Dec 16, 2014
Phase III Diamond Drilling at Diakha Discovery Zone
HALIFAX, NOVA SCOTIA -- (December 16, 2014) - Greg Isenor, President and CEO of Merrex Gold Inc., ("Merrex" or the "Company") (TSX Venture: MXI) is pleased to provide the following update on the resumption of exploration activity at the Siribaya gold project's Diakha discovery zone in West Mali.
Work resumed at the Siribaya gold project's Diakha discovery zone on November 15th following the end of the seasonal rains. A Phase III diamond drilling program is underway and it is anticipated that approximately 1,500 metres of infill drilling will be completed within the Diakha discovery zone before the holiday break. It is expected that drilling operations will end December 19th or 20th, 2014 and will resume early in the New Year.
Planning of the 2015 drilling campaign continues and is in the 'fine-tuning' stage after which the joint venture partners will review and approve a final drill plan and budget.
About the Diakha Discovery Zone
The Diakha gold discovery is located in the western-most portion of the 910 km2 Siribaya exploration concessions approximately 10 kilometres south along strike of IAMGOLD Corporation's ("IAMGOLD") Boto gold discoveries (scoping study in progress) and approximately 20 kilometres south along strike from B2Gold's (formerly Papillon's) 5,000,000 ounce Fekola deposit (permitted for production). See Map.
The Diakha area was highlighted for exploration by the presence of a gold geochemical anomaly delineated from a regional termite mound sampling survey and coincident with artisanal (orpailleur) mining activity.
2014 RC drilling (over 9,000 metres) and DD (over 900 metres) confirm the presence of ultiple zones of gold mineralization over a wide area at significant widths and grades, in association with disseminated sulphide and albite-hematite-chlorite alteration in sandstone host rocks with little quartz veining. There is mineralization at both the SE & NW strike extensions. The mineralization and associated mineralization bears similarities to the Boto gold deposit mentioned above. For further details including tables of significant assays see news releases of July 2, August 28 and October 8 at www.merrexgold.com . Project operator IAMGOLD has indicated that based encouraging drill results from the 2014 drilling program future exploration programs will be designed to support completion of a ,b>maiden resource estimate scheduled for Q3 2015 if results continue to be encouraging.
About Merrex's Siribaya Gold Project
The Siribaya Gold Project is a 50/50 joint Merrex-IAMGOLD advanced-stage gold exploration project in West Mali comprised of approximately 910 square kilometres of gold-prolific exploration permits and permit applications pending. Exploration of the Siribaya Gold Project is conducted under a joint management committee with IAMGOLD as the project operator. Expenditures to date on the Siribaya Project exceed $40 million.
The Siribaya Gold Project presently hosts a gold resource estimated at 303,900 ounces grading 2.34 g/t Indicated, and 301,400 ounces grading 2.17 g/t Inferred. The gold resource estimate, which predates and therefore excludes the Diakha discovery zone, was prepared in accordance with CIM definitions as required by NI 43-101 and is at July 31, 2012 by ACA Howe International Limited. The Siribaya and Diakha deposit areas are open to the north, south and at depth. Numerous other gold-anomalous target areas have been identified by geochemistry and require drilling.
Gregory P. Isenor, P. Geo., is the Qualified Person as defined under NI 43-101 who has reviewed and is responsible for the technical information presented in this news release.
Merrex is primarily a West African focused gold exploration company with experienced management, a solid exploration team, a prominent gold-producer as a partner and an expanding gold resource.
For further details about the Company's exploration activities or to view the most recent corporate presentation visit Merrex's website at www.merrexgold.com.
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On Behalf of the Board
Gregory Isenor, P.Geo.
President & CEO
Merrex Gold Inc.
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This press release includes certain statements that may be deemed "forward-looking statements". All statements in this release, other than statements of historical facts, that address future exploration drilling, exploration activities and events or developments that the Company expects, are forward-looking statements. Although the Company believes the expectations expressed in such forward-looking statements are based on reasonable assumptions, such statements are not guarantees of future performance and actual results or developments may differ materially from those in forward-looking statements. Factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from those in forward-looking statements include market prices, exploitation and exploration successes, continued availability of capital and financing, and general economic, market or business conditions.
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