TALON METALS REPORTS MORE HIGH-GRADE MASSIVE SULPHIDE INTERCEPTS OUTSIDE OF THE RESOURCE AREA AT THE TAMARACK NICKEL PROJECT
Road Town, Tortola, British Virgin Islands (May 4, 2021) – Talon Metals Corp. (“Talon” or the “Company”) (TSX:TLO) is pleased to provide an update on the Tamarack Nickel-Copper-Cobalt Project (“Tamarack Nickel Project”), located in Minnesota, USA. The Tamarack Nickel Project comprises the Tamarack North Project and the Tamarack South Project.
- Talon has consistently intersected high-grade nickel-copper mineralization at shallow depths in an area that extends approximately 700 meters north-east of the Tamarack Nickel Project’s resource area. The area is referred to as the CGO East area.
- Drill hole 21TK0283 intersected 30.36 meters (99.6 feet) grading 1.30% Ni, 0.59% Cu, including 5.1 meters (16.7 feet) grading 4.99% Ni, 1.66% Cu (6.03% NiEq or 16.09% CuEq) starting at only 171.26 meters.
- Drill hole 21TK0290 intersected 31.73 meters (104.1 feet) grading 1.00% Ni, 0.58% Cu (1.39% NiEq or 3.70% CuEq), starting at 153.00 meters, including 1.59 meters (5.2 feet) grading 5.21% Ni, 1.73% Cu (6.37% NiEq or 17.00% CuEq) starting at only 183.14 meters.
- Drill hole 21TK0295 intersected two separate zones of sulphide mineralization, including 4.55 meters (14.9 feet) grading 3.39% Ni, 1.26% Cu (4.19% NiEq or 11.17% CuEq) starting at only 161.35 meters.
- Drill hole 20TK0267 intersected 16.99 meters (55.7 feet) of sulphide mineralization, including 1.33 meters (4.4 feet) grading 3.35% Ni, 0.89% Cu (4.18% NiEq or 11.15% CuEq) starting at only 247.66 meters.
- These assay results start to confirm the extent and grade of nickel-copper mineralization in the CGO East area that was modelled by Talon from surface and borehole EM data (geophysics) and subsequently drilled (see Talon’s press release dated March 31, 2021 for details).
- Talon continues to drill this large area with the goal of delineating a new resource that could be added to the current mine plan. The Company plans to deliver a new resource estimate later this year.
“The nickel grades we are seeing in the CGO East Area, and even in the CGO West Area for that matter, are turning out to be higher than expected”, said Brian Goldner, Head of Exploration for Talon. “What is really exciting is that we are now seeing that there is a very large trend of shallow, high-grade nickel-copper mineralization that starts several hundreds of meters to the north and heads back towards our resource area. All of this will be taken into account as part of our next iteration of the mine plan. Given the excellent results so far in both CGO East and CGO West areas, we plan to continue with our drilling efforts in these areas over the next couple of months. Our ultimate goal is to increase the resource size, and deliver a new resource estimate later this year.”
 Where used in this news release: NiEq% = Ni%+ Cu% x $3.00/$8.00 + Co% x $12.00/$8.00 + Pt [g/t]/31.103 x $1,300/$8.00/22.04 + Pd [g/t]/31.103 x $700/$8.00/22.04 + Au [g/t]/31.103 x $1,200/$8.00/22.04
 Where used in this news release: CuEq% = Cu%+ Ni% x $8.00/$3.00 + Co% x $12.00/$3.00 + Pt [g/t]/31.103 x $1,300/$3.00/22.04 + Pd [g/t]/31.103 x $700/$3.00/22.04 + Au [g/t]/31.103 x $1,200/$3.00/22.0
The CGO East area is a new zone that Talon has been drilling outside of the Tamarack Nickel Project’s resource area (see Talon’s press release dated March 31, 2021 for details). Drill results combined with new assays are showing a consistent pattern that begins with a large, shallow zone of disseminated nickel-copper mineralization above a sheet of higher-grade massive and mixed massive nickel-copper mineralization.
The assays from these holes confirm the potential for the CGO East area to be included in the current mine plan, thereby extending the mine life. The extremely shallow location of the mineralized zone suggests that the mineralization can potentially be accessed early in the mine life, bringing first production forward in time.
The assay results from the CGO East area include the following:
- Drill hole 21TK0283 intersected 30.36 meters (99.6 feet) of nickel-copper mineralization grading 1.30% Ni, 0.59% Cu, 0.04% Co, 0.15 g/t Pd, 0.27 g/t Pt and 0.13 g/t Au (1.68% NiEq or 4.49% CuEq) starting at 146 meters, including 5.1 meters (16.7 feet) of mixed and massive sulphide mineralization grading 4.99% Ni, 1.66% Cu, 0.14% Co, 0.31 g/t Pd, 0.57 g/t Pt and 0.20 g/t Au (6.03% NiEq or 16.09% CuEq) starting at 171.26 meters.
- Drill hole 21TK0290 intersected 31.73 meters (104.1 feet) of nickel-copper mineralization grading 1.00% Ni, 0.58% Cu, 0.03% Co, 0.15 g/t Pd, 0.28 g/t Pt, and 0.17 g/t Au (1.39% NiEq or 3.70% CuEq) starting at 153.00 meters, including 1.59 meters (5.2 feet) of mixed and massive sulphide mineralization grading 5.21% Ni, 1.73% Cu, 0.16% Co, 0.33 g/t Pd, 0.42 g/t Pt and 0.62 g/t Au (6.37% NiEq or 17.00 CuEq) starting at 183.14 meters.
- Drill hole 21TK0295 intersected two distinct zones of nickel-copper mineralization:
- 8.94 meters (29.3 feet) grading 0.59% Ni, 0.38% Cu, 0.02% Co, 0.11 g/t Pd, 0.18 g/t Pt and 0.09 g/t Au (0.84% NiEq or 2.23% CuEq) starting at 139.06 meters; and
- 10.45 meters (34.3 feet) grading 1.99% Ni, 0.85% Cu, 0.05% Co, 0.19 g/t Pd, 0.33 g/t Pt, 0.19 g/t Au (2.53% NiEq or 6.75% CuEq) starting at 155.45 meters, including 4.55 meters (14.9 feet) of mixed and massive sulphide mineralization grading 3.39% Ni, 1.26% Cu, 0.09% Co, 0.28 g/t Pd, 0.43 g/t Pt and 0.22 g/t Au (4.19% NiEq or 11.17% CuEq) starting at 161.35 meters.
- Drill hole 20TK0267 intersected 16.99 meters (55.7 feet) of nickel-copper mineralization grading 0.87% Ni, 0.5% Cu, 0.03% Co, 0.17 g/t Pd, 0.33 g/t Pt and 0.18 g/t Au (1.23% NiEq or 3.29% CuEq) starting at 232 meters depth, including 1.33 meters (4.4 feet) of mixed and massive sulphide grading 3.35% Ni, 0.89% Cu, 0.13% Co, 0.44 g/t Pd, 0.79 g/t Pt, 0.29 g/t Au (4.18% NiEq or 11.15% CuEq) starting at 247.66 meters.
Talon looks forward to updating the market on the results of this new zone as drilling continues and new assays are received.
Quality Assurance, Quality Control and Qualified Persons
Please see the technical report entitled “NI 43-101 Technical Report Updated Preliminary Economic Assessment (PEA) #3 of the Tamarack North Project – Tamarack, Minnesota” with an effective date of January 8, 2021 prepared by independent “Qualified Persons” (as that term is defined in National Instrument 43-101 (“NI 43-101”) Leslie Correia (Pr. Eng), Andre-Francois Gravel (P. Eng.), Tim Fletcher (P. Eng.), Daniel Gagnon (P. Eng.), David Ritchie (P. Eng.), Oliver Peters (P. Eng.), Volodymyr Liskovych (P.Eng.), Andrea Martin (P. E.) and Brian Thomas (P. Geo.) for information on the QA/QC, analytical and testing procedures at the Tamarack Project. Copies are available on the Company’s website (www.talonmetals.com) or on SEDAR at (www.sedar.com). The laboratory used is ALS Minerals who is independent of the Company.
Lengths are drill intersections and not necessarily true widths. True widths cannot be consistently calculated for comparison purposes between holes because of the irregular shapes of the mineralized zones. Drill intersections have been independently selected by Talon. Drill composites have been independently calculated by Talon. The geological interpretations in this news release are solely those of the Company.
The locations and distances highlighted on all maps in this news release are approximate.
Dr. Etienne Dinel, Vice President, Geology of Talon, is a Qualified Person within the meaning of NI 43-101. Dr. Dinel is satisfied that the analytical and testing procedures used are standard industry operating procedures and methodologies, and he has reviewed, approved and verified the technical information disclosed in this news release, including sampling, analytical and test data underlying the technical information.
Talon is a TSX-listed base metals company in a joint venture with Rio Tinto on the high-grade Tamarack Nickel-Copper-Cobalt Project located in Minnesota, USA, comprised of the Tamarack North Project and the Tamarack South Project. Talon has an earn-in to acquire up to 60% of the Tamarack Project. The Tamarack Project comprises a large land position (18km of strike length) with numerous high-grade intercepts outside the current resource area. Talon is focused on expanding its current high-grade nickel mineralization resource prepared in accordance with NI 43-101; identifying additional high-grade nickel mineralization; and developing a process to potentially produce nickel sulphates responsibly for batteries for the electric vehicles industry. Talon has a well-qualified exploration and mine management team with extensive experience in project management.
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