August 4, 2016
Peregrine Diamonds Ltd. (“Peregrine” or “the Company”) (TSX:PGD) is pleased to announce that core drilling has been completed on three kimberlites and two exploration targets on its 100% owned Sikwane Project, located in the Kgatleng district, south-eastern Botswana. The drill program successfully intersected the Sikwane kimberlites and has resolved their morphology. Kimberlite material is being collected for future microdiamond analysis. In addition, two new kimberlite targets in the Sikwane area were drill tested. Both targets are explained by magnetic dolerite intrusions.
SIKWANE KIMBERLITE DRILL PROGRAM
Peregrine’s Sikwane prospecting licence PL272/2015 covers 453 km2 and contains nine kimberlites discovered through percussion and limited core drilling by De Beers in 1997. This previous work recovered diamonds from surface samples and from down-hole samples at the Sikwane kimberlites, although diamond abundance and size distribution data are not available. Peregrine’s recently completed core drill program aimed to constrain geological relationships between kimberlite and country rock granite, and to obtain representative material for microdiamond or kimberlitic indicator mineral (KIM) analysis.
Two separate drill sites were occupied at the Sikwane-01 kimberlite. At drill site #1, three vertical HQ-diameter core holes totalling 49.68 metres were collared within a 3.3 metre horizontal distance from each other, and encountered 5.94 (DD1), 0.85 (DD6) and 0.55 (DD7) metre kimberlite intersects that are interpreted to represent a highly irregular sheet-like kimberlite body intruded at somewhat variable depth within granite. Although clay-altered, the kimberlite retains a fractured, hypabyssal texture.
At drill site #2 on the Sikwane-01 kimberlite, five vertical HQ-diameter core holes totalling 116.07 metres were collared within a 13.6 metre horizontal distance from each other, and encountered 0.20 (DD8), 3.95 (DD9), 8.77 (DD10), 3.10 (DD11) and 3.97 (DD12) metre kimberlite intersects that are interpreted to represent an irregular sill-like kimberlite body intruded within granite. The kimberlite is clay-altered and retains a moderately macrocrystic, hypabyssal texture.
Two narrow kimberlite stringers were intersected in a 38.72 m HQ-diameter vertical hole (DD5) drilled at the known Sikwane-SE occurrence, and another two narrow kimberlite stringers were intersected in a 42.92 m HQ-diameter vertical hole (DD3) drilled at the Sikwane-3 occurrence.
Dr. Herman Grütter, Vice President, Technical Services said “Peregrine’s Sikwane drill program has efficiently resolved an irregular hypabyssal intrusive morphology for the drilled Sikwane kimberlites and outlined substantive pinch-and-swell characteristics for kimberlites in the Sikwane cluster as a whole. We are integrating these new data into our exploration models for three contiguous prospecting licenses that we control in the Sikwane region in Botswana and will incorporate the outcomes into future targeting in the region”.
SIKWANE GEOPHYSICAL TARGETS
Peregrine has selected twelve kimberlite-like geophysical targets in the western sector of prospecting license PL272/2015 from aeromagnetic data acquired in 1998. Five high-volume soil samples have been collected from each of these targets during June 2016 and are being processed to recover kimberlitic indicator minerals. Two compelling, isolated magnetic targets were also drilled for a total of 90.0 metres. Kimberlite was not intersected in either drill hole with both targets being explained by magnetic dolerite that was intersected at depths of 21 to 36 and 20 to 54 metres respectively.
Dr. Herman Grütter, Peregrine’s Vice President, Technical Services, is a Qualified Person and is responsible for the design of Peregrine’s exploration programme in Botswana. Dr. Grütter has reviewed this release and approves of its’ content.
About Peregrine Diamonds
Peregrine is a TSX listed diamond exploration and development company with assets located in northern Canada and Botswana.
Peregrine’s core asset is its’ 100 percent-owned, 513,249 hectare Chidliak project, located 120 kilometres from Iqaluit, the capital of Nunavut where 71 kimberlites have been discovered to date with eight being potentially economic. A Preliminary Economic Assesment (“PEA”) of a Phase 1 Diamond Development (“CP1D”) has been completed. The PEA highlights that the CP1D represents a robust, high margin, ten-year, open-pit mining project with very attractive economics, including after tax NPV of C$471M, IRR of 29.8% and a two year payback. An Inferred Mineral Resource of 11.39 million carats in 4.64 million tonnes of kimberlite at an average grade of 2.45 carats per tonne has been defined for a portion of the CH-6 kimberlite. In addition, a Target for Further Exploration (“TFFE”) of 2.34 to 3.75 million tonnes of kimberlite to a depth of 380 metres below surface has been identified at CH-6. An independent diamond valuation by WWW Internati