Pure Gold completes underground exploration drift and prepares for bulk sampling
Friday, Feb 16, 2018
Test mining planned for Q2 2018 as part of Definitive Feasibility Study

Pure Gold Mining Inc. has announced that the development of a 50 metre underground exploration drift has been completed in advance of scheduled test mining and extraction of a bulk sample. This exploration drift was driven in the hanging wall of the McVeigh zone and is designed to provide a drill platform for definition drilling of the upper portions of the current mineral resource.  Underground drilling has commenced targeting the bulk sample location.

Test mining is scheduled to commence in the second quarter of 2018 with the extraction of 7,200 tonnes of mineralized material, with both lateral and vertical development to demonstrate continuity. The existing Madsen ramp will be driven approximately 200 linear metres to access the bulk sample location at a vertical depth of 160 metres.  Recent underground drill holes in the area designated for test mining include 26.4 g/t gold over 12.7 metres from hole PGU-0051, 19.4 g/t gold over 9.8 metres from PGU-0028 and 9.1 g/t over 6.6 metres from hole PGU-0024. 1

Test mining will consist of 225 metres of lateral development, with development occurring within two proposed stopes from within the McVeigh zone.  Test mining will also include 50 metres of vertical development designed to establish both lateral and vertical continuity.  During the test mining program the Company plans to collect data including chips, muck samples, and mapping as well as complete diamond drilling to validate the resource model, and to test for parallel structures and splays.  In addition, the 7,200 tonne bulk sample will provide material that may be used for additional metallurgical testwork, and will provide pre-production mineralized inventory.

Ken Donner, Vice President, Operations commented, “The test mining and bulk sample are key components in completing the definitive feasibility study of the Madsen Gold Project, including mine, process, and infrastructure design, putting the project firmly on the path to production in the shortest timeline possible. To date, the team has done a fantastic job in establishing mine services to the bottom of the ramp and developing a platform for underground drilling.  Work underground has progressed rapidly, with all headings exhibiting excellent ground conditions.  We look forward to our test mining program, and establishing new development in fresh mineralized material close to the existing Madsen ramp.”

Mineralized material recovered from test mining will be stockpiled and retained for mill commissioning.  Historic records of mineral processing over the 36 years of continuous mining at Madsen are voluminous, demonstrating good metallurgical recoveries typically in the 93% to 96% range.3 Grade recovery relationships and optimization of mill design will be confirmed with metallurgical testing that has been initiated as part of the definitive feasibility study scheduled for completion in the fourth quarter of 2018.

In addition to the ongoing surface drilling at the newly discovered Wedge target and also at the Russet South deposit, a third drill rig has been mobilized to the underground exploration drift and has commenced drilling, initially targeting the proposed bulk sample location.

For a set of figures showing recent development activities and the location of test mining, click link below:

For more information, please visit: http://puregoldmining.ca/

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