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Eldorado Gold Provides Update on Results from Ormaque Step-out Drilling and Overview of 2023 Global Exploration Programs

VANCOUVER, British Columbia, March 30, 2023 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Eldorado Gold Corporation (“Eldorado Gold”, the “Company” or “We”) is pleased to provide new results from step-out drilling at the Ormaque deposit in Quebec. The company is also providing an overview of the 2023 global exploration program which includes approximately 190,000 metres of discovery and resource expansion drilling and over 55,000 metres of resource conversion drilling focused mainly in Quebec and Turkiye.

Ormaque Drilling Highlights

Since our most recent resource update at the Ormaque deposit, announced in February 2022 and published in the Lamaque Technical Report on March 31, 2022, we have completed over 31,000 metres of resource expansion drilling and over 21,000 metres of resource conversion drilling. Assay results received since our October 2022 exploration news update include numerous high-grade intercepts to the east of, and below the current resource area, some representing extensions to known mineralized zones and some related to newly identified mineralized zones. Notable intercepts include:

  • 2.8 metres at 14.86 g/t gold and 2.5 metres at 20.47 g/t gold (27.52 g/t gold uncapped) in drillhole FOR-22-031, representing step-out intercepts approximately 200 metres east of the current resource;
  • 1.2 metres at 22.31 g/t gold and 1.6 metres at 26.86 g/t gold (54.01 g/t gold uncapped) in drillhole LS-22-089, representing step-out intercepts approximately 40 metres east of the current resource;
  • 3.5 metres at 10.48 g/t gold in drillhole LS-20-024, representing a new zone approximately 125 metres below the current resource; and
  • 1.75 metres at 39.37 g/t gold in drillhole LS-22-090, representing a new zone approximately 150 metres below the current resource.

“Eldorado Gold is committed to investing in organic growth opportunities through brownfields exploration surrounding our current operations, and funding greenfield exploration initiatives to strategically expand our global footprint,” said George Burns, President and CEO of Eldorado Gold. “In Eastern Canada, we have added over 3.2 million inferred resource ounces since our acquisition of Integra Resources in 2017, at a discovery cost of less than $18 per ounce. The new results at Ormaque continue to demonstrate the potential to increase resources, supporting future development plans beyond the Triangle deposit.”

“In Turkiye, the team at Efemcukuru is focused on resource conversion at the Kokarpinar and Bati vein systems and adding new resources in the nearby West Vein system. In Greece, our teams are shifting focus to supporting operational readiness at Skouries, and we expect to ramp up our brownfields exploration activities as we progress through the project build and near commercial production.”

* Tables of intercepts from the drilling referenced in this release are included in Appendix 1 and associated drillhole collar coordinates and orientations are listed in Appendix 2. Gold grades for drillhole intervals at the Ormaque deposit listed in this release are capped at 70 g/t gold. Drillhole intercepts are drillhole lengths; where sufficient geological control exists, estimated true thicknesses of mineralized zones are listed in Appendix 1.

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Quebec Exploration Results

Ormaque Deposit

Since the resource update at the Ormaque deposit, as announced in February 2022, the Company has completed over 31,000 metres of resource expansion drilling. This drilling has targeted lateral extensions to the known ore lenses east of the current resource area, and has tested for new mineralized zones at depth. Significant intercepts received since the last exploration update in October 2022 are included in Appendix 1, while Appendix 2 and Figure 1 provide information on locations and orientations of new drillholes. The latest drill results have identified lateral extensions to the Ormaque deposit well outside the current resource model as well as new zones at depth. Lateral extensions include new intercepts to the east, southeast, and south, most notably:

  • 2.8 metres at 14.86 g/t gold, 2.5 metres at 20.47 g/t gold (27.52 g/t gold uncapped), and 9.15 metres at 6.20 g/t gold (9.03 g/t gold uncapped) in drillhole FOR-22-031, approximately 200 metres east of the current resource; and
  • 1.2 metres at 22.31 g/t gold and 1.6 metres at 26.86 g/t gold (54.01 g/t gold uncapped) in drillhole LS-22-089, approximately 40 metres east of the current resource.

Figure 1: Geological map of the Ormaque deposit area, showing surface projection of mineralized zones (pink shaded area), collar locations and surface traces of new drillholes presented in this news release.

Preliminary drilling has tested below parts of the deposit to a depth of 850 metres, or approximately 300 metres below the current resource. Despite still being sparsely drilled, numerous intercepts have been identified in this lower area below the current resource model, including:

  • 5.4 metres at 14.31 g/t gold in drillhole LS-22-090W01, approximately 20 metres below the current resource;
  • 3.5 metres at 10.48 g/t gold in drillhole LS-20-024, approximately 125 metres below the current resource;
  • 1.75 metres at 39.37 g/t gold in drillhole LS-22-090, approximately 150 metres below the current resource;
  • 4.95 metres at 7.23 g/t gold in drillhole LS-22-091, approximately 120 metres below the current resource; and
  • 2.1 metres at 29.27 g/t gold and 3.0 metres at 14.72 g/t gold in drillhole LS-22-091W01, approximately 45 metres and 120 metres below the current resource respectively.

In 2022 and year-to-date 2023, 20,859 metres of resource conversion drilling have been completed at the Ormaque deposit.

Eldorado Gold’s 2023 Mineral Reserve and Mineral Resource (“MRMR”) update, scheduled for the fourth quarter of this year, will incorporate results of both the resource expansion and resource conversion drilling programs completed in the first half of 2023.

2023 Exploration Outlook

Eldorado Gold’s exploration activities in 2023 are focused on the regions in which we operate: Canada, Turkiye and Greece, and include a range of brownfield and greenfield projects and project generation initiatives. As per the guidance news release published in February 2023, the global exploration expenditures planned for 2023 are $35 million to $41 million and include approximately 190,000 metres of pre-resource stage and resource expansion drilling and over 55,000 metres of resource conversion drilling. Approximately 26% relates to capitalized programs and the remaining 74% to expensed programs. Included in this total are $7 to $10 million of non-sustaining exploration expenditures classified as growth capital.

Eastern Canada  

Triangle Mine

The recent development of the 650-level exploration drift at the Triangle Mine provides access to deeper platforms for resource expansion and resource conversion drilling of the lower Triangle deposit. Approximately 17,600 metres of resource conversion drilling is planned for 2023, mainly targeting areas of inferred resources in the C7 zone but also extending locally to test more sparsely drilled areas of deeper mineralized zones. There are also approximately 13,000 metres of underground exploration drilling planned from platforms along the Sigma-Triangle decline, testing multiple conceptual targets and step-outs from previous high-grade drill intercepts.

Ormaque Deposit

The 2023 exploration program at Ormaque will include approximately 27,000 metres of underground resource conversion drilling within existing inferred resources, and approximately 10,000 metres of surface drilling testing step-outs to the east of and below the known deposit. Conversion drilling during the year will test the upper two-thirds of the deposit (down to lens E100) with piercing points spaced at 25 metres or less.

Sigma-Lamaque and Bourlamaque Brownfields Exploration

Eldorado Gold is advancing multiple early- to advanced-stage exploration projects in the Val-d’Or district that provide opportunities for brownfield resource growth proximal to the Sigma mill (Figure 2). Over 45,000 metres of drilling are planned on targets that include:

  • Parallel deposit extensions: Approximately 5,000 metres of drilling will test for the extension of the historically mined Vein #13 at the Lamaque Mine into the Parallel deposit area.
  • Herbin: Approximately 10,000 metres of drilling will test several target areas adjacent to the previously mined deposits at the Lac Herbin, Ferderber and Dumont mines, which cumulatively produced approximately 1.1 million ounces of gold at a grade of 6.1 g/t gold from shear hosted quartz-carbonate-tourmaline veins that cut the Bourlamaque batholith.
  • Sigma-Lamaque early-stage targets: Approximately 12,000 metres of early-stage drilling are planned for the Vein #13, Sector Nord, and Audet North and South targets, along with fieldwork and analysis of historical mining and exploration data directed towards new target definition.
  • Bourlamaque early-stage targets: 12,000 metres of drilling will test various early-stage targets mainly within the Bourlamaque Batholith which have been defined by a combination of historical drilling results, geophysical anomalies, till geochemistry, and geological mapping. The drilling will target high-grade vein systems similar in geological setting and mineralization style to those historically mined at the Beaufor mine and the mines in the Herbin area.
  • Bruell: The Bruell property, located 40 kilometres east of Val-d’Or, is being explored under an option agreement with owner Sparton Resources. Approximately 7,000 metres of drilling are planned in 2023 to follow up on positive results from the 2022 program and to test new targets.

Figure 2: Geological map showing the locations of the Brownfields projects on the Lamaque property.

Eastern Canada Greenfields Exploration

Eldorado Gold’s greenfields exploration in Canada is currently focused on target areas within the greater Abitibi region that offer opportunities outside of the Lamaque projects. The Company’s current greenfields portfolio includes the Montgolfier project, comprising a 347 square kilometre license package along the Harricana-Turgeon greenstone belt to the east of the Casa Berardi mine, and a group of licenses in the Kirkland Lake belt currently being explored under an option agreement with the license holder Val-d’Or Mining Corp. At Montgolfier, a 5,000-metre diamond drilling program is currently underway, testing for the bedrock source of highly anomalous gold-in-till anomalies identified in a previous sonic drilling program. The Kirkland Lake licenses are at the target definition stage, and fieldwork including soil sampling, outcrop stripping and sampling, and geological mapping is planned for the 2023 season.


2023 exploration in Turkiye is focused on resource expansion and resource conversion drilling at Efemcukuru and advancing several early-stage greenfields projects in highly prospective priority regions throughout Turkiye.   


A 10,000-metre resource conversion drilling program is currently underway at the Kokarpinar South vein system. Results from this drilling, and the resource conversion drilling at the Bati vein system during late 2022, will be included in the MRMR update in the fourth quarter of 2023. The drilling focus for the second half of 2023 will be on the West Vein system, which has a mapped cumulative strike length of over three kilometres distributed over the Volkan, Huseyinburnu, Dedabag, and Muhtar veins. Approximately 43,000 metres of drilling are planned, testing multiple previously undrilled targets with high-grade surface samples.

Greenfields Projects

Eldorado Gold continues to explore regions of Turkiye that offer strong exploration potential and attractive social and political environments for resource exploration and development. Current programs are focused on the Artvin/Hod Maden and Aydogantepe areas, the Izmir-Ankara Suture Zone, and the Central Anatolian Crystalline Complex (“CACC”). Project generation activities and early-stage project work within the CACC are being conducted with a Turkish joint venture partner. Approximately 14,000 metres of drilling are planned for 2023 to test early-stage targets at the Hod Maden North, Atalan, Demirkoy, and Ozan projects.

Qualified Persons 

Dr. Peter Lewis P.Geo., Eldorado Gold’s Vice President, Exploration, is the qualified person as defined by National Instrument 43-101 Standards of Disclosure for Mineral Projects (“NI 43-101”), and is responsible for and has verified and approved the scientific and technical disclosure contained in this press release for projects in Turkiye. Jacques Simoneau P.Geo., a member in good standing of the Ordre des Géologues du Québec, is the qualified person as defined in NI 43-101, and is responsible for and has verified and approved the scientific and technical disclosure contained in this press release for the Quebec projects. Eldorado Gold operates its exploration programs according to industry best practices and employs rigorous quality assurance and quality control procedures. All results are based on half-core samples of diamond drill core. Drill core samples for the Ormaque deposit step-out drilling were prepared and analyzed at Bourlamaque Laboratories in Val d’Or, Quebec. All gold assays are based on fire assay analysis of a 30 gm charge, followed by an atomic adsorption finish. Samples with gold grades above 5.0 g/t were re-assayed and completed with a gravimetric finish. Certified standard reference materials, field duplicates and blank samples were inserted regularly and were closely monitored to ensure the quality of the data.

About Eldorado Gold

Eldorado Gold is a gold and base metals producer with mining, development and exploration operations in Turkiye, Canada, and Greece. The Company has a highly skilled and dedicated workforce, safe and responsible operations, a portfolio of high-quality assets, and long-term partnerships with local communities. Eldorado Gold's common shares trade on the Toronto Stock Exchange (TSX: ELD) and the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE: EGO).


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The potential quantity and grade of mineralization described herein is conceptual in nature as there has been insufficient exploration to define a mineral resource and it is uncertain if further exploration will result in targets being delineated as a mineral resource.

Appendix 1: Table of Assay Results

Table 1: Summary of resource expansion drillhole assay results from the Ormaque Deposit. Intercepts are only reported for those intervals above a 10 gram x metre cut-off. Drillhole collar locations, collar orientations, and total lengths are listed in Appendix 2.

DrillholeFrom (m)To (m)IntervalTrue thicknessAu (g/t)Au
at 70
Zone / Location
580.7582.41.7 11.99 Step-out intercept, 310m SE of current resource
599.55607.27.65 3.54 Step-out intercept, 320m SE of current resource
685.5689.33.8 8.50 Step-out intercept, 360m SE of current resource
37.640.42.82.7614.86 Step-out intercepts, 220m east of current resource

95.2596.751.5 10.96 
339.53422.5 27.5220.47Step-out intercept, 190m east of current resource
665665.50.5 20.66 Intercept 25m above E210
709.57122.5 16.93 Intercept 20m below E220
833.9835.61.7 9.61 Deep intercepts, 80-160m below current resource

872.7873.40.7 17.60 
880.3883.83.5 10.48 
902903.51.5 27.98 
131.4132.91.5 11.70 Step-out intercept, 230m north of current resource
240.5243.22.7 6.28 Step-out intercept, 170m north of current resource
LS-22-088844.15849.655.5 4.79 Deep intercept, 400m below current resource
173174.21.2 22.31 Step-out intercepts, 40m east of current resource

389.2390.81.6 54.0126.86
401.1402.71.6 7.88 
411.74131.3 14.85 
430.54365.5 4.19 

230.6231.10.50.4726.36 Step-out intercept on E030, 35m south of current resource
325.85327.81.951.855.20 New lens E085, 20m above E090
382.53830.50.4761.19 Intercept 10m below E110
417.6418.651.05 27.16 Intercept 10m above E130
455.7456.710.9524.25 New lens E145, 10m below E140
782.35784.11.75 39.37 Deep intercept, 150m below current resource
876.4878.52.1 5.41 Deep intercept, 250m below current resource
377377.750.750.714.46 Step-out intercept on E110, 10m south current resource
657662.45.44.8216.7714.31New lens E235, 20m below current resource
771771.50.5 67.65 Intercept 120m below current resource
435.54371.5 89.7647.24Intercept 15m above E130
454454.70.70.6447.34 New lens E135, 12m below E130
487.54880.5 23.57 Intercept 15m above E150
516.3516.80.50.4529.62 New lens E165, 10m below E160
655.2657.22 62.8435.13Intercept 15m below E220
691.96931.10.9533.40 New lens E235, 25m below current resource
709.35711.151.8 76.3033.33Intercept 40m below current resource
716.95722.155.2 4.07 Intercept 45m below current resource
794.7799.654.95 7.23 Intercept 120m below current resource
825.2828.43.2 3.44 Intercept 150m below current resource
686.56881.51.2935.89 New lens E235, 25m below current resource
705.757071.25 18.11 Intercept 40m below current resource
715717.12.1 29.4929.27Intercept 45m below current resource
7897923.0 16.3814.72Intercepts 120m below current resource

794.75795.250.5 43.71 
788.57934.5 2.40 Intercept 115m below current resource
811811.50.5 33.21 Intercept 130m below current resource
LS-22-093A795796.11.1 20.55 Intercept 125m below current resource
213.52140.50.4633.27 Step-out intercept on E030, 100m south of current resource
381.9383.921.816.68 Intercept 5 m below E110
387.7388.71 12.56 Intercept 15m above E120
412.7413.20.50.4449.38 Step-out intercept on E130, 40m S-E of current resource
422.2425.33.12.8218.1313.93Step-out intercept on E133, 30m S-E of current resource
551.7552.71 15.95 Intercept 50m above E180
No significant intercepts

Appendix 2: Collar locations

Table 1: Summary of drillhole collar locations and collar orientations and total lengths from the Ormaque Deposit listed in this news release. Assay results are listed in Appendix 1.

Hole IDEasting NorthingElevationAzimuthDipLength (m)

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