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Orford Mining Discovers New Gold Zone at its Joutel Property in Quebec

Mar 31, 2023

Orford Mining Corporation report that it has drilled a possible new gold bearing horizon 150 meters to the north of the South Gold Zone on the Joutel Eagle Property 

Drill results from Hole 23-JE-007 reported 1.3 g/t Au over 16.1 metres from 201.0 metres including higher grade intervals of up to 4.5g/t Au over 1.1 m. in a previously untested area of the Joutel Eagle Property. 

New Results from hole 23-JE-015 in the South Gold Zone reported 1.10g/t Au over 54.7 metres including higher grade intervals of up to 9.1g/t over 0.4 m. 

Most assays from the recently completed 2023 drill program are pending Note that all drilling intervals are down-hole lengths. The exact thicknesses cannot be estimated at this time cautioned Orford Mining in its news release. Additional information about the potential shown in the drill results will be announced once the company obtains the assay results.

 "The 2023 drill campaign on our Joutel Eagle property has proven that the property has tremendous potential value with the discovery of a new zone 150 metres to the north of the South Gold Zone,” said  David Christie, President, and CEO of Orford Mining.  “It continues to prove mineralized continuity along strike which was the main purpose of the program."

The Joutel Eagle Property is located along the fertile Casa-Berardi Structural Zone and historical Eagle-Telbel Mine Trend in the Abitibi Greenstone belt. Orford Resources reported that 14 holes and 2,535 metres have been drilled in 2023. 

This drilling program has evaluated a 400-metre strike of the South Gold Zone. Both the 2022 and preliminary 2023 drilling results Orford has received to date have shown that the South Gold Zone hosts higher grade gold over wider intersections than had been reported historically. Holes 23-JE-007 and 23-JE-006 were drilled to test: possible parallel mineralized horizons to the north of the South Gold Zone, and possible cross structural corridors which may contribute to concentrating gold mineralization on the property.

The gold results obtained in Holes 23-JE-007 and 23-JE-006 successfully demonstrated the occurrence of additional gold mineralized zones in addition to the exciting thick South Gold Zone results. All other remaining assays are pending.

Data was collected during the drill program with a core orientation tool and a full structural 
interpretation will be completed once all assays have been received and reported to identify 1) additional targets in the South Gold Zone, 2) secondary targets which may be associated with structures hosting higher grades oblique to the South Gold Zone, and 3) other targets along strike and parallel to the South Gold Zone to the northwest and southeast  along the Eagle mine horizon.

Sample shipments were sealed and shipped to AGAT Laboratories, Val-d'Or, Québec. All gold assays reported were obtained by standard fire assay 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) at AGAT Laboratories, Mississauga, Ontario. 

The Joutel Eagle property is situated just to the northwest of Agnico Eagle's past producing Eagle-Telbel operation which produced more than 1.1M oz of gold from 1974 to 1993. 

The Joutel Eagle property covers 11 km of the Casa Berardi structural zone south splay (CBSZ) which is associated with 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  Joutel South Property and next to its McClure East property. 

Orford Mining focuses on  gold and critical mineral exploration in Northern Quebec. The company’s principal assets are the Qiqavik, West Raglan and lithium exploration projects comprising a land package totaling over 111,000 hectares in the Cape Smith Belt of Northern Quebec. 

The Qiqavik Project hosts new high-grade gold discoveries along a mineralized trend more than 40 km. The West Raglan Project hosts high-grade Raglan-style nickel/copper/platinum group metal discoveries along a 55 km mineralized trend. In early 2023 Orford acquired large claim blocks targeting Lithium in the Nunavik Region. 

Orford Mining claims these Lithium claim blocks have lithium potential. Orford also has four gold and 
copper properties 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. 

Image Map of Joutel Property and Surrounding Area

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