Velocity Soil Sampling Identifies Three New Targets for Ongoing Resource Expansion Drilling at Rozino Gold Project, Bulgaria
Vancouver, British Columbia – Velocity Minerals Ltd. (TSXV: VLC) (“Velocity” or the “Company”) announces that it has received positive results from detailed soil sampling undertaken at the Rozino gold project (“Rozino”), located in Bulgaria.
“Soil sampling results have defined three new high priority drill targets located adjacent to the pits outlined in the Rozino Preliminary Economic Assessment. Prior to this work, the entire sampled area was only drill tested by a single vertical drill hole completed by the Bulgarian state during the 1980’s,” stated Keith Henderson, Velocity’s President & CEO. “This historical drill hole was collared in what we can now see is a geochemically dead zone located between three very compelling soil anomalies.”
Figure 1: New soil sampling results and drill targets
Soil Sampling Survey Details
A detailed soil sampling program (25 x 25m offset grid) extended previous detailed sampling (50 x 20m grid) over an historical regional soil anomaly (200 x 200m). The new soil sampling grid covers an area previously mapped as the basement margin adjacent to the Rozino deposit. The soil survey has helped to define the geology where outcrop is poor and more specifically has led to modifications in the basement contact and definition of a felsic bearing unit within the basement. Velocity’s drilling has previously returned potentially economic intersects (6.9m @ 1.06g/t gold) from these felsic bearing basement rocks, elsewhere in the Rozino deposit.
The results indicate 3 significant multi-point anomalies greater than 500ppb gold in soils that warrant early drill testing. Targets 1 & 2 are located within the felsic bearing basement with peak gold in soil anomalies up to 1.8g/t. Target 3 is located at the revised basement contact and this contact zone is host to potentially economic intersects within the Rozino deposit.
Velocity’s step-out drilling program at Rozino is ongoing with 6 drill holes completed to date. If it is possible to quickly create road access to this new area, the Company intends to complete an initial drill test on at least one of these targets before year-end.
Quality Assurance and Quality Control
The work program at Rozino was designed and is supervised by Stuart A. Mills, CGeol, the Company's Vice-President Exploration, who is responsible for all aspects of the work, including the quality control/quality assurance program. On-site personnel at the project rigorously collect and track samples which are then security sealed and shipped to ALS Global laboratory in Romania. A total of 693 sieved samples (>1kg -1mm) were collected for shipment together with 20% blank samples for low temperature drying and sieving to 180µ, before shipping a 25g split to ALS laboratories in Ireland for Aqua Regia digest and ICP-MS finish to determine gold plus 39 multi-elements.
The technical content of this release has been approved for disclosure by Stuart A. Mills, BSc, MSc, CGeol, a Qualified Person as defined by National Instrument 43-101 and the Company’s Vice President Exploration. Mr. Mills is not independent of the Company.
About Velocity Minerals Ltd.
Velocity is a gold exploration and development company focused on eastern Europe. The Company envisions staged open pit mining of satellite deposits and processing in a central, currently operating CIL plant. The Company’s management and board includes mining industry professionals with combined experience spanning Europe, Asia, and the Americas as employees of major mining companies as well as founders and senior executives of junior to mid-tier public companies. The team's experience includes all aspects of mineral exploration, resource definition, feasibility, finance, mine construction and mine operation as well as a track record in managing publicly listed companies.
The Rozino project is one of seven exploration projects located within an Exploration and Mining Alliance with Bulgarian operating partner Gorubso-Kardzhali AD. Velocity began exploring and drilling at Rozino in August 2017 and completed a Preliminary Economic Assessment in September 2018. The PEA provides a base case assessment of developing Rozino by open pit mining and on-site crushing, milling and simple flotation to produce a 30 g/t gold concentrate. The concentrate would then be trucked 85km on existing roads to the currently operating CIL plant where saleable gold doré would be produced. Mineralization remains open for expansion. Having delivered the PEA, the Company has exercised its option for a 70% interest in the project and will move forward in joint venture with Gorubso-Kardzhali AD.
Bulgaria is a member of NATO (2004) and a member of the European Union (2007). The local currency (BGN) has been tied to the Euro since 1999 (1.956 BGN/EUR). The country is served by modern European infrastructure including an extensive network of paved roads. Bulgaria boasts an exceptionally low corporate tax rate of only 10%. The country’s education system is excellent with good availability of experienced mining professionals in a favourable cost environment. Foreign mining companies are successfully operating in Bulgaria. The country’s mining law was established in 1999 and updated in 2011. Mining royalties are low and compare favourably with more established mining countries.
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