Trevali intersects high-grade zinc mineralization - expands Magistral Central & South zones and discovers New Zone at Santander Mine in Peru
December 1, 2015
Vancouver, British Columbia: Trevali Mining Corporation ("Trevali" or the "Company") (TSX: TV; BVL: TV; OTCQX: TREVF; Frankfurt: 4TI) announces results of an additional ten drill holes from its 2015 exploration program designed to test the deeper levels, below the currently defined resources and mine plan, of the Magistral Central and South deposits at its Santander Zinc mine in Peru. All ten drill holes intersected significant zinc-lead-silver mineralization with the majority returning zinc grades materially higher, ranging from approximately plus-25-to-150%, than those currently being exploited (Table 1). Borehole SAN-0215 intersected a new zone of thick semi-massive to massive sulphide replacement mineralization in the footwall of Magistral Central zone which requires additional drill-testing. All targets remain open for expansion and drilling is ongoing:
Table 1: Summary of Drill Assay Results.
|Zone / Borehole (dip/azimuth)||From - To (metres)||Zone / Core Length Interval* (metres)||Zn (%)||Pb (%)||Ag oz/ton (g/t)|
(-69?? / 058??)
|365.7 - 375.65||MS / 9.95||8.29||1.17||1.18 (40.5)|
(-69?? / 078??)
|365.4 - 370.20||MS / 4.80||8.44||0.37||0.62 (21.2)|
(-63?? / 091??)
|357.55 -365.60||MS / 8.05||7.41||0.05||0.11 (3.7)|
(-65?? / 063??)
|408.15 - 423.50||MS / 15.35||7.37||0.06||0.57 (19.6)|
(-62?? / 048??)
|399.70 - 414.90||MS-MC / 15.20||11.54||0.58||0.46 (15.9)|
|Incl. 412.45 - 414.90||MS-MC / 2.45||9.59||3.20||2.07 (71.1)|
(-64?? / 074??)
|414.85 - 421.80||MS / 6.95||6.43||0.04||0.33 (11.2)|
(-66?? / 037??)
|433.00 - 439.16||MC / 6.16||7.94||0.08||0.19 (6.5)|
(-70.89?? / 48.36??)
|461.00-481.40||MC-MS / 20.40||7.27||0.02||0.68 (23.4)|
|496.80-521.95||NZ / 25.15||4.09||0.02||0.06 (2.2)|
(-33?? / 120??)
|56.6 - 71.4||FA / 14.8||9.07||0.50||2.01 (68.9)|
(-42?? / 350??)
|87.5 - 92.50||FA / 5.00||7.87||0.25||0.16 (5.6)|
*True widths of the mineralized intervals are estimated at 85-95% of core length. (MS-Magistral South; MC-Magistral Central; NZ-New Zone; FA-Fatima)
Figure 1: Cross section looking west (240 degrees) showing Magistral Central (MC), Magistral South (MS) and Fatima zones (illustrative only) with drill hole locations.
"The Company is pleased with the ongoing exploration successes at Santander where the team continues to demonstrate the ability to convert exploration success into demonstrable value by adding mill feed in a timely manner," stated Dr. Mark Cruise, President and CEO of Trevali. "We look forward to continued exploration successes on the large and under-explored Santander property where all the principal Magistral and associated zones and prospects including the former Santander Pipe remain open for expansion, in addition to several earlier-stage high-priority targets on located on the productive Magistral Trend."
The latest phase of drilling focused on extending the known mineralization in the area below and between the Magistral Central and South zones in addition to testing the uppermost portions of a large downhole electromagnetic geophysical anomaly that is interpreted to indicate a merging of the Magistral zones at depth (Figure 1 and News Release October 24, 2011 for details). Drill holes SAN-208 through to SAN-215 all successfully intersected high-grade, zinc-dominated massive-sulphide mineralization and clearly demonstrate the union of the Magistral Central and South zones at these levels.
Base metal grade is increasing with depth and mineral system analysis suggests a geological setting in the upper mid-levels of a large-to-very-large (intrusion related) carbonate replacement system with very significant depth and lateral potential remaining for testing.
Drilling from both surface and underground is ongoing at Magistral Central, South and Fatima deposits. Underground drilling at Magistral North (below the 4370 level) is planned to commence in Q4.
The New Zone located in the footwall of the Magistral Central Zone is characterized by massive carbonate replacement by coarse-grain sulphide mineralization (Figure 2). Massive to semi-massive low-iron sphalerite and pyrrhotite mineralization is hosted in epidote-garnet skarnified limestone. The style of mineralization is similar to the Santander Pipe deposit located 2-km to the south (that also remains open for expansion at depth). This New Zone remains open to the north, south, east, and to depth, and additional drilling is required to determine its ultimate size potential.
Figure 2: Geologic cross section parallel to hole SAN-0215 (looking NW) illustrating Magistral Central and the New Zone.
Qualified Person and Quality Control/Quality Assurance
EurGeol Dr. Mark D. Cruise, Trevali's President and CEO and Daniel Marinov, P.Geo, Trevali's VP Exploration, are qualified persons as defined by NI 43-101, have supervised the preparation of the scientific and technical information that forms the basis for this news release. Mr. Marinov is responsible for all aspects of the work, including the quality control/quality assurance programs. Dr. Cruise is not independent of the Company, as he is an officer, director and shareholder. Mr. Marinov is not independent of the Company as he is an officer and shareholder. Drill core samples were processed and assayed in the Santander mine onsite laboratory. Zinc, lead and silver, assays were obtained by Aqua-Regia dissolution followed by Atomic Absorption measurement. Values of lead and zinc over 15% are assayed by volumetric method. Analytical accuracy and precision are monitored by the analysis of reagent blanks, reference material and replicate samples. Quality control is further assured by the use of international and in-house standards. Blind certified reference material is inserted at regular intervals into the sample sequence by Trevali personnel in order to independently assess analytical accuracy. The onsite laboratory is outsourced and managed by SGS-Peru personnel. SGS-Peru's quality system complies with the requirements for the International Standards ISO 9001:2000 and ISO 17025: 1999. Finally, representative blind duplicate samples are routinely forwarded to an ISO compliant third party laboratory for external quality control.
ABOUT TREVALI MINING CORPORATION
Trevali is a zinc-focused, base metals mining company with one producing operation in Peru and another currently undergoing commissioning in Canada.
In Peru, the Company is actively producing zinc and lead-silver concentrates from its 2,000-tonne-per-day Santander mine.
In Canada, Trevali owns the Caribou mine and mill, Halfmile mine and Stratmat deposit all located in the Bathurst Mining Camp of northern New Brunswick. The Company is currently commissioning its 3,000-tonne-per-day Caribou mine.
All of the Company's deposits remain open for expansion.
The common shares of Trevali are listed on the TSX (symbol TV), the OTCQX (symbol TREVF), the Lima Stock Exchange (symbol TV), and the Frankfurt Exchange (symbol 4TI). For further details on Trevali, readers are referred to the Company's website (www.trevali.com) and to Canadian regulatory filings on SEDAR at www.sedar.com.
On Behalf of the Board of Directors of
TREVALI MINING CORPORATION
"Mark D. Cruise" (signed)
Mark D. Cruise, President
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