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Orford Mining reports encouraging drilling results at Esperance zone

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Orford Mining Corp. (55% owned by RNC) has received the base metal assay results from the summer 2017 drilling and prospecting programme on its 100% controlled Qiqavik project in northern Quebec.

Results show that high-grade copper is associated with the gold mineralisation intersected in drilling at the Esperance West zone and previously reported in RNC's news release of 30 October 2017.


David Christie, President and CEO of Orford, commented, "We are very encouraged by these new results, which highlight the polymetallic nature of the western portion of the Qiqavik trend. At current prices, these new copper results more than double the gold equivalent grades of the mineralisation intersected in these holes at Esperance West, yielding gold equivalents of up to 6.1g/t over 7 m core length. These results further support the tremendous potential of this new gold belt located in a previously unexplored region of Canada."


Multi-element results from holes QK-17-017, -019, -020, -021, -022, -028 and -029, and from 116 grab samples that were noted as pending in Orford Mining's news release dated 26 October 2017 have been received.


These new drilling results continue to support the subsurface extent of the structures and the Au-Cu-Co mineralisation discovered at Esperance West.


According to Orford, work completed during the 2017 programme demonstrates that gold and copper is associated with secondary splay structures located along the district-scale Qiqavik Break Shear zone, which extends the full 40 km length of the Qiqavik Property.


Geological data indicate that gold mineralisation at Qiqavik is structurally controlled and associated with porphyry intrusions in places. Typically, in structurally controlled gold deposits, the intensity of mineralisation varies along the length of the structures with ore shoots focused in zones of dilation. 


Orford is currently analysing airborne magnetic and field mapping data collected during the summer 2017 programme to identify and locate sites of dilation along structures that were active at the time of gold mineralisation in order to target significant gold mineralisation accumulations.


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