TORONTO, April 21, 2022 /CNW/ - Superior Gold Inc. ("Superior Gold" or the "Company") (TSXV: SGI) (OTCMKTS: SUPGF) is pleased to announce additional high-grade drill results from its ongoing underground diamond drill program at its 100%-owned Plutonic Gold mine in Western Australia. 

Plutonic is a world-class Archean lode-style gold mineralized system that has produced close to six million ounces of gold over 32 years of continuous operation and encompasses a Measured and Indicated Mineral Resource of 1.89 million ounces together with an Inferred Mineral Resource of 3.07 million ounces.  The Company's continuous exploration effort underpins a commitment to resource growth.

Results are provided for 12 underground exploration drill holes, drilled from November 2021 to January 2022, for a total of 1,616 metres of drilling.  This drilling was focused on extending and infilling the Eastern Mining Front, which includes the Caribbean, Cortez and A134 Zones. The Eastern Mining Front is yet to be fully drill tested and remains open along strike and up-dip.

HIGHLIGHTS (all from the Caribbean Zone)

  • Drill hole UDD24919 intersected 4.3 g/t gold over 5 metres
  • Drill hole UDD24922 intersected 4.3 g/t gold over 3.8 metres 
  • Drill hole UDD24924 intersected 3.9 g/t gold over 5.3 metres

These results potentially expand the Eastern Mining Front by a further 180 metres, directly adjacent to existing underground infrastructure, thus requiring minimal capital to develop the area

The location of this drilling is shown in Figures 1 to 5 below. The intersections are shown in Table 1 below.  Reported intersections are over a minimum downhole length of 0.30 metres (~0.20 metres true width).

Chris Jordaan, President and CEO of Superior Gold stated: "Today's drill results continue to support the Company's strategy of opening new mining fronts at Plutonic.

During 2021, the Company has provided a number of exploration updates on drilling along the Western Mining Front and Baltic Gap. The targeted drilling is consistent with the Company's stated exploration strategy to accelerate exploration and identify new mining fronts to further improve mining grades, increase productivity and reduce remnant mining in 2022 and beyond.

Today's results give us further confidence that extensions of the Plutonic orebody to the east can be systematically targeted. These include results such as hole UDD24919 which intersected 4.3 g/t gold over 5 metres and hole UDD24922 which intersected 4.3 g/t gold over 3.8 metres, both located on the Eastern Mining Front.

The expansion into new mining fronts is a key component of our current strategy to extend Plutonic's mine life and increase production by improving our mining grades and efficiencies. Utilizing a dedicated exploration drill rig, our ongoing drill programs will continue to test the new mining front and other proximal targets to focus on reserve and resource expansion. Drilling results from this program will not be reflected in the upcoming update to the Mineral Resource estimate. However, the Company will consider these results in future updates and the design of the 2023 mine plan."

EXTENSION OF THE EASTERN MINING FRONT

Superior Gold's mine exploration program is designed to open new mining fronts by targeting extensions of high-grade mineralization that are close to existing infrastructure but outside of the current Mineral Resources.  Numerous significant historical high-grade intercepts, both throughout and peripheral to the large mineralized system at Plutonic, have yet to be followed up. The immediate focus is on expanding key areas to open new mining fronts in the Eastern Mining Front (which includes the Caribbean, Cortez and Z134 zones).

The Eastern Mining Front extends approximately 2.4 kilometres along the eastern edge of the Caspian, Caribbean, Cortez and A134 Zones of the Plutonic underground mine. It remains open, with several historic high-grade intercepts confirming mineralization continuity outside of Mineral Resources, as shown in Figure 5.  

Today's near-mine exploration drill results extend from the Caribbean Zones– covering approximately 200 metres of the Caribbean Eastern Mining Front Figures 2, 3 and 4.

The Eastern Mining Front Zone results include 4.3 g/t gold over 3.8 metres intersected in hole UDD24922, located approximately 70 metres from the existing Mineral Resource envelope, and 4.3 g/t gold over 5 metres, in hole UDD24919 located approximately 20 metres from current infrastructure. The highest-grade intercept is 6.8 g/t gold over 1 metre in hole UDD24923 which is adjacent to the existing development.

Figure 1: Mineralized Zones at Plutonic Underground with Q4, 2021 Drill Hole Locations (Plan View) (CNW Group/Superior Gold)

Figure 2: Significant Intercept Locations for Eastern Mining Front Extension Areas during Fourth Quarter 2021 (Plan View) (CNW Group/Superior Gold)

Figure 3: Plan view of Eastern Mining Front Significant Intercept Locations and Drill Hole traces (* = UDD) (CNW Group/Superior Gold)

Figure 4: Cross Section A-A’ in Eastern Mining Front of drill results (Looking North) (CNW Group/Superior Gold)

Figure 5: Plutonic Historical Significant Intercepts and Targeted New Mining Fronts (Plan View) (CNW Group/Superior Gold)

Table 1: Highlights of Expansion Drill Results from Eastern Mining Front 

Drill Hole #

Easting
(Mine Grid)

Northing
(Mine Grid)

Drill hole
collar RL
(Mine Grid)

Dip
(degrees)

Azimuth
(degrees,
Mine Grid)

End of
hole
depth (m)

Downhole
From (m)

Downhole
To (m)

Downhole
Intersection (m)

Au (gpt)
uncut

Est True
Thickness

UDD24916

4828

11538

1267

4

79

210

21.2

25.2

4.0

3.2

2.8

75.0

80.0

5.0

2.4

3.5

96.5

97.2

0.7

3.6

0.5

134.0

135.0

1.0

3.9

0.7

198.0

200.0

2.0

3.6

1.4

UDD24917

4836

11552

1265

2

79

234

88.6

89.6

1.0

5.9

0.7

163.0

165.5

2.5

1.3

1.8

UDD24918

4849

11579

1261

-11

75

144

No Significant Intercept

UDD24919

4850

11619

1257

12

100

124

15.8

20.7

5.0

4.3

3.5

UDD24920

4850

11632

1255

13

96

144

No Significant Intercept

UDD24921

4850

11636

1254

-13

95

129

No Significant Intercept

UDD24922

4850

11636

1254

0

94

90

68.4

72.2

3.8

4.3

2.7

UDD24923

4850

11646

1253

3

89

105

76.6

77.6

1.0

6.8

0.7

UDD24924

4850

11657

1251

-14

99

66

3.0

4.0

1.0

3.3

0.7

49.3

54.6

5.3

3.9

3.7

UDD24925

4851

11706

1244

-6

109

174

No Significant Intercept

UDD24926

4851

11743

1239

-43

119

69

9.1

10.0

0.9

5.4

0.6

UDD24927

4851

11743

1240

-14

117

126

8.8

9.5

0.7

3.8

0.5

Mineral Resource and Technical Report

The technical report supporting the mineral resources identified in this press release is entitled, "2020 Mineral Resource and Reserve Estimate for the Plutonic Gold Operations Including Main Open Cut Pit Area", is dated December 30, 2020, is effective December 31, 2019, and is available under Superior Gold's profile on SEDAR at www.sedar.com and on the Company's website at www.superior-gold.com.

Qualified Person

Scientific and technical information in this news release has been reviewed and approved by Ettienne Du Plessis, who is a "qualified person" as defined by NI 43-101. Mr. Du Plessis is not independent of the Company within the meaning of NI 43-101.

Quality Control Protocols

Drilling is completed with NQ2 core diameter (50.7 mm) and samples are from whole core. Gold results were determined by Aurum Laboratories (Perth) and/or Plutonic laboratory using fire assay fusion. Standards, blanks and duplicates are included in approximately every 20 samples for Quality Assurance/Quality Control purposes by the Company as well as the laboratory.

About Superior Gold

Superior Gold is a Canadian-based gold producer that owns 100% of the Plutonic Gold Operations located in Western Australia. The Plutonic Gold Operations include the Plutonic underground gold mine and central mill, numerous open-pit projects including the Plutonic Main Pit push-back project, the Hermes open pit projects, and an interest in the Bryah Basin joint venture. Superior Gold is focused on expanding production at the Plutonic Gold Operations and building an intermediate gold producer with superior returns for shareholders.

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Forward-looking information is not a guarantee of future performance and is based upon a number of estimates and assumptions of management at the date the statements are made. Furthermore, such forward-looking information involves a variety of known and unknown risks, uncertainties and other factors which may cause the actual plans, intentions, activities, results, performance or achievements of the Company to be materially different from any future plans, intentions, activities, results, performance or achievements expressed or implied by such forward-looking information. Readers are encouraged to refer to the Annual Information Form of the Company for a discussion of other risks including outbreaks or threats of outbreaks of viruses, other infectious diseases or other similar health threats, such as the novel coronavirus outbreak, which could have a material adverse effect on the Company by causing operational and supply chain delays and disruptions, labour shortages, shutdowns, inflationary pressures on operating or capital costs, the inability to sell gold, capital markets volatility or other unknown but potentially significant impacts. The Company cannot accurately predict what effects these conditions will have on the Plutonic Gold Operations or the financial results of the Company, including uncertainties relating to travel restrictions to the Plutonic Gold Operations or otherwise and business closures that have been or may be imposed by governments. If an outbreak or threat of an outbreak of a virus or other infectious disease or other public health emergency occurs, it could have a material adverse effect on the Company's business, financial condition and results of operations.

The Company cautions that there can be no assurance that forward-looking information will prove to be accurate, as actual results and future events could differ materially from those anticipated in such information. Accordingly, investors should not place undue reliance on forward-looking information as no assurance can be given that any of the events anticipated by the forward-looking information will transpire or occur, and if any of them do so, what benefits the Company will derive therefrom. Except as required by law, the Company does not assume any obligation to release publicly any revisions to forward-looking information contained in this news release to reflect events or circumstances after the date hereof. Neither the TSX Venture Exchange not its Regulation Services Provider (as that term is defined in the policies of the Exchange) accepts responsibility for the adequacy or accuracy of this release.

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