by Tina Olivero


    West Mining Corp. (“West” or the “Company”) is pleased to announce the analytical results from their initial seven diamond drill holes on the Kena Copper Zone area of its 100% owned Kena Gold and Copper Project in southeastern British Columbia.  All 7 holes intercepted strong zones of alteration and silicification along with variable pyrite-chalcopyrite mineralization throughout.

    The diamond drill holes targeted copper-gold porphyry-style mineralization in the Kena Copper Zone, readily identified by a 2,500 x 1,000-meter strong copper soil geochemical anomaly. The Kena Property hosts a large porphyry system consisting of a gold-rich core surrounded by a broad halo with a copper-gold signature.

    Figure 1 – Kena Project – Gold Soil Geochemistry

    Figure 2 – Kena Project – Copper Soil Geochemistry

    Within the central core area of the Kena Property, the Gold Mountain and Kena Gold Zones contain a combined resource estimate with 561,900 ounces of gold indicated and 2,773,100 ounces of gold inferred (Bird, 2021; NI 43-101 Technical Report on the Kena and Daylight Properties; see News Release dated May 11, 2021). The gold zones are opened ended and have expansion potential in the north, west, and south – where historic drilling in the South Gold Zone intersected 0.9 g/t gold over 90 meters (BC ARIS Report 27240).  

    Adjacent to the gold resource area and gold geochemical anomalies are large coincident induced polarization chargeability and copper soil geochemical anomalies. Drilling earlier in 2021, to the northwest near the Starlight showing, discovered a new zone that returned a 53-meter drill intercept which averaged 0.51% copper equivalent (see News Release dated January 12, 2022). The Dighem copper anomaly, immediately to the east of the Gold Mountain Zone will be drill tested as part of the 2022 exploration program. This anomaly was first identified during an airborne magnetic survey (flown by a company known as “Dighem”) and later followed up with soil geochemistry and induced polarization ground surveying.

    2021 Diamond Drilling – Kena Copper Zone

    The Kena Copper Zone is identified by a significant copper geochemical anomaly associated with a strong zone of high chargeability, lying within mafic volcanic and subvolcanic diorites of the Rossland Group Elise Formation. The soil anomaly has dimensions of 2.5 kilometers in length by an average of 450 meters in width as outlined by the 300 ppm copper contour. Within the anomaly, there are numerous soil samples assaying between 1,000 and 5,000 ppm copper. Prior to West Mining acquiring the property, between 1981 and 2010, a total of nine wide-spaced historic drill holes tested the copper target. Broad zones of low-grade copper mineralization (0.1 to 0.5% copper) were intersected by this historic drilling.

    Analytical results from West’s 2021 diamond drilling in the Kena Copper Zone have now been received. A total of 7 holes were drilled over a 600-meter strike length. All drill holes, with the exception of KC21-03 and KC21-07, are angled at -50o or -60o dip with azimuths of 040o in order to cross the foliation controlling mineralization at close to true width angles. The other two drill holes are vertical holes to facilitate deeper drilling depths.

    2021 Kena Copper Zone – Diamond Drill Hole Collar Coordinates

    Hole #UTM EUTM NElevation (m)Azimuth (o)Dip (o)

    The following table illustrates the broad zones of copper mineralization with the entire lengths of every hole (up to 688.88 meters in KC21-03) all averaging >0.1% copper equivalent (“CuEq*”). Within this large anomalous area, every drill hole contains additional significant intercepts including 105.95 metres of 0.27% CuEq; 4.95 metres of 0.87% CuEq; 28.35 metres of 0.30% CuEq; 3.84 metres of 0.94% CuEq; 46.70 metres of 0.28% CuEq and 14.10 metres of 0.37% CuEq.

    2021 Kena Copper Zone – Significant Diamond Drill Hole Intercepts

    Hole # From (m)To
    Width (m)Cu (%)Au (g/t)Ag (g/t)CuEq* (%)
    KC21-01entire hole7.70122.00114.300.
    KC21-02entire hole2.34201.37199.
    KC21-03entire hole1.63668.88667.
    Hole # From (m)To
    Width (m)Cu (%)Au (g/t)Ag (g/t)CuEq* (%)
    KC21-04entire hole1.52265.50263.980.
    KC21-05entire hole1.70236.00234.300.
    KC21-06entire hole3.70367.00363.300.
    KC21-07entire hole3.16507.38504.

    *CuEq % was calculated using the following formula: (Cu(%) x 22 x 4.5) + (Au(g/t) x 0.03215 x 1880) + (Ag(g/t) x 0.03215 x 23) / (22 x 4.5), based on: Cu US$4.50/lb; Au US$1,880/oz (US$60/gram); Ag US$23/oz ($US0.74/gram); 1 tonne = 2,205 lbs; 1% = 22 lbs; 1 gram = 0.03215 oz.

    Note: Intervals in holes KC21-01, 02, 04, 05, 06 represent approximate true widths. Intervals in holes KC21-03 and 07 represent approximately 120% of true widths.

    Figure 3 – Kena Copper Zone 2021 Diamond Drill Holes

    “We are excited by the very broad intersections of copper mineralization from our initial 7 drill holes in the large and robust underexplored Kena Copper Zone. We are very much looking forward to our 2022 exploration season where we will continue drilling of the copper anomalies, as well as expanding the gold resource,” states Nicholas Houghton, West Mining President, and CEO.

    Prior to continued drilling of the copper porphyry zones, a detailed magnetotellurics survey will soon commence and this new data will be modeled and merged with earlier induced polarization surveying to allow better visualization of the mineral phases for drill targeting within this very large alteration system.

    Quality Assurance/Quality Control (“QA/QC”)

    West’s QA/QC procedures include one each of blank, field duplicate, and standard inserted into the sample stream for every 20 drill core samples.  Core samples are split, bagged, zip-tied, and trucked to Bureau Veritas Commodities Canada Ltd. (“BV Labs”) in Burnaby, British Columbia for analyses. The field inserted standards (certified reference materials) and blanks were purchased from CDN Resource Laboratories Ltd. of Langley, British Columbia.

    Samples are analyzed at BV Labs facilities for gold by fire assay with an atomic absorption finish and 48 additional elements using multi-acid digestion with an ICP-ES finish. 

    BV Labs are registered to ISO 9001:2008 and ISO 17025:2017 accreditations for laboratory procedures. In the laboratory, blanks (analytical and method), duplicates, and standard reference materials are internally inserted in the sequences of client samples.  Using these inserted quality control samples each analytical batch and the complete job are rigorously reviewed and validated by BV Labs prior to release.

    The QA/QC results confirm acceptible analytical accuracy and precision.

    About West Mining Corp.

    West  Mining  Corp. is a  mineral exploration company acquiring and developing advanced and prospective early-stage exploration projects.  It is fully focused on its 100% owned, 9000-hectare Kena Project located in southeastern British Columbia. The Kena Project comprises three adjoining Properties:  Kena, Daylight, and Athabasca.  A recent NI43-101 resource estimate for the Kena Project gave 561,900 oz Au indicated and 2,773,100 oz Au inferred in the Gold Mountain, Kena Gold, and Daylight Zones. The Kena Property also hosts the large Kena Copper Zone, along with with the historic Euphrates and Gold Cup gold-silver mines. The Daylight property contains the historic past producing Daylight, Starlight, Victoria, Irene, and Great Eastern gold mines.  Along with the trend to the north is the Athabasca Property, with the historic Athabasca Gold Mine.  The historic mines and known mineralized zones on these three properties are structurally controlled along a 20-kilometer strike as identified by strong geophysical signatures.

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