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Teranga Gold Strikes More High-Grade Gold at Golden Hill

Feb 01, 2018

Initial drilling at fifth drilling prospect – C-Zone – intersects 11 m @ 4.87 g/t Au

TORONTO, Feb. 01, 2018 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Teranga Gold Corporation ("Teranga" or the "Company") (TSX:TGZ) (OTCQX:TGCDF) is pleased to announce that early-stage drilling continues to yield high-grade, near-surface and deeper gold mineralization at its Golden Hill property in Burkina Faso, West Africa. Teranga has an earn-in agreement on Golden Hill with Boss Resources Limited (ASX:BOE) pursuant to which Teranga, as operator, can earn a minimum 80% interest in the joint venture upon delivery of a feasibility study and payment of AU$2.5 million.

Figure 1
Golden Hill Property – Prospect Location Plan Map


Figure 2
Ma Prospect – Drill Plan


Figure 3
Ma Prospect – Representative Drill Section (C-C’)


Figure 4
Ma Prospect – Representative Drill Section (E-E’)


Figure 5
Ma Prospect – Representative Drill Section (G-G’)


“Golden Hill, located in the heart of the proven gold producing Houndé Greenstone Belt, is developing into one of the best high-grade gold exploration projects in West Africa,” said Richard Young, President and Chief Executive Officer.  “With positive results from initial drilling at C-Zone and ongoing drill success at Ma, Peksou, Jackhammer Hill and Nahiri, we are expanding our 2018 drill program and initiating the supporting technical work for this rapidly advancing project.”  

An extensive 2018 drill campaign is underway on all five prospects and the Company expects to issue an initial resource by the end of 2018.

“Golden Hill continues to demonstrate excellent correlation of the various mineralized zones at each of the five prospects drilled to-date.  Based on these positive results, we have budgeted $8 million for this year’s exploration program at Golden Hill to move the five current prospects into an initial resource by year end and to expand our exploration program outwards to initiate exploration of more than a half dozen other targets,” stated David Mallo, Vice President, Exploration. “The combined positive drill results at Ma, Peksou, Jackhammer Hill, Nahiri, and now C-Zone are encouraging.  We have five advanced high-grade exploration prospects all within a 5-kilometre radius from a central point, which increases our confidence that Golden Hill represents Teranga’s next mine in Burkina Faso.”   

The following highlight results are from the Company’s most recent drilling program, completed in late 2017. 

C-Zone Prospect

  • 11 m @ 4.87 g/t Au including 2 m @ 11.32 g/t Au (GHDD-189)
  • 6 m @ 4.64 g/t Au including 2 m @ 10.77 g/t Au (GHDD-188)
  • 8 m @ 3.76 g/t Au including 1 m @ 19.74 g/t Au (GHDD-191)

The C-Zone prospect is located just south of the Peksou prospect (Figure 1 in Appendix 1) and has a current strike length of approximately 500 metres. Historical drilling at C-Zone was to shallow depths below which the Company targeted down-dip extensions of previously intersected mineralization. 

Ma Prospect (Ma Main, Ma East, Ma North)

  • 7 m @  5.78 g/t Au and 6 m @ 2.35 g/t Au (GHDD-095)
  • 13 m @  2.35 g/t Au including 4 m  @ 4.83 g/t Au (GHDD-139)
  • 11 m @ 2.13 g/t Au (GHDD-120)
  • 16 m @ 1.62 g/t Au including 4 m @ 2.98 g/t Au (GHDD-085)

The step-out drill program at the Ma structural complex comprising Ma Main, Ma East and Ma North continues to provide excellent hole-to-hole correlation along trend and to depth. The Ma plan map (Figure 2 in Appendix 1) of drilling completed to-date indicates a combined drilled strike extent for Ma Main and Ma East of 2.4 kilometres and a separate partially drilled strike extent for Ma North of 1.2 kilometres. Representative drill sections for Ma are included in Figures 3, 4 and 5 in Appendix 1.

Peksou Prospect 

  • 17 m @ 2.17 g/t Au including 5 m @ 4.05 g/t Au (GHDD-207)
  • 28 m @ 1.28 g/t Au including 4 m @ 2.32 g/t Au (GHDD-211)
  • 4 m @ 7.21 g/t Au including 1 m @ 27.41 g/t Au (GHDD-209)

Follow-up drilling of an initial successful five-hole drill program at the Peksou prospect intersected very positive drill intersections on 40 and 80-metre sections across an approximate 600-metre strike extent.  The structurally controlled mineralization at Peksou occurs in both mafic volcanic, dioritic and granodioritic host units, similar to Ma and Jackhammer Hill. 

Jackhammer Hill Prospect

  • 5 m @ 4.32 g/t Au (GHDD-144)
  • 4 m @ 1.92 g/t Au and 6 m @ 1.23 g/t Au (GHDD-146)
  • 5 m @ 1.62 g/t Au including 1 m @ 6.01 g/t Au (GHDD-143)

A 10-hole step-out drill program was completed at Jackhammer Hill to follow-up favorable drill results.  To-date, approximately 1,000 metres of strike extent has been drill tested predominantly on 40 and 80-metre sections.  Field observations from three recent drill holes at Jackhammer Hill report visible gold.  These results are pending and will be reported in a subsequent news release.

Nahiri and Nahiri West Prospects 

  • 8 m @ 1.63 g/t Au including 1 m @ 5.36 g/t Au (GHDD-176)
  • 11 m @ 1.33 g/t Au including 1 m @ 4.90 g/t Au (GHDD-178)

A short drill program at the Nahiri and Nahiri West prospects met with modest success.  Of note was the anomalous intersection observed in drill hole GHDD-178, which averages 0.48 g/t Au over its lower 123 metres.  This intersection confirms similar very wide intervals of anomalous mineralization in earlier reverse circulations drill holes, necessitating a re-interpretation that will focus on possible crossing structures that may be controlling these wide anomalous intervals.

Other Activities & Next Steps

As part of the 2018 drill campaign, two diamond core drills are working on-site. Additional drills are planned for periodic drilling evaluation throughout the year.

In addition to ongoing drilling at the five advanced prospects, the Company plans initial field evaluations at other undrilled Golden Hill prospects including A-Zone, B-Zone, Didro, Intie, Nabere and Nabale.  Geologic modeling and initial resource estimation for the most advanced prospects is planned for year-end 2018.  Composite samples for preliminary metallurgical test work programs are in progress and base line environmental studies are planned for later this year.

Drilling Results Table

Recent Golden Hill drill results continue to demonstrate excellent correlation of the various mineralized zones at the five prospects drilled to-date. A complete list of C-Zone, Ma, Peksou, Jackhammer Hill and Nahiri highlight drill results reported in this news release is included in the following Table 1.

Table 1: C-Zone, Ma, Peksou, Jackhammer Hill and Nahiri Prospects – Selected Drill Highlights

Hole # Northing * Easting * Elevation Azimuth Dip EOH (m) Interval
 (m)*
Core
length (m)*
Grade
(g/t Au)
C-ZONE                  
GHDD-188 1227335 451746 306 020 -50 92 52-58 6 4.64
      Including       56-58 2 10.77
                   
GHDD-189 1227322 451787 304 020 -50 98 38-40 2 2.33
              52-63 11 4.87
      Including       57-59 2 11.32
              66-68 2 2.69
                   
GHDD-190 1227263 451934 303 020 -50 95 67-81 14 1.76
      Including       69-71 2 3.46
                   
GHDD-191 1227295 451856 302 020 -50 80 61-69 8 3.76
              62-63 1 19.74
                   
GHDD-192 1227315 452036 300 020 -50 72 29-32 3 1.40
              45-55 10 1.91
      Including       51-52 1 10.93
                   
GHDD-193 1227321 452195 300 020 -50 91 78-80 2 2.41
                   
MA MAIN                  
GHDD-085 1237505 452099 393 021 -45 127 94-96 2 1.25
              105-121 16 1.62
      Including       107-111 4 2.98
                   
GHDD-086 1237741 451756 379 021 -45 143 88-90 2 3.68
              96-98 2 4.26
                   
GHDD-088 1237543 452114 394 025 -45 122 49-53 4 1.14
              96-103 7 1.05
                   
GHDD-090 1237617 452147 399 025 -45 86 30-31 1 12.48
              47-50 3 1.47
                   
GHDD-091 1237622 452278 413 025 -45 95 14-16 2 1.63
                   
GHDD-093 1237538 452193 399 025 -45 122 8-9 1 8.97
              12-14 2 1.88
               32-34 2 2.96
              80-85 5 1.41
                   
GHDD-094 1237492 452130 396 025 -45 137 99-104 5 2.20
      Including       102-103 1 6.28
              112-117 5 2.25
      Including       115-117 2 4.44
                   
GHDD-095 1237517 452214 403 025 -45 119 14-21 7 5.78
              78-84 6 2.35
              101-102 1 13.48
                   
GHDD-096 12374450 452178 406 025 -45 161 78-80 2 4.09
                   
GHDD-097 1237466 452231 410 025 -45 120 43-46 3 4.88
                   
GHDD-098 1237409 452240 420 025 -45 101 77-82 5 1.15
                   
GHDD-099 1237428 452218 411 025 -45 110 91-92 1 6.13
              106-107 1 16.06
                   
GHDD-100 1237427 452299 429 025 -45 74 38-43 5 2.91
                   
GHDD-127 1237126 452664 400 025 -45 119 58-62 4 1.14
              74-79 5 1.47
                   
GHDD-128 1237140 452703 403 025 -45 90 59-61 2 1.54
                   
GHDD-129 1237125 452742 399 025 -45 95 80-86 6 1.60
      Including       84-85 1 5.30
                   
GHDD-130 1237154 452586 402 025 -45 131 78-79 1 7.17
              94-98 4 2.31
                   
GHDD-131 1237247 452630 414 025 -45 80 9-12 3 1.39
              15-21 6 1.51
                   
GHDD-132 1237143 452626 407 025 -45 114 80-91 11 1.37
              83-89 6 2.03
                   
GHDD-135 1237188 452474 419 025 -45 135 111-112 1 3.76
                   
GHDD-136 1237226 452425 422 025 -45 122 111-115 4 1.28
                   
GHDD-137 1237267 452402 426 025 -45 117 95-98 3 2.55
                   
GHDD-138 1237317 452373 437 025 -45 93 69-76 7 2.27
                   
GHDD-139 1237305 452327 437 025 -45 133 102-115 13 2.35
      Including       102-106 4 4.83
                   
GHDD-141 1237718 451656 377 021 -45 194 124-125 1 7.40
                   
GHDD-152 1237341 452299 440 021 -45 125 93-96 3 1.16
                   
GHDD-164 1237653 452164 408 021 -45 41 19-21 2 4.18
                   
GHDD-166 1237093 452726 395 021 -45 158 61-65 4 1.50
MA NORTH                  
GHDD-181 1237951 451924 385 006 -45 81 73-77 4 3.47
                   
GHDD-182 1237939 452004 389 006 -45 93 61-65 4 4.65
                   
GHDD-185 1237868 452482 423 006 -45 106 24-30 6 1.14
      Including       24-26 2 2.36
GHDD-187 1237828 452716 415 006 -45 107 60-62 2 1.37
MA EAST                  
GHDD-117 1236148 453347 369 065 -45 110 46-51 5 2.54
              58-61 3 3.76
                   
GHDD-119 1236059 453392 367 065 -55 100 37-44 7 3.25
      Including       39-41 2 7.63
                   
GHDD-120 1236775 453036 369 025 -55 59 20-31 11 2.13
                   
GHDD-121 1236721 45305 370 025 -55 92 46-55 9 1.00
      Including       52-55 3 1.63
                   
GHDD-122 1236697 453050 369 025 -55 83 16-17 1 3.48
              22-34 12 1.50
      Including       26-29 3 3.69
                   
GHDD-123 1236571 453096 368 025 -55 77 26-34 8 2.05
      Including       30-32 2 4.34
              60-62 2 1.65
                   
GHDD-126 1237110 452849 382 021 -55 104 63-67 4 1.56
                   
GHDD-167 1236838 452890 375 025 -55 80 58-63 5 1.13
                   
GHDD-168 1236795 453000 372 025 -55 65 37-41 4 1.06
                   
GHDD-169 1236743 452972 372 025 -55 83 57-66 9 1.02
                   
GHDD-170 1236536 453153 368 025 -55 68 33-35 2 3.16
                   
GHDD-172 1236630 453072 371 021 -55 80 30-32 2 1.92
                   
GHDD-173 1236176 453402 368 065 -55 62 9-17 8 1.61
      Including       10-13 3 3.19
                   
GHDD-174 1236160 453369 368 065 -55 80 38-40 2 1.49
              43-47 4 1.71
PEKSOU                  
GHDD-207 1227681 452129 300 025 -50 122 86-103 17 2.17
      Including       98-103 5 4.05
                   
GHDD-208 1227611 452272 297 025 -50 110 20-21 1 3.18
              86-87 1 3.11
                   
GHDD-209 1227647 452203 298 025 -50 143 78-82 4 7.21
      Including       78-79 1 27.41
                   
GHDD-210 1227751 452076 301 025 -50 131 67-70 3 2.08
                   
GHDD-211 1227715 452146 300 025 -60 120 54-82 28 1.28
      Including       67-71 4 2.32
              89-96 7 1.19
      Including       92-93 1 5.20
                   
GHDD-212 1227787 452092 300 025 -50 85 25-33 8 1.14
                   
GHDD-213 1227584 452213 298 025 -55 190 165-168 3 4.62
              171-177 6 1.84
      Including       176-177 1 5.55
                   
GHDD-214 1227492 452351 296 025 -50 149 17-23 6 3.16
              122-123 1 6.66
              145-146 1 2.93
                   
GHDD-216 1227549 452418 296 025 -50 150 56-58 2 1.65
                   
GHDD-217 1227582 452347 297 025 -50 119 61-63 2 1.65
              108-110 2 3.62
                   
GHDD-219 1227633 452417 300 025 -50 84 5-12 7 1.81
              53-55 2 1.60
              67-71 4 1.23
JH HILL                  
GHDD-143 1229987 452979 339 315 -55 145 65-67 2 2.53
              79-84 5 1.62
      Including       83-84 1 6.01
                   
GHDD-144 1230030 452964 337 315 -55 142 61-66 5 4.32
                   
GHDD-145 1229996 452938 336 315 -55 140 25-28 3 1.26
              59-60 1 3.39
              76-78 2 2.54
                   
GHDD-146 1229954 452942 337 315 -55 183 80-84 4 1.92
              90-93 3 1.09
              105-111 6 1.23
              160-162 2 1.94
              168-169 1 3.37
                   
GHDD-147 1230097 453039 344 315 -55 117 34-37 3 2.28
                   
GHDD-149 1230170 453078 347 315 -55 119 32-34 2 1.73
              37-41 4 1.13
                   
GHDD-150 1229762 452810 332 315 -70 112 80-85 5 1.58
NAHIRI                  
GHDD-176 1233829 450569 366 061 -60 89 32-40 8 1.63
      Including       35-36 1 5.36
                   
GHDD-178 1234123 450039 383 061 -60 137 16-27 11 1.33
      Including       20-21 1 4.90
              80-84 4 1.21
              92-94 2 2.31
                   
* Intervals calculated with a 0.4 g/t Au cut-off and 2 metres maximum internal dilution. True widths are unknown. UTM's are WGS84-30N 
Intervals with grade x thickness (gram x metre) of 10 or higher are in bold.
 

Competent Persons Statements

Teranga's exploration programs in Burkina Faso are being managed by Peter Mann, FAusIMM. Mr. Mann is a full time employee of Teranga and is not "independent" within the meaning of National Instrument 43-101 – Standards of Disclosure for Mineral Projects (“NI 43-101”). Mr. Mann has sufficient experience which is relevant to the style of mineralization and type of deposit under consideration and to the activity which he is undertaking to qualify as a "Qualified Person" under NI 43-101. The technical information contained in this news release relating to exploration results are based on, and fairly represents, information compiled by Mr. Mann. Mr. Mann has verified and approved the data disclosed in this release, including the sampling, analytical and test data underlying the information. The RC and diamond core samples are assayed at the BIGGS Laboratory in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso. Mr. Mann has consented to the inclusion in this news release of the matters based on his compiled information in the form and context in which it appears herein. 

Forward-Looking Statements

This press release contains certain statements that constitute forward-looking information within the meaning of applicable securities laws ("forward-looking statements"), which reflects management's expectations regarding Teranga's future growth and business prospects (including the timing and development of new deposits and the success of exploration activities) and opportunities. Wherever possible, words such as “intent”, “belief”, “believe”, “expects”, “estimates”, “plans”, “planned”, “anticipated”, “ability”, “developing”, “leading towards”, “can attain” and similar expressions or statements that certain actions, events or results “should”, “may” or "will" have been used to identify such forward-looking information.

Specific forward-looking statements in this press release include next steps and targeting an initial resource by year end. Although the forward-looking statements contained in this press release reflect management's current beliefs based upon information currently available to management and based upon what management believes to be reasonable assumptions, Teranga cannot be certain that actual results will be consistent with such forward-looking statements. Such forward-looking statements are based upon assumptions, opinions and analysis made by management in light of its experience, current conditions and its expectations of future developments that management believe to be reasonable and relevant but that may prove to be incorrect. These assumptions include, among other things, the ability to obtain any requisite governmental approvals, including renewals of the Golden Hill exploration permits in 2018, the accuracy of sampling, analytical and test data underlying the exploration results included herein, gold price, exchange rates, fuel and energy costs, future economic conditions, and anticipated future estimates of free cash flow. Teranga cautions you not to place undue reliance upon any such forward-looking statements.

The risks and uncertainties that may affect forward-looking statements include, among others: the inherent risks involved in exploration and development of mineral properties, including government approvals and permitting, changes in economic conditions, changes in the worldwide price of gold and other key inputs, changes in mine plans and other factors, such as project execution delays, many of which are beyond the control of Teranga, as well as other risks and uncertainties which are more fully described in Teranga's Annual Information Form dated March 30, 2017, and in other filings of Teranga with securities and regulatory authorities which are available at www.sedar.com. Teranga does not undertake any obligation to update forward-looking statements should assumptions related to these plans, estimates, projections, beliefs and opinions change. Nothing in this document should be construed as either an offer to sell or a solicitation to buy or sell Teranga securities. All references to Teranga include its subsidiaries unless the context requires otherwise.

About Golden Hill

The Golden Hill property is comprised of three adjacent exploration permits covering 470 km2 located in southwest Burkina Faso in the central part of the Houndé Greenstone Belt. This belt hosts a number of high-grade gold discoveries, including the Siou, Yaramoko and Houndé deposits. The latter property is contiguous with Golden Hill.  To the south of Golden Hill is another large land position where active exploration programs are well underway.

Each of the five prospects successfully drilled to date are located approximately 5 kilometres from a central point (Figure 1 in Appendix 1).  An all-prospect table of complete drill results is available on the Company’s website, http://www.terangagold.com (exploration section).

About Teranga

Teranga is a multi-jurisdictional West African gold company focused on production and development as well as the exploration of more than 5,000 km2 of land located on prospective gold belts.  Since its initial public offering in 2010, Teranga has produced more than 1.2 million ounces of gold from its operations in Senegal, which as of June 30, 2017 had a reserve base of 2.7 million ounces of gold.  Focused on diversification and growth, the Company is advancing its Wahgnion Gold Project, with our recently released positive feasibility study, and conducting extensive exploration programs in three countries:  Burkina Faso, Senegal and Côte d’Ivoire.  Teranga has a strong balance sheet and the financial flexibility to execute on its growth strategy.  The Company has nearly 4.0 million ounces of gold reserves from its combined Sabodala Gold operations and Wahgnion Gold Project.

Steadfast in its commitment to set the benchmark for responsible mining, Teranga operates in accordance with the highest international standards and aims to act as a catalyst for sustainable economic, environmental, and community development as it strives to create value for all of its stakeholders.  Teranga is a member of the United Nations Global Compact and a leading member of the multi-stakeholder group responsible for the submission of the first Senegalese Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative revenue report. The Company's responsibility report is available at www.terangagold.com/responsibilityreport and is prepared in accordance with its commitments under the United Nations Global Compact and in alignment with the Global Reporting Initiative guidelines.

Contact Information

Richard Young
President & CEO
T: +1 416-594-0000 | E: ryoung@terangagold.com

Trish Moran
Head of Investor Relations
T: +1 416-564-4290 | E: tmoran@terangagold.com

 

APPENDIX 1

Figure 1: Golden Hill Property – Prospect Location Plan Map
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Figure 2: Ma Prospect – Drill Plan
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Figure 3: Ma Prospect – Representative Drill Section (C-C’)
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Figure 4: Ma Prospect – Representative Drill Section (E-E’)
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Figure 5: Ma Prospect – Representative Drill Section (G-G’)
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