Quebec-focused project generator Azimut Exploration (TSXV: AZM) expects the mineralized intrusion underpinning the Patwon discovery of 2019 to widen and increase in grade at depth, president and CEO Jean-Marc Lulin tells The Northern Miner.
“There was plenty of visible gold evident in the core samples recovered from the June drill program, but for which results remain outstanding,” Lulin said on a recent sponsored site visit to the flagship Elmer property in the province’s remote James Bay region.
“The core zone appears to widen to the west and with depth”
Azimut Exploration president & CEO Jean-Marc Lulin
It could even be that the company’s drills are closing in on a second intrusive, but until the company receives the assay results from backed-up laboratories, it would remain hard to tell. Further drilling remains halted in anticipation of the results.
Azimut continues to wait with heightened anticipation for assay results from several important drill holes, some of which contained visible gold. Credit: Azimut Exploration.
According to Lulin, the Patwon zone is a consistent, steeply dipping, gold-bearing zone that has been traced over a strike length of 500 metres and to a minimum depth of 450 metres, where the system remains “robust and open,” with a possible gold grade increase with depth. The average estimated actual width is about 35 metres based on the published results from 44 drill holes. True widths can reach up to 80 metres.
“Patwon shows an impressive central core that extends from surface to a minimum depth of 450 metres, with an estimated true width of 50 metres and a grade-by-thickness factor ranging from 50 to 412 (based on true widths),” says Lulin. “The core zone appears to widen to the west and with depth. It correlates spatially with a vertically dipping felsic intrusion, indicating a strong possibility for kilometre-scale vertical extent.”