Sunridge Gold Drills 56 Metres Of 1.0 G/t Gold & 0.8% Copper At Adi Rassi Copper-Gold Project, Asmara Project, Eritrea

Sunridge Gold Corp. (SGC:TSX.V/SGCNF:OTCQX) (“Sunridge”) is pleased to report that final assays results have been received for the Company’s 2012 exploration diamond drill program at the Adi Rassi copper–gold prospect, part of the Asmara Project in Eritrea. These results continue to show wide copper and gold intercepts and confirms management’s belief that Adi Rassi is a new large copper-gold discovery that has the potential to become Sunridge’s fifth deposit on the Asmara Project.

The copper-gold mineralized zone has now been defined over about 400 metres strike length, 40 to 100 metres in width and to a vertical depth of 330 metres. The zone remains open and Sunridge is now planning the next phase of drilling and completion of an initial resource estimate on the Adi Rassi deposit.

New Drill Highlights include:
  • AR-013-D: 56.17 metres averaging 0.80% copper and 1.01 g/t gold
  • AR-014-D: 49.65 metres averaging 0.31% copper and 0.47 g/t gold
  • AR-016-D: 74.26 metres averaging 0.52% copper and 0.34 g/t gold
  • AR-017-D: 38.20 metres averaging 1.50% copper and 0.50 g/t gold
  • AR-018-D: 99.00 metres averaging 0.54% copper and 0.43 g/t gold

Previous Reported Drill Highlights include:
  • AR-002-D: 23.00 metres averaging 1.39% copper and 1.95 g/t gold (2010)
  • AR-004-D: 78.00 metres averaging 1.00% copper and 0.22 g/t gold (2010)
  • AR-010-D: 57.72 metres averaging 1.44% copper and 0.19 g/t gold (June 25, 2012)
  • AR-012-D: 92.50 metres averaging 0.66% copper and 0.51 g/t gold (June 25, 2012)

“The 2012 drill program has successfully better defined and expanded the copper and gold mineralized zone and it is now clear that Adi Rassi has the potential of becoming much larger than the nearby Debarwa deposit” states Michael Hopley, President and CEO of Sunridge. “Metallurgical test work is underway to determine if the copper and gold recovery methodology is compatible with the process to be used at the nearby Debarwa copper-gold deposit. The next step is to have an independent initial resource estimate completed.”

Copper and gold mineralization at Adi Rassi is associated with quartz veins and breccia zones along a major shear zone that trends northeast for over 3 kilometres and dips steeply to the west. This mineralization is considered to be remobilized from a distal source, possibly an as yet unidentified buried volcanogenic massive sulphide (VMS) deposit and is mainly hosted in strongly foliated and distorted altered mafic volcanic tuff and flows. (see map at the end of this news release).

The Adi Rassi prospect is located less than 10 kilometres from Sunridge’s Debarwa copper-zinc-gold VMS deposit where a positive feasibility study was completed and announced May 14, 2012. This proximity could have positive implications for any mining opportunities in the southern part of the Asmara Project.

Summary of new drill results is as follows:
Drill hole   Dip/

  From metres   To metres  

  Gold g/t   Copper %
AR-013-D   -75/90   235.20   291.37   56.17   1.01   0.80
and 305.87 310.37 4.50 0.08 0.80
AR-014-D -60/90 25.50 48.00 22.50 0.18 0.50
and 69.00 118.65 49.65 0.47 0.31
AR-015-D -60/90 154.00 231.50 77.50 0.12 0.46
AR-016-D -75/90 232.88 298.14 74.26 0.34 0.52
and 336.33 364.71 28.38 0.30 0.33
*AR-017-D -50/90 5.75 43.95 38.20 0.50 1.50
AR-018-D -60/90 106.70 205.70 99.00 0.43 0.54
AR-019-D -45/90 16.00 40.00 24.00 0.02 0.65
AR-020-D -60/90 165.00 207.00 42.00 0.03 0.58
AR-021-D -60/90 68.60 73.50 4.90 0.02 0.17
AR-022-D -60/90 No significant Assay results

* interval includes 1.5m not sampled and assigned 0.0 grades

Summary of the results from Sunridge drilling in 2010:
Drill hole   Dip/

  From metres   To metres  

Interval metres
  Gold g/t  

Copper %
AR-001-D   -50/270   Abandoned        
AR-002-D - 60/270 127 337 210 0.84 0.49
Including 238 322 84 1.32 0.84
Including 298 321 23 1.95 1.39
AR-003-D - 50/270 173 196 23 0.33 0.41
and 237 262 25 0.75 0.54
AR-004-D - 55/90 35 113 78 0.22 1.00

AR-005-D to

No significant results

Other 2012 Exploration Targets on the Asmara Project

Other gold and VMS targets drilled as part of the 2012 exploration program have yet to return any significant results although further assays are still expected. Sunridge will now focus its efforts on moving the four established deposits on the Asmara project to the completion of a final feasibility study in Q1 2013 and developing a new resource at Adi Rassi.




All drill holes reported are diamond drill holes.


A Quality Assurance/Quality Control program was part of the sampling program on the Adi Rassi copper-gold prospect. This program includes chain of custody protocols as well as systematic submittals of standards, duplicates and blank samples into the flow of samples produced by the sampling.


Samples were prepared at African Horn Testing Services (Eritrea) and analyzed at Genalysis Laboratories (a NATA registered laboratory) in Perth, Western Australia.


Drilling intercepts lengths only are reported in the tabulations; it is estimated that true width will be approximately 80 to 90% of the mineralized intersections reported.


The results of the Adi Rassi copper-gold prospect sampling program have been reviewed by Michael J. Hopley the Qualified Person for Sunridge. Mr. Hopley is also the person responsible for preparation of the technical information contained in this news release and is President and Chief Executive Officer of Sunridge.


Sunridge is a mineral exploration and development company focused on the acquisition, exploration, discovery and development of base and precious metal projects on the Asmara Project in Eritrea and exploration properties in Madagascar. Sunridge currently has approximately 123 million shares outstanding. Sunridge trades on the TSX Venture Exchange under the symbol SGC. For additional information on the Company and its projects please view the slide show on our website at or call Greg Davis at the number listed below.

“Michael Hopley”


Michael Hopley, President and Chief Executive Officer


Neither the TSX Venture Exchange nor its Regulation Services Provider (as that term is defined in the policies of the TSX Venture Exchange) accepts responsibility for the adequacy or accuracy of this release.

This news release contains forward-looking statements that are based on the Company’s current expectations and estimates. Forward-looking statements are frequently characterized by words such as “plan”, “expect”, “project”, “intend”, “believe”, “anticipate”, “estimate”, “suggest”, “indicate” and other similar words or statements that certain events or conditions “may” or “will” occur. Such forward-looking statements involve known and unknown risks, uncertainties and other factors that could cause actual events or results to differ materially from estimated or anticipated events or results implied or expressed in such forward-looking statements. Such factors include, among others: the actual results of current exploration activities; conclusions of economic evaluations; changes in project parameters as plans to continue to be refined; possible variations in ore grade or recovery rates; accidents, labour disputes and other risks of the mining industry; delays in obtaining governmental approvals or financing; and fluctuations in metal prices. There may be other factors that cause actions, events or results not to be as anticipated, estimated or intended. Any forward-looking statement speaks only as of the date on which it is made and, except as may be required by applicable securities laws, the Company disclaims any intent or obligation to update any forward-looking statement, whether as a result of new information, future events or results or otherwise. Forward-looking statements are not guarantees of future performance and accordingly undue reliance should not be put on such statements due to the inherent uncertainty therein.

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Copyright Business Wire 2010

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