- 2.57 g/t Pd+Pt over 18m, including 4.06 Pd+Pt over 9m from 169m downhole
- Drilling confirmed discovery at T2 near Dana North
- 2.5 Moz Platinum Metals in near-surface Measured and Indicated Resources
- Within 100 road-kms of Sudbury, strong infrastructure and community support
- 100%-owned Lithium Division with Exploration Projects in Manitoba and Nevada
Vancouver, British Columbia / December 13, 2016 – Pacific North West Capital Corp.(“PFN”) (TSXV: PFN OTCQB: PAWEF FSE: P7J) is very pleased to announce new results from the recently completed drill program on its 100% owned River Valley Platinum Group Metal (PGM) project near Sudbury, Ontario. The drill program successfully expanded mineralization down-dip and along strike of the 2015 intersections at Target T2 (see PFN press release dated March 11, 2016) and corroborated the geological model. The drill results reported herein confirm the discovery of a new PGM mineralized zone at River Valley, hereafter named the Pine Zone (Figure 1).
The Pine Zone drill program consisted of five holes for 1367 metres, of which four intersected significant PGM mineralization. A total of 603 split samples were submitted to SGS Canada Inc. Laboratories for assay analyses. The significant new drill assay results include 2.57 g/t Pd+Pt over 18 metres from 169 metres in hole DN-T2-06, 1.92 g/t Pd+Pt over 20 metres from 202 metres in hole DN-T2-10, and 1.84 g/t Pd+Pt over 17 metres from 217 metres in hole DN-T2-11. These results demonstrate the potential for significant new near-surface mineralized zones at the north end of the River Valley Project. Drill core assay results and hole collar locations and orientations are listed in Tables 1 and 2 below.
Table 1. Assay Results
Table 2. Collar Locations and Orientations
Figure 1. Location of the Pine Zone at the north end of the River Valley PGM Project.
PFN Chairman and CEO Harry Barr commented, “The discovery of a new near-surface, high-grade PGM zone in the most accessible part of the project represents a major leap forward in the exploration and development potential of our River Valley Project. The Pine Zone discovery demonstrates the continued success of drill hole targeting based on IP geophysical surveys and 3D geological modelling. The drill results highlight the potential for discovery of similar mineralized zones in other previously overlooked areas at River Valley, and are an additional indication of the camp scale potential in the under explored region east of Sudbury.”
The next steps in PGM exploration of the Pine Zone and other similar priority areas at River Valley include 3D geological modelling of the 2016 drill results, followed by IP surface and borehole geophysical surveys to aid identification of priority targets for drill testing in 2017.
Financial support from the JEAP Program for the 2016 drill program at River Valley is gratefully acknowledged.
SAMPLE ASSAY PROCEDURES & QA/QC
The drilling was completed by Jacob & Samuel Drilling Ltd. of Sudbury, Ontario under the supervision of PFN geologists. The drill core samples were sent to the SGS Canada Inc. Laboratory in Lakefield, Ontario for sample preparation and assay analyses. The preparation involved crushing of 3 kilograms of each sample to 90% passing 2 mm, and then pulverizing 0.5 kilograms to 85% passing 75 um. Palladium, Platinum and Gold were assayed by fire assay with ICP-AES finish (GE-FAI313). Copper, Nickel and 32 additional metals were assayed by two acid digestion and ICP-OES finish (GE-ICP14B). Blanks and blind certified standard samples were submitted at regular intervals for assay with the core samples as part of PFN’s rigorous Quality Assurance/Quality Control program.
About PFN’s Lithium Division
The Company’s Lithium Division will focus on the Discovery, Acquisition, Exploration and Development of Lithium Projects in Canada. In the United States, the Company will use its wholly owned U.S.A subsidiary to Acquire and Develop Projects, in Active Mining Camps, in Nevada, Arizona and California.
Management believes that these New Age Metals, Lithium, PGMs and Rare Earths, have robust macro trends with surging demands and limited supply. Going forward, this New Division will Explore for the Minerals needed to fuel the demand for Energy Storage and other Core 21st Century Technologies.
The Company has a Growing Portfolio of Lithium Projects: The Clayton Valley Forks Li Project, in Nevada, is a recent Lithium Brine Project acquired by the Company. The Company also has several Hard Rock Lithium Projects in Canada: To date the Company has Acquired 5 Hard Rock Lithium Projects, in the Winnipeg River Pegmatite Field, in SE Manitoba. This Pegmatite Field hosts the giant Tanco Pegmatite that has been mined for Tantalum, Cesium and Spodumene (one of the primary Lithium ore minerals) in varying capacities, since 1969. Today, the Tanco Mine is focused on the Mining and Production of Cesium Formate, a drilling fluid for the petroleum industry. PFN’s Li Projects are strategically situated to further Explore this Pegmatite Field. Presently, the Company is the Largest Claim Holder in the Winnipeg River Pegmatite Field.
Lithium and Platinum Group Metal Prices have improved drastically in recent months. Lithium supplies remain in deficit, relative to their demand. Both Metals Groups are used for the expanding worldwide automobile industry (conventional and electric). In the case of PGMs, demand is increasing for Autocatalysts, a key component for reducing toxic emissions, for automotive, gasoline and diesel engines. Regarding Lithium, there is an ever-increasing demand for batteries in cellphones, laptops, electric cars, solar storage, wireless charging and renewable energy products.
PFN’s 5 New Lithium Projects in Manitoba, Surrounding Tanco Mine
Company claim blocks in the Clayton Valley area of Nevada
(Above map is a Company-made composite and not intended for redistribution.
The Company accepts no responsibility for the accuracy of these claim blocks, other than the claim block associated with the Clayton Valley Forks Li Project)
Clayton Valley is located in Esmeralda County, Nevada, host to the Albemarle Corporation’s Silver Peak Lithium Mine and Brine processing operations. The mine has been in operation since 1967 and remains the only Brine based Lithium Producer in North America. The new project acquisition in Nevada provides the Company a project, in an area that is well known for its Lithium Carbonate production. Clayton Valley is a centralized location in Nevada, with highway access, power infrastructure, water and local labour.
The company’s new Lithium Brine Project will be approximately 3.5 hours away from Tesla’s Gigafactory, which has a planned annualLithium-ion battery production capacity of 35 gigawatt-hours per year, by 2020. The CV West Li project is located approximately 3 hours north of the Faraday Electric Car Factory to be operated in Las Vegas, Nevada.
Clayton Valley is one of the few locations globally known to contain commercial-grade Lithium-Enriched Brines.
The contents contained herein that relates to Exploration Results or Mineral Resources is based on information compiled, reviewed or prepared by Dr. Bill Stone, Principal Consulting Geoscientist for Pacific Northwest Capital. Dr. Stone is a Qualified Person as defined by National Instrument 43-101 and has reviewed and approved the technical content.
On behalf of the Board of Directors
Harry G. Barr
Chairman and CEO
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