Casa Grande, AZ and Vancouver, British Columbia – November 30, 2020 – Elim Mining Incorporated (“Elim” or the “Company”), a private copper exploration and development company, today announces both the successful verification of, and significant copper intercepts from, select previously unreleased historic drill holes obtained in the acquisition of its Cactus West and Cactus East deposits earlier this year (see FIGURES 1-6 and TABLES 1 and 2 below). The Company’s past producing Cactus porphyry copper mine property is located in Casa Grande, Arizona.
As part of the Company’s ongoing core re-logging and re-assaying program, 192 historic pulp samples were selected to represent the grade distribution range present within the Cactus West and Cactus East deposits. Pulps were selected to cover:
- Cactus West and Cactus East deposits;
- a range of potentially economic grades; and,
- the main copper mineral zones being oxide, enriched, and primary.
The program confirmed the historic total copper assays (“CuT”) indicating a 0.98 correlation coefficient between the re-assay and historic dataset (see FIGURE 1). This high level of precision between historic results and current re-assays is attributable to the high-quality work of the ASARCO geological team and further validates Elim Mining’s internally generated geologic model. As a result, the high-grade nature of the Cactus East deposit and the well mineralized Cactus West deposit were confirmed. In addition, the updated internal model is supportive of the potential to heap leach process the oxide and enriched copper mineral zones of the Cactus deposits.
Selected highlights from historic drillholes include (FIGURES 2-6):
- 1.89% CuT over 364.5 ft (111.1 m) in S-104 (Cactus East).
- 2.21% CuT over 209 ft (88.4 m) in S-139 (Cactus East).
- 1.42% CuT over 375.1 ft (114 3 m) in S-105 (Cactus East).
- 0.89% CuT over 240.0 ft (73.2 m) in S-154 (Cactus West).
(details of individual sample intervals are provided in tables below in this release)
This validation work supports the reporting and use of historic assays from ASACRO’s internal labs into the upcoming NI43-101 Mineral Resource Estimate for the Cactus West and Cactus East deposits expected in Q1 2021. The resource will be supported by 20 current drill holes containing WSLEGAL\087937\00006\25730022v2 30,397 ft (9,265 m) and 174 historic drill holes containing 216,268 ft (65,918 m). The maiden preliminary economic assessment of Cactus West is expected to follow in Q2 2021.
Ian McMullan, Chief Operating Officer commented, “During the acquisition process of the Cactus Mine, our team was astounded by the amount and quality of material ASARCO had left behind, in terms of maps, organized core, sample pulps, and assay records, certificates and drill logs. Over and above the physical data available, our Technical Advisor, Bob Cummings, a former key member of the geology team at Sacaton, has proven an invaluable source of information to get our technical team off the ground running. The team designed the current 20-hole current resource development drilling program to complement the ASARCO drilling. We are confidently drilling and modelling both the historic and current results.”
The ongoing relogging and re-assay program compliments an ongoing digitization program to restore hardcopy historic records. To validate the historic total copper assays, 192 pulp samples were assayed. Pulps were selected to ensure they covered both the Cactus West and Cactus East deposits, a range of potentially economic grades, and the main copper mineral zones being oxide, enriched, and primary. Data were plotted on a scatter plot, calculating a line of regression and correlation coefficient to determine how well the duplicate assay replicates the historic assay (see FIGURE 1).
Table 1: Cactus East Significant Intercepts
|DDH||Feet||Meters||% CuT||Mineralized Zone|
Table 2: Cactus West Significant Intercepts
|DDH||Feet||Meters||% CuT||Mineralized Zone|
- Intervals are presented in core length and were historically drilled with vertical holes.
- Drill assays assume a mineralized cut-off grade of 0.1% CuT reflecting the potential for heap leaching in the case of Oxide and Enriched material, or to provide typical average grades in the case of Primary material. Most holes were terminated in Primary mineralization.
- Significant intercepts reported for Cactus West are for drill intervals that remain in situ only. Historically depleted intervals have been excluded.
- Assay results are not capped. Intercepts are aggregated within geological confines of major mineral zones.
- Drill holes selected for reporting of significant intercepts were chosen to represent the characteristics of the Cactus East and Cactus West deposits.
Quality Assurance / Quality Control
Historic pulp samples submitted for re-assay were supervised by on-site Elim personnel who implemented a full QA/QC program using blanks, standards, and duplicates to monitor analytical accuracy and precision. The samples were sealed on site and shipped to Skyline Laboratories in Tucson AZ for analysis. Skyline’s quality control system complies with global certifications for Quality ISO9001:2008.
Quality Assurance / Quality Control Historic pulp samples submitted for re-assay were supervised by on-site Elim personnel who implemented a full QA/QC program using blanks, standards, and duplicates to monitor analytical accuracy and precision. The samples were sealed on site and shipped to Skyline Laboratories in Tucson AZ for analysis. Skyline’s quality control system complies with global certifications for Quality ISO9001:2008.
Technical aspects of this news release have been reviewed and verified by Allan Schappert – CPG, who is a qualified person as defined by National Instrument 43-101– Standards of Disclosure for Mineral Projects.
Elim Mining is a private company that is building a scalable, multi-phase, multi-billion-pound copper porphyry project on private land in Arizona. The Company is initially focused on resource development of the Cactus Mine, which is a re-start of the former Sacaton mine, operated by ASARCO through 1984. Concurrently, the Company is exploring the geologic district, including the Parks/Salyer Property. In addition to the in ground mineral potential, Elim Mining has completed a PEA on the mineralized stockpile, illustrating a run of mine heap leach operation that provides $140 million in cumulative free cash flow over 8 years, based on a copper price of $2.82/lb. Elim is managed by mining executives with over 210 years’ of combined experience in mine operations and business. With a history and reputation for strategically launching, revitalizing, and leading multi-million-dollar mining organizations, the team has achieved tremendous growth and value for investors in a socially and environmentally responsible manner.
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John Antwi, President and CEO
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