Wesdome Gold Mines has announced early underground drill results from the exploration programme taken up at its  Kiena Mine Complex located near Val d'Or, Quebec, Canada.

The exploration programme found 94.35 grams per tonne (g/t) of gold over 17.40m uncut (18.03 g/t cut) in hole U-6124; 223.12 g/t gold over 14.2 5m uncut (18.59 g/t cut) in hole U-6125; 238.81 g/t gold over 5.00m uncut (15.71 g/t cut) in hole U-6125; and 8.43 g/t gold over 8.2m uncut (3.82 g/t cut) in hole U-6130.

The company is taking up two drills, testing for a repetition of the S-50 Zone along a Z-fold interpretation 200m to 300m below current mine infrastructure at a depth of around 1,200m.

"Several occurrences of coarse native gold have been observed in all four intervals."

The target of the nominal drill spacing to test is 100m.

Wesdome Gold Mines vice president for exploration George Mannard said: "These early results exceed expectations, and these rich veins are unlike anything previously encountered at this property.

"Three holes have been completed to date hitting four high grade intersections.

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"More drilling is underway and is required to define the geometry, true widths and extent of this extraordinarily rich mineralised system."

The company observed at least two quartz veins and quartz vein breccia systems so far and these occur near altered and deformed komatiite-tholeiitic basalt contacts.

While drilling continues with one drill on the 670m level, drilling eastward to test the north trending arm of the projected Z-fold, the second is drilling south-westward from the 910m level testing the southeast trending arm of the projected Z-fold.

Several occurrences of coarse native gold have been observed in all four intervals.

Wesdome Gold Mines'  completely owned, contiguous Val d'Or properties comprise around 7,000ha and covers four former producers, eight shafts and significant mineral resources.