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January 31, 2018

Orca Confirms Gold Discovery at Morondo Permit in Cote d'Ivoire

VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA--(Marketwired - Jan. 31, 2018) - Orca Gold Inc. (TSX VENTURE:ORG) ("Orca" or the "Company") is pleased to announce that it has confirmed the discovery of a significant mineralised system at its Morondo gold exploration permit in Côte d'Ivoire (Figure 1).

Highlights

  • New drill intercepts of up to 48m at 1.62g/t Au (MRC054) and 94m at 1.12g/t Au (MRC053)
  • Confirmation and expansion of 2010 Red Back Mining Inc. discovery
  • Mineralisation over 600m strike and drilled to a depth of up to 170m
  • Excellent leaching characteristics in metallurgical test work with +/- 96% recovery in fresh rock

Morondo Drilling

Mineralisation at Morondo was first discovered by Red Back Mining in 2010 with intercepts of up to 66m at 1.53g/t gold from a programme of shallow, reverse circulation ("RC") drilling (<60m vertical). Results in Table 1 below. A mineralised target over 600m in strike length was defined with a true width of up to 150m.

In December 2017, following the receipt of Ministerial approval for the acquisition of a portfolio of exploration permits and applications from Kinross Gold Corporation, Orca completed a short programme of 13 RC holes for 2,211m, testing the mineralisation at Morondo to a vertical depth of 170m. All holes successfully intersected the mineralisation (see Table 2 and Figure 2) over significant widths and up to a maximum of 170m from surface. The zone dips approximately 50° to the north west and is hosted in altered mafic volcanics containing disseminated pyrite.

In 2014, three samples of RC chips taken from fresh rock from the previous programme and containing disseminated sulphides, were submitted for leach test work at the SGS Metallurgical Laboratory in the United Kingdom. These samples returned an average recovery of 96% with moderate to low cyanide and lime consumption.

Based upon the success of our recent drilling, the next programme will include core drilling to confirm geology and provide further samples for metallurgical test work, RC drilling to expand the discovery and further surface exploration on this highly prospective permit.

Commenting on this first programme, Hugh Stuart, President and Director of Orca, said, "I have been waiting to get back on the ground at Morondo for a long time and it is great to be exploring in Côte d'Ivoire again. Our recent drilling programme clearly confirms the resource potential at Morondo first identified by the Red Back exploration team in 2009 - the wait has paid off!

Given the significant widths and shallow dip (50°) of the mineralisation combined with the excellent leach characteristics shown by early metallurgical test work, we see Morondo having the potential to be a large, low strip, bulk mineable project. Our intention is to fast track an economic analysis of this discovery starting with confirmation and expansion of the metallurgical work.

We are also active on the other properties within Orca's extensive portfolio and look forward to reporting on the results from this exciting land package."

Table 1: Previous Drill results

Hole From To Metres Au g/t
MRC002 49 63 14 0.73
MRC002 69 82 13 1.37
MRC002 92 100 8 0.65
MRC004 10 22 12 0.72
MRC005 8 20 12 0.61
MRC005 38 48 10 0.70
MRC006 2 22 20 0.70
MRC006 40 72 32 1.13
MRC007 22 66 44 0.99
MRC008 43 69 26 0.95
MRC008 76 113 37 1.08
MRC009 8 64 56 1.04
MRC009 70 88 18 0.70
MRC009 104 118 14 0.50
MRC010 2 10 8 0.63
MRC010 23 64 41 0.73
MRC010 79 83 4 3.38
MRC010 92 99 7 1.04
MRC011 47 78 31 0.47
MRC014 0 46 46 1.00
MRC014 56 66 10 1.29
MRC015 12 72 60 1.51
MRC016 0 42 42 1.08
MRC018 14 80 66 1.53
MRC019 6 44 38 1.37
MRC019 52 80 28 0.87
MRC020 0 24 24 1.33
MRC020 32 54 22 0.58
MRC021 0 20 20 1.21
MRC021 38 56 18 0.67
MRC022 0 32 32 0.81
MRC024 46 66 20 1.03
MRC026 36 64 28 0.68
MRC027 14 80 66 0.94
MRC028 2 14 12 1.15
MRC034 8 38 30 0.59
MRC050 18 62 44 0.87
Note: True widths are 90-100% of drilled intercepts

Table 2: 2017 Drill Results

Hole From To Metres Au g/t
MRC052 11 30 19 1.35
49 54 5 1.15
78 84 6 0.85
101 133 32 1.23
141 191 50 1.12
MRC053 36 43 7 1.71
57 151 94 1.12
168 173 5 1.10
181 185 4 0.61
MRC054 0 13 13 0.93
19 53 34 1.13
61 109 48 1.62
159 168 9 1.85
172 180 8 0.73
MRC055 0 27 27 1.02
36 72 36 1.39
133 140 7 1.11
MRC056 0 30 30 1.00
36 60 24 1.39
68 74 6 0.57
85 91 6 0.80
101 109 8 0.96
MRC057 90 104 14 0.73
111 146 35 1.09
MRC058 49 69 20 0.88
75 128 53 1.31
134 200 66 0.73
MRC059 0 25 25 1.56
37 145 108 0.94
MRC060 0 33 33 1.51
38 48 10 1.42
57 69 12 0.81
74 96 22 0.71
112 122 10 0.59
MRC061 1 42 41 0.66
55 79 24 0.61
MRC062 77 87 10 0.66
108 115 7 0.99
138 196 58 0.79
MRC063 75 117 42 0.83
132 170 38 1.00
MRC064 6 86 80 0.89
Note: True widths are 90-100% of drilled intercepts

To view "Figure 1: Location of the Morondo Permit" please visit the following link: http://media3.marketwire.com/docs/1106973_Fig1.png

To view "Figure 2: Morondo Drill Section Showing 2017 Results" please visit the following link: http://media3.marketwire.com/docs/1106973_Fig2.png

About Orca Gold Inc.

Orca Gold Inc. (TSX VENTURE:ORG) is a Canadian resource company focused on exploration and development opportunities in Africa, where it is currently focused on the development of its 70%-owned Block 14 project in the Republic of the Sudan. The Company has an experienced board of directors and management team and a strong balance sheet.

Qualified Person Statement

The technical contents of this release have been approved by Hugh Stuart, BSc, MSc, a Qualified Person pursuant to National Instrument 43-101. Mr. Stuart is the President of the Company and a Chartered Geologist and Fellow of the Geological Society of London. Samples used for the results described herein are prepared and analyzed by fire assay using a 50 gram charge at the Bureau Veritas facility in Abidjan, Côte d'Ivoire in compliance with industry standards. Field duplicate samples are taken and blanks and standards are added to every batch submitted.

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