iMetal Resources Discovers New Parallel Graphite Zones at Carheil Project in Québec

31 May 2023

iMetal Resources Inc.

by James Hyland, MiningIR

iMetal Resources Inc. has announced the receipt of assay results from drilling at the Company’s Carheil Project (the, “Project” or “Carheil”), which lies in the Northern Abitibi Greenstone Belt in Québec. Each of the three holes (totaling 1,053 metres) hit multiple horizons of graphitic sediments as highlighted below:

Hole CA-23-01

  • 3.90 m at 7.08% Cg, from 151.1 metres, including 11.5% Cg over 1.9 m (ZONE A)
  • 8.45 m at 2.53% Cg, from 237.6 m, including 7.05% Cg over 1.5 m (ZONE C)

Hole CA-23-02

  • 4.65 m at 5.11% Cg, from 138.8 m, including 12.9% Cg over 1.2 m (ZONE A)
  • 10.55 m at 2.89% Cg, from 196.5 m (ZONE B)
  • 5.30 m at 4.25% Cg, from 242.9 m, including 7.90% Cg over 1.2 m (ZONE C)

Hole CA-23-03

  • 4.90 m at 1.93% Cg, from 156.1 m (ZONE A)
  • 4.70 m at 2.76% Cg, from 263.3 m, including 4.70% Cg over 2.1 m (ZONE C)

Saf Dhillon, President & CEO, stated: “We are extremely pleased with these graphite results in this follow-up campaign. Our team predicted previous drilling may have missed the second graphitic horizon and that interpretation has borne out in these results. Québec is one of the most mining friendly jurisdictions in the world and we are eagerly planning more work at Carheil to follow these results and expand our understanding of this highly prospective property.”

Saf Dhillon, President & CEO

Drilling encountered a graphite-bearing sedimentary unit sandwiched between volcanic units. This sedimentary unit contained several multi-meter graphite-rich horizons, one on the hanging-wall contact (ZONE A), one on the footwall contact (ZONE C), and at times an interior horizon (ZONE B). ZONE A corresponds with graphite results from the 2016 drilling program on the property, while ZONE B and ZONE C have not been previously assayed. Graphite horizons have thus far been delineated over 50-100m of strike and 50-100m of down-dip extent and remain open in all directions. The next phase of drilling should aim to expand the strike extent and follow the horizons closer to surface.

Carheil is an exploration-stage project with multi-metal potential and previous graphite results. The Project is about 170 km north of Rouyn-Noranda in the Northern Abitibi Greenstone Belt. The Project is under 20 km distance to the west from the past-producing Selbaie Copper-Zinc-Silver-Gold mine (1.1 billion lbs Cu, 2.4 billion lbs Zn, 71 million oz Ag, 1 million oz Au produced from 1981-2004[i]), under 20 km distance to the north from Hecla’s Casa Berardi Mine (127.5 Koz Au and 28.2 Koz Ag produced in 2022[ii]), and under 40 km to the southeast from Agnico Eagle’s Detour Lake mine (713 Koz Au produced in 2021[iii]). Directly bordering the property to the north is Midland Exploration/Probe Metals’ La Peltrie project, which recently intersected a 345.5 m of Cu-Mo-Au-Ag mineralization grading 0.21 CuEq[iv]. iMetal cautions investors the presence of mineralization at Selbaie, Casa Berardi, and Detour Lake is not necessarily indicative of similar mineralization on the Carheil property.

iMetal Resources, Inc., Wednesday, May 31, 2023, Press release picture
Figure 1: Carheil, Graphite Horizon Interpretation

QA/QC control procedures included the systematic insertion of certified blanks, and two different graphite certified reference materials (CRM) at regular intervals (one QAQC sample for every 20 core samples) into the sampling stream. All samples were submitted to ALS Geochemistry in Rouyn-Noranda for assay preparation and subsequently shipped to ALS Vancouver for analysis. Geochemistry analyses consisted of Graphitic carbon by IR Spectroscopy (C-IR18), which uses an HCl leach to remove carbonates and roasting to remove organic carbon in order to only identify carbon in graphitic form in the samples. Select samples were checked for gold by fire assay and atomic absorption spectrometry (Au-AA26) with overlimit values subsequently analyzed using the gravimetric finish (Au-GRA22) technique.

The scientific and technical information contained in this news release has been reviewed and approved by Scott Zelligan, P. Geo (Ontario), VP Exploration of iMetal and a qualified person as defined in National Instrument 43-101.

Drilling Results

Hole #EastingNorthingAzimuthDip
Table 1 – Drillhole Locations (UTM NAD83 Zone 17N)

Hole #FromToLengthCg (%)
Table 2 – Significant Results (True width is unknown at this time)

About iMetal Resources Inc.

iMetal is a Canadian based junior exploration company focused on the exploration and development of its portfolio of resource properties in Ontario and Quebec. One of its Flagship properties Gowganda West, is an exploration-stage gold project that borders the Juby Deposit and is located within the Shining Tree Camp area in the southern part of the Abitibi Greenstone Gold Belt about 100 km south-southeast of the Timmins Gold Camp. The 665-hectare Kerrs Gold deposit comprises a series of gold-bearing pyritized quartz vein replacement breccias with a 2011 historic resource, 90 kilometres ENE of Timmins. The 220-hectare Ghost Mountain property, 42 kilometres NE of Kirkland Lake, lies 5 kilometres W of Agnico Eagle’s Holt and Holloway Mine.


Saf Dhillon
President & CEO

iMetal Resources Inc.

[email protected]
Tel. (604-484-3031)
Suite 550, 800 West Pender Street, Vancouver, British Columbia, V6C 2V6.

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This news release may include forward-looking statements that are subject to risks and uncertainties. All statements within, other than statements of historical fact, are to be considered forward looking. 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 results of exploration, variations in results of mineralization, relationships with local communities, market prices, continued availability of capital and financing, and general economic, market or business conditions. There can be no assurances that such statements will prove accurate and, therefore, readers are advised to rely on their own evaluation of such uncertainties. We do not assume any obligation to update any forward-looking statements except as required under the applicable laws.

[i] SIGEOM; Ressources naturelles et Forêts, © Gouvernement du Québec, 2023

[ii] Casa Berardi|Quebec, Canada|Hecla Mining; © Hecla Mining Company, 2022


[iii] Agnico Eagle Mines Limited – Operations – Operations – Detour Lake; © Agnico Eagle Mines Limited, 2023


[iv] Midland Exploration news release dated December 6, 2022

SOURCE: iMetal Resources Inc.

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James Hyland, MiningIR