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Teranga Gold’s Golden Hill Drill Results Include More High-Grade Gold at Multiple Prospects

Sep 20, 2018

TORONTO, Sept. 20, 2018 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Teranga Gold Corporation ("Teranga" or the "Company") (TSX:TGZ; OTCQX:TGCDF) is pleased to announce that the most recent diamond drill program results on its Golden Hill property in Burkina Faso, West Africa have returned strong near surface, oxide zone and deeper gold intersections at a number of advanced prospects. The latest drill results from the C-Zone, Ma North, Peksou and Jackhammer Hill prospects have also expanded mineralization along trend and to depth.

Figure 1
Golden Hill Property - Prospect Plan Map


Figure 2
C-Zone - Drill Plan Map


Figure 3
C-Zone - Representative Drill Section A - A'


Figure 4
C-Zone Representative Section B - B'


Figure 5
Ma North - Drill Plan Map


Figure 6
Ma North - Representative Section A - A'


Figure 7
Ma North - Representative Section B - B'


Figure 8
Peksou - Drill Plan Map


Figure 9
Peksou - Representative Section A - A'


Figure 10
Jackhammer Hill - Drill Plan Map


Teranga has an earn-in agreement on Golden Hill with Boss Resources Limited (ASX:BOE) pursuant to which Teranga, as operator, can earn an 80% interest in the joint venture upon delivery of a feasibility study and the payment of AUD2.5 million.

Highlight Results

C-Zone Prospect

  • 8 m @ 4.21 g/t gold, including 2 m @ 11.54 g/t gold (GHDD-373) from 137 m down hole depth (DHD)
  • 9 m @ 3.47 g/t gold, including 2 m @ 11.95 g/t gold (GHDD-390) from 96 m DHD
  • 4 m @ 13.53 g/t gold, including 1 m @ 50.95 g/t gold (GHDD-391) uncut grade from 108 m DHD (Refer to Table 1 in Appendix 1 for both uncut and cut grade intervals for GHDD-391)
  • 8 m @ 4.37 g/t gold, including 3 m @ 8.49 g/t gold (GHDD-394) from 110 m DHD

Ma North Prospect

  • 3 m @ 19.69 g/t gold, including 1 m @ 50.37 g/t gold (GHDD-406) uncut grade from 109 m DHD (Refer to Table 2 in Appendix 1 for both uncut and cut grade intervals for GHDD-406)
  • 9 m @ 3.11 g/t gold, including 3 m @ 4.78 g/t gold (GHDD-410) from 71 m DHD
  • 9 m @ 2.53 g/t gold, including 5 m @ 4.17 g/t gold (GHDD-379) from 70 m DHD

Peksou Prospect

  • 6 m @ 3.67 g/t gold, including 1 m @ 17.30 g/t gold (GHDD-360) from 115 m DHD
  • 18 m @ 2.59 g/t gold, including 9 m @ 4.08 g/t gold (GHDD-361) from 64 m DHD

“Golden Hill continues to be one of West Africa’s most exciting advanced stage exploration projects and, with recent drilling completed, the district-scale, multi-prospect potential of the project is becoming clearer,” said Richard Young, CEO. “We continue to see consistent intervals of both high-grade and near-surface gold mineralization from a variety of prospects, all located in relatively close proximity.”

“Our advanced-stage exploration program at Golden Hill continues to provide a high rate of drilling success at all priority targets,” added David Mallo, Vice President, Exploration. “Gold intersections continue to demonstrate excellent strike and depth continuity at multiple proximal prospects. Drilling through the remainder of 2018 is designed to follow up on the dozens of high-grade gold intersections already announced and expand gold mineralization at our primary prospects, building towards our initial resource estimations.”

Teranga is investing $8 million in advanced exploration drill programs in 2018. Over the remainder of the year, significant drilling will be undertaken on all the advanced prospects listed above, as well as at Ma Main, Ma East, Peksou North, Nahiri, Zone A and Zone B.

The Company plans to announce an initial resource estimate early in 2019 based on available drilling results at the most advanced prospects. Preliminary metallurgical test work programs are underway with base line environmental studies to follow later this year. Upon satisfaction of conditions precedent relating to the project’s initial preliminary economic assessment, Teranga has secured $25 million in debt financing to advance the Golden Hill project through to feasibility.

Golden Hill Property

The Golden Hill property is comprised of three adjacent exploration permits covering 470 km2 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 being contiguous with Golden Hill.

This news release provides an update on exploration drilling results from a number of prospects recently evaluated as part of ongoing advanced exploration programs at Golden Hill. All advanced stage exploration prospects at Golden Hill are located within six kilometres of a central point (Figure 1 in Appendix 2).

Recent drilling was undertaken at C-Zone, Ma North, Jackhammer Hill and Peksou prospects.  Please refer to Appendix 1 for significant results (Tables 1-4) and Appendix 2 for plan maps and representative sections related to this phase of our exploration drilling program. Cumulative results from all Golden Hill drilling are available on the Company’s website www.terangagold.com under Exploration.

C-Zone Prospect: Strong Gold Mineralization Demonstrating Excellent Correlation

To-date, the Company has drill tested C-Zone with diamond drilling over a strike extent of approximately 850 metres (Figure 2 in Appendix 2) and additional recent results confirm that C-Zone remains open to depth and intersects with the southeastern portion of our Peksou prospect.

Gold mineralization is localized in a discrete, mafic volcanic hosted shear zone system that displays alteration, veining and brecciation characteristics similar to those observed at Golden Hill’s nearby Ma prospect. The correlation of gold mineralized zones between drill holes at C-Zone has been excellent along the drilled strike extent, as demonstrated by representative sections of some recent drill results (Figures 3 and 4 in Appendix 2).

Recent notable diamond drill results at C-Zone are outlined in Table 1 in Appendix 1.

Ma North Prospect: New Drilling Results Extends Mineralization Along Trend and to Depth

Our most recent Ma North diamond drill results continue to confirm that a third well-mineralized breccia zone (BZ-3) exists within the Ma structural complex where previous drilling had identified BZ-1 and BZ-2 (Figure 5 in Appendix 2).  Drilling at Ma North is still at an early-stage and predominantly at shallow depths when compared to more advanced areas of the Ma structural complex. Early-stage hole-to-hole correlation is demonstrating excellent continuity of mineralization. Additional drilling is planned to further evaluate Ma North both along trend and to depth where the breccia-hosted mineralization remains open to expansion.

Representative sections demonstrating some recent drill results are shown in Figures 6 and 7 in Appendix 2. 

Recent notable diamond drill results at Ma North are outlined in Table 2 in Appendix 1.

Peksou Prospect: Minimum 600-Metre Strike Extent

The Company’s diamond drilling at the Peksou prospect now covers a 600-metre strike extent (Figure 8 in Appendix 2) and extends locally to vertical depths approaching 100 metres. Gold mineralization at Peksou is hosted within both mafic volcanic and granodiorite intrusive units where two distinct styles of alteration have been noted – one hematite dominant and the second sericite dominant.  With multiple favourable results from this latest drill phase, confidence in the interpretation has improved considerably and correlation of mineralized zones, both hole-to-hole and section-to-section, is greatly enhanced.  A representative section including new results is included (Figure 9 in Appendix 2).

Recent notable diamond drilling results at Peksou are outlined in Table 3 in Appendix 1. 

Jackhammer Hill Prospect: High-Grade Mineralization Hosting Visible Gold

Recent drilling at the Jackhammer Hill prospect has been limited while exploration drilling was focused elsewhere.  More extensive drilling has been earmarked for the upcoming quarter at Jackhammer Hill. 

The gold mineralized zones identified thus far at Jackhammer Hill comprise a series of southeast dipping horizons hosted within an altered and sheared diorite intrusive unit. Drilling has been directed along an approximate 1,350-metre strike extent (Figure 10 in Appendix 2), predominantly to vertical depths of 50 to 75 metres and locally to vertical depths of approximately 125 metres. A 200-metre long central portion of the Jackhammer Hill mineralization includes a number of previously announced high-grade intervals hosting visible gold in the drill core.

In the coming months, drilling will focus on increasing both lateral and depth extensions of the Jackhammer Hill mineralized zones including the high-grade central portion of the prospect. 

Recent notable diamond drill results at Jackhammer Hill are outlined in Table 4 in Appendix 1.

Competent Persons Statements

Teranga's Burkina Faso exploration programs, corresponding to the drill holes being reported herein, were managed by Peter Mann, FAusIMM. Mr. Mann was a full time employee, recently retired, 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 BIGS Global 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 “objective to”, “likely”, “intend to”, “potential”, “belief”, “believe”, “expects”, “estimates”, “plans”, “anticipated”, “ability” and similar expressions or statements that certain actions, events or results “should”, or "will" have been used to identify such forward-looking information. Forward-looking statements include, without limitation, all disclosure regarding possible events, conditions or results of operations, future economic conditions and anticipated courses of action. 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, 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 29, 2018, 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 Teranga

Teranga is a multi-jurisdictional West African gold company focused on production and development as well as the exploration of more than 6,400 km2 of land located on prospective gold belts.  Since its initial public offering in 2010, Teranga has produced more than 1.5 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 building Wahgnion, its second gold mine, and is conducting extensive exploration programs in three countries:  Burkina Faso, Senegal and Côte d’Ivoire.  The Company had nearly 4.0 million ounces of gold reserves from its combined Sabodala Gold operations and Wahgnion Gold Project as of June 30, 2017.  Teranga applies a rigorous capital allocation framework for its investment decisions to execute on its growth strategy relying on a combination of cash on the balance sheet, free cash flow from operations and debt.

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     Trish Moran
President & CEO     Head of Investor Relations
T: +1 416 594 0000 | E: ryoung@terangagold.com     T: +1 416 607 4507 | E: tmoran@terangagold.com


APPENDIX 1

Drilling Results Tables 1 - 4

Table 1: C-Zone Prospect – Selected Drill Highlights

Hole # Northing Easting Elevation Azimuth Dip EOH (m) Interval
 (m)
Core
length
(m)
Grade
(g/t Au)
GHDD-367 1227326 451617 306 020 -55 116 88-91 3 1.34
                   
GHDD-368 1227214 451828 306 020 -55 160 50-52 2 1.48
              108-109 1 3.12
              127-129 2 1.26
              132-137 5 7.19
                   
GHDD-369 1227267 451892 306 020 -55 110 72-81 9 1.12
                   
GHDD-370 1227193 451904 306 020 -60 160 119-120 1 21.59
              129-131 2 1.98
                   
GHDD-371 1227288 451986 302 020 -55 110 44-48 4 1.11
              50-52 2 1.53
              55-60 5 1.47
                   
GHDD-372 1227340 451721 310 020 -55 90 63-70 7 1.82
      Including       63-65 2 4.54
                   
GHDD-373 1227216 451783 305 020 -55 161 112-114 2 1.80
              131-132 1 17.08
              137-145 8 4.21
      Including       137-139 2 11.54
                   
GHDD-374 1227281 451750 306 020 -55 125 46-48 2 9.98
              95-105 10 2.52
      Including       98-101 3 4.11
                   
GHDD-381 1227299 451687 306 020 -55 110 62-63 1 24.01
                   
GHDD-386 1227438 452412 298 330 -55 89 52-53 1   24.55
              81-82 1 1.69
                   
GHDD-387 1227415 452277 300 270 -55 83 37-38 1 3,81
              52-54 2 3.32
              70-71 1 6.90
                   
GHDD-388 1227496 452278 299 270 -55 100 61-62 1 61.50 *
              61-62 1  30.00 **
              68-69 1 1.55
                   
GHDD-389 1227256 452269 299 270 -55 95 70-72 2 3.06
              87-92 5 1.58
      Including       88-89 1 4.36
                   
GHDD-390 1227291 451710 307 020 -55 126 96-105 9 3.47
      Including       99-101 2 11.95
                   
GHDD-391 1227231 451812 305 020 -55 143 108-112 4 13.53 *
      Including       110-111 1   50.95 **
              108-112 4   8.30 *
      Including       110-111 1  30.00 **
              119-120 1 3.14
              124-127 3 5.93
                   
GHDD-392 1227183 451836 304 020 -55 176 106-109 3 4.46
      Including       106-107 1 11.92
              150-160 10 1.77
      Including       153-156 3 3.41
                   
GHDD-393 1227279 451725 307 0200 -55 134 74-79 5 3.47
      Including       74-76 2 7.58
              103-108 5 1.12
              123-125 2 1.26
                   
GHDD-394 1227223 451879 303 020 -55 146 110-118 8 4.37
              112-115 3 8.49
                   
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 highlighted in bold.  * Uncut grades, ** Cut grades – individual assays above 30.0 g/t gold are cut to 30.0 g/t gold.


Table 2: Ma North Prospect – Selected Drill Highlights

Hole # Northing Easting Elevation Azimuth Dip EOH
(m)
Interval
 (m)
Core
length (m)
Grade
(g/t Au)
GHDD-375 1237880 452788 400 310 -50 121 12-13 1 2.21
              19-20 1 1.51
              32-34 2 1.39
              41-42 1 1.97
              49-51 2 1.12
              74-75 1 2.81
                   
GHDD-376 1237973 452919 400 310 -50 110 37-38 1 2.32
              74-75 1 1.95
              81-82 1 2.87
                   
GHDD-377 1237864 452157 410 010 -50 130 84-90 6 1.65
      Including       84-85 1 7.43
              93-97 4 3.85
                   
GHDD-378 1237913 452206 400 010 -50 107 33-36 3 4.55
              40-42 2 1.50
                   
GHDD-379 1237864 452197 410 010 -50 105 70-79 9 2.53
      Including       73-78 5 4.17
      Including       73-74 1 10.70
                   
GHDD-380 1237965 452686 411 311 -50 110 22-23 1 4.42
              33-34 1 1.47
              42-43 1 2.63
                   
GHDD-401 1237858 452237 410 010 -50 104 66-68 2 1.11
              77-81 4 1.36
                   
GHDD-402 1237851 452276 410 010 -50 100 67-70 3 5.06
              82-84 2 1.72
                   
GHDD-403 1237844 452316 410 010 -50 98 71-72 1 1.53
                   
GHDD-404 1237912 452603 419 220 -50 92 40-41 1 1.73
                   
GHDD-406 1237811 452266 410 010 -50 134 89-90 1 1.75
              92-95 3 1.35
              97-98 1 3.58
              109-112 3 19.69 *
      Including       110-111 1 50.37 *
                   
              109-111 3 12.90 **
      Including       110-111 1 30.00 **
                   
GHDD-407 1237801 452301 410 010 -50 143 97-99 2 1.08
              105-107 2 1.68
                   
GHDD-408 1237786 452629 427 007 -45 152 18-19 1 1.55
              79-80 1 5.23
              133-136 1 2.14
              144-145 1 1.51
                   
GHDD-409 1237854 452819 419 306 -50 188 43-45 2 1.69
              58-60 2 2.57
              82-83 1 6.12
              132-134 2 2.19
              140-141 1 1.54
              179-180 1 2.00
                   
GHDD-410 1237907 452874 419 306 -50 99 12-15 3 2.18
              32-36 4 3.48
              71-80 9 3.11
      Including       73-76 3 4.78
                   
GHDD-411 1237939 452716 411 306 -50 128 28-30 2 1.53
                   
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 highlighted in bold. * Uncut grades, ** Cut grades – individual assays above 30.0 g/t gold are cut to 30.0 g/t gold.


Table 3: Peksou Prospect – Selected Drill Highlights

Hole # Northing * Easting * Elevation Azimuth Dip EOH
(m)
Interval
 (m)*
Core
length (m)*
Grade
(g/t Au)
GHDD-354 1227543 452372 298 025 -50 158 83-89 6 1.35
      Including       83-85 2 3.09
                   
GHDD-355 1227556 452334 298 025 -50 164 20-22 2 2.31
                   
GHDD-356 1227610 452317 299 025 -50 74 49-50 2 5.28
              67-68 1 2.62
                   
GHDD-357 1227590 452283 299 025 -50 120 99-101 2 9.25
                   
GHDD-358 1227586 452458 299 025 -50 80 49-55 6 1.05
      Including       49-50 1 3.48
                   
GHDD-359 1227585 452260 299 025 -50 161 69-70 1 1.69
              124-126 2 1.68
              135-136 1 2.16
              138-139 1 2.53
                   
GHDD-360 1227617 4522230 299 025 -50 175 45-47 2 5.22
              95-98 3 3.90
              107-108 1 14.14
              115-121 6 3.67
      Including       115-116 1 17.30
                   
GHDD-361 1227665 452209 300 025 -50 112 64-82 18 2.59
      Including       70-79 9 4.08
      Including       73-74 1 18.49
                   
GHDD-362 1227661 452115 300 025 -50 170 14-16 2 3.82
              23-25 2 13.16
              99-100 1 1.78
              121-122 1 2.62
                   
GHDD-363 1227676 452084 301 025 -55 170 114-116 2 1.92
                   
GHDD-365 1227798 452032 302 025 -50 125 42-43 1 8.58
 
* 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 highlighted in bold.


Table 4: Jackhammer Hill Prospect – Selected Drill Highlights

Hole # Northing Easting Elevation Azimuth Dip EOH (m) Interval
 (m)
Core
length (m)
Grade
(g/t Au)
GHDD-395 1229223 453293 300 315 -55 143 2-3 1 8.70
                   
GHDD-396 1230330 453090 331 311 -55 140 120-124 4 1.24
                   
GHDD-397 1230216 453085 352 311 -55 197 46-48 2 1.61
              181-182 1 1.75
                   
GHDD-398 1229894 452789 328 311 -55 130 1-2 1 1.28
              15-16 1 1.24
                   
GHDD-399 1229792 452838 330 311 -55 120 102-105 3 1.10
              115-116 1 2.65
                   
GHDD-400 1229727 452845 332 315 -55 170 132-133 1 1.37
              138-139 1 2.01
              149-151 2 1.37
                   
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 highlighted in bold.


APPENDIX 2

Figure 1: Golden Hill Property – Prospect Location Plan Map

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Figure 2:  C-Zone - Plan Map

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Figure 3:  C-Zone Prospect - Representative Drill Section

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Figure 4:  C-Zone Prospect - Representative Drill Section

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Figure 5:  Ma North Prospect - Plan Map

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Figure 6:  Ma North Prospect – Representative Drill Section

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Figure 7:  Ma North Prospect – Representative Drill Section

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Figure 8:  Peksou Prospect – Plan Map

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Figure 9:  Peksou Prospect – Representative Section

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Figure 10: Jackhammer Hill Prospect - Plan Map

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