April 24, 2012
Peregrine Diamonds Ltd. (“Peregrine” or “the Company”) (TSX:PGD) is
pleased to report that it has discovered a third kimberlite this year in
the Lac de Gras region, Northwest Territories, Canada. The kimberlite,
named LD-3, was discovered at the third of four land-based geophysical
targets drilled during the winter program. Lac de Gras, home to the
EKATI and Diavik diamond mines, is one of the most prolific diamond
districts in the world since kimberlite was first discovered there in
The LD-3 kimberlite is located on a claim that is 100%-owned by the
Company, approximately seven kilometres southwest of Peregrine’s
72.0%-owned DO-27 kimberlite. DO-27 currently has an 18.2 million carat
resource that is open at depth. LD-3 was discovered when a circular
electromagnetic anomaly with a surface expression of approximately one
hectare was tested by core drilling. A hole drilled at an inclination
of 45 degrees from horizontal intersected kimberlite from 30 to 98
metres. LD-3 is a dark green to black volcaniclastic kimberlite with
abundant coarse olivine, garnet and chrome diopside.
A fourth target was drilled without intersecting kimberlite, and
drilling of a fifth target was not initiated based on the drilling
results from the fourth target. The drilling program has now concluded.
On April 16, 2012, Peregrine announced the discovery of the first two
kimberlites at Lac de Gras this year, LD-1 and LD-2. Samples from the
three kimberlites will be sent to the Saskatchewan Research Council
Geoanalytical Laboratories for microdiamond testing by caustic fusion
with results anticipated in the third quarter.
Commenting on the discoveries, Mr. Brooke Clements, President of
Peregrine, said “We drilled four targets and discovered three
kimberlites, an excellent success rate for our world-class exploration
team. The close proximity of these kimberlites to the Diavik Diamond
Mine and to our DO-27 diamond deposit will be important if they are
proven to have economic potential. For the balance of 2012, our
exploration team will be focussed on advancing our 100%-owned Chidliak
diamond project on Baffin Island.”
In addition to 51,000 hectares of claims 100%-owned by Peregrine, the
Company’s mineral interests in the Lac de Gras district also consist of
32,200 hectares of claims in joint venture with Thelon Capital Ltd.
(66.2% Peregrine, 33.8% Thelon) where the LD-1 discovery was made and
the 14,000 hectare WO Joint Venture where the LD-2 discovery was made.
The WO Joint Venture consists of Peregrine 72.0%, Archon Minerals Ltd.
17.5% and DHK Diamonds Inc. 10.5% (DHK Diamonds Inc. consists of
Dentonia Resources Ltd. 43.37%, Kettle River Resources Ltd. 43.37% and
Cosigo Resources Ltd. 13.26%). Peregrine holds 97.92% of the diamond
marketing rights for the WO Joint Venture. The DO-27 kimberlite is
located within the WO Joint Venture.
Peregrine Receives Corporate Award in Nunavut
On April 19, 2012, Peregrine received the 2012 Canadian North Murray
Pyke Corporate Award at the Nunavut Mining Symposium. This award
recognizes the contributions of Peregrine to the economic and social
development of Nunavut.
Receiving the award on behalf of the Peregrine team in Iqaluit, Mr.
Brooke Clements commented “This award is quite an honour and a tribute
to the hard work and dedication of our entire team since the project
began in 2005. We are committed to our goal of developing Baffin
Island’s first diamond mine in a safe and environmentally sensitive
manner in coordination with the local communities”.
About Peregrine Diamonds Ltd.
Peregrine Diamonds Ltd. is a diamond exploration and development company
focussed on Canada’s North. Peregrine has discovered two new diamond
districts in Nunavut, Nanuq in 2007 and Chidliak in 2008. At the DO-27
kimberlite in the Northwest Territories, located 27 kilometres from the
Diavik Diamond Mine, a NI 43-101 compliant mineral resource of 18.2
million carats in 19.5 million tonnes of kimberlite at a grade of 0.94
carats per tonne, which is open at depth, was confirmed in 2008. At its
100%-owned Chidliak project, located 120 kilometres from Iqaluit, the