Avino Silver & Gold Mines Ltd. (ASM: TSX/NYSE American/GV6: FSE; “Avino” or “the Company”) is pleased to announce the 2018 - 2019 strategic exploration objectives for the Bralorne Gold Mine located near Gold Bridge, British Columbia; which will allow the Company to use the gross proceeds of CDN $6,000,000 raised from the Flow-Through shares offering which closed on April 27, 2018. The news release dated April 27, 2018 describing the offer may be viewed on the Avino website or under the Company’s profile on SEDAR (www.sedar.com) and was also filed with the SEC on Form 6-K.
“Over the last four years the Company has made considerable progress, and has achieved many important milestones towards advancing its Bralorne Gold Mine; including receiving an approved Permit Amendment to the Mines Act Permit M207, and an updated mineral resource estimate, construction of a buttress for the Tailings Storage Facility, the construction of a new Water Treatment Plant; as well as developing trusting and mutually beneficial working relationships with local communities including members of St’at’imc First Nation, said David Wolfin, President and CEO. “I am delighted that these flow-through funds will allow Avino to build a detailed geological understanding of the Bralorne deposit and explore for potential new targets.”
The exploration strategy includes the following steps:
- Comprehensive Structural Modelling and Geological Mapping
- Extensive Airborne and Ground Geophysics Surveys
- Focused Geochemical Sampling; and
- Significant Drilling Campaign
This program is the most comprehensive exploration ever performed on the Bralorne Mining Camp with the goal of making further and significant discoveries. This program utilizes industry experts and current state-of-the-art technology to maximize the potential for success in finding new veins and potentially, new economic mineralized zones.
The steps in the exploration strategy are explained in more detailed and are as follows:
Structural Modelling and Geological Mapping
In June 2018 a team of expert structural geoscientists completed a one month study that evaluated existing data along with an in-depth site analysis. The objective of the study was to create an updated, detailed surface geological map, a complete 3D geological model, and structural model identifying veining along with target recommendations. Final results and report on the study are pending.
Airborne and Ground Geophysics Surveys
The geophysical data that has been performed on the properties is historic and dated, and used methods and technology that is of limited application to the current environment. As an aid to the structural and geological modeling, along with greatly assisting with targeting, current state-of-the-art geophysical surveys have been scheduled and will be performed over the summer. The proposed program will include:
- Magnetic Survey
- Used to map bedrock geology and fault structures
- Radiometric Survey
- Used to map alteration and target Cobalt-Gold mineralization
- Helicopter to fly survey lines at 100 metre and 50 metre spacing
- Coverage of entire Bralorne Gold Mines property
- Performed by Precision GeoSurveys (Langley, BC) please click on the attached link Airborne Geophysics Photos to view photos
- Magnetic Survey
- 2D Seismic Reflection - Frontier Geosciences Inc. (Vancouver)
- Trial survey to test targeting methods
- Three lines planned
- Targeting vein structures
- King Deeps - Feeder Structure
- Pioneer 27 & Main Vein Extensions
With an interest in co-product elements such as cobalt, a small-scale program is planned as a first pass assessment of the potential for Cobalt-Gold mineralization, similar to The Little Gem Cobalt project which is owned by Blackstone Minerals (ASX:BSX), and which occurs 9 km northwest of the Bralorne property. This sampling is to include multi-element ICP Analysis which has not been previously collected on the property. The initial plan is to collect and analyze approximately 100 stream sediment samples which may be expanded depending upon the results and success of this stage.
Based on the information gathered from the comprehensive geological, geophysical and geochemical work along with analyzing and data mining at site, an extensive drilling campaign is planned to commence in August, 2018.
This program will focus on veins and targets identified, and test new areas that Avino has not explored. The program details are as follows:
- Approximately CDN $5,000,000 to be spent on exploration drilling
- Approximately 28,000 metres of drilling
- 2 Drill Rigs to be in operation
- Drill program to take approximately 9 months
- Planned to commence August 2018
- Exploration Drilling - 2 types
- Drilling for potential new discoveries on new and underexplored veins
- Drilling to potentially increase Inferred Resource
Avino’s Bralorne Gold Mine project is under the supervision of Fred Sveinson, B.A., B.Sc., P.Eng, Senior Mining Advisor, who is a qualified person within the context of National Instrument 43-101, and Mr. Garth Kirkham, P. Geo., Principal of Kirkham Geosystems Ltd., who is an “independent qualified person”, as defined by Section 1.5 of NI 43-101. Both have reviewed and approved the technical data in this news release.
Avino is a silver and gold producer with a diversified pipeline of gold, silver and base metals properties in Mexico and Canada employing approximately 600 people. Avino produces from its wholly owned Avino and San Gonzalo Mines near Durango, Mexico, and is currently evaluating the potential economics of possible future production at the Bralorne Gold Mine in British Columbia, Canada. The Company’s gold and silver production remains unhedged. The Company’s mission and strategy is to create shareholder value through its focus on profitable organic growth at the historic Avino Property near Durango, Mexico, and the strategic acquisition of mineral exploration and mining properties. We are committed to managing all business activities in an environmentally responsible and cost-effective manner, while contributing to the well-being of the communities in which we operate.
ON BEHALF OF THE BOARD
President & CEO
Avino Silver & Gold Mines Ltd.
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