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Orford hits 4.1 g/t gold over 14.6 metres on its Joutel Eagle Property

Feb 21, 2023

Orford Mining Corporation reports finding 4.1 g/t gold over 14.6 metres in preliminary drill hole results from its winter drilling at the Joutel Eagle Property located in Casa-Berardi Structural Zone and on the historical Eagle-Telbel Mine Trend in the Abitibi Greenstone belt.  

Grades of up to 28.7 g/t gold over 0.32 metres included in an interval of 4.1 g/t gold over 14.6 metres were also intersected in drill hole 23-JE-004.  These grades are higher than those reported historically from the system in nearby hole 80-10 where the interval of interest was redacted in historical documents and higher grades than reported from our first drill program in 2022 (see Orford press release dated June 7, 2022).

Grades of up to 4.6 g/t gold over 0.9 metres included in an interval of 1.5 g/t gold over 8.3 metres were intersected in drill hole 23-JE-005.  All drilling intervals are down-hole lengths. True thicknesses cannot be estimated with available information.

"These early results from our second drill program at Joutel Eagle have returned results that are extremely encouraging.  The South Gold zone was known as a thick low-grade zone with good potential but is now proven to have a much higher-grade component.  We look forward to completing the planned drill program designed to test the strike extent of the South Gold Zone on the Joutel Eagle Property," said David Christie, President and CEO of Orford.

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The gold mineralization between 100m to 114.4m in 23-JE-004 is associated with multigenerational fault zones and quartz & quartz-carbonate veining in felsic volcaniclastics hosting pyrite and quartz carbonate alteration. The gold intervals reported in 23-JE-004 from 128.8 to 158.9m and 23-JE-005 from 85.6 to 88.6m are associated with sheared graphitic-rich ash tuffs with pyrite rich quartz carbonate veining and zones of semi-massive to massive sulphide mineralization.

23-JE-004 and 23-JE-005 are the first two drill holes of 10 planned as part of the 2,000-metre 2023 drill program to test the strike of the South Gold Zone on the Joutel Eagle Property.  Results reported in this news release are for samples that were sent for rush analysis  all other remaining assays are outstanding and drilling is ongoing. Interpretation of the historical and current South Gold Zone drill results is ongoing and will be completed once all assays from the 2023 drill program have been received.

Sample shipments were sealed and shipped to AGAT Laboratories, Val-d'Or, Québec. All gold assays reported were obtained by standard fire-assaying on 50-gram nominal weight with an atomic absorption spectroscopy finish or by gravimetric finish in the case of overlimit and on request (methods 202551 and 202564) at AGAT Laboratories, Mississauga, Ontario. All samples were also analyzed for multi-elements, including copper and silver, using a four-acid method with an ICP-OES finish (method 201070). 

Drill program design, Quality Assurance/Quality Control ("QA/QC") and interpretation of results are performed by qualified persons employing a QA/QC program consistent with NI 43-101 and industry best practices. Standards and blanks are inserted at a minimum of 10% for QA/QC purposes in addition to those inserted by the lab. A subset of samples has not yet been sent for a verification assay at another lab. AGAT Laboratories are accredited by the Standards Council of Canada and found to comply with the requirements of ISO/IEC 17025:2017. 

About the Joutel Eagle Property
The property is situated just to the northwest of Agnico Eagle's past producing Eagle-Telbel operation which produced in excess of 1.1 M. oz of gold1 from 1974 to 1993. The Joutel Eagle property covers 11 km of the Casa Berardi structural zone south splay (CBSZ) which is associated with several gold deposits and, together with our McClure East property, gives Orford over 17 km coverage on the prolific CBSZ . 

The Joutel Eagle Property sits to the north of Orford's 100% owned Joutel South Property and to the west of Orford's 100% owned McClure East property. Information from neighbouring properties is not necessarily indicative of the mineralization on Orford Mining's properties. On November 30, 2021 Orford announced that it had entered an option to acquire 100% of the 50 square kilometer Joutel Eagle Project from Globex Mining Enterprises Inc. 

About Orford Mining Corporation
Orford Mining is a gold explorer focused on highly prospective and underexplored areas of Northern Quebec. Orford's principal assets are located in the Cape Smith Belt in the Nunavik region and the Joutel region of the Abitibi district. 

The Qiqavik and West Raglan projects comprise a land package totaling over 105,000 hectares in the Cape Smith Belt of Northern Quebec. The Qiqavik Project hosts several new high-grade gold discoveries along a mineralized trend in excess of 40 km. 

The West Raglan project hosts a number of high-grade Raglan-style nickel/copper/platinum group metal discoveries along a 50 km mineralized trend. Orford has acquired four property positions (Joutel – Eagle, McClure East, Joutel – South and Joutel – Omega) totaling 26,815 hectares in the Joutel region of the Abitibi district of Northern Quebec, which hosts historical deposits such as the Eagle/Telbel, Joutel Copper, Poirier Copper, and Vezza deposits. 

Orford continually seeks new gold exploration opportunities in North America. Orford's common shares trade on the TSX Venture Exchange under the symbol ORM. This information from neighbouring properties is not necessarily indicative of the mineralization on Orford Mining's properties. 

To view further details about Orford's Projects please visit Orford's website, www.orfordmining.com.

For further information: David Christie, President and CEO, 2 St. Clair Avenue West, 18th Floor, Toronto, ON M4V 1L5, T: 647-255-8037, www.orfordmining.com

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