The Nelligan Gold Property
The Nelligan property is located between Chibougamau and Val d’Or, Quebec, within the Chibougamau Mining District.
Chibougamau Mining District
- The Abitibi Subprovince is the:world’s largest, contiguous area of Archean volcanic and sedimentary rocks,
hosting a significant number of base and precious metal mineral deposits.
- Mineralization in the Nelligan Gold Property area is:(within the Northern Volcanic Zone, near the western limit of the Chapais-Chibougamau greenstone belt)
synvolcanic (volcanogenic massive sulfide (VMS)),
- 6 mines, past and present, 2 deposits;have been discovered in this area of the greenstone belt,
6 gold: Bachelor Lake, Certac and Flordin mines, Cartwright and Hewfran deposits,
1 polymetallic: Coniagas Mine,
1 zinc: Gonzague-Langlois Mine (Grevet B),
1 iron: Chesbar Mine.
- deposits and mine located in the Property area;Bachelor Lake Mine, resource 645,494 t at 7.54 g/t Au, past production 958,368 t at 0.136 oz/t Au, close to the property,
Hewfran deposit, resource 198,278 t at 6.86 g/t Au, between the property and Bachelor Lake Mine,
Coniagas Mine, past production 718,500 t at 10.8% Zn, 1% Pb, 183 g/t Ag.
- Local infrastructure and human resources;road, rail, power and operating mill, exist on the property or in the area;
skilled labour and services are available in the area or from Val d’Or.
Nelligan Gold Property
The Nelligan gold project located near Desmaraisville, Quebec, is:
- Nelligan gold project – 60 claims, 2,896 hectares (ha) in size.
- 30% interest held by Alexandria,70% interest held by Metanor Resources Inc.,
Metanor is the operator of the joint venture.
- best gold assay results;Billy – channel sampling: 124 g/t Au over 2.53 m including 582 g/t Au over 0.53 m; and 3.15 g/t Au over 3.0 m,
Valley – new shear zone, diamond drilling: 28.06 g/t gold over 4.54 m (uncut), 6.61 g/t Au over 4.54 m (cut to 1 oz/t),
potential for new gold mineralization in the northeast-trending deformation corridor, shear zone.
- located in the area of a producing gold mine;Bachelor Lake Mine, production 50,000 oz Au annually, 2011 reserve 645,494 t at 7.54 g/t Au, past production 958,368 t at 0.136 oz/t Au.
- located near to a gold deposit;Hewfran deposit, 2011 reserve 198,278 t at 6.86 g/t Au,
connects to the Bachelor Lake Mine via underground levels.
- located in the area of a past producing mine;Coniagas Mine, polymetallic, 718,500 t at 10.8% Zn, 1% Pb, and 183 g/t Ag.
- located close to existing infrastructure;Bachelor Lake Mine has an operating mill,
secondary highway 113 traverses the property,
near the Town of Desmaraisville to the northeast,
railroad passes by the edge of the property,
power line traverses the property,
some water is available on and near the property,
skilled labour and services are available locally or from Val d’Or.
Nelligan Gold Property Details
Size: 60 claims, 2,896 ha
Location: Desmaraisville, between Chibougamau and Val d’Or, Quebec
Aquired: Murgor Resources 2015.
The Nelligan gold project is located in the area of a current gold deposit, producing gold mine and past producing mines. The Bachelor Lake Mine, 5 km east, has an annual production of 50,000 ounces (oz) Au annually, a 2011 reserve of 645,494 t at 7.54 g/t Au, and past production of 958,368 t at 0.136 oz/t Au. The Hewfran deposit has a 2011 reserve estimated at 198,278 t at 6.86 g/t Au, and connects to the Bachelor Lake Mine via underground levels. Located between the Bachelor Lake Mine and Nelligan is the past producing, polymetallic Coniagas Mine, 718,500 t at 10.8% Zn, 1% Pb, and 183 g/t Ag. The northeast-trending deformation corridor, shear zone, has had limited exploration on the property.
The Nelligan property comprises 60 claims, 2,896 hectares (ha) in size, close to the Bachelor Lake Mine and Hewfran deposit to the east. Results obtained at the property so far confirm the potential for new gold mineralization in the northeast-trending deformation corridor. Sheared and mineralized horizons similar to Vein A at the Bachelor Lake Mine are present at Nelligan. Nelligan’s gold zones are located 5 km and 10 km to the southwest of the Bachelor Lake gold mine.
30% interest is held by Alexandria. 70% interest in the property is held by Metanor Resources Inc. who is the operator of the joint venture. Metanor owns the adjacent gold properties, the Bachelor Lake Mine and Hewfran deposit.
The Nelligan property is located approximately 8 km southwest of the town of Desmaraisville and approximately 220 km northeast or Val d’Or, Quebec. The town of Chibougamau, Quebec is located to the northeast. Secondary highway 113 traverses the property providing easy access. A railroad passes by the edge of the property and a power line traverses the property. Some water is available on and near the property. The upgraded Bachelor Lake mill, located 5 km to the east, can process1,200 tonnes (t) of ore per day. Val d’Or is a major full-service centre for exploration, mining, and economic activity in northwestern Quebec. Chibougamou also has skilled labour.
The area is within the Northern Volcanic Zone of the Abitibi Subprovince, Superior province, near the western limit of the Chibougamau-Chapais greenstone belt.
The Nelligan project is underlain by mafic to intermediate volcanic rocks intruded by a number of mafic intrusions. The volcanic rocks consist of pillowed to massive basalts and andesites with local flow breccia and tuffaceous units. A number of gabbroic to dioritic dykes and plugs intrude the volcanic rock units on the property. The largest and most important mafic intrusion at Nelligan is in the northeast property area, consisting of a small, magnetic pluton of gabbroic composition. The signature of this intrusion is clearly visible as a magnetic high, elongated in a northeasterly direction, 6 km long by 2+ km wide.
The rocks units of the Nelligan Property have been affected by greenschist facies metamorphism. The rocks are cut by northeast trending, brittle-ductile shear zones that host the gold mineralization. The shear zones are steeply dipping and up to 6 m wide. Where the shear zones host gold mineralization, they are characterized by a magnetite destructive, hydrothermal alteration consisting of iron carbonate, albite, silica and minor amounts of fuchsite.
An important northeast-trending shear zone is inferred in the eastern part of the property where a well-defined northeast trending, magnetic-low lineament crosscuts the magnetic gabbroic intrusion with an apparent dextral offset. This magnetic low is the primary target at Nelligan. A similar magnetic-low lineament hosts the Hewfran gold deposit, 2011 reserve 198,278 t at 6.86 g/t Au, and a number of other gold occurrences.
At Nelligan, gold mineralization is hosted by northeast trending, shear zones that are dipping steeply to the southeast. Historical grab samples within these shear zones have yielded up to 17.5 g/t gold. The 2006 trenching program discovered a northeast trending, shear zone with some good assay results. This new occurrence is less than 100 m north of the large magnetic-low lineament mentioned under geology.
The mineralized shear zone of this new gold occurrence is 3 to 6 m wide by 46 m long, along strike, and has been interpreted as 230 m long on magnetic maps. This structure is hosted by a medium to coarse grained gabbro and is characterized by sericite, fuschite and iron carbonate and contains up to 15% disseminated pyrite. Several specks of visible gold are also present in the shear zone.
In 2006, Murgor performed a property-scale geological mapping and prospecting program that culminated with a mechanical trenching and channel sampling program. The trenches, on the Billy claims, were excavated to expose a northeast trending, steeply dipping, mineralized shear zone. Three channel samples from this shear zone yielded 124 g/t Au over 2.53 m, including 582 g/t Au over 53 cm; 2.82 g/t Au over 1.19 m; and 2.65 g/t Au over 1.07 m.
An intensive stripping campaign was performed in 2008 by Metanor to extend the gold bearing structures. On the Valley claims the best assay result was 3.25 g/t Au from a grab sample, altered mafic volcanic with minor pyrite stringers and quartz veining. Values obtained in channel samples demonstrate the continuity of gold mineralization across the shear zone with grades of 2.02 g/t Au over 2.10 m and 1.47 g/t Au over 2.25 m.
In 2009, diamond drilling was performed on the Valley claim group. Drill hole NE-09-02 returned assays of 28.06 g/t Au over 4.54 m, uncut, or 6.61 g/t Au over 4.54 m, cut to 1 oz/t. This included a section of 234 g/t Au over 0.5 m.
Results obtained at the property so far confirm the potential for new gold mineralization in the northeast-trending deformation corridor west of the Bachelor Lake Mine. Sheared and mineralized horizons similar to Vein A at the Bachelor Lake Mine were exposed on Nelligan’s Billy and the Valley claim groups. The gold zone on the Billy claims is located 5 km southwest of the Bachelor Lake Mine and the new gold-bearing zone located on the Valley claims is approximately 10 km southwest of the Bachelor gold mine.
Diamond drilling was performed on the Valley claim group in 2009 by Metanor. Drill hole NE-09-02 returned assays of 28.06 g/t Au over 4.54 m, uncut, or 6.61 g/t Au over 4.54 m, cut to 1 oz/t. This included a section of 234 g/t Au over 0.5 m. The drill hole was collared within the shear zone and therefore the intersection started from surface. The true width of the intersection reported is approximately 80 to 90% of the core length obtained in diamond drill hole.