The excellent results from the first five (5) definition holes drilled at depth along the length of the Manicouagan Ouest Graphitic Corridor (MOGC) deposit further demonstrate the potential for a significant extension of the deposit at depth.
Kingston, Ontario, February 1, 2023 – Focus Graphite Inc. (TSX.V:FMS; OTCQX:FCSMF; FRANKFURT:FKC) (“Focus” or the “Company”) is pleased to report the results for the first five (5) holes from the Company’s 2022 exploration and definition drilling program at its 100%-owned Lac Tétépisca graphite project, located southwest of the Manicouagan Reservoir in the Côte-Nord administrative region of Québec, on the Nitassinan of the Pessamit Innu. Between March 3 and November 17, 2022, Focus completed 14,900.5 metres of core drilling from 74 holes, including 6,640.2 metres of definition drilling from 27 deep holes along strike of its Manicouagan Ouest Graphitic Corridor (“MOGC”) deposit. The results reported today are for five (5) deep definition holes drilled on sections at 50-metre interval over a 200 m strike length section of the MOGC deposit, between Line 6+50S and Line 8+50S (see map).
- Hole LT-22-130, drilled at -65o to a vertical depth of 198.5 metres on Section L6+50S, intersected 86.66 metres* grading 15.00% Cg (from 93.6 metres to 197.3 metres**; Table 1), including:
- 60.1 metres* grading 17.71% Cg (from 105.0 metres to 177.0 metres**).
- Hole LT-22-131, drilled at -65o to a vertical depth of 198.5 metres on Section L7+00S, intersected 92.42 metres* grading 14.28% Cg (from 90.0 metres to 200.7 metres**; Table 1), including:
- 67.0 metres* grading 16.03% Cg (from 106.9 metres to 198.6 metres**).
- Hole LT-22-132, drilled at -65o to a vertical depth of 201.2 metres on Section L7+50S, intersected 91.83 metres* grading 13.84% Cg (from 86.5 metres to 196.4 metres**; Table 1), including:
- 53.75 metres* grading 16.43% Cg (from 101.7 metres to 166.0 metres**); and,
- 16.08 metres* grading 16.44% Cg (from 174.8 metres to 194.0 metres**).
- Hole LT-22-133, drilled at -62o to a vertical depth of 209.3 metres on Section L8+00S, intersected 75.72 metres* grading 16.28% Cg (from 125.5 metres to 213.2 metres**; Table 1).
- Hole LT-22-134, drilled at -62o to a vertical depth of 219.4 metres on Section L8+50S, intersected 83.01 metres* grading 15.74% Cg (from 119.0 metres to 215.2 metres**; Table 1).
* True thickness ** Core length
“We’re thrilled to kick off 2023 with these terrific results from Lac Tétépisca,” said Marc Roy, President and CEO of Focus. “They demonstrate excellent continuity in the thickness and graphitic carbon grades of the main graphite mineralisation at depth and along strike of the MOGC deposit, and they continue to illustrate the potential for a significant extension of the deposit at depth. We look forward to the results of the 22 other deep definition holes drilled last year, which are expected to arrive in the coming months, and will then be combined with those of the 106 holes drilled by the Company from 2014 to 2020 to form the basis of an updated mineral resource estimate for the MOCG deposit tentatively planned for Q3 2023.”
Drill core analytical results are now being delivered to Focus at a rate of about one hole per week and they will be released by the Company as they are received from COREM and ACTLABS laboratories and compiled, processed and QA\QC-verified by IOS Services Géoscientifiques Inc. (“IOS”) who designed the 2022 drilling program and are managing the analytical program for the Lac Tétépisca project for Focus. Please monitor the Company’s website at (www.focusgraphite.com) and regulatory filings on SEDAR (www.sedar.com) for the latest news on the Lac Tétépisca project.
Geological sections showing the results of the first five (5) drill holes from the 2022 drilling program at Lac Tétépisca together with results from 2014 to 2020 drilling along with a map showing the location of the drill holes are available on the Company’s website at www.focusgraphite.com.
Table 1. Highlights for the first five (5) drill holes from the 2022 deep definition core drilling program targeting the MOCG deposit.
(1) True thicknesses are reported in this news release and are calculated based on a dip of -58.5° for the mineralised envelope. Core descriptions, sampling information and analytical results were captured in Geotic™ core logging software, and then exported to LeapFrogtm software for three-dimensional (3-D) rendering. The 3-D mineralisation envelope has an azimuth of N035.5° and dips at -58.5° to the south-east according to the 3-D model. The drill holes crosscut the envelope of the main mineralised zone’s strike (80°) and dips (60o) at high angle.
(2) “Best intercepts” and “significant mineralisation” are defined as Cg grading a minimum of 5.0% over at least 6.0 m with internal dilution set at a maximum of 7.0 m consecutive and no external dilution. “Best sub-intercepts” are defined as Cg grading a minimum of 10.0% over 6.0 m with same limitations on dilution. The 5% cg and 10% Cg cut-offs are used solely to delineate the extent of the mineralised envelopes corresponding to “Best intercepts” and “Best sub-intercepts”, respectively. Economic cut-offs based on geological, metallurgical, mining, and economic factors, parameters and considerations will be determined as part of the mineral resource estimate update planned for the Lac Tétépisca project later in 2023 and through subsequent technical studies.
(3) Barren core intervals within the mineralised envelope of the MOGC that were not analysed are considered as 0.0% Cg internal dilution.
(4) Analyses were performed by COREM of Quebec City, an ISO/IEC 17025:2005 certified facility using LECO combustion in induction furnace and infrared spectrometry (code LSA-M-B10) and are reported as graphitic carbon (Cg) and total sulphur.
(5) QA/QC program: IOS introduced 10% reference samples, including certified and internal reference materials, duplicates, and blank samples. Ten percent of the drill core samples were also analyzed by COREM for total, organic and inorganic, carbon. Duplicates of the same 10% of the drill core samples were also sent to ACTLABS Laboratories of Ancaster, Ontario (ISO/IEC 17025:2005 with CAN-P-1579) for interlaboratory verification where they were analyzed for graphitic carbon, total sulphur and for trace metals by ICP-MS after aqua-regia digestion.
2022 drilling program
The 2022 core drilling program at the Lac Tétépisca project was designed and operated by IOS Services Géoscientifiques Inc. (“IOS”) of Saguenay, Québec, under the supervision of Table Jamésienne de Concertation Minière (“TJCM”) of Chibougamau, Québec, acting as an independent technical adviser to the Company. Drilling was performed by Forage G4 of Val-d’Or, Québec using a single drill rig. Drilling commenced on March 3, 2022 and ended on November 17, 2022.
The drilling program consisted of systematic definition drilling along strike of the Company’s MOGG deposit together with exploration drilling at the nearby West Limb and Southwest MOGC geophysical (MAG-TDEM) targets. A total of 74 holes were completed, from LT-22-107 to LT-22-179 (total: 14,900.5 metres), including 27 deep holes drilled over a 1.5 km strike length on the MOGC deposit (total: 6,640.2 metres); 29 exploration holes drilled on the West Limb target (total: 5,421.6 metres), and 18 exploration holes drilled on the Southwest MOGC target (total: 2,838.8 metres). Drilling completed on the MOGC deposit includes seven (7) 300 m-length vertical HQ-diameter holes, 19 high angled holes drilled to a vertical depth of 200 metres, plus a short hole drilled at moderate angle (LT-22-173A).
Starting in March 2022, drill core boxes for each hole were packaged by sequential numbers onto pallets in the field by IOS personnel and then shipped by truck every 2 weeks to IOS’s facilities in Saguenay where they are currently archived. Sampling has been conducted with a diamond saw, with NQ-diameter core from the Southwest MOGC and West Limb targets being halved, while all HQ-diameter core from the MOGC deposit was quartered. Sample preparation work consisting of crushing and grinding began last September and is expected to be completed by early March. Pulverized splits were sent to COREM, an ISO/IEC 17025:2005 certified facility located in Québec City, for graphitic carbon (code LSA-M-B10) and total sulphur (code LSA-M-B41) analysis using LECO induction furnace with infrared spectrometry. A subset of 10% of samples was analyzed for 35 trace element analysis using ICP-OES and ICP-MS after an aqua-regia digestion at Activation Laboratories in Ancaster, Ontario (ISO/IEC 17025:2005 with CAN-P-1579. Code 1E2 – Aqua Regia). Holes LT-22-130 to LT-22-134, concerned by the present communication, included 534 graphitic carbon analyses.
Quality Assurance / Quality Control
The analytical quality control program for the Lac Tétépisca project has been implemented by an IOS-certified chemist and is identical to the one used for previous drill programs at Lac Tétépisca or at the Company’s Lac Knife project. Under the QA/QC program, the current set of analyses included 48 of the core samples, or about 9% of the samples, which were also analyzed by COREM for total carbon (code LSA-M-B45), organic carbon (code LSA-M-B58) and inorganic carbon (code LSA-M-B11). Duplicates of the same 48 samples were sent to ACTLABS Laboratories of Ancaster, Ontario (ISO/IEC 17025:2005 with CAN-P-1579) for graphitic carbon (code 5D – C Graphitic) and total sulphur (code 4F – S Combustion infrared detection) determinations. A total of 74 (about 14%) reference materials are inserted in the sample sequences, either certified or internal reference material samples (CDN-GR1, CMRI12, Oreas-724, GLC-004, NSC-DC-60119, NSC-DC-60120, NSC-DC-60121), duplicates (quarter-split core or grinding duplicates), and preparation and analyses blanks.
The technical content disclosed in this news release was reviewed and approved by Réjean Girard, P.Geo. (QC), President of IOS Services Géoscientifiques Inc., and a qualified person as defined under National Instrument NI-43-101.
Mr. Marc-André Bernier, géo. (QC), P.Geo. (ON), M.Sc., Senior Geoscientist for Table Jamésienne de Concertation Minière, a consultant to the Company and a Qualified Person as defined under National Instrument (NI) 43 – 101 Standards of Disclosure for Mineral Projects has reviewed and approved the non-technical content this news release.
About the Lac Tétépisca Graphite Project
Focus Graphite’s 100%-owned Lac Tétépisca Graphite Project is located in the Southwest Manicouagan reservoir area of the Côte-Nord region of Québec, one of North America’s leading emerging flake graphite districts. The project lies on the Nitassinan of the Pessamit, 234 km north-northwest of the city of Baie-Comeau, an industrial city located where the Manicouagan River intersects the north shore of the St. Lawrence River. It comprises two contiguous properties, Lac Tétépisca and Lac Tétépisca Nord. Together, the two properties form a block of 126 map-designated claims (total area: 6,785.14 ha). Focus purchased a 100% unencumbered interest of the mineral rights in the 67 CDC claims constituting the original Lac Tétépisca property from a third party in August 2011. The Lac Tétépisca Nord property was map-staked by the Company in 2012. The Lac Tétépisca Project is accessible year-round by way of a network of secondary gravel roads that extend north from Highway 389, 10 km to the south of the Manic 5 hydroelectric power station.
The Lac Tétépisca project hosts the Manicouagan Ouest Graphitic Corridor (“MOGC”) graphite deposit with a pit-constrained Indicated resource of 59.3 Mt tonnes (“Mt”) grading 10.61% Graphitic Carbon1,2 (“Cg”) for an estimated content of 6.3 Mt of natural flake graphite (in-situ), and an Inferred resource of 14.9 Mt grading 11.06% Cg1,2 for an estimated content of 1.6 Mt of natural flake graphite (in-situ).
1A cut-off grade of 3.9% Cg was applied to all estimates.
2Source: “NI 43-101 Technical Report Mineral Resource Estimate Lac Tétépisca Graphite Project, Québec” by DRA America’s Inc., dated April 4, 2022, available on www.sedar.com/, under Focus graphite Inc.
Additional maps of the Lac Tétépisca property showing the location of the MOGC graphite deposit, along with drill sections, are available on the Company’s website at www.focusgraphite.com.
About Focus Graphite
Focus Graphite Inc. is an advanced exploration company with an objective of producing flake graphite concentrate at its wholly owned Lac Knife and Lac Tétépisca flake graphite projects located in the Côte-Nord administrative region of Québec. In a second stage, to meet Québec stakeholder interests in developing second transformation industries within the province and to add shareholder value, Focus is evaluating the feasibility of producing value added specialty graphite products including battery-grade spherical graphite.
Focus Graphite is a technology-oriented graphite development company with a vision for building long-term, sustainable shareholder value. Focus also holds a significant equity position in graphene applications developer Grafoid Inc. For more information about Focus Graphite, please visit www.focusgraphite.com.
For more information about Focus Graphite and the Company’s Lac Tétépisca and Lac Knife projects, please visit Focus’s website at www.focusgraphite.com or contact:
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