Pilot Gold (PLG – TSX) (“Pilot Gold” or “the Company”) is pleased to announce that it has commenced a 16,000 metre resource definition and exploration drill program at the TV Tower Project in northwestern Turkey. As Operator, Pilot Gold plans to drill 9,000 metres by year-end, focused on the Kücükdag (KCD) target, where previous drilling returned exceptional grades, including 4.28 g/t gold over 136.2 metres and silver grades up to 171.00 g/t silver over 47.50 metres.
“We are thrilled to commence our 2012 drill campaign at TV Tower. This is an extremely large and prospective land package that has already produced two significant new discoveries on the property, verified by drilling. We believe TV Tower will ultimately yield multiple additional discoveries, leading to a large mineral endowment property-wide. Our goal is to establish TV Tower as the premier gold exploration project in western Turkey,” stated Matt Lennox-King, President and CEO of Pilot Gold.
Initial work in 2010 identified seven primary targets which led to discoveries at the KCD and Kayali (KYD) targets in 2011. Pilot Gold’s team has been conducting surface exploration since mid-March of 2012, and has already identified a number of additional exploration targets, with large areas of the property still remaining virtually unexplored. The 2012 drill campaign will primarily focus on aggressive infill drilling of the discovery zone at the KCD target and additional surface exploration on the remaining targets. Two diamond core drills began operating in the first week of August, with a third drill scheduled to arrive in September.
Located on the Biga Peninsula of northwest Turkey, TV Tower is host to numerous high-sulphidation epithermal gold-silver prospects. The large 7,109 hectare (71km2) project is road accessible, and is located immediately west of the Kirazli gold project (Alamos Gold) and approximately 10 kilometres northwest of the Halilaga copper-gold project (Teck/Pilot Gold). Pilot Gold currently owns 40% of TV Tower and is earning in to a majority 60% interest from Teck Madencilik Sanayi Ticaret A.S. (“TMST”), a Turkish subsidiary of Teck Resources Limited (“Teck”).
KCD target highlights:
The KCD target is the premier discovery at TV Tower to date, where recent drilling has outlined a high-grade gold zone overlain by a high-grade silver zone. The discovery zone has a significant footprint, measuring approximately 600 x 400 metres and remains open for expansion in multiple directions. Past drilling has returned some of the highest gold, silver and copper grades in the Biga District, including:
- 4.28 grams/tonne gold over 136.2 metres, including 9.51 g/t gold over 57.8 metres in KCD-02;
- 1.87 g/t gold over 48.0 metres, including 13.83 g/t gold over 5.4 metres in KCD-15;
- 171.00 g/t silver over 47.5 metres, including 259.67 g/t silver over 27.9 metres in KCD-18;
- 50.25 g/t silver over 114.9 metres, including 132.60 g/t silver over 7.5 metres in KCD-28; and
- 61.61 g/t silver over 39.0 metres, including 96.03 g/t silver over 15.3 metres in KCD-37.
See May 10, 2011, October 4, 2011 and May 18,2012 press releases. All true widths are 30-90% of reported widths unless otherwise stated. All intervals of no sampling have been assigned zero grade for the purposes of compositing. For a comprehensive table of drill results to date, including new and non-reportable intercepts, please click: http://www.pilotgold.com/sites/default/files/TVTowerDrillResults1209.pdf
The 2012 drilling program at the KCD target is designed to aggressively infill the discovery zone and to significantly expand the mineralization both laterally and at depth.
TV Tower is covered largely by strongly altered volcanic rocks. Alteration types include vuggy silica and advanced argillic alteration typical of a high sulphidation epithermal environment. High sulphidation gold-silver deposits typically comprise some of the largest gold deposits in the world, including Yanacocha, South America’s largest gold producer with over 25 million ounces in past production and resources, and Pueblo Viejo in the Dominican Republic, also with a resource of over 25 million ounces of gold. Other deposit types on the property include low sulphidation gold-silver veins with bonanza grades, and copper-gold porphyry.
At Kayali (KYD), the site of the second gold discovery in 2011, drilling to date has returned significant intervals of gold mineralization with KYD-01 returning 0.87 g/t gold over 114.5 metres, and KYD-02 returning 0.78 g/t gold over 88.6 metres. Gold mineralization is associated with oxidized, intensely silicified and either fractured or locally brecciated intervals within a high sulphidation system. Oxidation at Kayali is deep, averaging 100-200m in depth. Our surface work in 2012 provides clear guidance for future drilling with a high probability of success.
Ongoing programs of rock and soil sampling across the remainder of the property continue to yield new areas of interest and early-stage targets. Progress and results to date have been extremely encouraging, and large altered and highly prospective areas of this property still remain unexplored. As a result, the current surface program is designed to assess the seven targets originally defined, and to generate additional targets through the application of geophysics, geochemistry, structural interpretation and geologic mapping.
The program has met with significant success to date, with several new zones of mineralization identified by the Pilot Gold team since the start of field work in March. Highlights include the Sarp-Columbaz target (drill-tested in 2011), where two new areas have been identified for future drill testing, including low-sulphidation veins assaying 39g/t gold and 294 g/t silver in recent sampling.
For a location map of TV Tower, please click: http://www.pilotgold.com/sites/default/files/TVTowerLocationMap1213.pdf
For a property map of TV Tower, please click:
All drill samples and analytical data for TV Tower to date were collected under the supervision of TMST, using industry standard QA-QC protocols. Ian Cunningham-Dunlop, P. Eng, VP Exploration and Chief Operating Officer for Pilot Gold, and a “Qualified Person” within the meaning of National Instrument 43-101 Standards of Disclosure for Mineral Projects (“NI 43-101”), has been responsible for compiling the technical information disclosed in previous releases and has approved the technical information in this press release. Mr. Cunningham-Dunlop has not verified all of the assay data generated by TMST as previous project operator. However, the grades and widths reported in prior releases agree well with the Company’s past results on the project and TMST has given him no reason to doubt their authenticity. The potential quantity and grade of the mineralization described herein are currently conceptual in nature, there has been insufficient exploration to define a mineral resource and it is uncertain if further exploration will result in the target being delineated as a mineral resource.
UPDATED TECHNICAL REPORT
Pilot Gold is also pleased to announce the filing of a NI 43-101 technical report entitled “Updated Technical Report on the TV Tower Exploration Property, Çanakkale, Western Turkey”, dated August 3rd, 2012, in support of future exploration at the TV Tower project.
The report was prepared by Paul Gribble of Tetra Tech WEI Inc. Mr. Gribble is independent of Pilot Gold and is a “Qualified Person” as defined by NI 43-101. Mr. Gribble, as a Qualified Person for the TV Tower project, has reviewed, verified and approved the contents of this release. The full NI 43-101 Technical Report will be available on www.sedar.com and on Pilot Gold’s web site at www.pilotgold.com.
ABOUT PILOT GOLD
Pilot Gold is a gold exploration company led by a proven technical team that continues to discover and define high-quality projects featuring strong grades, meaningful size in mining-friendly addresses. Our three key assets include interests in the Halilaga and TV Tower projects in Turkey, and the Kinsley Mountain project in Nevada, each of which has the ability to become a foundational asset. We also have a pipeline of projects characterized by large land positions and district-wide potential that can meet our growth needs for years to come.
For more information, visit www.pilotgold.com or contact:
Matt Lennox-King, President & CEO
Patrick Reid, VP Corporate Affairs
Phone 604-632-4677 or Toll Free 1-877-632-4677
For further details on TV Tower, please view the NI 43-101 technical report entitled "Updated Technical Report on the TV Tower Exploration Property, Çanakkale, Western Turkey”, effective July 15, 2012 and dated August 3, 2012, prepared by Paul Gribble, B.Sc., C.Eng., FIMMM, UK Manager, Geology for Tetra Tech WEI Inc. under Pilot Gold’s Issuer Profile on SEDAR (www.sedar.com).
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