Vancouver, B.C., September 27, 2018. Black Sea Copper & Gold Corp. (TSX-V: BLS, OTCQB: BLSSF) (“Black Sea” or the “Company”) is pleased to announce it has received its exploration and prospecting license from the Ministry of Energy for its 100% owned Zlatusha project.
“Black Sea has been in discussions with multiple parties as potential partners for its projects in Bulgaria, and the issuance of the Zlatusha License will allow us to move forward more aggressively with that strategy” stated Vince Sorace, President and CEO of Black Sea Copper & Gold Corp. “As mentioned previously, Black Sea has been and will continue to evaluate more advanced stage projects for potential acquisition and will be selective in ultimately pursuing the opportunities we believe will return the highest shareholder value.”
Zlatusha Project Overview. The Zlatusha license area (195 km2) lies within an emerging porphyry copper-gold/epithermal belt located northwest of Sofia, in the Western Srednogorie segment of the Banat-Timok-Srednogorie magmatic arc (Fig. 1).The project opportunity was identified by Black Sea in July 2013 after launching a detailed exploration campaign involving data acquisition, regional targeting and subsequent reconnaissance field exploration programs focused on porphyry copper-gold and epithermal gold targets throughout Bulgaria. The Zlatusha project was selected for license application based on the presence of favourable age and composition Cretaceous arc magmatic rocks, magmatic-hydrothermal mineral occurrences, and the presence of several magmatic-hydrothermal centers with outcropping copper-gold mineralization.
Geological Setting. The project area is underlain by Upper Cretaceous andesite volcanic rocks, Cretaceous carbonate and clastic sedimentary rocks, which are intruded by diorite porphyry stocks and dikes. The geological setting of these highly prospective rocks is the same as the Timok Magmatic complex located 95 kilometres to the northwest in eastern Serbia that hosts the world class Bor, Majdanpek and Chucaru Peki deposits, and the Panagyurishte ore field located 65 kilometres to the east in Bulgaria hosting the world class Chelopech, Elatsite and Asarel deposits (Fig.1).
Mineralization and Alteration. Multiple porphyry-related alteration zones, characterized by intense quartz-sericite-pyrite alteration and associated biotite altered diorite porphyry, are present at Zlatusha. Outcrops of quartz vein stockwork with chalcopyrite mineralization cutting biotite altered diorite porphyry have also been identified on the property.
Zlatusha Target Areas. The exploration program conducted to date by Black Sea has improved the understanding of the known target areas, and has yielded multiple additional target areas. The target areas shown in Figure 1 are based on alteration/sulphide/oxide zones in conjunction with anomalous copper and gold.
Property-wide mapping indicates that host rocks for the magmatic-hydrothermal alteration centers are andesite flows, breccias and tuffs with local intercalated limestone intervals. These rocks are intruded by diorite to quartz monzonite porphyry intrusions. Exposed portions of the alteration zones indicate footprints varying in size, with the largest up to 2500 metres by 1200 metres. Alteration zones are typically developed in the vicinity of the porphyry intrusions, and are characterized by silica-sericite-clay assemblages with local development of secondary biotite and skarn in addition to vein stockworks. Distal alteration assemblages which flank the core zones are commonly characterized by chlorite/epidote in andesite host rocks, or marble in limestone host rocks. Primary sulfides associated with the alteration footprints (typically pyrite with local chalcopyrite) are generally weakly oxidized, and occur as disseminated zones and/or in stockwork-style fracture networks. Copper oxides are noted in various locales throughout the property. The field mapping and analytical data demonstrate that the productive porphyry environment has been preserved at multiple locations across the Zlatusha property.
Figure 1 – Zlatusha exploration permit regional position and the porphyry/epithermal targets within it.
Qualified Person. Rory Kutluoglu, B.Sc. P.Geo., a Qualified Person as defined by National Instrument 43-101, has read and approved all technical and scientific information contained in this news release. Mr. Kutluoglu is the Company’s Vice President Exploration.
About Black Sea Copper & Gold
Black Sea Copper & Gold Corp. is a mineral exploration company active in the Black Sea region of Eastern Europe. The Company has over 4 years of regional experience both technically and operationally within Bulgaria, Serbia, Turkey and Romania, and has established a compliment of local technical, logistical, community and corporate support. Black Sea has demonstrated its ability to identify new copper-gold porphyry and epithermal targets, and believes it has one of the most extensive proprietary geological/exploration databases for Eastern Europe in the industry. The Company is committed to building a robust portfolio of high quality copper and gold projects with the potential to become world-class mining assets.
President and CEO, Black Sea Copper & Gold Corp.
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