K92 MINING ANNOUNCES INITIAL PHASE 1 HIGH-GRADE JUDD VEIN SYSTEM DRILLING RESULTS, INCLUDING 7.25M AT 258.01 G/T AUEQ

 In 2020, News Releases
  • Results reported for the first four holes of K92’s Phase 1 underground drill program of the sparsely drill tested Judd vein system. Drilling has identified a well-mineralized vein system, intersecting multiple parallel veins trending North-South, ~150-200 m East and subparallel to the producing Kora deposit, near mine infrastructure and within the mining lease.
  • JDD0006 intersected multiple veins, including recording 7.25 m at 256.09 g/t Au, 113 g/t Ag and 0.42 % Cu (258.01 g/t AuEq) on Judd Vein 1 (“J1”), approximately 30 m to the South and 50 m above the Judd bulk sample drive. This intersection is one of the highest-grade holes drilled by K92 at the Kainantu Gold Mine.
  • JDD0003 intersected multiple vein intersections, including 4.52 m at 10.81 g/t Au, 53 g/t Ag and 7.35% Cu (22.40 g/t AuEq) at the J1 vein, approximately 60m above the Judd bulk sample drive and above a higher grade portion of development.
  • Mineralization is similar to Kora, an intrusive related Au-Cu-Ag epithermal vein system, and the J1 bulk sample. Judd is open both up-dip and to depth, along strike and has been mapped over a 2.5km strike length.

Vancouver, British Columbia, November 9, 2020 – K92 Mining Inc. (“K92” or the “Company”) (TSX-V: KNT; OTCQX: KNTNF) is pleased to announce results of the first four Phase 1 underground drill holes completed by K92 on the Judd vein system at the Kainantu Gold Mine in Papua New Guinea. The holes are part of the Phase 1 drill program targeting strike extensions of approximately 250 metres from the 1235 Level development drive in addition to up-dip and down-dip step-out drilling. The Judd vein system is located near-mine infrastructure, subparallel to and ~150-200 m East from the producing Kora deposit and within the mining lease.

To date, four known veins have been recorded at Judd, with similar vein orientation and quartz-sulphide Au-Cu-Ag mineralization as Kora. Similarly, the veins are essentially quartz/sulphide with brecciated country rock fragments or massive sulphide (dominated by chalcopyrite), or combinations of both styles. The veins remain open at depth and only a fraction of the over 2,500 m strike length has been drilled, with significant gaps remaining to be tested.

A total of four diamond drill holes are reported at Judd from the Phase 1 underground drill program, with significant intersections recorded from multiple veins. The results are highlighted by the J1 vein, with JDD0006 recording 7.25 m at 256.09 g/t Au, 113 g/t Ag and 0.42% Cu (258.01 g/t AuEq, 5.30 m true width), approximately 50 m above and 30 m to the South of the existing J1 Vein bulk sample development drive. JDD0006 is also one of the highest-grade drill holes recorded on the Kainantu property by K92. Approximately 150 m north of JDD0006 and 60m above the J1 vein development drive, JDD0003, along the J1 vein, recorded 4.52 m at 10.81 g/t Au, 53 g/t Ag and 7.35% Cu (22.40 g/t AuEq, 2.81 m true width). There are currently two drill rigs testing the Judd vein system, with drilling of hole JDD0005 underway by the second drill rig. The J1 vein bulk sample on the 1235 Level also remains underway, with the plan to report results upon batch processing the material.

(Gold equivalent (AuEq) is calculated using copper price of US$3.05/lb, silver price of US$16.05/oz and gold price of US$1,400/oz.)

John Lewins, K92 Chief Executive Officer and Director, stated, “We are extremely pleased with the first set of results from our Phase 1 underground drill program at Judd, delivering high-grade, solid thicknesses and similar mineralization to our producing Kora deposit. The results are highlighted by JDD0006 recording 7.25 m at 256.09 g/t Au, 113 g/t Ag and 0.42 % Cu (258.01 g/t AuEq, 5.30m true width) on the J1 vein. JDD0006 is one of the highest grade drill holes recorded at the Kainantu Gold Mine by K92. Additionally, JDD0003 recorded 4.52 m at 10.81 g/t Au, 53 g/t Ag and 7.35% Cu (22.40 g/t AuEq, 2.81 m true width) on the J1 vein. Importantly, these results demonstrate the high-grade potential of the Judd vein system beyond results from the historical drilling near surface to the South, which include BKDD0002 recording 3.0 m at 278.2 g/t Au and 0.21% Cu and 053BD02 recording 9.0 m at 8.32 g/t Au and 1.11% Cu. (see Figure 2)

With only a fraction of Judd’s 2.5 km known strike length sparsely drill tested, we are very excited about its exploration potential. Exploration activities are ramping up, with nine drill rigs currently operating at Kainantu, and increasing to ten by year-end. By year-end, we expect to be drilling the Karempe, Kora, Kora South and Judd vein systems plus the Blue Lake porphyry concurrently. Preparations to increase the number of drill rigs in 2021 are underway.”

See Figure 1 for Judd Vein 1 Drill Results Long-Section.

See Figure 2 for Judd Vein Long-Section with Current Judd Vein Interpretations.

See Figure 3 for Location Map of the Judd Vein Target. Surrounding Veins and Infrastructure.

See Figure 4 for drill core photograph of JDD0006, 138.5 – 145.7 m, with massive sulphide / quartz veining; overall intersection downhole interval returned 7.25 m at 256.09 g/t Au, 113 g/t Ag and 0.42 % Cu (258.01 g/t AuEq).

Table 1 – Kainantu Gold Mine – Significant Intercepts from Diamond Drilling at Judd

Hole_idFrom (m)To (m)Interval (m)True width (m)Gold g/tSilver g/tCopper %Gold equivalentLode
JDD000271.573.82.262.022.0630.022.12 
JDD0002103.9107.23.302.930.1820.070.31J1
JDD0002162.0165.02.962.640.49342.754.99J2
JDD0003168.2172.74.522.8110.81537.3522.40J1
including168.2169.10.920.5711.7020626.9054.25J1
including169.1170.11.000.6220.60353.2125.80J1
including170.1170.40.290.1810.5030.1010.68J1
including170.4170.80.400.253.8910.013.92J1
including170.8171.81.010.630.4810.030.54J1
including171.8172.70.900.5613.80165.7622.59J1
JDD0003177.1179.52.471.531.12134.708.29J1
including177.1178.31.230.760.93127.1911.81J1
including178.3179.51.240.771.31142.234.80J1
JDD0003189.6190.00.360.221.01314.137.54 
JDD0003200.4208.48.005.701.09190.542.11J2
including200.4200.70.250.181.0550.171.36J2
including200.7200.80.110.081.66506.9712.65J2
including200.8201.00.240.170.3030.080.45J2
including201.0201.20.190.143.99282.267.69J2
including201.2202.21.010.720.16230.461.11J2
including202.2203.31.080.770.1320.010.17J2
including203.3204.41.090.781.12180.231.67J2
including204.4205.20.860.611.52180.171.98J2
including205.2206.00.770.550.57160.331.25J2
including206.0207.01.000.712.47240.363.28J2
including207.0207.50.460.330.41321.242.63J2
including207.5208.40.940.671.63261.043.48J2
JDD0004108.0108.80.870.632.6780.323.24 
JDD0004120.7130.910.257.470.1440.300.63J1
Including120.7120.90.220.161.8462.315.36J1
Including120.9121.91.000.730.0630.050.17J1
Including121.9122.91.000.730.0751.201.92J1
Including122.9123.91.000.730.2670.831.58J1
Including123.9124.30.400.290.0740.260.50J1
Including124.3125.31.000.730.0720.030.14J1
Including125.3126.31.000.730.0310.020.07J1
Including126.3127.31.000.730.1590.140.46J1
Including127.3128.31.000.730.0510.020.09J1
Including128.3129.10.800.580.0210.010.05J1
Including129.1129.70.550.400.0710.010.10J1
Including129.7130.00.350.250.2840.100.48J1
Including130.0130.90.930.680.1240.170.42J1
including130.9133.02.071.506.9870.437.70J1
Including130.9131.70.750.5415.8490.4316.59J1
Including131.7132.40.700.510.3480.481.15J1
Including132.4132.60.170.1211.1130.2111.46J1
Including132.6133.00.450.330.9840.431.67J1
JDD0004138.6139.20.580.420.6081.763.32JL
Including138.6138.70.150.110.4770.551.37JL
Including138.7139.00.230.170.0740.080.24JL
Including139.0139.20.200.151.32124.598.31JL
JDD0004163.8165.82.001.421.2460.361.85J2
Including163.8164.00.240.170.44180.441.30J2
Including164.0164.70.640.460.3740.260.80J2
Including164.7165.10.390.281.3480.672.43J2
Including165.1165.60.510.360.9930.351.55J2
Including165.6165.80.220.165.0630.045.15J2
JDD0004182.4190.58.105.410.5470.140.83J3
Including182.4183.20.810.581.1640.151.43J3
Including183.2183.30.120.099.86280.1510.41J3
Including183.3184.30.970.690.0110.010.04J3
Including184.3185.31.000.710.0110.010.04J3
Including185.3186.31.000.710.0110.010.04J3
Including186.3187.31.000.710.0110.010.04J3
Including187.3188.00.740.530.0110.000.02J3
Including188.0189.00.930.661.41130.071.66J3
Including189.0189.20.220.160.91762.455.44J3
Including189.2189.40.250.180.3190.020.44J3
Including189.4190.00.560.400.68240.511.72J3
Including190.0190.50.500.360.1120.030.18J3
JDD0006138.5145.77.255.30256.091130.42258.01J1
including138.5138.80.330.2442.50380.5043.68J1
including138.8139.60.790.581.7340.252.15J1
including139.6140.00.410.301.6320.191.94J1
including140.0140.90.930.6810.681770.6413.67J1
including140.9141.50.610.4545.203701.0451.00J1
including141.5142.00.460.340.5610.030.62J1
including142.0142.40.440.3223.9060.0824.09J1
including142.4142.70.300.225874.3011901.125889.62J1
including142.7143.40.640.4716.12290.1816.72J1
including143.4143.70.270.2016.57472.1420.31J1
including143.7143.90.280.204.37230.485.35J1
including143.9144.70.730.530.5160.100.73J1
including144.7145.30.670.4913.69130.1314.03J1
including145.3145.70.390.2811.4320.0311.50J1
JDD0006154.0155.01.000.731.9110.011.94 

Table 2 – Kainantu Gold Mine – Collar Locations for Judd Diamond Drilling

Hole_idCollar locationCollar orientationEOH depth (m)Lode
Local northLocal EastRLInclinationLocal azimuth
JDD0001298565877511920.5096.20209.4Judd
JDD00025869129863121415.10109.86221.1Judd
JDD00035869429863121531.5059.58224.1Judd
JDD00045853429860121937.60100.33200.4Judd
JDD00065869129863121532.00124.54169.9Judd

(1) Gold equivalent in Table 1 uses copper price of US$3.05/lb; silver price of US$16.05/oz and gold price of US$1,400/oz.

Table 3 – Global Kora Mineral Resource Estimate (effective date April 2, 2020)

 TonnesGoldSilverCopperAuEq
 mtg/tmozg/tmoz%ktg/tmoz
Measured0.6613.340.2811.60.250.513.414.140.3
Indicated2.478.440.6716.31.290.6315.69.460.8
Total M&I3.139.470.9515.31.540.611910.451.1
Inferred12.677.322.9819.98.111.1139.49.013.7
  • Mineral Resource Estimate is included in a technical report titled, “Independent Technical Report, Mineral Resource Estimate Update and Preliminary Economic Assessment for Expansion of the Kainantu Mine to Treat 1 Mtpa from the Kora Gold Deposit, Kainantu Project, Papua New Guinea” with an effective date of April 2, 2020.
  • The Independent and Qualified Person responsible for the Mineral Resource Estimate is Simon Tear, P.Geo. of H & S Consultants Pty. Ltd., Sydney, Australia.
  • Mineral Resources are not Mineral Reserves and do not have demonstrated economic viability.
  • Resources were compiled at 1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9 and 10 g/t gold cut-off grades.
  • Density (t/m3) is on a per zone basis, K1 and Kora Link: 2.84 t/m3; K2: 2.93 t/m3; Waste: 2.8 t/m3
  • Reported tonnage and grade figures are rounded from raw estimates to reflect the order of accuracy of the estimate. 
  • Minor variations may occur during the addition of rounded numbers. 
  • Calculations used metric units (metres, tonnes and g/t)
  • Gold equivalents are calculated as AuEq = Au g/t + ((0.923 x Cu%)*1.38)+ ((0.77 x Ag g/t*0.0115). Gold price US$1,400/oz; Silver US$16.05/oz; Copper US$3.05/lb. Metal payabilities and recoveries are incorporated into the AuEq formula. Recoveries of 92.3% for copper and 77% for silver.

Qualified Person

K92 mine geology manager and mine exploration manager, Andrew Kohler, PGeo, a qualified person under the meaning of Canadian National Instrument 43-101 – Standards of Disclosure for Mineral Projects, has reviewed and is responsible for the technical content of this news release.  

About K92

K92 Mining Inc. is engaged in the production of gold, copper and silver from the Kora deposit at the Kainantu Gold Mine in the Eastern Highlands province of Papua New Guinea, as well as exploration and development of mineral deposits in the immediate vicinity of the mine.  The Company declared commercial production from Kainantu in February 2018 and is in a strong financial position.

The Company commenced an expansion of the mine based on an updated Preliminary Economic Assessment on the property which was published in January 2019 and updated in July 2020. K92 is operated by a team of mining company professionals with extensive international mine-building and operational experience.

On Behalf of the Company,

John Lewins, Chief Executive Officer and Director

For further information, please contact David Medilek, P.Eng., CFA at +1-604-687-7130.

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