West Mining Corp. (“West” or the “Company”) (CSE: WEST) (OTC: WESMF) is pleased to announce that results have been received for the 2021 surface sampling program on its 100% owned Kena gold and copper project in southeastern British Columbia. The 9000 hectare Kena Project, consists of the Kena, Daylight and Athabasca Properties which trend along a 20 kilometre long favourable mineralized belt.
The 2021 field sampling and mapping program in the Kena Copper zone revealed a promising new area of copper mineralization. A network of new logging roads through the Kena Copper Zone has opened up areas and exposed previously unsampled bedrock mineralization. Chip sampling of outcrops along two areas in the northern extent of the copper zone indicate a wide copper target. A total of 29 one metre long rock chip samples and 51 rock grab samples were collected throughout the new logging cut blocks and roads. 18 metres of chip sampling done across a steep outcrop averaged 0.31% Cu over the full length, with the best one metre chip sample running 1.56% Cu. A grab sample just off the southeast end of this chip line ran 0.95% copper and 0.39 g/t gold.
Forty metres to the southwest of this zone, another chip line averaged 0.25% Cu and 0.17 g/t Au over its 11 metre length. A grab sample in this area ran 0.69% Cu. Elevated gold and silver values often coincide with the copper results. Little outcrop between the two lines suggests this could be an even wider zone covering the full 69 metre lateral width or greater. The zone is hosted in strongly silicified, sheared, rusty, Jurassic Elise Formation mafic volcanics, with strong malachite, 0.5-7% pyrite, and 1-3% chalcopyrite. The mineralization lies within a broad magnetic low feature that trends northwest-southeast through the Kena Copper zone to the southeast, and northwest to the Kena Gold and Gold Mountain zones.
The Kena Copper Zone is readily identifiable by a 2500 x 450 metre copper soil geochemical anomaly coincident with an induced polarization chargeability high. Nine broad spaced historic drill holes were put in over the Kena Copper Zone between 1981 and 2010. In 2021, West Mining completed 7 drill holes in the Kena Copper Zone (results pending). These new significant rock chip sample results are located in a geochemically anomalous area over 1.3 kilometres north of West’s 2021 drilling campaign and represents a strong new target area.
“The results received to date continue to show our historically known mineralized zones expand beyond previous documented perimeters. These newly identified areas offer exciting drill targets for the upcoming field season, this time to the northern extension of our Kena Copper Zone,” states Nicholas Houghton, CEO of West Mining Corporation.