TORONTO, Apr 11, 2022 (Canada NewsWire via COMTEX) -- Richmond Minerals Inc. /zigman2/quotes/209237666/delayed CA:RMD +28.57% ("Richmond" or the "Company") is pleased to announce the purchase of 10 exploration properties in Austria, Europe. The land package consists of 554 exploration licenses totaling 256.1 square kilometres in the Carinthia and Salzberg areas. Including the licenses of Richmond's Oberzeiring Project, the Company now holds a total of 653 exploration licenses covering approximately 300 km(2) within the mining districts of Central Europe. The Company's portfolio now includes Pb-Zn, Ag, Au as well as Ni-Co-Cu exploration prospects.
Under the terms of the agreement, Richmond has made a one-time cash payment of $30,000 (Australian dollars) to the vendor, High Grade Metals Ltd. ("HGM"), to acquire a 100% interest in the licenses. Details of the newly acquired properties are provided in the Table below.
Properties # of Licenses Area in Km(2) --- New Critical Metal Properties Leogang W+E 63 29.8 Brixlegg 118 56.5 Seekar + Zinkwand 11 5.6 New Gold Properties 44 19.9 Kreuzeck West Kreuzeck East 42 19.0 Goldeck-Siflitz 57 25.5 Schellgaden N+S 219 99.8 Total 554 298.9 ---
New Critical Metal Properties
Five of the new properties, totaling 192 exploration licenses, host critical metal mineralization (ie. cobalt, copper and nickel) and are located in the federal states of Tyrol and Salzburg, Austria. These properties are referred to as the Brixlegg, Leogang West, Leogang East, Seekar, and Zinkwand Properties.
Located on the border between Tyrol and Salzburg, the Loegang Property is well known for its historical mines dating back to pre-roman times and its nickel and cobalt production in the 19(th)century. Geologically, the Leogang Property is underlain by rocks of the Western Grauwackenzone Group, consisting of carbonatized metasediments of Paleozoic age. The Leogang Property hosts the Nöckelberg Mine, of which historical records report grades up to 8.1% Ni and 15.8% Co. HGM conducted geophysical, geochemical soil sampling, and diamond drilling at the Nöckelberg Property in 2018. Mine dump samples returned values up to 7.8% Cu, 1.1% Ni, and 0.7% Co. Geophysical work included geomagnetics and geoelectric surveys that defined potential mineralized bodies that have yet to be drill tested and are considered priority targets. Geochemical soil sampling (308 soil samples in a 50x50 m sampling grid) identified an anomaly with values up to 80 ppm Co, 700 ppm Cu, and 300 ppm Ni at one of these target areas.
The Brixlegg Property is located in the Inn valley close to Innsbruck and is well known for Cu and Ag mining dating back to medieval times. Co-Ni mineralization has also been documented in the region. This mineralization is hosted in Paleozoic dolomite and consists of fahlore, bornite, enargite, galena, and sphalerite sulphide mineralization. Various Ni and Co-bearing minerals such as gersdorffite, cattierite, and cobaltite are also known to occur at Birxlegg. Additionally, Ni and Co have been mined between 1941 and 1944 at Silberberg with historical documents reporting grades of 1.38% Co and 0.98% Ni.
The Seekar Property is located near Salzburg and is known for its (dating back to 1917) Ag mining with grades reported up to 250 g/t. Zinkwand is also located near Salzburg on the Styria district border. Five different types of mineralization have been identified at the Zinkwand Property: Ag-rich Zn-Pb, Ag-rich Cu-As, Cu-Pb-Zn and Ni-Co-Bi-Ag. The potential for critical metal mineralization at the Seekar and Zinkwand Properties has never been evaluated using modern exploration techniques.
New Gold Properties
Five of the new properties (notably the Siflitz - Guginock, Leßnig, Lengholz, Fundkofel, and Schellgaden Mines) totaling 362 exploration licenses host historical gold mines and are located in the southern part of Austria in the federal states of Carinthia and Salzburg.
In the 16(th) and 17(th)century the Kreuzeck West, East and Goldeck-Siflitz mines were well known for their gold production. Limited sampling of these mine workings in the 1970s yielded results from 4.8 to 18.2 g/t Au. Gold mineralization at the Kreuzeck and Goldek Properties is found within a 1,500 m thick succession of Ordovician to Devonian metasediments that host grayish/black 'greasy' quartz veins and phyllitic shear zones mineralized with arsenopyrite. In excess of 100 scattered, historical adits have been identified at the Goldek-Siflitz Property, with only mine dumps and collapsed portals still visible and accessible. Despite the dense occurrence of historic mines at these newly acquired gold properties, little in the way of modern exploration work has ever been conducted.
The Schellgaden Property is located in the Kareck complex of the Tauern Formation. Gold mineralization is found within networks of quartz veins containing arsenopyrite mineralization hosted in gneissic basement rocks. The Kareck geological unit extends 20 km to south where numerous historical small scale gold mines (Knappenbaue or Radlgraben) have operated in the past.
Richmond is planning a program of data compilation, prospecting, trenching and drill target definition for this upcoming field season. HGM built strong relationships with the local landowners, who were supportive during the last field and drilling campaign in 2018. Richmond will follow this strategy in upcoming exploration efforts.
Warren Hawkins, P.Eng, a "Qualified Person", within the meaning of Nation Instrument 43-101- Standards of Disclosure for Minerals Projects, has reviewed and approved the scientific and technical information contained in this news release. Mr. Hawkins is not considered to be "independent" of the Corporation (as defined in National Instrument 43-101), as he currently holds securities of the Corporation.
CAUTIONARY STATEMENT: This news release contains forward-looking information which is not comprised of historical facts. Forward-looking information involves risks, uncertainties and other factors that could cause actual events, results, performance, prospects and opportunities to differ materially from those expressed or implied by such forward-looking information. Forward looking information in this news release includes, but is not limited to, Richmond's objectives, goals or future plans, including successful completion of the Transaction and Offering. There is no guarantee that the Transaction and Offering will be completed on the terms announced in this press release or at all. Factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from such forward-looking information include, but are not limited to, changes in general economic conditions and conditions in the financial markets; the ability of Richmond to raise funds pursuant to the Offering; changes in demand and prices for minerals; litigation, legislative, environmental and other judicial, regulatory, political and competitive developments, and those risks set out in Richmond's public documents filed on SEDAR. Although Richmond believes that the assumptions and factors used in preparing the forward-looking information in this news release are reasonable, undue reliance should not be placed on such information, which only applies as of the date of this news release, and no assurance can be given that such events will occur in the disclosed time frames or at all. Richmond disclaims any intention or obligation to update or revise any forward-looking information, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise, other than as required by law.
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SOURCE Richmond Minerals Inc.
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