Midnight Sun Drills New High Grade Mineralization At Mitu

Vancouver, British Columbia, November 7, 2022 – Midnight Sun Mining Corp. (the “Company” or “Midnight Sun”) (TSX-V: MMA / OTCQB: MDNGF) is pleased to release the initial results from drilling conducted on its Solwezi Licences during 2022. The Solwezi Licences are located immediately southwest of First Quantum’s Kansanshi Copper Mine, the largest copper mining complex in Zambia.

Exploration Highlights

  • 12 diamond drill holes, totalling 2,639 metres (“m”), completed to date during 2022
  • A new mineralization style intercepted, which is comparable to that at the Kansanshi Mine
  • Assay results received for five drill holes. Results include:
    • 4.15m @ 2.28% Cu eq (1.29% Cu & 0.13% Co & 0.09% Ni) from 113.5m
    • 5.80m @ 2.41% Cu eq (1.86% Cu & 0.07% Co & 0.02% Ni) from 119.2m
    • 7.3m @ 0.79% Cu eq (0.58% Cu and 0.02% Co & 0.02% Ni) from 149.0m


Midnight Sun’s 2022 exploration program was designed to validate and confirm new structural control models for upgraded stratabound copper mineralization in different areas of known mineralization on the Solwezi Licences. The new structural control models were developed in-house following a review and re-interpretation of past exploration work and new high-resolution geophysical data over the project area.

During the 2022 Solwezi field season, Midnight Sun has completed 12 drill holes totaling 2,639 metres of core with two additional drill holes currently in progress. Drilling has been on the Mitu Trend and on the Crunch Zone Prospect. The Company intends to continue field work as long as weather conditions permit. For the balance of the 2022 field season, the Company’s work will focus on gaining a better understanding of the newly identified Kansanshi-style mineralization on the Mitu Trend.

Al Fabbro, President and CEO of Midnight Sun, stated, “The start of our 2022 program has accomplished precisely what we hoped for, which is proof of concept. The work completed has revealed a new, prolific style of mineralization at Mitu which is a very exciting find and adds to the already known mineralized potential in the area.”

Targets Tested and Results

Mitu Trend

The Mitu Trend targets were developed based on the interpretation of airborne magnetic data which highlighted a corridor of intense deformation, about 8 – 10 kilometres wide, that includes numerous northeast-trending structures which are also key to mineralization at the Kansanshi Mine.

Five widely spaced diamond drill holes were completed on the Mitu Trend targeting northeast-trending mineralization settings at two localities within the wider Mitu Trend (Figure 1).

Drill holes MTDD-044 and MTDD-045 are located approximately 500 metres apart and intersected structurally controlled Cu-Co mineralization (Figure 1 & 2) including:

  • 4.15m @ 2.28% Cu eq (1.29% Cu & 0.13% Co & 0.09% Ni) from 113.5m, in MTDD-044
  • 5.80m @ 2.41% Cu eq (1.86% Cu & 0.07% Co & 0.02% Ni) from 119.2m, in MTDD-044
  • 7.30m @ 0.79% Cu eq (0.58% Cu & 0.02% Co & 0.02% Ni) from 149.0m, in MTDD-045

Holes drilled to test the continuity of the historic intercept in hole MDD-17-15 which measured 4.23% CuEq over 11.6m (see the Company’s news release dated July 4, 2017) achieved a technical success, encountering sulphide minerals in fault breccia and the associated alteration zones broadly within the target depth interval. A detailed assessment is underway to assess the complexity of the setting in which this discovery was made.

Crunch Zone

The Crunch Zone exploration target is situated between the Kazhiba Dome in the northwest and the Solwezi Dome in the southeast (Figure 1). Based on geophysical data, it appears a northeast trending wedge of Copperbelt strata is ‘crunched’ between the domes showing interference fold patterns that abruptly terminate against the domal structures. An analysis of the VTEM electromagnetic survey suggest mineralized fluids may have migrated along major faults or thrusts which occurred where the Copperbelt strata encountered the dome structures.

An initial drill program consisting of several drill traverses to test for mineralization as well as determining the rock succession in the contact zones is underway at the Crunch Zone with seven holes completed. No assays from these holes have been received yet.

Figure 1: Geology of Midnight Sun’s Solwezi Licences showing the locations of drill holes completed.

Figure 2: Drill cores from MTDD-044 (above) and MTDD-045 (below) illustrating the style, setting and alteration associated with copper mineralization at Mitu.

Mitu Trend Drilling – Significant Downhole Intercepts

Hole From (m) To (m) Interval (m) Cu (%) Co (%) Nickel (%) Cu Eq (%)
MTDD043 32.00 34.80 2.80 0.12 0.01 0.20 0.77
MTDD044 9.00 12.00 3.00 0.10 0.00 0.01 0.16
MTDD044 13.15 16.00 2.85 0.12 0.01 0.02 0.24
MTDD044 18.95 31.00 12.05 0.14 0.00 0.02 0.23
MTDD044 51.00 55.00 4.00 0.19 0.02 0.01 0.35
MTDD044 60.00 64.85 4.85 0.46 0.02 0.02 0.69
MTDD044 98.00 110.00 12.00 0.18 0.01 0.02 0.29
MTDD044 113.50 117.65 4.15 1.29 0.13 0.05 2.28
MTDD044 119.20 125.00 5.80 1.86 0.07 0.02 2.41
MTDD045 52.00 57.00 5.00 0.18 0.01 0.09 0.49
MTDD045 146.30 149.00 2.70 0.14 0.01 0.01 0.27
MTDD045 149.00 156.30 7.30 0.58 0.02 0.02 0.79
MTDD045 157.00 168.00 11.00 0.23 0.01 0.01 0.36
MTDD045 171.30 174.00 2.70 0.18 0.05 0.01 0.53


  • Reported intervals are the downhole widths. More structural and orientation data is required to determine true widths.
  • Reported intervals are calculated for zones assaying > 0.1% copper or 0.01% cobalt and containing less than 2 meters of internal waste.
  • Copper equivalent values are estimated using current metal prices of $3.50/lb copper, $23.50/lb cobalt, and $10.00/lb nickel and are presented for ease of interval comparison only. Metallurgical recovery factors are assumed to be 100% although the recovery factors for various metals may vary significantly.

Location of Reported Drill Holes

Hole East North RL Dip Azimuth EOH
CRZDD_001 424175 8647400 1376 -55 100 238.1
CRZDD_002 424257 8647385 1376 -55 100 160.5
CRZDD_003 424077 8647417 1367 -55 110 205
CRZDD_004 423892 8652334 1392 -60 330 168.6
CRZDD_005 423996 8647432 1359 -60 100 281.5
CRZDD_006 423955 8652167 1398 -60 330 211
CRZDD_007 418120 8648817 1352 -60 315 276.55
MTDD_042 431035 8636307 1372 -60 315 242
MTDD_043 431105 8636378 1372 -60 315 215.7
MTDD_044 428016 8638405 1373 -60 315 217
MTDD_045 427611 8638095 1357 -60 315 224.5
MTDD_046 428322 8638090 1370 -60 315 245.1

Quality Control/Quality Assurance

Core samples obtained from diamond drilling were transported directly to SGS Inspection Services in Kalulushi, Zambia by Midnight Sun personnel for sample preparation. There the samples were sorted, dried, crushed, and pulped before final chemical analysis using ICP42S method which encompasses a 3 or 4 acid digest followed by an AAS multi-element scan. All samples returning >10,000 ppm Cu were automatically re-assayed for higher level concentrations by SGS, which is a fully accredited laboratory. Standards and blanks were inserted regularly in the sample stream and checks were done for Cu.

Qualified Person: Richard Mazur, P.Geo., a Director of the Company and a Qualified Person under NI 43-101, has reviewed and approved the technical data and contents of this release.


Al Fabbro
President & CEO

For Further Information Contact:
Al Fabbro
President & CEO
Tel: +1 604 351 8850


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