Marathon Gold Corporation (“Marathon” or the “Corporation”; TSX: MOZ) is pleased to announce the appointment of Ausenco Engineering Canada Inc. (Ausenco) as the lead consultant for the Pre-Feasibility Study (PFS) at Valentine Gold Project in Newfoundland and Labrador.
Matt Manson, President and CEO, commented “Ausenco’s Canadian based engineering team has a broad range of mine development expertise well suited to the Valentine Gold Project. In particular, they bring the most recent direct experience in the development of a large open pit gold project in the Maritimes as the Engineering, Procurement and Construction (EPC) contractor at the successful Moose River Gold Mine developed by Atlantic Gold Corporation (now St Barbara Ltd). They will join an existing team of specialized sub-contractors already working with Marathon’s Owner’s Team to develop the best overall project configuration for subsequent feasibility study, permitting and financing.”
As lead consultant in the PFS, Ausenco will undertake a trade-off study designed to assess the optimum scope, value, and execution strategy for the project, and will incorporate an updated production schedule, facilities design, operating and capital cost estimates, and process design based on ongoing metallurgical studies. Ausenco will be assisted by Moose Mountain Technical Services in the areas of Mineral Reserve estimation and mine design. The PFS will also incorporate the results of work currently being conducted at the Valentine Gold Project by Terrane Geoscience Inc. in the area of geotechnical drilling and pit slope design, by Gemtec Ltd. for hydrogeology, by Stantec Inc. for environmental assessment, and John T. Boyd Company for an updated Mineral Resource estimate.
The PFS is expected to take approximately 6 months to complete, with results expected early in the second quarter of 2020.
Marathon is a Toronto based gold company rapidly advancing its 100%-owned Valentine Gold Project located in central Newfoundland, one of the top mining jurisdictions in the world. The Valentine Gold Project comprises a series of mineralised deposits along a 20-kilometer system of gold bearing Quartz-Tourmaline-Pyrite veins. The project is accessible by year-round road and is in close proximity to the provincial electrical grid. To date, four gold deposits at Valentine have been delineated, including the large Leprechaun and Marathon deposits. An October 2018 Preliminary Economic Assessment showed the project to be amenable to open pit mining and conventional milling over a twelve-year mine life. Total Mineral Resources currently comprise Measured Mineral Resources of 16.6 million tonnes at a grade of 2.18 g/t containing 1,166,500 oz. of gold, Indicated Mineral Resources of 28.5 million tonnes at a grade of 1.66 g/t containing 1,524,900 oz. of gold and Inferred Mineral Resources of 26.9 million tonnes at a grade of 1.77 g/t containing 1,531,600 oz. of gold. For more information, readers are referred to the technical report prepared in accordance with the requirements of NI 43-101 dated October 30, 2018 for further details and assumptions relating to the project.
Marathon acknowledges the financial support of the Junior Exploration Assistance Program, Department of Natural Resources, Government of Newfoundland and Labrador.
For more information, please contact:
|Matthew Manson, PhD||Christopher Haldane|
|President and Chief Executive Officer||Manager Investor Relations|
|Tel: 416-987-0711||Tel: 416-987-0714|
|Email: firstname.lastname@example.org||Email: email@example.com|
To find out more information on Marathon Gold Corporation and the Valentine Gold Project, please visit www.marathon-gold.com.
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