Abitibi Metals Strengthens Operations with Second Drill at the B26 Deposit

February 8, 2024 / London, OntarioAbitibi Metals Corp. (CSE:AMQ) (OTC:AMQFF) (FSE:FW0) (“Abitibi” or the “Company”) is pleased to announce the arrival of a second drill on-site at the B26 Polymetallic Deposit (“B26” or the “Deposit”). The Company is currently completing its winter drill program at the Deposit, where a minimum of 10,000 metres is targeted by the end of March under the first phase of a fully funded 30,000-metre 2024 field season. On November 16th, 2023, the Company entered into an option agreement on the B26 Deposit to earn 80% over 7 years from SOQUEM Inc (see news release dated November 16, 2023).

Jonathon Deluce, CEO of Abitibi Metals, commented, “We are very excited to announce the arrival of a second drill at the B26 Polymetallic Deposit. This strategic decision stems from the very promising visual observations made from the first 5 holes drilled, underscoring our commitment to thoroughly assess all our Phase 1 objectives before the onset of winter breakup.”

Mr. Deluce continued. “This initial phase of our drill program aims to test the open-pit potential at the B26 Deposit with the goal of increasing near-surface tonnage over a 1.2-kilometre strike length. As the program progresses, we will then shift focus to advancing and expanding the existing high-grade underground resource. The current drilling is starting to demonstrate the potential of the B26 Deposit, and positive results should add blue sky potential and value to an already advanced copper-gold resource at the Project.”

To-date, five holes have been completed on the B26 “Main Deposit” target, totalling 1,477 metres.

Drilling in this first phase is broken down between 3 targets along strike testing the first 300 vertical metres:

  1. B26 Main Deposit
    1. The key objective of drilling within the B26 Main Deposit is to evaluate the open pit potential and potential up-dip near-surface extensions of the main deposit to the north. This testing is distributed over a 1.2-kilometre strike length.
  2. Satellite West:
    1. Targeting the geometric continuity of a potential satellite zone 500 metres to the west of the main deposit.
  3. Eastern Extension:
    1. Targeting the expansion of the main deposit to the east where 45% Cu Eq over 26.7 metres*, including 4.74% CuEq over 11.7 metres (1274-14-167) was intercepted in historical drilling.

Drill Hole Descriptions:

  • Holes 1274-24-293 & 1274-24-294 were designed to test the geometry (infill & extension) of mineralization in historical hole B26-40 and secondly to crosscut historical hole 1274-16-224 which graded 05% CuEq over a length of 48.1 metres* from 113.4 to 161.5 metres.
  • Holes 1274-24-295 & 1274-24-296 were designed to intercept the copper-bearing structure up-dip close to surface, which was previously intercepted 65% CuEq over a length of 31.8 metres* in hole 1274-14-202M at a vertical depth of approximately 60 metres.
  • Hole 1274-24-297 was designed to test the up-dip structure closer to the surface of historical hole 1274-14-193, which intercepted 65% CuEq over 12.8 metres*, ending at a depth of 200.5 metres.

Table 1: Drill Locations

Drill hole number

UTM East

UTM North

Elevation

Azimuth

Dip

Start

Length (m)

1274-24-293

652950

5513385

276

360

-52

0

291

1274-24-294

652950

5513385

276

360

-56

0

310

1274-24-295

653150

5513380

276

360

-57

0

312

1274-24-296

653150

5513380

276

360

-45

0

222

1274-24-297

653200

5513320

276

360

-55

0

342

Qualified Person

This press release was reviewed and approved by Martin Demers, P.Geo., OGQ No. 770, who is a qualified person as defined under National Instrument 43-101, and responsible for the technical information provided in this news release.

About Abitibi Metals Corp.:

Abitibi Metals Corp. is a Quebec-focused mineral acquisition and exploration company focused on the development of quality base and precious metal properties that are drill-ready with high-upside and expansion potential. Abitibi’s portfolio of strategic properties provides target-rich diversification and includes the option to earn 80% of the high-grade B26 Polymetallic Deposit (Ind: 7.0MT @ 2.94% Cu Eq & Inf: 4.4MT @ 2.97% Cu Eq) and the Beschefer Gold Project, where historical drilling has identified 4 historical intercepts with a metal factor of over 100 g/t gold highlighted by 55.63 g/t gold over 5.57 metres and 13.07 g/t gold over 8.75 metres amongst four modelled zones.

About SOQUEM:

SOQUEM, a subsidiary of Investissement Québec, is dedicated to promoting the exploration, discovery and development of mining properties in Quebec. SOQUEM also contributes to maintaining strong local economies. Proud partner and ambassador for the development of Quebec’s mineral wealth, SOQUEM relies on innovation, research and strategic minerals to be well-positioned for the future. 

ON BEHALF OF THE BOARD

Jonathon Deluce, Chief Executive Officer