at depth, however may probably vector in on close by mineralization with width at a lot greater grades.

Please observe that the holes have been drilled underneath a 50-54 diploma dip so the precise depth doesn’t surpass 500 meters. Three out of 5 holes have been focusing on the Conway construction and the Aubelle deposit, the trajectories of the sections A-A’ and B-B’ could be seen on this zoomed-in map:

The concept was to focus on extensions of each mineralized buildings at depth, as could be seen beneath within the B-B’ part:

Though the intersections weren’t spectacular or financial (as a primary threshold, outcomes for vein techniques ought to have a cut-off grade of at the least 4 g/t Au and a width of at the least 2 meters with a purpose to be financial at present gold costs. Calculation: grams multiplied by meters ought to equal at the least 8 at US$1,950/oz Au), they implied continuity of mineralization, and appear to supply enough vectors for administration to be inspired by what they drilled, as CEO Mark Fedosiewich commented:

“5 core holes have been drilled in Vior’s Section I maiden drill program, 4 of them returned gold intercepts, together with two slim high-grade gold and three thick intercepts of lower-grade gold-bearing quartz veins. Our crew could be very inspired by the power of the gold system, which not solely reveals distinctive continuity over 350 meters down-dip of the historic Aubelle Mineralized Zone (AMZ) and the Conway vein, but additionally suggests these zones are growing in thickness with depth. This preliminary drill program was a giant step in direction of de-risking the Belleterre gold mission, and the structural information obtained from this program can be crucial in serving to our crew vector in direction of higher-grade vein shoots.”

I puzzled what sort of structural information may result in higher-grade vein shoots on this case.

“The outcomes from the Section I drill program demonstrated some sturdy and nicely distributed gold buildings at depth within the continuity of the historic high-grade quartz veins at floor. We’ve noticed wider gold intercepts and are very inspired by the presence of latest mineralized zones between Aubelle and Conway. Proof of down-dip continuity over 350 meters, new buildings in-between, wider gold intercepts and the validation that the high-grade mineralization continues at depth all present for a robust alternative for extra aggressive exploration,” Eustache defined.

He added: “It is a crucial milestone within the exploration de-risking course of and now opens up the untapped exploration potential within the west a part of the historic mining pattern. These Archean gold deposits will not be homogeneous over a complete construction and generally develop high-grade gold shoots alongside structural lineaments, and that is precisely the place our technical crew is now concentrating.”

As many of the focusing on appears to be at appreciable depths, I requested if directional drilling might be useful to restrict the meters drilled and related prices. Eustache mentioned that there are nonetheless many targets near the floor, however for targets at depth, there are numerous methods that can be utilized to mitigate drilling prices, akin to directional drilling and using wedges.

He famous that when a drill intersects handsome gold mineralization, the corporate can keep away from re-drilling the start of a gap by deviating from the mom gap with one other leg, with a purpose to examine potential mineralization continuity within the environment.

Apart from these first outcomes coming from the Section I program, Vior accomplished a number of drill holes from its 4,000-meter Section II program.

This system targets affirmation and step-out drilling alongside the projected extensions of a number of past-producing gold-bearing vein buildings of the historic Belleterre gold mine.

After visible inspection of the core, a number of vein buildings seem like intersected. Apparently the visuals justified a number of samples being rushed to the assay labs, so it wouldn’t shock me if some visible gold was noticed. Visible gold typically generates grades above 10 g/t Au so I’m curious what outcomes can be reported.

Administration anticipates having the primary of those assays again in three or 4 weeks. I puzzled if these assays have been a part of the 4 holes focusing on the 12W vein extension at depth.

“We’ve elevated the variety of holes drilled within the 12W vein extension from 4 to six due to the very encouraging vein buildings that we encountered, and have despatched some rush samples from from three of those holes so far,” Fedosiewich mentioned.

The Section II drill program consists of 10 high-priority drill targets totalling over 4,000 meters and is targeted on the previous Belleterre mine concessions. These holes are outlined beneath:

  • Six (from the beforehand deliberate 4) holes are testing the southwest extension of the 12W vein (see Determine 2 and three beneath). This construction is interpreted to be the extension of the principle historic high-grade mineralized horizon of the past-producing Belleterre mine, the place the vast majority of gold manufacturing occurred. Vein 12W can be parallel to the regional Gainsmoor deformation shear zone, which is interpreted as a key structural management to mineralization for the larger Belleterre district.
  • Three holes are testing the Mill Creek shear zone, which parallels the Gainsmoor deformation shear zone and hosts a number of historic high-grade veins accessed by way of two of the 4 shafts of the previous Belleterre gold mine. Two of the three holes will check the northeast extension of the construction and can be positioned inside 250 meters of shaft 4 and spaced 400 meters from one another alongside the construction the place intrusives and related gold mineralization have traditionally been acknowledged. The third gap, a larger than 300-meter step out from shaft 2, will check the southwest extension of the mineralized construction (see Determine 2 beneath).
  • One last gap will check a 400-meter step out to the southwest extension of veins 15 and 26, the place each zones have been traditionally under-explored (see Determine 2 beneath).

Determine 2 could be seen right here, exhibiting the Section II drill targets and their context:

In my opinion, the six holes testing the Vein 12W strike to depth might be essentially the most significant, as many of the mined out mineralization was produced from this very vein up to now, doubtless with gold left behind within the shoot.

A number of historic drilling intercepted quick, high-grade mineralization, with grades like 20.6 g/t Au, 58.1 g/t Au and 65.8 g/t Au, largely 100 meters beneath the deepest mined out degree, as proven in Determine 3 beneath (which reveals historic high-grade mineralization in a three-dimensional mannequin):

Earlier drilling didn’t exceed 250 meters beneath floor — and as Belleterre has been mined to a depth of 750 meters and gold mineralization within the Greenstone Belt in Québec typically continues to depths a lot deeper than that — administration is happy by the low degree of exploration at depth on the historic mine pattern, as continuity of mineralization typically supplies a excessive probability at exploration success.

Subsequently this might nicely be one of the efficient and least dangerous exploration methods on the market, which is strictly what you want being a cash-burning junior like Vior. I like this sound technique very a lot. Let’s see what Belleterre has in retailer at depth.

Eustache additionally supplied an replace on Vior’s lower-priority Skyfall mission.

“We’re nonetheless engaged on the geophysical information reprocessing and will not be but able to elaborate on our developments. We are going to return to the sector late spring/summer season with a purpose to progressively advance it, and can replace the market with our extra detailed subject technique at the moment. This has the whole lot to do with our present focus, as we can be stretched with all of our personnel at Belleterre throughout the ongoing exploration program over there,” Eustache mentioned.

The present money place of Vior sits at round CA$2.8M, and the corporate is cashed up for the time being to finish the present Section II 4,000-meter drill program, in addition to a summer season subject program at Belleterre. An enormous benefit for Vior is the low all-in price of diamond drilling in Québec’s decrease Abitibi area, coming in at about CA$160 per meter.

There are additionally important tax incentives for flow-through capital raises devoted to exploration in Québec. This allows the corporate to lift at a big premium, thereby limiting dilution.

Administration is already considering a Section III drill program for Belleterre, which can want further funding, someplace within the close to future.


The primary batch of drill outcomes wasn’t essentially the most spectacular, nevertheless it confirmed the validity of the technique Vior administration is pursuing: looking for gold mineralization at depth beneath an present (on this case mined out) deposit, as is usually the case with Greenstone Belt tasks within the Abitibi in Québec. Even the lower-grade intercepts supplied priceless vectoring data for Vior’s geologists to determine enough continuation of mineralization of veins at depth. The continued Section II program, specializing in the world immediately adjoining to the historic mine, predominantly producing from Vein 12W on the time, already supplied the corporate with such visually attention-grabbing cores that it determined to hurry the assays. With the outcomes anticipated again from the labs inside 3-4 weeks, it might be an attention-grabbing summer season for Vior. Keep tuned!

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