TriStar Gold Inc. (the Company or TriStar) is pleased to announce the receipt of results from six composite metallurgical samples as part of the prefeasibility study at Castelo de Sonhos. All six samples returned over 96% gold recovery with an average gold recovery from the samples of 98%. Additionally, exploration work is due to restart at Castelo de Sonhos in August with drilling expected to start in September.
“The metallurgical results from this campaign all exceed the conceptual recovery of 95% used in our PEA. We are very happy to see that results that will feed into our prefeasibility study continue to meet or exceed the expectations set by the PEA,” says Nick Appleyard, TriStar’s President and CEO. “Our team in Brazil is now keen to get back into the field and start working aggressively on the exploration programs that we have been working on these past couple of months, multiple drill targets for both shallow paleoplacer hosted mineralization and deeper remobilized mineralization have been identified and are now being refined into a plan for drilling and additional surface reconnaissance studies.”
Metallurgical Test Results
The metallurgical test-work was performed by McClelland Laboratories in Sparks, Nevada on six composite samples created from drill holes in Esperança South region of Castelo de Sonhos with head grades ranging from 0.3 g/t gold up to 1.1 g/t gold.
Results from the 6 composites are:
Gold Recovery %
Calculated Head Grade g/t
Table 1, 2020 Summary Metallurgical Results, Whole Ore Bottle Roll Tests, Castelo De Sonhos Composites, 80%-105µm Feed Size
This now gives us a very good database of test work covering Esperança South that will be used in the ongoing prefeasibility study. Final metallurgical recovery for the project will be determined during the pit design process, where a grade-recovery relationship will most likely be used to determine optimal project conditions for operating. Additional work is ongoing to establish standard operating procedures for crushing and grinding, overall gold recovery and tailings disposal.
Figure 1, Graph of gold recovery versus head grade for the three campaigns of metallurgical testing at Castelo de Sonhos at both 80% passing 105 and 150µm Feed Size
The exploration work outside of the prefeasibility area is scheduled to begin in August, with TriStar geologists ground reviewing and optimizing the artificial intelligence-generated targets. Field exploration activities to gather additional data such as soil sampling and mapping will also take place. It is anticipated that drilling will start on the exploration targets in September with both a reverse circulation and a core rig. In general, the RC rig will test the shallow targets with good access and the core rig will be used for the deeper targets and areas with more difficult access.
The McClelland Analytical Services Laboratory based in Sparks Nevada is an ISO 17025 accredited facility that provides quantitative chemical analyses in support of metallurgical, exploration and environmental testing using classical methods and modern analytical instrumentation.
R. Mohan Srivastava (P.Geo.), Vice President of TriStar, is the Qualified Person who has reviewed the technical information contained in this news release, including data verification, and has approved its disclosure.
TriStar Gold is an exploration and development company focused on precious metals properties in the Americas that have the potential to become significant producing mines. The Company’s current flagship property is Castelo de Sonhos in Pará State, Brazil. The Company’s shares are listed on the TSX Venture Exchange under the symbol TSG and on the OTCQB under the symbol TSGZF. Further information is available at www.tristargold.com.
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