Rouyn-Noranda, Quebec, Canada, May 12, 2021 – Fokus Mining Corporation (“Fokus” or the “Company”) (TSXV: FKM, OTCQB: FKMCF, FSE: F7E1) is pleased to announce that it has concluded an agreement with the company Mosaic Minerals Corp. in order to explore and develop the Gaboury property located in Temiscamingue, Quebec.
“The electrification of the motorized and auto industries now encourages the development of this type of project. As Fokus wishes to concentrate its efforts to the Galloway project, this partnership with Mosaic Minerals offers the possibility to bring this Gaboury base metals project to the forefront” states Jean Rainville, CEO and President of Fokus.
This 100% owned property by Fokus (with no royalties) is composed of 82 mineral claims totalling 4,282 hectares, and hosts several known occurrences of nickel, copper and gold. Located roughly 150 km south of the mining camp of Rouyn-Noranda, the property is accessible year around via a good road system.
In the period 2010-2011, a few drill holes were completed by Fokus (formerly Fieldex Exploration) in order to test a Maxmin II anomaly and has recouped significant nickel values. The semi massive mineralization identified with this drill program is in a calcite gangue itself in a fractured and silicified gabbro. The best results reported at the time were:
Following the limited drill program, an electromagnetic survey of the InfiniTEM type was completed in hole GA-11-06 and an electromagnetic conductor was detected to the east of that hole. The follow-up hole GA-11-08 was then drilled to test this target but the report that followed the work concluded that the hole had not reached the target and that the mineralization encountered in the drillhole did not explain the presence of an anomalous conductor.
The copper Pyke showing, located just north of the nickel anomaly, has provided copper grades varying between 0.99% and 12.3% in chalcopyrite veins at the contact of a fractured andesite complex. The semi-massive mineralization is constituted of chalcopyrite, pyrite and pyrrothite in a calcite gangue. A few drill holes have not provided significant copper results.
The Gaboury project is located about 11 km west of the former Loraine mine which produced 600,000 tons at a grade 0.47% nickel and 1.08% copper. This type of deposit is in a magmatic mineralization, Ni-Cu dominant, associated with several mafic and ultramafic intrusions.
As well, the indices of Laverlochere and Brisebois have given gold values reaching 445 grams/ton in quartz veins varying between 0.3 to 5 meters in thickness over a length varying between 15 and 50 meters. Another mineralized shear between 2 to 25 meters thick has given values up to 8.8 gram/ton. Gold grades of 27.97 gram/ton and 9.51 gram/ton over 0.20 meter have also been intersected in drillhole G-18 on Brisebois with selected samples with grades between 0.71 gram/ton and 1.23 gram /ton. Copper values have also been detected near those indices. These historical data come from GM 46167, GM 58164 and GM 04753 available in Quebec government (MERN) online files.
SIGNIFICANT TERMS AND CONDITIONS OF THE OPTION AGREEMENT
The agreement with Mosaic Minerals allows them to initially acquire a 60% interest by issuing immediately to Fokus 3 million common shares of the company and by incurring exploration expenditures of $1 million over the next three years following the signature of the agreement with a minimum of $150,000 in the first year. Mosaic can then acquire an additional 20% interest by :1) incurring $2,500,000 in exploration over a 5 year period ($500,000 per year), and; 2) delivering a NI 43-101 resource estimate that includes some indicated resource estimate and thereafter, Fokus would retain an undivided and non-contributory 20% in Gaboury.
Once it acquires a 60% interest in Gaboury, Mosaic will have until June 30, 2024 to decide if it wants to acquire an additional 20%. If Mosaic decides not to go over 60% interest, a joint venture will be formed and Fokus will become the operator of the project. The option agreement is subject to required CSE and TSX Venture Exchange approvals.
The content of this press release had been read and approved by Gilles Laverdiere, P.Geo, Director of the Company and qualified person under the norm NI43-101.
About Fokus Mining
Fokus Mining Corporation is a mineral resource company actively acquiring and exploring precious metal deposits located in the province of Quebec, Canada. In implementing this major undertaking within the Canadian mining industry, we are determined to unlock the secret of the Galloway gold project.
The Galloway project covers an area of 2,865.54 hectares and is located just north of the Cadillac-Larder Lake deformation which extends laterally for more than 100 km. Numerous gold deposits are related to that structure and its subsidiaries. The current work focuses on a small western portion of the mineral claims where several mineral occurrences have been identified. For more information, visit our website: fokusmining.com.
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