Peregrine Files Technical Report for Lac de Gras Project and DO-27 Kimberlite in the NWT

July 24, 2014 PDF version
Peregrine Diamonds Ltd. (“Peregrine” or “the Company”) (TSX:PGD) is pleased to announce the filing of a Canadian National Instrument (“NI”) 43-101 technical report (“the Technical Report”) entitled “Lac de Gras Project Northwest Territories Canada NI-43-101 Technical Report” effective July 15, 2014 for its 15,810 hectare Lac de Gras project (“the Project”), located approximately 300 kilometres north-northeast of Yellowknife in the Northwest Territories of Canada. The Technical Report is an update to a report dated August 7, 2008 and revised January 9, 2009, that supports the 18.2 million carat Indicated Mineral Resource at the DO-27 kimberlite that was first reported on June 24, 2008. The Technical Report also summarizes exploration work completed on the Project since 2008 and is available on SEDAR and the Company’s website.

The Project consists of 12 mineral leases and seven mineral claims with an aggregate area of 15,810 hectares. The leases and claims are held under the following three property arrangements: WO property (72.1% Peregrine, 17.6% Archon Minerals Ltd., 10.3% DHK Diamonds Inc.), LDG Thelon property (70.5% Peregrine, 29.5% Thelon Capital Ltd.) and the LDG Peregrine property (100% Peregrine). A total of nine kimberlites has been discovered to date on the Project: AD-02, DO-18, DO-27, DO-29N, DO-29S, DO-32, WO-09, LD-02 and LD-03. Two of the kimberlites were discovered by Peregrine and seven were discovered by previous operators. DO-27 hosts an Indicated Mineral Resource of 18.2 million carats of diamonds in 19.5 million tonnes of kimberlite at a grade of 0.94 carats per tonne and is open at depth and laterally. The diamondiferous LD-02 and LD-03 were discovered by Peregrine in 2012.

The Technical Report concludes that there are reasonable prospects for eventual economic extraction of the DO-27 kimberlite pipe. To date, no Preliminary Economic Assessment or equivalent study has been completed for the Project.

Peregrine is reviewing options, including commercial opportunities, to advance the Project

The Technical Report was prepared by Dr. Ted Eggleston, Professional Geologist, and Mr. Ken Brisebois, Professional Engineer, both of AMEC E&C Services Inc. and Dr. Jennifer Pell, Professional Geoscientist and Peregrine’s Chief Geoscientist and Qualified Person for information on the Lac de Gras and Chidliak projects. Messrs. Eggleston and Brisebois are Qualified Persons for the Lac de Gras project and are independent of Peregrine as defined by NI 43-101.

Dr. Eggleston, Mr. Brisebois and Dr. Pell have reviewed this release and approve of its contents.

ABOUT PEREGRINE DIAMONDS
Peregrine is a diamond exploration and development company focused on Canada’s North. The Company has discovered two new diamond districts in Nunavut, Nanuq in 2007 and Chidliak in 2008. At its 100 percent-owned Chidliak project, located 120 kilometres from Iqaluit, the capital of Nunavut, 67 kimberlites have been discovered to date with eight being potentially economic. An Inferred Mineral Resource of 7.47 million carats in 2.89 million tonnes of kimberlite at a grade pf 2.58 carats per tonne has been defined at the CH-6 kimberlite. In April 2013, Peregrine collected a bulk sample weighing 404.2 dry tonnes from CH-6. This sample returned a grade of 2.58 carats per tonne for diamonds larger than the 1.18 mm sieve size. An independent diamond valuation of the resulting 1,013 carat parcel of diamonds returned an average market price of US$213 per carat and modelled prices that ranged from a minimum of US$162 per carat to a high of US$236 per carat with a base model price of US$188 per carat. The 2014 exploration program is ongoing and planning is now underway for an important 2015 resource definition program that will be designed to advance Chidliak towards the feasibility stage.

At its 15,810 hectare Lac de Gras project in the Northwest Territories, located approximately 23 kilometres from the Diavik Diamond Mine, the nine hectare 72.1%-owned DO-27 kimberlite hosts a NI 43-101 compliant Indicated Mineral Resource of 18.2 million carats of diamonds in 19.5 million tonnes of kimberlite at a grade of 0.94 carats per tonne an