VANCOUVER, BC, Feb. 22, 2023 /CNW/ - Capella Minerals Ltd (TSXV: CMIL) (OTCQB: CMILF) (FRA: N7D2) ("Capella" or the "Company") is pleased to provide the following update on its maiden scout core drill program at the Company's 100%-owned Kjøli copper-cobalt-zinc massive sulfide ("VMS") project in Trøndelag province, central Norway.
Six holes for 1,080m of drilling have been completed to date on targets along the Kjøli Mine trend (Kjøli Mine and Guldalsgruva sectors) and at Kjøli Deeps (a coincident electromagnetic and gravity anomaly underlying the former Kjøli copper mine) (Figure 1). Remobilized, semi-massive copper-rich (chalcopyrite-pyrrhotite) mineralization has been locally intersected in drilling along the Kjøli Mine trend, especially around Guldalsgruva. However, the first hole at Kjøli Deeps (KJ-001) experienced significant downhole deviation and failed to intersect the target. A subsequent downhole electromagnetic ("EM") survey has confirmed the existence of an off-hole EM conductor in the vicinity of KJ-001 and this target is expected to be redrilled shortly.
- A scout diamond drill program of approximately 1,250m was initiated at the Kjøli copper-zinc-cobalt project in late-January. The Kjøli project is located approximately 20km NE of the Company's advanced-exploration stage Hessjøgruva project.
Figure 1. Location of the Kjøli Deeps and Kjøli Mine drill holes, overlain on airborne EM data.
- A total of six holes / 1,080m of drilling has been completed to date on targets along the Kjøli Mine trend (Kjøli Mine and Guldalsgruva sectors) and Kjøli Deeps (a coincident electromagnetic and gravity anomaly underlying the former Kjøli copper mine) (Table 1). Remobilized, semi-massive copper-rich (chalcopyrite-pyrrhotite) mineralization has been locally intersected in drilling along the Kjøli Mine trend (Figure 2).
Figure 2. Drill hole KJ-004 8-10m. Remobilized, semi-massive chalcopyrite and pyrrhotite in the Guldalsgruva sector.
- Significant deviation in the first drill hole KJ-001 has resulted in the key Kjøli Deeps target currently remaining untested. Contractor Geovista has just completed a downhole electromagnetic ("EM") survey confirming the existence of an off-hole EM conductor in the vicinity of KJ-001 at approximately 240m downhole. This target is expected to be redrilled shortly (Figure 3).
Eric Roth, Capella's President and CEO, commented: "In spite of difficult winter conditions and some technical issues, we have been able to make good progress on our scout core drill program at the Kjøli project. Our main focus has been on testing the potential for new copper-zinc-cobalt discoveries along both the known Kjøli Mine trend, as well as at the new Kjøli Deeps target which has never seen any drilling. Unfortunately we have not been able to adequately test Kjøli Deeps to date, but we do expect to be able to do so in the near term. First assays from this scout drill program are currently anticipated to become available by early April.
In parallel, Capella is working towards final permitting and funding for further drilling at the advanced-exploration stage Hessjøgruva VMS project in addition to a maiden drill program at Åmot (Løkken) commencing late Q2, 2023. So we expect to see a lot of activity on our Norwegian portfolio over the next 6 months or so. I look forward to keeping the market updated on progress at all of our Norwegian copper projects".
Figure 3. Deviation in drill hole KJ-001 (Kjøli Deeps) and the untested off-hole EM conductor.
Table 1. Drill collar coordinates for Kjøli scout program.
Kjøli Deeps, Deviated
Kjøli Deeps North
Kjøli Mine Trend
Kjøli Mine Trend
Kjøli Mine Trend
Kjøli Mine Trend
The technical information in this news release relating to the Kjøli project has been prepared in accordance with Canadian regulatory requirements set out in NI 43-101, and approved by Eric Roth, the Company's President & CEO, a Director, and a Qualified Person under NI 43-101. Mr. Roth holds a Ph.D. in Economic Geology from the University of Western Australia, is a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Mining and Metallurgy (AusIMM) and is a Fellow of the Society of Economic Geologists (SEG). Mr. Roth has 30 years of experience in international minerals exploration and mining project evaluation.
On Behalf of the Board of Capella Minerals Ltd.
Eric Roth, Ph.D., FAusIMM
President & CEO
Capella is engaged in the acquisition, exploration, and development of quality mineral resource properties in favourable jurisdictions with a focus on European base and battery metals projects.
In Norway, the Company's focus is on: i) the advanced exploration-stage Hessjøgruva copper-cobalt project and the adjacent Kongensgruve and Kjøli projects in the northern Røros mining district, Trøndelag province, ii) the discovery of satellite high-grade copper-cobalt deposits around the past-producing Løkken copper mine, Trøndelag province, and iii) the discovery of new copper-cobalt deposits in the former Vaddas-Birtavarre mining district of northern Norway.
In Finland, the Company's focus is on the discovery of lithium and rare-earth element deposits at both its Perho reservation and a recently acquired, 100%-owned portfolio of reservations located in Central Finland. In addition, the Company is currently permitting exploring the Katajavaara-Aakenus gold-copper project in the Central Lapland Greenstone Belt together with JV partner Cullen Resources Ltd (ASX: CUL).
The Company also retains exposure to exploration success in precious metals projects through its active Canadian Joint Ventures with Prospector Metals Corp (TSXV: PPP) at Savant (Ontario) and Yamana Gold Inc. at Domain (Manitoba). The Company also retains a residual interest (subject to an option to purchase agreement with Austral Gold Ltd) in the Sierra Blanca gold-silver divestiture in Santa Cruz, Argentina.
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