High Grade Silver Mineralization Confirmed along 500 meter Zone
September 7, 2021 - Alexco Resource Corp. (NYSE American: AXU) (TSX: AXU) (“Alexco” or the “Company”) today reported initial results from its ongoing Bermingham Northeast Deep zone infill and extension drilling program in the Keno Hill Silver District, Yukon Territory. The current 19,000 meter (“m”) drill program targets over 50 resource intercepts along a zone that was discovered in 2019 and extended over a 500 m strike length in 2020 (see news releases dated September 10, 2019, entitled “Alexco Intersects 8.1 Meters (true width) at Composite Grade of 1,414 Grams Per Tonne (45.5 oz/t) Silver at ‘Bermingham Deep’ Target”, and January 19, 2021, entitled, “Alexco Extends Bermingham High-Grade Mineralization at Depth, Intersects 3,583 g/t Silver over 8.76 meters True Width and Other Significant Results”).
2021 Exploration Results Highlights
The 2021 exploration drilling program is currently approximately 80% complete with assays available from the first 24 holes reported here (Table 1, Figure 1, Table 2). The drilling program is focused at depth northeast of the Bermingham deposit that contains silver mineral resources of 32.96 million ounces (“Moz”) Indicated (including 18.2 Moz Probable Reserve) and 11.74 Moz Inferred (see news release dated May 26, 2021, entitled “Alexco Announces 22% Increase to Silver Reserves; Updated Technical Report Demonstrates Robust Economics at Keno Hill”).
Interim results confirm the presence of an approximate 500 m long sub horizontal mineralized zone (Figure 2) with at least a 100 m vertical extent located approximately 150 m below the Bermingham Northeast mining reserve. To achieve an accurate intersection pattern at depth, directional core drilling (HQ and NQ) is being used to ensure a robust resource estimation can be completed as planned in Q4 2021.
In addition to the important intercepts previously reported from discovery and delineation drilling in 2019 and 2020, ten of the more significant holes from the 2021 program are highlighted below:
- K-21-0786 intersected mineralization in both the Bermingham Main and Footwall veins close to their intersection where a true width of 20.37 m assayed on average 1,681 grams per tonne (“g/t”) (54.04 ounces per tonne (“oz/t”)) silver (“Ag”), 0.36 g/t gold (“Au”), 6.20% lead (“Pb”) and 0.46% zinc (“Zn”) that included a 5.54 m interval at 5.5 g/t Ag. Within this:
- The Bermingham Main vein extends over a true width of 6.42 m from 511.26 m containing 2,010 g/t (64.64 oz/t) Ag, including 0.74 m true width from 511.91 m at 13,112 g/t (421.58 oz/t) Ag, and 0.66 m true width from 517.03 m at 2,780 g/t (89.38 oz/t) Ag; and
- The Bermingham Footwall vein extends over a true width of 8.74 m from 523.63 m containing 2,284 g/t (73.24 oz/t) Ag, including 1.93 m true width from 523.86 m at 4,269 g/t (137.25 oz/t) Ag and 2.90 m true width from 530.03 m at 3,934 g/t (126.50 oz/t) Ag.
- K-21-0785 intersected the Bermingham Footwall vein over a true width of 4.42 m from 468.3 m containing 2,901 g/t (93.27 oz/t) Ag, including 0.81 m true width from 469.39 m containing 14,578 g/t (468.70 oz/t) Ag.
- K-21-0785A intersected the Bermingham Footwall vein over a true width of 4.47 m from 180.42 m containing 1,384 g/t (44.51 oz/t) Ag, including 0.69 m true width from 181.03 m containing 8,561 g/t (275.24 oz/t) Ag.
- K-21-0790 intersected the Bermingham Footwall vein over a true width of 4.64 m from 461.93 m containing 1,212 g/t (38.96 oz/t) Ag, including 0.53 m true width from 466.21 m containing 7,506 g/t (241.33 oz/t) Ag.
- K-21-0790A intersected the Bermingham Main vein over a true width of 4.73 m from 126.23 m containing 2,567 g/t (82.54 oz/t) Ag, including 1.09 m true width from 126.90 m containing 10,982 g/t (353.07 oz/t) Ag, and the Bermingham Footwall vein over a true width of 3.77 m from 153.56 m containing 751 g/t (24.15 oz/t) Ag, including 0.12 m true width from 153.56 m containing 6,730 g/t (216.37 oz/t) Ag.
- K-21-0791 intersected the Bermingham Footwall vein over a true width of 3.91 m from 502.70 m containing 1,301 g/t (41.84 oz/t) Ag, including 1.10 m true width from 502.70 m containing 3,893 g/t (125.17 oz/t) Ag.
- K-21-0792B intersected the Bermingham Footwall vein over a true width of 7.35 m from 178.87 m containing 970 g/t (31.20 oz/t) Ag, including 5.60 m true width from 179.51 m containing 1,257 g/t (40.43 oz/t) Ag.
- K-21-0779B intersected the Bermingham Footwall vein over a true width of 4.31 m from 109.97 m containing 866 g/t (27.84 oz/t) Ag.
- K-21-0794 intersected the Bermingham Footwall vein over a true width of 9.02 m from 510.51 m containing 778 g/t (25.00 oz/t) Ag, including 0.39 m true width from 518.70 m at 11,942 g/t (383.94 oz/t) Ag.
- K-21-0789A intersected a splay below the Bermingham Footwall vein over a true width of 2.91 m from 148.00 m containing 986 g/t (31.71 oz/t) Ag that included 0.10 m true width from 151.00 m containing 25,670 g/t (825.31 oz/t) Ag.
As in previous years, assay results are reported in Table 2 as +30 g/t Ag composite intervals (that may contain up to two meters of unmineralized material) as in essence this outlines the mineralized vein structures. The Table also includes +900 g/t Ag composites for comparison, this being the Bermingham Probable Reserve silver grade.
Alexco’s Chairman and CEO, Clynt Nauman commented, “We are very encouraged by the initial results from the Bermingham Northeast Deep drilling, confirming the importance of this discovery both from an exploration and potentially, from an operations perspective. This zone of mineralization is shaping up to be within 200 meters of our currently planned underground ramp and haulage infrastructure. Upon completing an updated Mineral Resource Estimate for Bermingham in Q4, we will look to incorporate these results into an updated and expanded Mineral Reserve. The discovery also has significant implications in a district where historically, silver mineralization was considered shallow and discontinuous. The Bermingham mineralized corridor - shallow and deep - is still open both to the southwest to and beyond the Brefalt Fault offset, and to the northeast toward the adjacent historical Hector-Calumet mine.”
2021 Program Summary and Bermingham Geology
The 2021 exploration program is providing nominal drill intersection spacings of 35 m along strike by 25 m dip separation by using directional drilling technology along the mineralized zone that hosts the subparallel Bermingham Main vein and the Bermingham Footwall vein. The zone is structurally complex with a horizontal to gentle northeast plunge along an interpreted strike length of approximately 500 m and an apparent dip extent of up to 100 m. Characteristically, vein thicknesses are coincident with changes in strike and dip of the mineralized zone in response to variations in host rock competency and proximity to the intersection of the two veins that can now be traced throughout the length of the Bermingham deposit. The mineralization is primarily hosted within the thick bedded quartzites that host the nearby historical Hector-Calumet deposit, with base and precious metal mineralogy similar to that seen elsewhere in the Bermingham deposit.
Underground development and production are proceeding as scheduled with mill throughput ramp up to demonstrate mill nameplate capacity of 18 tonnes per hour (400 tonnes per day) to occur in the fourth quarter 2021. In underground operations final long hole blasts are scheduled at the Bellekeno mine in September 2021. YTD through August 2021, the Bellekeno mine has produced 13,468 tonnes of 842 g/t Ag and 11.7% Pb. Bellekeno ore extraction will cease in the third quarter of 2021 and mill feed will transition to the newly developed Bermingham and Flame & Moth mines. At Bermingham, first production ore was delivered (from the 1150 level undercut) in the latter half of August. At Flame & Moth development of the primary ramp is now beyond the first production level access (835 level) and crosscutting to the ore is progressing with initial Flame & Moth ore production anticipated in the fourth quarter of 2021.
Qualified Persons and Procedures
The 2019 - 2021 exploration drill programs and sampling protocol has been reviewed, verified, and compiled by Alexco’s geologic staff under the supervision of Alan McOnie, FAusIMM, Vice President Exploration and Liana Stammers, P.Geo, Senior Exploration Geologist, while that regarding mine development and operations has been reviewed and approved by Neil Chambers, P.Eng., Chief Mine Engineer, all of whom are Qualified Persons as defined by National Instrument 43-101 – Standards of Disclosure for Mineral Projects.
Compared with previous years, the core sampling protocols have varied from sampling half HQ core, as more holes have been completed in NQ core in some daughter holes where essentially whole core assay sampling has been undertaken to ensure adequate sample size, providing adequate representative sample material has been retained and high resolution core photography undertaken.
A rigorous quality control and quality assurance protocol is used on the project, including blank, duplicate, and standard reference samples in each batch of 20 samples delivered to the assay lab. Drill core samples are shipped internally to ALS Minerals Labs at Whitehorse, Yukon for preparation, with multi-element ICP, fire assay and overlimit analyses completed at the ALS Minerals facility in North Vancouver, British Columbia.
Alexco is a Canadian primary silver company that owns and operates the majority of the historic Keno Hill Silver District, in Canada’s Yukon Territory, one of the highest-grade silver deposits in the world. Alexco is currently advancing Keno Hill to commercial production and commenced concentrate production and shipments in the first quarter of 2021. Keno Hill is expected to produce an average of approximately 4.4 million ounces of silver per year contained in high quality lead/silver and zinc concentrates. Keno Hill retains significant potential to grow and Alexco has a long history of expanding the operation’s mineral resources through successful exploration
Clynton R. Nauman, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer
Rajni Bala, Investor Relations and Communications Lead
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Figure 1 - Location of all drill hole intercepts of the Bermingham NE Deep zone (refer Figure 2) with +30 g/t Ag composite intervals shown in red
Figure 2 - Vertical Longsection showing distribution of drill hole intercepts on the Bermingham Footwall vein.
2021 completed holes shown in red, previous years in black.
Table 1 - Location of 2021 Drill Holes with completed assays
|Hole||East (m)||North (m)||Elevation (m)||Length (m)||Surface Azimuth||Surface Dip|
* NQ cored
Locations in UTM NAD81 -Z8 projection located by survey controlled RTK GPS
Table includes location of 2019 and 2020 discovery holes in the zone for completeness
Collars of daughter holes (A, B, C) located at take off point from parent hole
Downhole surveys by gyro or single shot reflex
Table 2 – +30 g/t and +900 g/t Ag Composite Assay Intervals
|K-21-0786||511.26||535.28||24.02||20.37||1,680.9||54.04||0.36||6.20||0.46||BM-FW Junction *|
30 g/t Ag composite including up to 2m interval internal waste
900 g/t Ag composite including up to 2m interval internal waste
* Junction of Bermingham Main and Footwall Veins average includes 5.54 m unmineralized material