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Near perfect recoveries for Galleon Gold at West Cache - Timmins

Apr 3, 2024

Galleon Gold Corp. has announced excellent results from recent metallurgical test work performed on a composite sample representative of the material to be mined from the company’s planned 86,500-tonne exploration bulk sample.

“We are very pleased with the recent metallurgical study as it confirms and builds upon earlier work included in the West Cache PEA completed in 2022," said David Russell, CEO and President. "The ease with which the gold is recoverable by different methods opens up a variety of custom milling options for our bulk sample test.”

The dtudy was undertaken to evaluate gold recoveries from flotation and gravity-flotation methods. In contrast, the Company’s 2021 metallurgical work investigated cyanidation, gravity-cyanidation, and gravity-flotation-cyanidation on three composites of different grade ranges (see press release dated August 11, 2021). Both studies, carried out by SGS Canada’s Lakefield, Ontario laboratory, indicate that Zone #9 gold is well-liberated and amenable to high recoveries by the various methods tested.


  • Rougher flotation up to 98.5 % gold recovery
  • Gravity tailings flotation up to 97.1 % recovery
  • Rapid rougher flotation with ~95 % gold recovery in ~11 % mass pull with a plateau in ~15 % mass pull (see Figure 1)
  • 93 % of gold floated in the first two minutes for the flotation-only sample and 95 % in four minutes for the gravity-flotation sample (see Figure 2)

Figure 1 – Rougher Flotation Mass Pull vs. Gold Recovery

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Figure 2 – Rougher Flotation Time vs. Gold Recovery

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Note that on Figures 1 and 2 the term “Whole Ore” is used as part of SGS Canada’s metallurgical testing terminology and does not imply that the material tested from the West Cache Gold Project is revenue-generating “ore” as defined by NI 43-101. “Whole Ore Test F1” refers to flotation of the composite sample without prior concentration by gravity recovery methods (“Gravity Tailings Test F2”).

Composite Sample

The composite sample was comprised from twenty-nine drill core samples from three holes into the Zone #9 area and planned bulk sample stopes, as shown in Figure 3. The average fire assay head grade was 8.90 g/t Au and the screened metallics grade was slightly higher at 9.26 g/t Au as shown in Table 1. A reconciled head grade of 9.35 g/t Au was calculated after the test work was complete, which confirms grade composites from infill drilling and resource estimation data in the bulk sample area.

Figure 3 – Metallurgical sample locations and planned bulk sample design

Image removed.Table 1 – Head grades of composite sample used for metallurgical study

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Technical Content and Qualified Persons

The technical content of this news release has been reviewed and approved by West Cache Gold Chief Operating Officer, Tim Smith, P. Eng. and Project Manager Leah Page, P. Geo. (APGNS #217) both “Qualified Persons” as defined in National Instrument 43-101 - Standards of Disclosure for Mineral Projects.

About the West Cache Gold Project

The West Cache Gold Project is an advanced-stage gold exploration project covering approximately 10,370 ha located 13 km west of Timmins, Ontario on Provincial Highway 101.  It is situated in the Western Porcupine Gold Camp along the Destor-Porcupine Fault Zone within the Abitibi greenstone belt, approximately 7 km northeast of Pan American Silver’s Timmins West Mine. The mining lease area hosts the current Mineral Resource Estimate near the center, with additional exploration targets to the north and south. The Mineral Resource Estimate is contained within the Porcupine Sedimentary Basin, a favourable litho-structural corridor with over 5 km of strike-length on the Property. Mineralization is open in all directions and at depth.

About Galleon Gold

Galleon Gold is an advanced exploration and development company focused on the West Cache Gold Project in Timmins, Ontario.  The West Cache Gold Project is located 7 km northeast of Pan American Silver’s Timmins West Mine and 14 km southwest of Newmont’s Hollinger Mine.  A 2022 Preliminary Economic Assessment (PEA) for the Project demonstrates strong economics. The Company is in the process of planning and permitting for an 86,500-tonne underground bulk sample.  

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